Articles from April, 1993

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An eye-opening experience

While I was staying at a well-known respected motel recently, my husband and I observed that the pay-per-view box in our room featured, among other titles, Deep Throat. Just about the only pornographic movie title I’ve ever heard, I remembered that I had known someone who was arrested for showing it to a group of engineering students nearly 20 years ago. Today, it is socially acceptable for a family-type model chain to offer this “entertainment” to its patrons. Another trip, another ... (Continue reading)

No tough questions, please

My first editor used to tell me never to put my trust in special groups. He said a good journalist should ask tough questions and go beyond the press releases and the sound bites. Maybe the rules are different when the subject is abortion. Consider the latest call by the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League for a “multi-site injunction” to curtail pro-life activity across the province. The abortion “rights” group made ... (Continue reading)

On pornography and censorship

Two issues ago, Anneliese Steden wrote of her disgust that her local library had purchased Madonna’s book Sex. In last month’s issue, Dana Colarusso cautioned against censorship in general. It is not censorship for a publicly-funded library to refuse to purchase Sex. If people want to read Madonna’s views – and look at the photographs of her in various nude poses in various stages of sexual arousal – then they are perfectly free to go to their bookstores and hand over the ... (Continue reading)

Unicef: Has organization lost sight of its original mandate?

For over two decades, UNICEF officials in Canada have consistently denied that their organization plays any part in disturbing contraceptives (most of which are abortifacient), or in promoting abortion or sterilization. Official records, however, tell a different story, and the history of UNICEF’s changes in policy shows just how far it has departed from its original mandate. To forestall UNICEF being attacked unjustly, it is necessary to make clear that the sources of information used here are UNICEF itself, other United ... (Continue reading)

Girl fights T.V. violence

Due solely to the efforts of one exceptional girl, the Federal government has announced positive steps toward reducing television violence. Virginnie Lariviere, a fourteen-year old from Polycarp, PQ, presented a petition asking for legislation “with teeth.” So far, the nation-wide petition has garnered over 1.5 million signatures. Some of her petition’s recommendations included a ban on violent shows which are aimed at children, airing violent shows after 11 p.m., implementing a tax on violence (TAV) and using this tax to produce ... (Continue reading)

The importance of family

This April, I have been invited to give two talks in the United States. The subject is “The Family” which is in such jeopardy these days that it deserves much attention. Experts says, “The family is coming apart at the seams. There are as many divorces as there are marriages. In the U.S. 50% of marriages break up within a few years of the wedding. One might ... (Continue reading)

Shocking, violent…and legal

Abortionists in the U.S. have introduced a gruesome new way to ply their trade and pro-lifers are hoping that it never makes an appearance in Canada. The new procedure, called dilation and extraction (D&X), is capable of shocking the most hardened observer. During the D&X, the unborn and unanesthetized baby us delivered feet first. When all but the head, which remains in the birth canal, is delivered, the abortionist punctures the base of the skull, inserts a catheter into the area ... (Continue reading)

You were asking?

Is it true that the embryo comes from only a part of the cell after the ovum in fertilized? M.P. Toronto What happens is that soon after fertilization the first cell—the zygote—undergoes a rapid series of cell divisions, and within a few days the cells separate into two groups. One group, the smaller inner portions of the cells, gives rise to the embryo. The larger and outer group of cells develops into membranes ... (Continue reading)

Pro-life activist freed

The ordeal has ended for Linda Gibbons. The pro-life prisoner of conscience met friends and well-wishers in Toronto after her release from jail March 18. She served four moths of a six month sentence which she spent in four different jails. This was her seventh time in jail since 1989 and she served almost continually since September of 1992. “It’s great getting out of such an enclosed atmosphere,” said an elated Gibbons. “You do get jail fatigue with the noise and exhaustion.” The ... (Continue reading)

Producer pays price for intimidation

A pro-life witness who complained that she was intimidated by a CBC producer has been vindicated by a House of Commons Committee who found the producer to be “over-zealous.” The Standing Committee on House Management investigated the complaint following a question of privilege raised in the House of Commons by pro-life MP Don Boudria. The case involves the testimony of Cheryl Eckstein Sr. of the Compassionate Healthcare Network before the Justice subcommittee studying the recodification of the Criminal Code, and a ... (Continue reading)

Sue Rodriguez fires Hofsess

Svend Robinson hired as her spokesman and fundraiser Sue Rodriguez formally disassociated herself from John Hofsess and his Right to Die Society following his latest public-relations blunder in announcing that her death would become a public spectacle. In mid-March. Hofsess announced that more than one doctor, and at least two spectators would be on hand to “assist” Ms Rodriguez in her suicide when the terminally-ill Victoria, B.C., resident decides its time to end her life. The announcement came shortly after ... (Continue reading)

Sue Rodriguez fires Hofsess

Svend Robinson hired as her spokesman and fundraiser   Sue Rodriguez formally disassociated herself from John Hofsess and his Right to Die Society following his latest public-relations blunder in announcing that her death would become a public spectacle. In mid-March. Hofsess announced that more than one doctor, and at least two spectators would be on hand to “assist” Ms Rodriguez in her suicide when the terminally-ill Victoria, B.C., resident decides its time to end her life. ... (Continue reading)

Rescuing politics from the elite

Canadian’s are saying their goodbyes to Brian Mulroney – most with more than a little joy in their voices. They might be wise to restrain their enthusiastic voices alleluias. Mulroney’s replacement as Prime Minister will be essentially the same. And the leader after that, and the leader after that, will be cut from the same mould—unless we are willing to make some fundamental changes to our political system. Brian Mulroney was the hollow man of Canadian politics—a man devoid ... (Continue reading)

Notable Quotes

No betrayal “I cannot vote for a bill that would take human life. To do so, to me, would be a betrayal of all the things I have tried to stand for in my personal and public life.” Liberal MP Maurice, Dionne (Mirimachi), who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, speaking against the Waddell motion in the House of Commons this motion which would have encouraged the government to amend the law against assisted suicide. (Toronto Star, March 23, 1993) Marriage Marriage ... (Continue reading)

Rose & Thorn

Stan Wilbee, Doug Fee, Fernand Jourdenais, Jesse Flis, Bob Horner, Dennis Mills, Peter McCreath, Maurice Dionne and Don Blenkarn. MPs whose speeches helped them kill the Ian Waddell motion which recommended that the government consider a bill legalizing euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.   The Toronto Star. For blatantly irresponsible coverage of the Florida tragedy. Instead of presenting the facts, the paper chose to portray all Canadian pro-life demonstrators as would-be murderers. Through editorials, columns and a complete refusal to give ... (Continue reading)

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