Articles from March, 1994

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You were asking? Christmas 1943

I once read that as one gets older all Christmas memories blend into one. There is some truth in this saying, but there are certain Christmases that stand out in one’s memory as clearly today, as decades ago. For me, Christmas 1943 is such a memory. It was war-time in England, and Christmas shopping was very different from today. Not only was food strictly rationed but so were clothing, coal, soap, wool, candies and a whole list of ... (Continue reading)


LORDS FOR LIFE In mid-February, Britain’s House of Lords unanimously rejected a call for England to follow the Dutch lead and liberalize their euthanasia laws.  The Lords felt that any acceptance of euthanasia would, “place pressures on elderly and vulnerable people to request it,” and that it would be “next to impossible to ensure that all acts of euthanasia were truly voluntary.”  The peers also mentioned that patients should have the right to refuse medical treatment and that doctors should not ... (Continue reading)

Mother Teresa begins cycle of love

This past January-eighteen years after leaving Calcutta for Canada, Saraden Bok visited the orphanage she had been raised in, and the woman who had saved her life, Mother Teresa. At Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, “Home of the Little Children,” not much has changed.  One hundred and fifty babies sleeo on the top floor while a hundred young children are housed on the lower level.  All the children have been abandoned. “Eighty –five per cent of India is Hindu, only 2.5% Christian.  If ... (Continue reading)

Focus on the Family’s seminars bring Christians Where churches fear to tread

Pro-lifers have always wondered where the movement would be if the churches were solidly behind them. Standing out on the picket line, or organizing for another election, they often ask what it would be like if, with one voice, churches of all denominations in this country put their values into action and came down solidly in opposition to the rampant anti-life ethic in today’s society. Unless they are popular social issues, Canadian churches generally shy away from the “public square.”  There are ... (Continue reading)

Zero tolerance for Ontario NDP

Ontario’s NDP government has launched a program which is a major assault on freedom of speech, and has profound implications for pro-life people in the province.  The government has issued a “zero tolerance” program which it expects universities across the province to adopt. The policy is an attempt to stamp out all forms of discrimination in the province’s post secondary institutions.  It outlaws not just blatant acts of discrimination, but any words or actions which would create a “hostile atmosphere” for ... (Continue reading)

Sears faces Real anger over benefits

The Association of Lesbians and Gays of Ottawa is throwing its support behind Sears Canada for its decision to extend family benefits to same-sex partners. “People like myself who might not normally shop at Sears will alter their shopping habits,” said Anne Molgat of the Ottawa-based gay and lesbian lobby group.  “I support companies who support my community.” Sears announced in a letter to its managers that it was taking the initiative to extend benefits immediately to same-sex partners “in light of ... (Continue reading)

Quebec judge a bewildering choice

Andree Ruffo is co-chairperson of Canada’s international Year of the Family Committee.  A Quebec Youth Court Judge, Ruffo is considered a maverick by her supporters, but others see her controversial statements and decisions as arrogant and not in the best interests of children despite her claims to the contrary. Her frustration with the juvenile justice system and with the dysfunctional families she sees before the court is understandable.  Yet her propensity for grandstanding raises questions about her ability to best ... (Continue reading)

Norplant comes to Canada In the name of reducing costs and world population, women are held hostage by government policies and subjected to numerous health risks

At a press conference January 13, 1994, Wyeth-Ayerst Canada announced plans to start distribution of the controversial.  Norplant birth control device in March, 1994.  Six paper matchstick size capsules, 35 mm long x 2.4 mm in diameter, are placed under the skin of the upper arm of the woman, steadily releasing a synthetic hormone to inhibit ovulation.  The “contraceptive” implant was developed by the Population Council, a research organization based in New York, which spent $20 million on the ... (Continue reading)

The season of Lent

A few weeks ago, on the advice of my friend Vince Robson, I watched a television show called “What’s Wrong with the World?”  When one of the speakers, psychiatrist, was asked his opinion, he said, “The answer is very simple.  The world was given to us with a set of rules called the Ten Commandments.  If these had been observed we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in, socially, monetarily and morally.” Suppose we draw an analogy.  When you buy ... (Continue reading)

Hope for treatments

Dr. Curt Freed seems to have a highly personal set of ethics.  In 1988, he told the annual meeting of the American Society for Neuroscience that he had ignored a U.S. moratorium and implanted brain cells from aborted fetuses into the brain of a patient.  (Miscarried babies can’t be used: they may have some generic defect).  Today he is undeterred by the fact that his experimental procedure carries a rist of stroke and paralysis. Dr. Alan Fine of Dalhousie University’s Medical ... (Continue reading)

Fetal tissue transplants

A proposed new study of fetal brain tissue transplants and Parkinson’s patients, is generating much controversy in the medical profession – but not for the reasons one might hope. Dr. Curt Freed, a professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Colorado’s Health Science Centre, wants to initiate a one-year double blind study with 40 patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.  He described his proposal on CBC Radio’s science show Quirks & Quirks (February 5). Forty Patients would have their ... (Continue reading)

Missed opportunities Hurried past counselors, woman forced into abortion

Lawyers representing pro-lifers against the Ontario government tried to introduce dramatic testimony from a young woman who says counseling outside abortion clinics should be encouraged rather than banned. But the judge hearing the case, Justice George Adams, refused to allow the woman’s evidence because he said it came too late in the court case whch wrapped up at the end of January. The 19-year-old community college student says she was pressured into having her abortion last March when she was 9 months ... (Continue reading)

The same old numbers game

A master’s thesis written by a criminology student at Simon Fraser University looks set to become a weapon in the push to legalize euthanasia via physician-assisted suicide, despite its limited scope and biased conclusion. Social worker Russel Ogden set out to investigate the persistent allegation that euthanasia is common among the AIDS population.  He documented 34 cases of assisted AIDS suicide between 1980 and 1993, 29 of which took place in British Columbia.  He also interviewed 28 people with HIV/AIDS and ... (Continue reading)

Heroes don’t just give up

It’s sure easier to be called a hero than it should be Witness the case of Sue Rodriguez. The latest, and most highly-publicized Canadian “hero,” Rodriguez died over the weekend – or had somebody help kill her – in her Victoria-area home. Rodriguez, who was 43, became a cause celebre when she took her fight for legalized euthanasia to the courts to change Section 241 of the Criminal Code prohibiting assisted suicides after she was diagnosed with Lou Gebrig’s disease. She lost ... (Continue reading)

Why is Svend above the law?

It is no secret that breaking the law is the easiest and quickest way to radically change Canadian society.  Get a high-profile figure, flout the law, stack the jury and make sure the media is on your side.  Then stand back and watch the action. Henry Morgentaler did it and achieved his dream of abortion on demand all over Canada.  Now Svend Robinson comes along and with his “love and compassion” he hopes to get his dream of state –sanctioned killing ... (Continue reading)

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