Samantha Gobba

Samantha reports on the pro-life movement for WORLD Digital.

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Vatican investigates Belgian order over euthanasia support

Euthanasia | Brothers of Charity agrees to provide euthanasia to mental health patients
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 5/12/17, 11:17 am

A Catholic order in Belgium is facing a Vatican investigation after the group’s decision last month to allow euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals. 

Brothers of Charity, which works around the world with elderly and mentally ill patients, announced in March that it would permit doctors to perform euthanasia at its 15 psychiatric hospitals in Belgium on non-terminal psychiatric patients who request death. 

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International furor erupts over embryo jewelry business

Life | Company that makes pendants from discarded embryos vows to forge ahead
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 5/09/17, 11:27 am

An Australian company has pledged to continue creating jewelry from human embryos despite facing international backlash.

Baby Bee Hummingbirds, which founder Amy McGlade told me is a “two-mama small business,” hand makes rings, necklaces, and earrings using baby hair, breast milk, “loved ones ashes,” and discarded embryos created through in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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Federal court overturns Indiana ultrasound law

Abortion | Ruling is the first of its kind since the Supreme Court struck down Texas abortion regulations
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 4/06/17, 02:03 pm

A federal judge on Monday blocked an Indiana law that required women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound at least 18 hours before the procedure.

Several states have laws requiring ultrasounds to give women the chance to see their babies before they abort them. The laws, including Indiana’s, typically allow a woman to avert her eyes or ask for the volume on the heartbeat monitor to be turned down. 

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