Articles from April, 1994

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Abortion crippling black communities

Lost among the problems of drug use and violence, abortion claims the lives of a thousand black children a day . Black politicians, community leaders and people from the entertainment industry met last year for an anti-violence summit meeting in Washington D.C. They were there to discuss the growing violence and despair in their community and search for ways to rediscover the value of human life. One woman who was at the summit left feeling a key part of the puzzle hadn’t ... (Continue reading)

BREAST CANCER AND ABORTION: THE DEADLY LINK

It’s taken a while but the story linking abortion and breast cancer is finally starting to get out. As breast cancer rates soar – one in nine women will get it in her lifetime – study after study confirms the link. But because of the nature of the issue involved, the effect abortion has on breast cancer is very seldom discussed publicly. The silence, say many cancer experts, makes the tragedy of breast cancer even worse. Women who have had ... (Continue reading)

Voters nix same sex benefits

Mike Harris’ conservative Party will win next spring’s Ontario provincial election. Remember you read it first in this humble scribe’s column. (I should warn you that I was the guy who predicted that I would never lose my hair.) Do you know what’s going to win the day for Harris? The “same-sex” issue. Harris cleverly trotted the issue out in a recent by-election in the rural riding of Victoria-Haliburton. The conservative candidate ran a heavy advertising campaign criticizing ... (Continue reading)

You were asking?

As you are going to be in England and Portugal this winter, why not comment on what is happening in the pro-life area there? Toronto: CLC members. My Portuguese is not even basic, but so much is happening in Britain that it is hard to choose. Here are three stories. “Wrong Sex” Abortion On March 2, 1994, an inquest was opened in Leeds, England into the circumstances of the death, a few days earlier, of an Asian woman. The death ... (Continue reading)

Rookie MP fights for family values

“I’m opposed to pro-choice on any issue. If we have a choice for this, for that, for whatever, after a while, you’re going to have a nation without a conscience.” Pro-lifers have a new heroine on Parliament Hill in the form of rookie Liberal MP Roseanne Skoke. Judging by her career so far, the new member from Central Nova Scotia will be going a long way. And as she advances on her political career she shows every sign of holding ... (Continue reading)

A Salute to the Army

I think most people who read The Interim are aware that I am a Catholic and intend to remain one. But this does not preclude my expressing admiration for the sincere convictions of members of other faiths. Lately, the Salvation Army has recently taken a courageous stand for their pro-life principles in the case of the Grace Hospital in Vancouver. What prompted me to write this column is the fact that the Salvation Army has, reluctantly, withdrawn from the Vancouver Grace ... (Continue reading)

Michael Griffin sentenced

The killer of an abortionist in Pensacola, Florida has been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 24 years. A jury found Michael Griffin, 32, guilty for the shooting of David Gunn which happened March 10, 1993 outside the Pensacola Women’s Medical Services clinic. The Griffin defence, headed by lawyer Bill Eddins, tried in a pre-trial motion to get the judge to agree to an insanity plea. He said Griffin had been ... (Continue reading)

When choice falls apart

The long term implications for society now coming to light through the scientific advances in reproductive technology are forcing some radical feminists to re-examine their basic principle of individual choice as a philosophical cornerstone. Maureen McTeer, who was fired as a member of the Royal Commission on Reproductive Technologies, was the first to indicate that the insistence on individual rights – so important in shaping the public’s opinion on abortion- causes trouble when surrogate motherhood or genetic engineering become reality and ... (Continue reading)

NOTABLE QUOTES

THE HUMAN CONDITION “Dying with dignity means allowing a person to die, not making the person die. It also means recognizing when the use of burdensome or disproportionate treatment is not required because dying is part of the human condition.”…. Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops President, Jean-Guy Hamelin of Noranda, Quebec, in an open letter to Jean Chrétien, regarding euthanasia legislation. AN OLD PROBLEM “The older I get, the worse they treat me. Doctors just think older people are people ... (Continue reading)

GUEST COLUMN A tempest in a teapot

“Almighty God: We give thanks for the great blessings which have been bestowed on Canada and its citizens, including the gifts of freedom, opportunity and peace that we enjoy. We pray for our Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth, and the Governor General. Guide us in our deliberations as members of Parliament and strengthen us in our awareness of our duties and responsibilities as Members. Grant us wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to preserve the blessings of this country for the ... (Continue reading)

Rose & Thorn

Rose: Sidewalk counselors. For the many men and women across the country who unfailingly stand outside abortuaries trying to convince women not to have abortions. A special salute to the sidewalk counselors from Aid to Women in Toronto who, in one day, encouraged three women to change their heats and continue their pregnancies. These unsung heroes make a huge difference. Thorn: P.O.W. A group of women who broke into the offices of a university newspaper and destroyed 10,000 copies ... (Continue reading)

THE EDITORIAL

Dr. Jerome LeJeune is dead. These five simple words have shocked and saddened pro-lifers around the world; five words that mark the end of a life that contributed so much to the betterment of mankind. It Is impossible, in just a few sentences, to do justice to Jerome LeJeune, for he is truly one of the great men of our time. A physician and research scientist, he is best known for his work in genetics. Early in his ... (Continue reading)

Spring break

“When the meat isn’t ready they’re under my feet. When the food’s on the table they’re far down the street.” Danish Heritage Cookbook – 1985 They call it Spring break, but after some years of survival we call it Spring breakup. Not that it’s not nice to have them home, but it does wreak havoc on daily routines. Take this column for instance. The deadline has passed and my mind has turned to mush after just five days of the ... (Continue reading)

Two U.S. fronts heat up U.S. Courts deal with “bubble zones” and informed consent

Pro-lifers on both sides of the border are closely monitoring two American court cases which deal with controversial issues of injunctions and informed consent. On February 11, an Arizona District Court judge ruled on “bubble zones” which the city of Phoenix had set up around various abortion facilities. These “bubble zones” blocked pro-lifers from demonstrating or counseling within 100 feet of Phoenix area abortion facilities. For many years, Canadian pro-abortionists have effectively used “bubble zones” (injunctions) as lethal weapons to discourage ... (Continue reading)

Corrections

We’d like to apologize for several errors which appeared in the February 1994 Interim. Firstly, in his article “Missed opportunities” Charles Muggeridge writes “The 19-year-old community college student says she was pressured into having an abortion when she was 9 months pregnant.” A medical impossibility, no doubt, which should have read 19 weeks. The error was caught by the copy editors but, unfortunately, not implemented. Secondly, Sue Careless’ moving article “Mother Teresa begins cycle of love” was marred by ... (Continue reading)

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