Articles from November, 1983

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On the road by air

As my business occasionally takes me to different parts of Canada, recently I have begun to contact various pro-life groups in the cities I visit. In August, for example, I was in Calgary and in Edmonton (two days each), and in September, business took my partner and I to Vancouver for a week. I cannot speak too highly of the kindness and generosity extended by those I have contacted. Everywhere, people gave ... (Continue reading)

The American scene

In September, a report from Planned Parenthood surfaced in New York reporting that male and female sterilization has now displaced the contraceptive pill as America’s most popular birth-control method. The report, published in Family Planning Perspectives, a journal of the Alan Guttmacher Institute, said sterilization is the most common choice among couples who have completed their families. The report noted that the 11.6 million sterilizations among such couples included 4.9 million vasectomies. In ... (Continue reading)

International

Spain on slippery slope Spain’s socialist government got Parliament approval for legalized abortions on October 6.  According to a report in the Globe & Mail, abortion was legalized for cases involving rape, malformation of the unborn baby or danger to the mother’s life. The law, approved by 186 to 109 votes, was sent to the Senate for ratification. The main opposition party, the Popular Alliance, is challenging the law. They will appeal ... (Continue reading)

Research on frozen embryos

Two reports in the Medical Post of September 6, 1983, are of interest to those following the controversy surrounding in vitro fertilization. The British medical establishment is supporting the concept of research on “discarded” embryos. While the organizations whose members are GP’s and nurses refuse to approve this kind of research. Both the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) support guidelines produced by Britain’s Medical ... (Continue reading)

Funding of in-vitro experimentation should be halted

Over the last number of years many people have begun to grasp that there are interrelationships between such things as abortion, sterilization, the contraceptive mentality, homosexuality, euthanasia, artificial insemination, sperm banks, test tube babies, surrogate motherhood, cloning and experimentation on embryos. Those who accept abortion, for example, will experience no pangs of conscience in experimenting with human embryos, killing them when no longer needed or when the experiment runs out, or when, finally, one of the many embryos used ... (Continue reading)

Abortion as our foreign policy

The second report comes from the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, England. It is funded by all of the member countries of the Commonwealth; Canada’s contribution to their budget of $9,074,000 (for 1980-81) was $1,616,000. This organization’s stated purpose is to gather and to analyze information on topics of concern to Commonwealth governments, to prepare reports, and to submit recommendations for action to the highest levels of the governments of Commonwealth countries. Their report, Emerging Issues in Commonwealth Abortion Laws jolted me out ... (Continue reading)

The high cost of IUDs

The first report was issued by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa. This public corporation was created by our parliament in 1970 to “support research designed to adapt science and technology to the needs of developing countries.” Of the five areas of their activity that are listed, I am concerned with these three: “social sciences,” “health sciences,” and “information sciences.” IDRC is financed “solely by the Parliament of Canada.” Its policies are set by an international ... (Continue reading)

Family planning or family banning?

For years, we have listened and approved as the heads of various governments have told us that we citizens who enjoy the advantages of living in developed nations have a responsibility to help those in under-developed countries. So, we share our scientific knowledge, we export out advanced technology, we send out experts in every field to teach those not as “advanced” as we are. Most of us agree, in principle, and then most of us don’t give the subject any ... (Continue reading)

CYPLO

Youth for Life The Canadian Youth Pro-Life Organization (CYPLO) came into existence in 1974 with a purpose: to bring together pro-life high school, college and university students and young working people to educate themselves, grow in leadership and effectiveness in the pro-life movement, to transform society, to ensure respect for all the weak, defenseless and helpless. In April 1983, the new executive dedicated itself to remaking society in a pro-life image. April was the month in which CYPLO held its annual ... (Continue reading)

Higher rights override lesser rights

The arguments favoring abortion rest on the proposition that women with unborn children have the unqualified right to dispose of those children, including action encompassing the extinction of those children, according to their convenience. The proposition is asserted that women are entitled to administer their bodies as they see fit, without being inhibited by the values of society. This is a simple-minded approach which assumes that all rights are absolute. In moral truth, in all matters of significance one set ... (Continue reading)

The land of “humanist” law?

Abortion on demand is a fact in Canada. One million deaths prove it so. What are some of the factors that have led to this infant holocaust? Canadian Criminal Law makes a distinction between “aliveness” and “personhood”. Although a baby in the womb is alive our Criminal Code (Sect. 206) fails to recognize its humanity until “it has breathed” and “it has an independent circulation, or the navel string is severed.” This concept allows pro-abortionists to argue that a fetus is ... (Continue reading)

An exchange of letters with the CBC

Dear Mr. Pierre Juneau, President CBC Surely it is time for the CBC to do some soul-searching when it finds it has put out an edition of The Journal like the one last night in which Barbara Frum interviewed Federal Justice Minister Mark McGuigan. Here you have two full-grown adults engaged in national dialogue, one asking all the wrong questions and the other responding by disclaiming responsibility in the first place. That would have been bad enough, but the interview had ... (Continue reading)

The executioners: who are they?

Part Four of Six…. “Once you permit the killing of the unborn child, there will be no stopping. There will be no age limit. You are setting off a chain reaction that will eventually make you the victim. Your children will kill you because you permitted the killing of their brothers and sisters. Your children will kill you because they will not want to support you in your old age. Your children will kill you for your homes ... (Continue reading)

The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada speak out on abortion

“The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada believe that the unborn child is a human person. Human life, possessing a special sanctity in that it is created in the image of God, begins at conception. We believe that this view is in conformity with the teachings and principles of the Word of God.” This statement is the introduction to a position paper , entitled “ The Christian Alternative to Abortion”, soon to be circulated by the largest Pentecostal denomination in ... (Continue reading)

Lessons from the pro-life scene in Britain

Returning to Toronto after teaching for three years in the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland, I have been asked to try to interpret the pro-life situation in Britain in hope of seeing what can be learned from the British experience.  I believe that a look at that experience can be helpful since the present situation in Britain is considerably worse than it is in Canada, while we can look forward to a similarly bad situation here if pro-life efforts are not ... (Continue reading)

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