Articles from November, 1992

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Edmonton’s private police force

One evening in late September, staff and supporters of Henry Morgentaler’s Edmonton abortuary gathered to celebrate the building first anniversary. Well-known pro-life activist Jim Demers showed up to observe the proceedings as a photographer and reporter for the Alberta Report. Photographers from the other Edmonton papers were also present. However, the clinic staffers identified Mr. Demers not only as a pro-lifer, but also as one who had already been arrested for ignoring a court injunction that banned protests within a ... (Continue reading)

The month in review

September 16 – Ottawa – By a vote of 99-62, the House of Commons passes legislation ending baby bonuses and bringing in a new child benefit system aimed at helping the working poor. The baby bonus was established by Mackenzie King in 1945, to ensure that children would have their basic needs met. The monthly payments were made directly to the mothers, not to their husbands. In the Senate, the Liberal opposition had 31 expert witnesses prepared to criticize it, but ... (Continue reading)

Toronto activist in jail

Toronto pro-life activist “Jane Doe” was released on Wednesday October 2, without signing any bail conditions. On Thursday October 3, she returned to the Scott abortuary to counsel distressed, pregnant women and was promptly re-arrested. On Monday, October 5, Jane Doe was arraigned in Court. The Court date was set for Tuesday, October 13 at College Park Courthouse at 10:00 a.m. An evening vigil was held for her on Thanksgiving Day, Monday October 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Metro West Detention ... (Continue reading)

Why picket?

In the campaign to make abortion illegal, activists agree that they have not been greeted by many legislative victories. Perhaps most disheartening was last year’s Sullivan v. LeMay case, which saw the Supreme Court of Canada declare that the child in the birth canal was not a person. Moreover, Henry Morgentaler continues to go from one provincial Supreme Court to another, collecting all sorts of injunctions and other victories. However depressing this may be, pro-life advocates are turning to a ... (Continue reading)

Taxpayers fund Morgentaler’s new Toronto mill

Toronto – On Oct. 20, Ross McKerron, a Toronto investor, confirmed that he has leased the second floor of a building to Henry Morgentaler, to replace his bombed-out Harbord St. death mill. Apparently, the Ontario government will cover the costs of the new mill. Both Premier Ray and Health Minister Frances Lankin are anxious to open as many abortuaries across Ontario as possible. Taxpayers have already paid an undisclosed amount for Morgentaler’s current “clinic” and $420,000 for security at Toronto’s other abortuaries. (Continue reading)

Morgentaler seeks Ottawa abortuary

Ottawa hospitals performed over 4,370 abortions in 1991 and there is a freestanding abortuary in nearby Hull, Quebec. Yet the Ottawa Pro-Choice Network claims that approximately 40 women per month must seek abortions outside the area. To rectify this “problem,” Henry Morgentaler is demanding public money to establish an abortuary in the nation’s capital. When Morgentaler applied for a publicly funded facility in 1991, he was told by the Ottawa-Carleton District Health Council that he would have to wait for the ... (Continue reading)

A physian for life

Dr. Walter Kazun, a retired Vancouver family physician, long-time pro-life activist and co-founder of B.C. Physicians for Life, voted No in last month’s referendum. He says he’s always been politically alert, probably because at the age of four he immigrated to Canada with his hard-working Polish parents, an event that forged his deep love of Canada and concern about its future. “The constitutional proposal contains confusion and misinformation and hasn’t been properly explained to the people. Moreover, it shies away from the ... (Continue reading)

The Power of Pain

If you missed the funeral, don’t worry. There wasn’t one! I was simply removed from circulation in order to have a hip replaced. Some people thought that a face-lift would be a better idea, but the doctor did not suggest it so I kept quiet. I am not going to give you a blow-by-blow description of my operation, except to say that it was successfully performed by an excellent surgeon named Dr. James Rathbun, in Scarborough General Hospital. The weeks and ... (Continue reading)

Protestants fare badly in deaf and blind schools

Ridiculous! Protestant parents are not allowed to have a religious program during school hours for their children in the three deaf and the one blind school in Ontario. At the same time Catholics, because of their historical right to have their own schools in Ontario are allowed to have a religious program during school hours in the very same schools. A directive of August 14, 1992, from Dave McKee abrogates or cancels his previous directive of November 19, 1991, which killed the ... (Continue reading)

Notes from the home front

“Is that your fourth baby?” asked a woman after church on Sunday. Now, I must admit that I enjoy showing off the baby a little, and since there aren’t many babies in our small parish, there’s usually someone who makes a bit of fuss over him. But the emphasis here was on fourth, as in, “Is that your fourth trip to the dessert bar?” Apparently, having four kids in as many years makes a certain kind of statement. It certainly attracts ... (Continue reading)

Feminist activism in action

Charlottetown: “For once I have to part company with some of my friends in the women’s movement. Designating half the elected Senate seats for women is not the way to achieve gender parity in the political arena.” So said MP Sheila Copps here in mid September. Copps gave the opening address at the “Winning Women Forum,” a conference on political skills for women. The following day, wrap-up speaker Nancy Jackman of Toronto, a founder and a major financial backer of LEAF ... (Continue reading)

Workers oppose euthanasia

According to a recent study, a large majority of doctors and other health workers who care for the terminally ill oppose all active forms of euthanasia. In a timely survey, The Human Life Research Institute (H.L.R.I.) determined that 74 per cent of those health care professionals who responded to their questionnaire felt that any direct action undertaken to terminate a patient’s life was unethical. This study confirmed what many had long suspected – that those who work closest to the terminally ... (Continue reading)

B.C. man takes abortion industry to court

Vancouver pro-lifer Gordon Watson is fed up. He has tried everything in his power to put a halt to the Vancouver’s sprawling abortion business. Nothing has succeeded so, in an unorthodox move, the 42-year-old screen printer has decided to take the industry to court. Under the rather obscure B.C. Trade Practices Act, any citizen may sue an institution on behalf of another party even if he has not been personally affected by the offending institution. Mr. Watson hopes that he can ... (Continue reading)

“Same-sex” spouses

On September 1, 1992, the Ontario Human Rights Commission made public its decision to grant gays and lesbians partners equal status with legal marriage, including all financial benefits such as health coverage, and survivor benefits. This announcement sent a shockwave of anger across the province, with people venting their frustrations on public radio talk shows and by phoning their members of the Ontario legislature. One repeatedly stated opinion has been that the Human Rights Commission is a powerful body and one tangles ... (Continue reading)

Family values: Where some MP’s stand

Recently I obtained the results of a survey of MPs done by homosexual rights lobbyists and collected by NDP MP Svend Robinson. Robinson, parliament’s self-proclaimed homosexual, asked his lobbyists to find out whether MPs  would support an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. I also learned something about the so-called “family caucus” of the Mulroney government. Let me take the latter first. Al Johnson PC MP Al Johnson tells me that a spring ... (Continue reading)

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