Articles from March, 1988

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A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

America has given a great gift to the world, a gift that drew upon the accumulated wisdom derived from centuries of experiments in self-government, a gift that has irrivocably changed humanity’s future.  Our gift is twofold: the declaration as a cardinal principle of all just law, of the God-given, unalienable rights possessed by every human being; and the example of our determination to secure those rights and to defend them against every challenge through the generations.  Our declaration and ... (Continue reading)

FCPers Meet

On January 30,  1988, the Ramada Inn in Mississauga was the scene of almost 100 FCP  Party and Riding Executives, bringing executives from as far away as Thunder Bay and Ottawa. In his major speech, Party Leader Don Pennell stressed the importance of educating pro-family voters as to the value of their  vote. He expressed his disappointment at the great number of pro-life voters who vote, and voted, for pro-abortion candidates  even though there was an FCP candidate seeking ... (Continue reading)

Evangelicals confer on abortion

On  February 27 at the Evangelical Temple in North York, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada held a one-day conference on human life titled, “Abortion: Canada in Crisis.” Its purpose to assist evangelicals in better understanding the implications of the recent Supreme Court ruling on abortion and to encourage positive action among its members. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is a national association of 24 denominations, formed in 1964 to provide a united Evangelical voice to the media and the government. The day ... (Continue reading)

Sonny nearly goes to jail

After reading the headline in the Toronto Globe and Mail “Abortion law scrapped – women get free choice” in late January at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station, I decided to end my two-year self-imposed exile in America. I took the train a few days later to Montreal.  While there, I planned to be deliberately arrested at Morgentaler’s abortion bungalow in East Montreal, but I arrived to late – he stops murdering French babies at 3 in the afternoon. So, on February 7, ... (Continue reading)

Sidewalk counselor acquitted

Pro-lifer Tom Brown charged with trespassing in June last year while counseling a woman scheduled for an abortion, appeared in Old City Hall Court on February 17.  Provincial court Judge C. Bode acquitted Mr. Brown of the charge. (Continue reading)

Three teachers arrested

On Ash Wednesday afternoon, three Catholic high school teachers knelt on the back steps at 85 Harbord Street and prayed a Rosary.  The three courageous men, Jim Bissonette, Peter McCann and Tom Benton were led away by police to 14 division where they were charged with failure to obey a police order.  Mr. Bissonette stated in an interview of CITY TV: “Christians frequently pray for the dead at cemeteries.  Lent especially is a time for prayer and fasting throughout the ... (Continue reading)

Thoughts from a picket line

On Black Thursday (January 28) while picketing in front of Rev. Ken Campbell’s Way Inn on Harbord Street, a number of thoughts raced through my mind.  I will share them with you now, knowing full well that they have been expressed more eloquently before, but in the expectation that somebody will read them here for the first time. I reflected on the concept of “choice.” It was a key word on the picket signs carried by the opposition as well as ... (Continue reading)

Packer Honoured

Preachers and politicians got together at a pro-life rally and it was something to see. “Any church that calls itself Christian and doesn’t have a sermon against abortion this Sunday doesn’t deserve to be called Christian!” charged Rev. Ken Campbell, Baptist minister and founder of Choose Life Canada.  Rev. Campbell said this to an enthusiastic crowd of 1,500 at the Queensway Cathedral in Toronto on the Sunday following the Supreme Court of Canada decision that struck down Canada’s abortion law. “Amens” could ... (Continue reading)

Malley fights back

In Calgary this year, pro-lifers will take their battle for the preborn to the courts.  Within a two-week period in January, Michael Malley, President of Campaign Life Calgary and an indefatigable defender of pre-born children for many years, initiated statements of claim in the Court of Queen’s Bench against what he calls the “abortion establishment” in that city. Last fall, Malley won a legal victory when the Court of Appeal partially overturned an earlier injunction prohibiting him from suing the agency ... (Continue reading)

Macabre research with fetal tissue

In 1980, the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) was established “to procure human tissues and organs for bio-medical research.”  Operating from a central facility at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia, the NDRI processes tissue shipped to it from across the U.S., and then delivers “fresh tissue to researchers.” A variety of sources supply human tissue to the NDRI, including “seven clinics that supply fetal tissue.”  At present, over 250 biomedical researchers in the United States receive tissue from the NDRI. ... (Continue reading)

A Fraudulent TV “Debate”

On February 12, 1988, the eve of the eve of St. Valentine, the patron saint of love, Global TV aired what was billed as a “debate” on abortion, reporter Richard Brown acting as M.C. The pro-life side is easily summarized Rev. Ken Campbell said that compromising one human life was an attack on all human life, and lawyer Angela Costigan said similarly that the mere mention of abortion as a thinkable procedure was an immeasurable affront to all humanity. Those who favoured ... (Continue reading)

Wilson, O’Connor: Opposing views

Did the January 28, 1988 Supreme Court decision grant Canadian women the “right” to abortion?  Despite newspaper headlines and first impressions, it did not. Only one of the seven judges, Mme Justice Wilson, argued the case for every woman’s right to kill her pre-born baby.  The others rejected this idea outright or based their decisions on different grounds. One must understand that the five judges who formed the majority opinion striking down Section 251 of the Criminal Code provide three distinct sets ... (Continue reading)

Supreme court judge launches fictitious right to privacy

Mr. Justice Beetz in his concurring opinion on the Morgentaler case before the Supreme Court compared the views of Justice Sandra O’Connor, of the U.S. Supreme Court, with those of Madam Justice Bertha Wilson of the Canadian Supreme Court.  The argument at issue relates to the question when the state’s interest to protect the foetus would become compelling. O’Connor Justice O’Connor, who has labeled the trimester approach to abortion as “out-moded” and who in Akron, in 1983, criticized the idea of potential ... (Continue reading)

What our MPs must do now

The January 28,1988 decision of the Supreme Court has thrown the issue of abortion back into the lap of  Parliament. What did the Supreme Court say? What are Mps to do? How should they face legislation? Q. Why did the Supreme Court rule that the abortion law ( section 251 of the Criminal Code) contravened the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? A majority of five Justices ( out of seven) ruled that the subclauses of Section 251 breached the “ ... (Continue reading)

Albertans react

The Edmonton Court house was the scene of a massive pro-life demonstration on the afternoon of Saturday, February6, 1988, just ten days after the Supreme Court decision declaring S.251 of the Criminal Code unconstitutional. Undeterred by- 15 temperatures and a stiff, northerly breeze, n estimated crowd of between 1,500 and 2,000 people from all over Alberta marched round, totally encircling the city block containing the Court House and the Edmonton Art Gallery. Carrying signs that said “ Abortion-babies can ... (Continue reading)

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