Articles from May, 1987

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Commentary: a view from the West

Pro-lifers are very valuable people to other pro-lifers. A rather obvious statement. When you are taking up a cause where your opponents are not only morally wrong but nasty rich and influential you appreciate your allies. But pro-lifers are so caught up in their convictions of the rightness of their cause it sometimes doesn’t occur to them that they could fall heir to the prejudices, cliques and ethnocentricism of ordinary folk. For example, Westerners resent Easterners: that is, people ... (Continue reading)

Unborn child protected

In a Belleville court, a landmark decision to protect an unborn child may be a big step forward for the pro-life movement. In the early April Family Court Judge D.K. Kirkland made an unborn child a ward of the Children’s Aid Society. The ruling make the “fetus” a ward of the society for just three months-until birth and for a brief time thereafter. Judge Kirkland said he believed his decision to refer to the fetus as a child ... (Continue reading)

Police constable refuses abortuary duty

A Toronto police officer has refused to perform guard duty outside the Morgentaler clinic and has been charged by his superiors with committing an offence under the Police Act. Constable David Packer, 35 is a father of five and a ten year veteran of the force. Two years ago he was decorated by the Police Department for bravery in rescuing a three-month old child from a burning building. Now he is charged with “failing to obey a lawful order,” which ... (Continue reading)

Pro-Life Profiles: John REIMER, M.PM (Kitchener)

The third in a continuing series of pro-life Members of Parliament John Reimer is a native of Kitchener, Ontario, and before his political career was an educator and member of the Waterloo Country Board of Education and the Board of Governors of Wilfred Laurier University. He has served one previous term in the House of Commons during the 1979-80 session. He was elected again in 1984. he is married and has two children. Mr. Reimer served on ... (Continue reading)

Union members lose appeals

Two labour tribunal have recently ruled against pro-life union members who sought exemption from paying their dues. The pro-lifers object to their union dues being used to promote abortion-on-demand. Bernard Riordan of Whitby, Ontario, is an employee of Revenue Canada and is represented by Public Service Alliance of Canada. Paul Tremblay, a teacher at Georgian College in Barrie, is a member of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. Both men are active Catholics and applied to ... (Continue reading)

Animal patents are dangerous precedent

The United States Government announced on April 16, 1987, that it is clearing the way for investors to patent new forms of animal life through gene splitting, and that the new policy would be adopted by the Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office. The policy will allow the patenting of animals with new traits, and one report states that “researches will eventually make it possible to mix animal, plant, microbe, and human genes into animal embryos to ... (Continue reading)

Filipino constitution protects the unborn

The Republic of the Philippines have become the third nation in the world to offer full constitutional protection to unborn children, following the example of Ireland and Guatemala. The new Filipino Constitution greatly supports the rights of the unborn and affirms marriage as the foundation of the family to be protected by the state. According to Justice Cecilia Munoz Palma, the president of the omission responsible for the drafting of the constitution, ‘no other issue received as ... (Continue reading)

From Hansard

A synopsis of who said what on pro-life, pro-family issues in Parliament. ABORTION – John Cormley, Brian White, Benno Friessen, Tony Roman, Elliot Hardey, Ross Belsher, Girve Fretz, Rob Nicholson, Joe Reid, Gus Mitges, and Blaine Thacker presented petitions supporting protection for unborn children in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Mitges’ motion); Bill Gottselig made a statement paying tribute to the work of the Saskatchewan Pro-life Association; Paul Gagnon reported that he had sent a motion of his constituents ... (Continue reading)

Mitges’ debate continues

The fourth hour of debate on the motion of Dr. Gus Mitges (Grey0Simcoe) to amend the Charter of Rights to explicitly protect the unborn child took place on Thursday, April 2. Six Members of Parliament spoke to the motion, five in favor and one against. The dissenting MP was long-time abortion proponent Svend Robinson (Burnaby). Predictably, he stated his support for the concept of “freedom of choice”, and removal of abortion from the Criminal Code. In doing ... (Continue reading)

Picketing Peterson

Ontario Premier David Peterson was met by a contingent of Campaign Life picketers when he left the recent Liberal Cabinet Meeting at the Cornwall Civic Complex. When asked about the lack of bail conditional for Morgentaler and the continued operation of the illegal abortuaries, Mr. Peterson replied that he had “already answered those questions earlier.” When he told that we were not satisfied with his earlier response he indicated that we probably “never will be satisfied.” Is ... (Continue reading)

Challenging Chavivia

On April 8, Campaign Life and Liberal for Life organized a joint picket at the nomination meeting for the Liberal Candidate in the Oakwood Constituency (Toronto). Chaviva Hosek had been parachuted into the riding as a nominee by the party hierarchy. She is a well-known advocate of abortion on demand and a past president of the pro-abortion National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC). About 45 pro-lifers witnessed to the sanctity of life and distributed ... (Continue reading)

Activism and prayer

Greetings from Harbord Street – the heart of the pro-life activists. One activity (not often considered to be part of active resistance to the killing of unborn children) is prayer. Prayer is a daily activity on Harbord Street and an essential part of all our special witnesses for life. This is how we keep in contact with Our Saviour who promised us that all will be well in the end. Prayer is described in the Bible ... (Continue reading)

Day care report is a welcome beginning

While the recently-released parliamentary committee report on child care has not satisfied those lobbying for completely institutionalized and government-subsidized day-care, it is viewed as a welcome beginning by REAL women of Canada president, Lynne Scime. The report acknowledges that it is the parent’s right and privilege to choose the kind of child care best suited to the individual needs of the child and the family. “Canadians told us that they want their government to help them, not ... (Continue reading)

Pro-lifers can cast vote in conscience

I’M not a political animal! I have lived in three different countries for considerable periods of my life (27, 30 and 16 years – that should up to 73) and I have never belonged to a political party. But I have always voted since I became of age. I have voted for people not for parties. If I had good reason to feel sure that a candidate was a person who believed in Christian principles, and ... (Continue reading)

IVF … closed door and open windows

In January this year an In Vitro Fertilization clinic opened at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre. This prompted meetings and considerable correspondence between members of the IVF team and the League of Life in Manitoba. As a result;, the recent Vatican document, “On Respect for Human Life and its Origins and the Dignity and Procreation,” which formally condemned IVF, has created more than a simple academic controversy in the city. It is a tragic irony that a ... (Continue reading)

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