Articles from March, 1991

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Flawed law in Utah

The Utah Senate approved a bill January 23, 1991, outlawing abortion ‘except incases of rape, incest, effects to the child incompatible with sustained survival, and danger to the mother’s life.”  Penalties for illegal abortions range from one to fifteen years in prison. Despite the fatal flaws in this legislation, it is expected that the legislation will be challenged in the courts.  (Wanderer, January 31/91) (Continue reading)

Religious leaders should speak out

Nearly three quarters of all Americans believe that religious leaders have a right to express their views against abortion to elected officials. The poll was conducted by the Worthlin group.  It found that 69 per cent of the 1000 people surveyed agreed with the statement: “A Church that believes it is morally wrong to have an abortion has the right to advocate its position to the public, including elected officials.” “These findings are sure to disappoint abortion advocates,” said Helen Alvare, the director ... (Continue reading)

Prisoners of conscience

Amnesty International (AI) should push for the release of persons jailed for barring access to abortion ‘clinics’, claims pro-life activist Vickie Bellaire of Kitchener, Ontario. “If anyone can be called a prisoner of conscience, it is certainly someone who risks arrest and imprisonment for the prevention of what they know in their hearts and minds is the destruction of human life,” Ms. Bellaire wrote in a separate letter to Alliance for Life. In the same latter, she urged all pro-lifers to lobby ... (Continue reading)

“Completely unacceptable!”

Toronto NDP municipal councilor Jack Layton wants to be Toronto’s mayor.  Much to the surprise of Mr. Layton, his followers and reporters, his formal announcement at Toronto’s City Hall on February 13 was met by immediate opposition.  Several people, including some carrying placards, heckled Layton. Jack Layton is “completely unacceptable” as a candidate for mayor, said Paul Dodds, legal counsel for Campaign Life Coalition. Mr. Dodds told the media people at Layton’s news conference that he is “revolted by the sort of ... (Continue reading)

Media flak for PEI clergyman

Charlottetown.  ON January 11, the front page of the Charlottetown Guardian featured a large, full-colour picture of three persons: a man in a military uniform, an infant, and a young woman. The accompanying caption explained that he was returning to his fiancée from military duty in the Persian Gulf and meeting his young son for the first time. Chided A local Roman Catholic priest, Fr. George Gilliland, gently chided the editor, pointing out that young people could easily conclude that this is an ... (Continue reading)

CCCC member pushes condoms

The following story appeared in the Markham, Ontario Weekender of December 223, 1990. Starting in Grade 7, Catholic students in York Region are taught about condoms and foam. “The promotion of condoms and foam as a birth control method and as prevention to HIV infection was addressed at last week’s education committee meeting of the York Region Catholic Separate School Board. “Divisional Superintendent of Programs John MacRae, presented trustees with a motion that the board formally endorse the conception barrier and infection prevention ... (Continue reading)

Dissenting Catholics: a new sect

In her Toronto Star column of December 14, 1990 pro-abortion, anti-life columnist Doris Anderson seized with delight on one of the recent scandals in the Catholic Church in Canada. The atrocities against boys at Mount Cashel Orphanage in Newfoundland, she declared with complete conviction, are the direct result of centuries of misguided teaching in the Catholic Church.  The Church’s efforts to promote celibacy have been mostly unsuccessful and have exacted a terrible price in human misery. Support The remarkable thing is that Anderson ... (Continue reading)

OECTA retains pro-abortion speaker

Despite the serious objections of concerned teachers, abortion defender Sheila Copps opened the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) late January ‘Poverty Hurts’ conference in Toronto.  Another pro-abortionist, ex-NDP MPP, Richard Johnson was to have closed the conference, but in the end did not appear. Ms. Copps, the third place finisher in last year’s Liberal leadership race, is party leader Jean Chretien’s recent appointment to the post of Deputy Leader.  She is on record as supporting unrestricted abortion in the first ... (Continue reading)

Trustees backpeddle on policy

On November 27, 1990, the Policy Committee of the Durham Separate School Board (DSSB) revoked an earlier motion of the full board making family life and religion programs compulsory for all students. For more than a year, some parents in the region lying to the east of Toronto had fought a losing battle with the DSSB over a long-standing rule that no child was to be exempted from the Fully Alive family life program which includes a sex education component.  (see ... (Continue reading)

Vigil may end soon

Father Tony Van Hee, a 55-year-old Jesuit priest from the Guelph Spirituality Centre, heaved a sigh of relief when the proposed abortion law, Bill C-43 was defeated in the Senate on January 31, 1991. Vigil Father Van Hee has kept a prayer and fasting vigil on Parliament Hill for the last year-and-a-half (since September 1989) except for a break of three months each summer and three weeks each Christmas. He did this to focus public and political attention on the fact that no ... (Continue reading)

Multi-national may market RU-486 worldwide

The French pharmaceutical giant Roussel-Uclaf produces RU-486, a steroid whose sole purpose is to bring about an abortion.  It does so by destroying the lining of the uterus, thereby dislodging the already attached fetus (baby) who dies and is then expelled. In the summer of 1990, the French government sold its 40 per cent share of Roussel-Uclaf to Rhone-Poulenc, a leading French pharmaceutical company.  Rhone-Poulenc has since completed a merger with Rorer, a major U.S. drug company.  Hoechst A.G. of Frankfurt, ... (Continue reading)

The ethics of half a loaf

I was one of those who represented Campaign Life Coalition before the Senate Committee on the question of Bill C-43.  I was very honoured to be chosen.  While the senators were courteous and attentive, we did not feel any optimism regarding the outcome of the meeting.  Our position was one of “total non-compromise” on a bill which, had it passed, would have meant, in practice, abortion on demand. Politics has been described as ‘the art of compromise’. I have to admit that ... (Continue reading)

Canada

Quebec birth rate rises Despite expectations that the Quebec government’s policy of paying cash bonuses for newborn babies would not work, the number of babies born in the province increased for the second year running. The bonuses range from $500 for a first child to $6,000 for three or more children.  Parents are also given special provincial income tax deductions. As a result, the number of parents having three or more children has jumped by over 20 per sent since the program began ... (Continue reading)

Signs of hope in the U.S.

The year 1990 brought many ‘signs of hope’ to the  pro-life movement said the executive secretary of the American Bishops’ Pro-Life Activities Secretariat, Father John Gouldrick. He noted the following successes in the United States: •    An August poll found that most Americans believe human life begins long before birth and that the unborn child deserves protection; •    Media bias against the pro-life cause was more widely recognized and criticized. •    State legislatures considered an unprecedented number of bills, with legislation enacted in Pennsylvania, ... (Continue reading)

EUROPEAN NEWS

Czechoslovakia In the second week of January, the Czechoslovak federal assembly passed a new human rights law which included a ‘right to life’ clause. Members of the assembly, especially those representing Christian-oriented parties called for this clause to be extended to cover life from the moment of conception, in other words, they wanted an end to legal abortion, in line with the pastoral letter of the Catholic bishops at the end of 1990. Representatives presented the moral arguments against abortion, and pointed out ... (Continue reading)

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