Articles from January, 1994

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The ten pro-life events that shaped 1993

The following is a selection of the top 10 pro-life events and happenings in this country in the past year. They are in no particular order but illustrate the ups and downs of the movement as it strives to change the hearts and minds of Canadians and to get society to adopt a respect for all life. On September 30, a 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court of Canada upheld as constitutional the Criminal Code ... (Continue reading)

Fines come at most inopportune time

Seven pro-life families from B.C. have been slapped with liens against their homes as the result of a court case three years ago. The action, which came just in time for Christmas, resulted from a decision made by the B.C. Court of Appeal in 1990. Protesters at an abortion clinic had been trying to get their sentences over-turned but were rejected by the courts. The Court of Appeal ruled they would have to pay court costs to the abortion clinic. John Hof, ... (Continue reading)

B.C. activists charged

Three B.C. pro-lifers were found guilty of civil contempt of court on December 13 for counselling outside the Everywoman’s Health Centre in Vancouver. In making the decision, Mr. Justice Low admitted the term “watching or besetting” which is in the 1989 court order restricting pro-life activity outside the clinic, is “difficult to define.” However, he decided the actions of one of the accused pro-lifers were “provoking and upsetting, far beyond attendance merely for the purpose of communicating information.” He said the other ... (Continue reading)

Injunction showdown begins

Lawyers are calling it the most important civil rights case of the decade. The Ontario Attorney General is trying to persuade the courts to grant a blanket injunction banning pro-life activity in front of 23 locations across the province this month. As well as the injunction, Attorney General Marion Boyd has also singled out 18 pro-lifers from across the province and launched a law suit against them. Lawyers for the pro-lifers will be arguing that the case is a clear-cut civil rights situation. ... (Continue reading)


The Gay Issue, 40 min. $25.00 (1993) With The Homosexual Challenge by Dr. Don Faris ($12 per book). Video and book combined: $29.95. From Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (905) 479-5885. Understanding Homosexuality and the Reality of Change, 60 min. $29.95 U.S. (1993) From Impact Resources Corp. 1 (800) 333-6475. We all know former alcoholics, people who have escaped from a history of addiction and substance abuse.  Usually they left with ... (Continue reading)

A Pox on our Christmas

I never liked the idea of New Year’s resolutions, but if I were to make one, it would be to remember that motherhood should be joyful.  It is easy in the hectic course of a day to forget what it’s all about and get swept up by things much less important than the children. I must confess to having roared on occasion, “Get out of here!  Can’t you see I’m doing my pro-life work?”  “The irony is not lost on me, ... (Continue reading)


The latest government intrusion into the classroom poses a special threat to religious and private schools as well as to people who teach their kids at home, parents and teachers warn. The Common Curriculum, which is being developed and implemented at a rapid pace by the Ministry of Education and local school boards, is intended as a major restructuring of the way all Ontario students are taught.  Many are concerned as much for what isn’t in the document, as ... (Continue reading)

NDP to impose Common values on schools

Parents must relinquish power as new guidelines mold Ontario’s children into little New Democrats Parents in Ontario are bracing for major changes in their schools over the next three years with the release of the Common Curriculum, an “outcomes-based” strategy for teaching students. It doesn’t matter whether the school is public, separate, private or at home, the document handed down by the Ontario Ministry of Education earlier this year will shape the lives of all Ontario students up to Grade Nine ... (Continue reading)

Reason to be wary of UN plans

First came the United Nations decade of the woman. Then there was the year of the child. Now the family holds the spotlight as the member countries of the United Nations proclaims year 1994 the Year of the Family. But some people interested in the future of the family are withholding their joy at this recognition by the international body. Long experience has shown that the UN declarations of worthy causes can often be suspect if not actually dangerous. The UN ... (Continue reading)

UN looks to strengthen family ties

This month marks the beginning of the United Nations International Year of the Family. The UN General Assembly, in sponsoring the year, declared the family to be “the basic unit of society.” The family unit “therefore warrants special attention,” the proclamation states. Although the UN record promoting family values has often been tarnished, especially given its vigorous depopulation policies, the current declaration would please even the most ardent pro-family lobbyist. “Programmes should support families in the discharge of their functions, rather than provide ... (Continue reading)

Showing that we care

“This is Birthright. Can I help you?” These were the opening words of a wonderful speech delivered by Louise Summerhill, daughter of the late Foundress of Birthright—also Louise. It would be almost impossible to calculate the number of times those same words have been repeated over phones since they were first spoken by Louise Summerhill Sr. in a small rented office in Toronto, 25 years ago. They have been repeated in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana the Cameroons, to ... (Continue reading)

Commission plays word games badly

What exactly are human embryos? The Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies was forced to consider this question for a very basic reason: part of its mandate was to decide what to do about embryo research. There has been a decided push in the last several years to encourage public acceptance of experimentation on human embryos. Ever since In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) became possible (and more widely accepted), researchers have also had the problem of what to do with “extra” embryos. Usually ... (Continue reading)

The bad outweighs the good in report -Royal Commission on Reproductive Technologies fails to deal with the basic issues

When the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies was formed by the federal Progressive Conservative government four years ago, its mandate was to investigate the baby-making industry in Canada, to listen to the concerns raised by both experts and ordinary people, and give the politicians a guide on how to form public policy in an area which has been allowed to expand largely unchecked. The Royal Commission’s work, costing the taxpayer over $28million, ended this past November when its finished ... (Continue reading)

The threat of corporate consumerism

Everyone seems to be hot and bothered about political correctness. All the fuss, however, seems destined to produce more heat than light. Pro-life people usually join the chorus condemning political correctness because those identified as ‘PC’ promote abortion on demand and a variety of anti-family positions. I believe that we must view the present attack on political correctness with a certain skepticism. I understand political correctness as a set of views on society and politics which achieves such prominence that people are ... (Continue reading)

Notable Quotes

Poverty of Thought “We in Canada are destroying our heritage but not from reasons of economic poverty but because of the poverty of thought. Some hospitals are doing more abortions than deliveries.” Dr. Robert Walley speaking at a November Children’s Welfare Conference. (Catholic New Times, Dec. 19, 1993) Life saver “I know if I were scheduled for death tomorrow I would want someone to step in and save my life.” Ellen Chesal, one of nine defendants, testifying in court after ... (Continue reading)

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