Articles from February, 1986

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What price?

It was Abraham Lincoln who gave posterity the famous saying, “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”  If he had said “please” instead of “fool” it would be just as true – in fact more so. I have never tried to please all the people all the time and I don’t intend to start now.  But I ... (Continue reading)

Feminist-dominated centres can’t help women

Judy Davidson’s personal account of her experiences with the “radical lesbian feminist” movement is perhaps one of the most important articles The Interim has ever published.  (See elsewhere in this issue.)  The conclusion I reached after reading her story is that even such seemingly praiseworthy projects as rape crisis centres or battered women’s shelters are perverted when dominated by feminist ideology. Is that unduly harsh?  Am I denying the need for such centres?  Not at all. Women who ... (Continue reading)

Jury selection now a multi-billion dollar industry

The clever manipulation of the jury system by a highly selective screening of jurors is increasingly a matter of concern for those who seek justice.  The careful exclusion of churchgoers, property owners, housewives, etc., in the Morgentaler trial in Toronto was effective in obtaining an acquittal.  Though a new trial has been ordered, it was not on the grounds of jury selection. A recent court case in Texas has demonstrated to the financial world that it, too, is ... (Continue reading)

Pill company loses appeal

Pauline Buchanan of Mississauga has spent the last 15 years in a legal battle with the Ortho Pharmaceutical Company after she suffered a Pill-induced stroke.  Although the Appeal Court of Ontario last month upheld a lower court’s ruling in her favour, Ortho is now considering an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. Mrs. Buchan, now 37, was partly paralyzed by a stroke in 1971, six weeks after she began taking the Ortho-Novum 1/50 oral contraceptive.  Although she ... (Continue reading)

Canada increases aid to U.N.

Although the Mulroney government is frequently accused of bowing to United States’ pressure on various policy matters, this is not the case when it comes to United Nations’ funding. Canada’s contribution to the UN will increase by 9.8 per cent in 1986, if parliament approves.  A total of $91 million is budgeted, an increase of just over $8 million. The largest portion, $64 million, is going to the UN Development Programmer, an increase of 8.4 per cent.  UNICEF will receive ... (Continue reading)

Letters needed to protest Depo-Provera

Alliance for Life is asking for a flood of letters and telegrams to go to Mr. Jake Epp, the Minister of Health, and to Dr. Ian Henderson, Director of the Human Prescription Drug Branch, protesting the move towards approving Depo-Provera as a contraceptive. The long-term safety of the injectable drug has not yet been proved.  Some studies have linked it with an increase in cancerous tumours in animals; other studies have found a risk of genital malformations in children ... (Continue reading)

Alliance for Life executive director honoured

Anna Desilets, executive director of Alliance for Life, received the Papal medal “Benemerenti” in December 1985.  In accepting the medal, Mrs. Desilets said she did so not only for herself but for all who work to promote respect for life, saying that “God Himself knows the sacrifices pro-life people have made and the work they have done for His people.” The Papal honour, presented by Archbishop Adam Exner, is awarded to a well-deserving person for exceptional accomplishment and for ... (Continue reading)

Upcoming pro-life symposium

The Human Life International Symposium on Human Sexuality planned for April 23-27 in Montreal, has something for everyone concerned with todays multi-faceted attacks on family and community. Father Paul Marx, HLI’s energetic president promises “solutions to abortion and abortifacients, contraception, fornication, Godless sex education population control, sterilization, homosexuality, pornography and test-tube babies.” An impressive list of guest-speakers and a packed programme of workshop discussions will keep conference participants on their toes for almost four days. Keynote speaker on the first evening ... (Continue reading)

Government publishes pro-life pamphlet

A pamphlet on pregnancy published by Health and Welfare Canada towards the end of last year should be greeted with joy by pro-lifers – it is one hundred per cent pro-life.  Indeed, there is not a single reference to “pregnancy termination” in its 37 pages. “Coming to Life” is a beautifully illustrated with photographs of the developing child from 28 days to 17 weeks.  It discusses clearly and concisely the development of the baby in the womb. “Being a ... (Continue reading)

Catherine Robbin

“She proved beyond doubt that communication is what singing should be about.”  Those are the words of Daily Telegraph critic Alan Blyth in describing the warmth and artistry of Catherine Robbin’s performance following her winning of the Gold Award at the Benson & Hedges International Competition for Concert Singers in Aldeburgh, England in 1979. Born in Toronto, Miss Robbin has studied in Canada, England and France with some of the world’s most celebrated voice instructors.  She first came to ... (Continue reading)

National The Morgue-‘n’-dollar altruism

For years now Morgentaler has been attempting to change the law by violating it.  His long-range business strategy depends as much on public acceptance of the killing of the pre-born as it does on Morgentaler-type abortuaries becoming an ordinary part of the Canadian service environment like the corner post-office or variety store.  So, it is not an incidental public-relations ploy that, while violating the law, Morgentaler offers the “Morgue-‘n’-dollar” altruism: he claims to render a necessary public ... (Continue reading)

Picketers brave the Cold

The small group of picketers at Morgentaler’s Montreal establishment continue to brave the elements for a few days each week. The picket is, as usual, ignored by the news media. Picketers report that householders in the neighbourhood have become more hostile to them lately and abusive comments from passersby are more frequent (Continue reading)

Figuring out the government

Things have been quieter than usual on the Quebec pro-life scene for some weeks.  The departure of the Parti Quebecois from power, and its replacement by Robert Bourassa’s Liberals, creates a completely new atmosphere.  We know there will be changes, but we have no clear idea of what kind of changes until we see the new team in action. Mr. Bourassa, during the election campaign and earlier, declared his intention of seeing the present abortion law enforced but we ... (Continue reading)

QUEBEC Chartrand court battle continues

Reggie Chartrand’s legal action has been put on hold once more.  At a brief hearing before Christmas, the case was postponed until late January. Reggie expressed his impatience with the slow pace of the legal process in a recent conversation.  He asks why the court demands proof that Morgentaler is breaking the law when Morgentaler himself can be heard almost daily on radio and television, announcing that is he breaking the law and that he intends to continue ... (Continue reading)

Women’s Centre exposed

Editor’s note: Judy Davidson’s involvement with the Pictou County Women’s Centre began in 1981.  At first, she worked as a volunteer telephone counselor on their Battered Women’s Information Service.  When this service developed into the Tearmann Society, she continued to work, this time as a paid employee, under a Canada Works grant.  She later served as a member of the Tearmann Society Board. In February 1985, she asked the Pictou Country Women’s Centre to sponsor an application to the ... (Continue reading)

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