Articles from April, 1985

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Morgentaler update

    Manitoba licensing   On March 8, the registrar of the Manitoba College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. James Morison, announced that Henry Morgentaler has been re-licensed to practice medicine in the province. Pro-Life spokesman, Pat Soenen denounced the decision. Morison pointed out that the license does not permit Morgentaler to perform abortions at his Winnipeg clinic, which is his announced intention. (By federal law the free-standing abortuary is illegal.)             The League for Life has complained to the College, claiming it ... (Continue reading)

Beware of false prophets

        As Christians we enjoy a glorious comfort in that we know the Lord is in complete control of not only the world, but our own lives as well.             We know through the promises in His Word that we will be victorious over the forces of darkness. This of course includes the dark death through abortion of those little ones not yet born. Through Jesus, God’s promise also provide forgiveness for the murder of these babies if those responsible would ... (Continue reading)

Women for life, faith and family

      I ended my column last month with an item of good news for a change. The bad news was that, as usual, my column was too long and the good news was announced on the next page of the paper. Unfortunately, the direction to continue reading on the on following page was taken by the gremlins somewhere between the layout and printing process. The good news was that a group called Women for Life, Faith and Family (a ... (Continue reading)

“One issue” people?

        One of the most common stones thrown at “pro-lifers” is that we are “One Issue” people. We don’t care about any other issue except abortion; we are not interested in what happens to babies who are born into difficult circumstances and we do nothing for pregnant mothers either before their babies are born afterwards.   Sign on the dotted line   To give an example: one day somebody approached the picketers outside the Morgentaler abortuary and challenged them to sign a ... (Continue reading)

Pro-life commentary: “We’re doing all we can”

            Euthanasia is “the deliberate intervention to bring about the death of another human being,” usually because the life of that person has been judged to be of little value. Euthanasia, which is illegal in Canada, can be divided into two major types, voluntary and involuntary. Involuntary euthanasia is effected towards those who do not participate in the decision making process.             Involuntary euthanasia has been further considered in terms such as direct or indirect, active or passive, etc. ... (Continue reading)

Artificial Insemination

      Artificial Insemination (AI) is he placing of semen inside a women’s vagina, or directly into the uterus by means other than sexual intercourse. The semen is collected by masturbation and insemination is timed to coincide with the women’s ovulation. The semen used for AI may be fresh (used within one hour of collection), or previously frozen and thawed just before use.             There are two forms of AI. Artificial Insemination by Husband (AIH) is used when the husband is not ... (Continue reading)

Detecting abnormalities in the unborn: chorionic villi sampling

          Recently there has been widespread publicity of a new method, called chorionic villi sampling, for detecting abnormalities in the unborn child. Cells are taken from the placental tissue (chorion) of the developing child and are studied for chromosomal abnormalities.   It has been thought that any chromosomal defects found in the placenta would also exist in the child. The procedure, now performed in many centres, can be done earlier than amniocenesis, thus permitting earlier abortion, however the ... (Continue reading)

Correction: abortion poll

    In our March issue, under the heading “sociologists confirm what many already knew,” the Interim reported the Newsweek Magazine (January 14) poll as follows: 21 percent of Americans favour abortion on demand 21 percent favour banning abortion under all circumstances 50 percent would favour banning abortions except for rape, incest and danger to the mother’s life.   This last percentage should read 58 percent. In other words, 79 percent of all Americans-according to Newsweek-reject abortion on demand and abortion for social-economic reasons. (Continue reading)

Birthrate and child abuse

    West Germany, which has the lowest birthrate in the world, has higher rates of child abuse than other European countries, according to the Irish Times (January 3, 1985)             Statistics published by the Children’s Aid Society show that last year 30 000 children were mistreated, over 100 committed suicide, “several hundred” were beaten to death and 6000 school-age children were living in homes because they were orphans or had been taken into care, and more children died in road accidents ... (Continue reading)

Birth defects

    A U.S. federal judge ruled that a widely-used spermicide caused birth defects in a 3 year old girl and ordered the manufacturer to pay 5.1 million in damages to the child and her mother.             Judge Marvin Shoob ruled that Ortho Pharmaceuticals Corporation of New Jersey, makes of Ortho-Gynol Contraceptive Jelly, should have warned its users that birth defects can result if the jelly fails to prevent conception. (Washington Post, January 24 1985) Expert witnesses testified that the jelly can ... (Continue reading)

    A U.S. federal judge ruled that a widely-used spermicide caused birth defects in a 3 year old girl and ordered the manufacturer to pay 5.1 million in damages to the child and her mother.             Judge Marvin Shoob ruled that Ortho Pharmaceuticals Corporation of New Jersey, makes of Ortho-Gynol Contraceptive Jelly, should have warned its users that birth defects can result if the jelly fails to prevent conception. (Washington Post, January 24 1985) Expert witnesses testified that the jelly can ... (Continue reading)

Men and abortion

    Men are just as traumatized by abortion as women, says a new study released at the annual conference of the American Sociological Association. (Medical News, November 22 1984) The study found that 69 per cent of the men wanted to be with their partner during the abortion;91 per cent wanted to be in the recovery room. 17 per cent were so upset by their abortion experience that they were uncertain that they ever wanted to be faced with another ... (Continue reading)

RU-486 abortion pill

      The first “foolproof” abortion pill, called RU-486, is now in its final tests with the British Committee on Safety of Medicines. (see January issue of the The Interim) The pill will be used in France, India and China this year and has been approved by the World Health Organization for use in other Third World Nations.             This pill is being promoted as an effective, non-surgical and safe means to obtain an early abortion. Some British doctors are concerned, however that ... (Continue reading)

Selling babies is illegal in Canada

      Selling babies is illegal in Canada-perhaps. While there are laws which cover money changing hands in the conventional adoption process, there are no specific laws governing the new phenomenon of commercial “surrogate” motherhood.             A surrogate (replacement) mother is one who agrees to conceive and bear a child for another woman. The trouble is, the “surrogate” mother is the child’s actual biological mother. (The second woman involved in the agreement is an “adoptive” mother or the real replacement, but the ... (Continue reading)

Britain’s MP’s ban embryo experiments

            Private Member’s bills usually attract little attention, but Mr. Enoch Powell’s measure-the Unborn Children Protection Bill- is not in this category. It’s importance is underscored by the fact that, although attendance in the House of Commons is usually sparse on Fridays, an unusually large number of Members attended the Bill’s second reading on Friday February 15 1985. The vote was 238-66 or 78.6 per cent for the bill.   Public Interest             The great interest of the general public on the ... (Continue reading)

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