Articles from September, 1988

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Supreme Court garbled

The following brief address was delivered by Ottawa lawyer Teresa Ferri at a luncheon on Parliament Hill on June 29, 1988.  The meeting was held to publicize the pro-life Bill S-16, sponsored by Senators Stanley Haidasz (Lib.) and John MacDonald (PC).  See The Interim June 1988. Honourable Senators, Honourable Members of Parliament, Ladies and Gentlemen. I am grateful to Senator Haidsz for this opportunity to briefly address you on an issue which demands our ... (Continue reading)

School Board asleep at the wheel

Jim Norman of Brampton, Ontario has charged the York Region Separate School Board, an 800-teacher board north of Toronto, with helping get his former girlfriend an abortion.  The girlfriend is a teacher at the York Board. In an interview in May 1988, Mr. Norman stated that he warned a number of people in February 1988 of the forthcoming abortion, including the principal of his former girlfriend’s school, a number of school board officials including the chairman ... (Continue reading)

Aid to Women

The ad says it all: “Aid to Women saved our lives.”  What a great thrill it is to look at the three babies pictures and know that they are alive and well today – know that they wouldn’t be if it wasn’t for Lifeline, a new pro-life organization.  Lifeline operates Aid to Women, a pregnancy crisis centre in Toronto committed to changing the thinking of abortion-minded women. In operation only the past year from modestly appointed ... (Continue reading)

Harpur’s Muddle

In his syndicated column (Toronto Star, etc.), Tom Harpur has argued that the Vatican has not always held that from the moment of conception the child in the womb is a full human being and that to end its life is murder.  For centuries, the fetus was held to be a person only after a rational soul was infused in it.  Following a conjecture of Aristotle’s, this was thought to be at about 40 days for a ... (Continue reading)

Anti-Life Catholics

The following Catholics voted against the “protection for human life” amendment.  The reason for listing these MPS as a separate category is that many Catholics believe that if a local candidate is a fellow Catholic, he or she will automatically be pro-life.  Alas, this is not the case in practice.  Their vote indicates otherwise. The Prime Minister, Mr. Brian Mulroney, and the leader of the opposition, Mr. John Turner, are the two most prominent examples of Catholics who are ... (Continue reading)

Premier on Abortion

“My government takes the position that we can in no way be a party to open abortion on demand.  The court has spoken.  We cannot stop abortions, but we can speak out on behalf of humanity, on behalf of those babies and in support of morality.  We can respond to the many thousands of British Columbians who also are vehemently opposed and do not wish to labour to pay taxes which will then be used to pay for ... (Continue reading)

Vander Zalm and Media Prejudice

Part II Polls A poll released at the beginning of March indicated that two-thirds of British Columbians thought the Premier was wrong to refuse public financing for abortions.  He could no longer say (as he had done), that he spoke for the majority of the people in his province; he had to say that he spoke for “humanity” and in defence “of an already crumbling society.”  A poll taken in May ... (Continue reading)

Sunday Shopping

Toronto David Peterson’s proposed Sunday shopping legislation was given second reading by Ontario MPPs on June 29, 1988.  Eight weeks of public hearings begin in August. The legislation will give municipalities responsibility for Sunday store hours.  Tories, NDPers and most other people are convinced that the local option clause is a Liberal party subterfuge, since in reality it will lead to wide open Sunday shopping.  Sunday work for many people will follow ... (Continue reading)

Those who will not sign

I really don’t know much about Nelson Mandela, apart from what I have read of him in the past few days referring to his 70th birthday, and – spasmodically – over the years.  I am not sure about what his philosophy is or whether or not I would agree with his political ideals.  But I cannot withhold my admiration of a man who has spent ore than a quarter of a century in prison because he refused to ... (Continue reading)

UPDATE

Technology with God Piacenza, Italy In a speech on June 5, 1988, to workers in Piacenza, Pope John Paul II said that without spiritual guidelines, current genetic technologies threaten to outdo the early nineteenth century Industrial Revolution in “savage and dehumanizing” practices.  That period, he said, was an :epoch of cruel exploitation where the ideology in power preached the liberation of the oppressed.” Today, the Pope states, it is “absolutely necessary” that medical sciences follow the Church’s guidelines on ... (Continue reading)

The Editorial

The coming election Pro-lifers may face the coming election with a degree of confidence.  The voting in the House of Commons on July 28 has revealed that pro-life sentiments are far stronger than the media pundits and the pro-abortionists have made the country believe.  At the same time the voting has provided a factual record on four out of every five MPs currently in the House. The details of this record are printed elsewhere in this edition.  They should be used ... (Continue reading)

Those who will not sign

I really don’t know much about Nelson Mandela, apart from what I have read of him in the past few days referring to his 70th birthday, and – spasmodically – over the years.  I am not sure about what his philosophy is or whether or not I would agree with his political ideals.  But I cannot withhold my admiration of a man who has spent ore than a quarter of a century in prison because he refused to sign ... (Continue reading)

UPDATE Technology with God

Piacenza, Italy In a speech on June 5, 1988, to workers in Piacenza, Pope John Paul II said that without spiritual guidelines, current genetic technologies threaten to outdo the early nineteenth century Industrial Revolution in “savage and dehumanizing” practices.  That period, he said, was an :epoch of cruel exploitation where the ideology in power preached the liberation of the oppressed.” Today, the Pope states, it is “absolutely necessary” that medical sciences follow the Church’s guidelines on bioethics and the ... (Continue reading)

Justice for Joan Andrews

A late June letter from the American Life League requested that the U.S. government investigate the unjust and brutal treatment of imprisoned pro-life activist Joan Andrews. “We are calling on President Reagan and the U.S. Justice Department to investigate these violations under the civil rights laws of this country,” said League president Judie Brown.  “Because Miss Andrews is a deeply religious and highly moral person, the prison systems I treating her worse than they would any hardened criminal.” Brown urged the president ... (Continue reading)

Cross-Country Relay to Ottawa

Canadians For Life, sponsor of Lifeline expects a large turnout in Ottawa when a cross-country relay that started in the west at Prince Rupert, B.C., and in the east from St. John’s, Newfoundland, converges on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday, September 17. Organizers hops the finale will take place during the forthcoming federal election, thus pressuring all members (and would-be members) of Parliament to ensure that new truly pro-life legislation will be passed in the new Parliament. As ... (Continue reading)

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