Articles from January, 1991

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U.S. approve new contraceptive

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration December 10, approved the first new contraceptive device since the IUD was introduced in the 1960s. Developed by the New York-based Population Council and marketed by the pharmaceutical giant Wyeth-Ayerst of Philadelphia, the device, called Norplant, consists of six matchstick-size rods that are implanted just under the skin. These rods time-release a hormone into the woman’s bloodstream, preventing pregnancy for up to five years, the manufacturers claim  Once the rods are removed, fertility is restored. The Population ... (Continue reading)

The in basket

AT HOME Just working girls Alexandre Highcrest, the AIDS-Educator with the Toronto-based Prostitutes for Sage Sex Project (PSSP), writes in the most recent issue of The New Facts of Life, the newsletter of the Canadian Public Health Association: “We advocate a positive attitude towards sex, sexuality, and sex trade workers, and we’re constantly trying to educate the public as to the realities of these self-employed entrepreneurs. Prostitution is simply work, and we who work as whores are no different from those you who ... (Continue reading)

Morgentaler not welcome in St. John’s

City Council in St. John’s, Newfoundland recently overruled an appeal board that had declared the new Morgentaler abortuary suitable for the area it was operating in. Six out of the eight sitting councilors voted to overrule the appeal board, pro-life councilor Dorothy Wyatt told The Interim. Eviction notice Council is resisting a threatening letter from Morgentaler’s lawyers (all the way from Cambridge, Ontario!) to rescind the eviction notice. The councilors are preparing to go to court, Ms. Wyatt said, despite the view of ... (Continue reading)

Alberta doctors welcome Morgentaler

A recent decision by the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons to allow Henry Morgentaler to establish an abortuary in Alberta has been met by outrage and opposition from pro-life groups in the province. Campaign Life Coalition President Lorraine Stark was especially critical of the College’s decision, noting that she had presented well-documented information about Morgentaler’s “questionable medical practices” to the College a day before it reached its decision. “Obviously they didn’t even look into this information,” Ms. Stark told The Interim, ... (Continue reading)

IVF parents facing the wrong direction

Dr. Donald Demarco presented a brief to the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies in Toronto on November 20, 1990. Because of time restrictions on that occasion, he has been given space in The Interim to expand and clarify his remarks to two of the Commissioners, Maureen McTeer and Grace Jantzen. Disease and desire Ms. McTeer stated that one of the chief issues the Commission faces is deciding on the extent to which the state should involve itself in so personal a ... (Continue reading)

Glorifying God and saving babies

How do you counsel a woman in crisis pregnancy?  The North York Crisis Pregnancy Centre (NYCPC), in Toronto, has had six years of experience. “We are not here to save babies. We are here to glorify God and speak the truth about abortion. If babies are saved, we rejoice,” says Mary Turner, the current director of NYCPC. “We are here to help the women who come to us. They sense that we respect and genuinely care about them. We’re here to ... (Continue reading)

Miracle on the corner of the shoeshine boys

As we begin 1991, I want to relate this true story to the readers of The Interim. It is a story I go back to, from time to time, when my flagging faith, hope and courage need a little jolt. In 1983, I was a visitor to the city of Santo Domingo, in the Caribbean country of the Dominican Republic. It was my first visit, and above all I wanted to see St. Mary’s Cathedral, which is the oldest church in ... (Continue reading)

Is Christianity being marginalized in Canada?

Vancouver. In October of 1990, the B.C. Social Credit Party faced a contentious issue at its annual convention: should it remove from its constitution a clause committing it to foster Christian principles? On the one hand, pro-life Social Credit member Kathleen Toth contended that, if the clause was removed, “I can see a lot of people who joined this party because of its Christian principles deciding there’s no point in supporting Social Credit any longer. On the other hand, many agreed with ... (Continue reading)

Justice Wilson retires

“The most liberal-minded and controversial member of the Supreme Court of Canada is stepping down,” said a news story on November 21. Mme. Justice Bertha Wilson, the first woman appointed to the court (in 1982), said she was resigning in order to spend more time with her husband, a retired minister. Tributes The announcement brought a chorus of tributes to her. The Toronto Star praised her in an editorial entitled “A great judge.”  James MacPherson, Dean of Ontario’s Osgoode Hall Law School, ... (Continue reading)

Sexually transmitted diseases explode among teens

Dr. Barbara Romanowski head of a federal advisory committee on sexually transmitted diseases, said we should be “bloody worried” about the incidence of these among teenagers. She told the Reproductive Technologies Commission that the infections are costing the country astronomical amounts of money; $200 million is spent every year just for the treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancies (often caused by pelvic inflammation). Dr. Romanowski blamed the teenage mentality: “Why do they drink and drive, why do they do ... (Continue reading)

Around the Country

Recession saving marriages? Statistics Canada reports that there has been a dramatic increase in the divorce level: for every two weddings, one marriage breaks up. Twenty years ago, the U.S. rate was more than twice as high as ours, ten years ago it was 50 per cent higher, now they are about even. “I don’t think we can be sanguine about the consequences, particularly when there are children involved, commented Robert Glossop, research director for the Vanier Institute of the Family. The Globe and ... (Continue reading)

Satanism: sacrificing the children

Evil is an effective agent, a living spiritual being, perverted and perverting. A terrible reality. One of the greatest needs is defence from the evil which is called the Devil. The question of the Devil and the influence he can exert on individual persons as well as on communities, whole societies, or events, is very important. It should be studied again. Pope Paul VI, November 15, 1972. …From the Black High Mass of the Feast of the Beast. Satan, the Devil, Lucifer. According to ... (Continue reading)

LEAF: her mistress’ voice

LEAF, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, is a national feminist group dedicated to taking women’s equality issues into Canada’s courts. It was mobilized on April 17, 1985, the day the equality rights clauses of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into force. Objectives LEAF strives: -    to educate the public concerning rights and the significance, interpretation and enforcement of the Constitution and Charter; -    to establish a resource center with ties throughout Canada, and; -    to sponsor selective litigation in equality-related matters. They ... (Continue reading)

‘Abortion film, an outright lie,’ says adoption lobby

The U.S. media has run yet another in a long line of pro-abortion polemics. This time it was Abortion Denied: Shattering Young Women’s Lives, a half-hour pseudo-documentary, produced by the Feminist majority organization. It was aired December 7, on Ted Turner’s Atlanta-based TBS Cable Network. The program is a hysterical attack on ‘parental consent laws,’ and the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled them constitutional. It s 26 minutes of propaganda, half-truths, emotional manipulation and outright lies. Even Howard Rosenberg, the ... (Continue reading)

“AIDS not solely a medical problem,” says Pope

Besides Lake Victoria in Tanzania and in the mountainous country of Burundi, Pope John Paul II told large crowds of his ten-day African trip in early September, that AIDS is a moral issue which calls for changes in human behaviour. His message was bound to exasperate those who consider that the AIDS epidemic must be countered with contraception and ‘safe-sex.’ AIDS is not solely a medical problem, the Pope insists: it has moral implications and it is directly linked to the ... (Continue reading)

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