Articles from February, 1995

No jail for N.S. “mercy-killers”

In the region’s first mercy killing case, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Judge Felix Cacchione ruled that Cheryl May Myers, 30, and her common-law husband Michael William Power, 35, “acted out of compassion, mercy and love.” They used a pillow to suffocate the woman’s father, 69-year-old Layton Elmer Myers, and received suspended sentences, three years’ probation and 150 hours of community service. Their major defence was that they were acting in accordance with the expressed wishes of Mr. Myers who, when diagnosed with ... (Continue reading)

Who will decide your fate?

The government of Ontario recently passed new legislation which will greatly affect the medical treatment you receive should you be rendered unable to make your own decisions.  This new legislation is especially important to pro-lifers in light of the current push for euthanasia and health-care rationing. Will it provide doctors with a clear blueprint of the treatment you desire or will it stagnate the medical process with more time-consuming paperwork?  Paul Dodds, a lawyer in private practice ... (Continue reading)

Can killing be justified?

I take my cue for this article from the recent killing of two abortuary receptionists in Boston. I quote from an essay by Charles Rice, a trustworthy pro-life law professor at the University of Notre Dame, published in The Wanderer, September 1, 1994. He is writing in the context and circumstances of the United States but the disintegration in the civil and moral order in Canada due to abortion is much the same as in the U.S. Here are some of the excerpts ... (Continue reading)

Abortion: a legal health service?

Federal Health Minister’s crackdown on private health facilities leaves abortion clinics untouched. Early in January, two kinds of scandal concerning abortion clinics came to public attention. Federal Health Minister Diane Marleau announced that she was cracking down on private clinics which charge “facility fees”; they might be the beginning of a two-tier health system, she said, in which the well-off can get medical services when the poor cannot.  So she intends to deduct a dollar in transfer payments to a province for ... (Continue reading)

Thorn & Thorn

Canadian Airlines. During a recent flight on this airline, one of our readers commented that before landing, the flight attendants went around collecting money for UNICEF, the UN’s notorious abortion-promoting organization.  Whether or not this is a new airline policy, travelers should make sure that, before giving, they first determine where their contributions are being directed. Mark MacGuigan. Former Canadian Justice Minister Mark MacGuigan’s book Abortion, Conscience and Democracy provides readers with an extremely vivid insight into how our Catholic politicians ... (Continue reading)

THE EDITORIAL – The kindest of cuts

After decades of irresponsible governments frittering away billions of dollars, Canada has become one of the Western World’s most heavily indebted countries. Now we must begin paying for our fiscal sins and Finance Minister Paul Martin’s budget will be the first in a long run of penitential belt-tighteners.  The days of government largesse are gone. Current wisdom says that government cuts will greatly alter the Canadian way of life.  We will no longer be able to rely completely on the government to ... (Continue reading)

Propaganda won the day in Oregon vote

Less-than-truthful euthanasia echoes tactics used in Roe v. Wade. When abortion activists campaigned successfully to legalize abortion in the United States in 1973, their figurehead, Jane Roe, lied about the facts of her pregnancy to the Supreme Court, claiming to be a rape victim. In 1994, a publicity campaign to persuade Oregon voters to approve a euthanasia law also used a “hard” case to sway public opinion.  An investigation by the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force (AETF) has discovered that the ... (Continue reading)

Last days of Island sanctuary?

On February 1, the PEI Supreme Court struck down the regulations by which the province pays only for those off-Island in-hospital abortions a screening board deems medically necessary – 4-10 women a year. Justice David Jenkins said the regulations seem designed to thwart access to a basic health service, impose unnecessary and artificial requirements on women seeking abortion, and are outside the scope of the province’s authority. Morgentaler claims his Halifax clinic alone does 120 abortions a year on Island women.  He ... (Continue reading)

Failed appeal opens doors of N.B. clinics

In a 2-1 decision, the New Brunswick Court of Appeal ruled January 23, that the province cannot prohibit Henry Morgentaler from operating a free standing abortion clinic. Chief Justice William Hoyt and Mr. Justice Lewis Auyles stated that the existing provincial legislation is not about professional standards and the quality of health care.  Rather it deals with conduct that comes under criminal law and is not within provincial jurisdiction. In his dissenting opinion, Mr. Justice Robert Rice wrote that the legislation aims ... (Continue reading)

A.G.’s office pushes for trial

Attempts to settle the Ontario government’s suit against the pro-life movement have failed and the case will now go to trial. In August 1994, Justice George Adams issued a temporary injunction which placed restrictions on pro-life activities in front of 18 locations across the province. The Attorney General’s office, representing the abortion industry, has decided it is not pleased with Justice Adams’ order and will try to seek stricter terms by taking the case to trial. Attorney General Marion Boyd is demanding a ... (Continue reading)

Groups fearful of government takeover

Volunteer-based groups which provide in-home service for the disabled and elderly question whether bureaucratic centralization will save money or pave the way to healthcare rationing. Ontario has a long history of community-based, volunteer-supported agencies helping the disabled and elderly to remain in their homes. All of this tradition was erased last December when the provincial government passed Bill 173.  What were the 12,000 agencies, will be reduced to 150 multi-service agencies (MSAs). Supporters argue that the MSAs will streamline the system and offer ... (Continue reading)

Book Review – A prop for weak politicians

Abortion, Conscience and Democracy by Mark MacGuigan, 1994, Hounslow Press 165 pp, $16.95 Mark MacGuigan, Judge and Canadian Minister of Justice during the last years of the Trudeau era, has written a dandy compendium for Catholics seeking to assert their pro-life standing while publicly going along with relaxed abortion laws. In his recently published Abortion, Conscience & Democracy (Hounslow Press), MacGuigan sets out his personal credo that directly induced abortions are always morally wrong, but in a pluralistic democracy in which opinion is divided, the ... (Continue reading)

Somebody stole our car!

Queen’s Park Ont. Yes!  Somebody stole our car!  It was the most annoying and frightening thing that has happened to me since Bob Rae got elected.  They say a Republican is a Democrat who’s been mugged.  Well I felt the same way when I discovered our ’93 Honda was missing.  I was frantic!  I was angry!  I had almost persuaded to champion the death penalty for people suspected of being car thieves. It was stolen right out of the car ... (Continue reading)

Blurring the issue

On January 1, the American and Canadian papers announced that a 22-year-old man named John Salvi had shot and killed two employees of an abortuary in Boston and had shot and wounded three other people. The immediate reaction to this announcement – prompted by the papers and the TV – was a spate of accusations that violence and killing are accepted principles of the pro-life movement wherever such a movement exists. This is a totally false and illogical conclusion.  Every movement, whether ... (Continue reading)

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