Articles from March, 1992

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Women excluded from constitution talks

Judy Anderson, national president of REAL Women of Canada has accused Joe Clark, Minister of Constitutional Affairs, of excluding from the constitutional Affairs, of excluding from the constitutional process the organization which represents some 50,000 Canadian women. Mr. Clark is defrauding the Canadian public by stacking the constitutional conferences now under way with feminists, Mrs. Anderson stated in Toronto in early February. She cited Judy Rebick, current president of the National Action Council on the Status of Women (NAC), who was ... (Continue reading)

A new Canada The Churches comment

Shopping St. John, N.B. In November 1991, R.C. Bishop Edward Troy wrote premier Frank McKenna deploring the sudden and arbitrary decision to permit Sunday shopping on a temporary basis. It opens the door to the exploitation of workers and the erosion of family values, he said. In early December, Bishop Troy wrote an open letter to Dan Cameron, leader of the CoR (Confederation of Regions) party, deploring the anti-Acadian and anti-French sentiments expressed in a press conference where the leader of the opposition ... (Continue reading)

God writes straight with crooked lines

Whenever I find myself in the vicinity of Brampton, Ontario, the car veers almost automatically in the direction of the home of Ray and Rita Holmes, where I am always sure of a good meal. Dr. Ray invariably has something interesting to tell me or show me, usually within the pro-life context. The other day he met me with the words, “I have a video I made especially for you. It is a Phil Donohue Show on two botched abortions in New ... (Continue reading)

Pro-life sisters

A pro-life religious order to be known as the Sisters of Life has recently been formed in the United States. As reported by Chuck Lindberg in the Knights of Columbus publication Columbia (January 1992), the new order was founded to provide spiritual support for the pro-life movement. The Sisters of Life are committed to pray and work for the protection of life from conception to natural death. John Cardinal O’Connor played a key role in the formation of the new order. Writing in ... (Continue reading)

Fighting “clinics” in Port Charlotte

My assignment from Campaign Life Coalition President Jim Hughes was simple. Go to Port Charlotte, he said, and close down every abortion “clinic” down there. And he gave me two weeks to do it. The good news is that Port Charlotte is in Florida! I told Jim that I wouldn’t be very effective going alone. He agreed. So I brought along my wife, Ileen, daughter Tara, 21, and son, Rory, 19. In order to economize, we drove. We left Toronto on December 21. We were ... (Continue reading)

Counseling Sarah

Adoption: Part II Part I appeared in our October 1991 issue. Editor I’ve counseled street kids and sheltered kids, some on drugs and some in trouble with the law but I’ve never had a client I didn’t really like. There is always something to admire in each of them. Sarah* doesn’t place her child for adoption easily. No girl does. Sarah’s girlfriends are pressuring her to keep the baby. Some days she feels that by choosing adoption she is unloving and no good, that she ... (Continue reading)

Families losing under Tories’ tax regime

“Tax reform is a moral choice to minimize one’s complicity and to resist exploitation.” It’s become a familiar sight: the waiter is struck dumb for a moment, then, regaining his composure blurts out, “You mean…?” “Yes. Separate checks, please.” There are only five of us in our party, so while it may be a nuisance, it’s hardly unprecedented. In fact, when I was working in an office, it was common for a group to go out for lunch and request separate checks. So why ... (Continue reading)

Mike Farnan: ideology over conscience

In June, 1991, Mike Farnan, former Ontario Solicitor General, MPP for Cambridge, and a Catholic, handed a statement on abortion to a member of the Galt Council, Knights of Columbus. (see sidebar) It is another exhibit in the continuing saga of Catholic politicians taking wrong stands on the abortion issue. It is a good example of the kind of self-deception which pro-life people encounter so frequently. Ritual word Farnan begins with a ritual word of praise to his own party for not being ... (Continue reading)

IN THE NEWS…

Newfoundland Newfie abortuary one year old St. Jon’s, Nfld. – On the Morgentaler ‘clinic’s’ first anniversary here, CBC’s regional radio newscast featured an interview with Peggy Meisner, the abortuary’s head nurse and office manager. She stated that the past year has gone very smoothly. “Except for a couple of rowdy demonstrations in the early days, Right to Lifers have been really very civilized,” she added, implying that opposition to the ‘clinic’ had all but evaporated. But she claims the ‘clinic’s’ future is still in ... (Continue reading)

‘Concerned’ Catholics urge dissent

“Catholic leaders fail to stop theologian,” said the Globe and Mail (Jan. 17, 92). “Barred from Churches, priest speaks at civic hall,” stated the Toronto Star (Jan. 20). “Using condoms no sin to priest,” reported the Toronto Sun (Jan. 20), while The Ottawa Citizen headed its report, “Liberal and Conservative Catholics clash at lecture” (Jan. 24). Finally, the Toronto Star devoted most of its Saturday religion page to the controversy under the title “Catholic vs. Catholic” (Jan. 25). The source of the ... (Continue reading)

“Legally naked” in Canada

Winnipeg, MB A Manitoba driver runs a stop sign at 90 kilometers an hour, hitting a woman who is eight months pregnant. The woman survives and regains her health. Her baby dies. The driver is fined $54 for running a stop sign. The judge rules that no one died, since the child is not a “person.” He bases his argument on the Supreme Court of Canada’s Sullivan/Lemay midwife decision of March 1991. Compare this Canadian case with two similar incidents in the USA. San Diego, ... (Continue reading)

Ontario’s Lyn McLeod: style, no substance

On her first day in office after her election as the new leader of the Ontario Liberal Party on February 9, 1992, Lyn McLeod (MPP, Fort William) vowed tough opposition to Bob Rae’s current NDP regime. But it’s unlikely it will amount to much. Audrey McLaughlin For one thing, Mrs. McLeod, 49, resembles too closely the NDP’s leader at the federal level, Audrey McLaughlin, who has floundered ever since she was elected on the feminist ticket. For another, today’s Liberal Party is hardly ... (Continue reading)

Nunziata attacks Liberals for Life

MP John Nunziata (York South-Weston) has charged that Liberals for Life are subverting the democratic process in the party and using the pro-life issue to further their own political ambitions. He has accused them of blackmailing prospective candidates for party positions and riding nominations. Mr. Nunziata also demanded that Liberal Leader John Chrétien should stop “accommodating the group within the party. If our system is such that a single-issue group can take over,” he added, “then the rules have to be ... (Continue reading)

Women excluded from constitution talks

Judy Anderson, national president of REAL Women of Canada has accused Joe Clark, Minister of Constitutional Affairs, of excluding from the constitutional Affairs, of excluding from the constitutional process the organization which represents some 50,000 Canadian women. Mr. Clark is defrauding the Canadian public by stacking the constitutional conferences now under way with feminists, Mrs. Anderson stated in Toronto in early February. She cited Judy Rebick, current president of the National Action Council on the Status of Women (NAC), who was ... (Continue reading)

You were asking

Are there any arguments against euthanasia that are not based on religion or the sanctity of life argument – ideas that an atheist might accept? L.J., Willowdale, Ontario The well-known British medical journal The Lancet published an article on this topic, December 1989. Amongst the most important arguments is that euthanasia destroys the doctor-patient relationship, as is evident in Holland. Throughout history (except for the Nazi doctors) the role of the physician has been that of a healer, a saver of ... (Continue reading)

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