Articles from August, 1998

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International Round-up

Portuguese abortion referendum invalid LISBON - Voter turnout was too low for the June referendum on easing abortion restrictions in Portugal. Just 32 per cent of registered voters cast ballots, short of the 50 per cent required for the result to be legally binding on the Portuguese parliament. Of those who did vote, 51 per cent favored keeping most abortions a crime, while 49 per cent favored permitting abortion on demand. Current laws permit abortions up to 12 weeks for limited medical ... (Continue reading)

The UN’s ‘civil society’

From behind a political mask of pseudo-democracy within a "global village," the definitive shape of a new "civil society" composed of national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), and private voluntary organizations (PVOs), has been institutionalized at UN conferences. The new "civil society" substitutes for the nations' electorates through its policy-making relationship with local, national, and international governments. Neither they nor the United Nations leadership have been ... (Continue reading)

Natural family planning: the positive alternative

In Calgary this June for their AGM and board meetings, the directors of WOOMB Canada (the national umbrella organization for Billings method natural family planning groups) were reminded that they have remedies to offer a world immersed in the culture of death. A few years ago, Drs. John and Evelyn Billings were invited to China (at their own expense) to train teachers in natural family planning (NFP) for each ... (Continue reading)

Evangelist warns: the Pill can cause abortion

"Does The Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?" This is the title of a provocative new pamphlet by evangelist Randy Alcorn. Alcorn, an ordained minister, is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries in Gresham, Oregon. Alcorn relates that when he started research on whether the Pill can cause abortions, he wanted the answer to be "no." He confesses: "My vested interests were strong in that Nanci and I ... (Continue reading)

P.E.I women’s festival dumped

Just days before its scheduled June 5 opening, the P.E.I. Women's Festival was told it was unwelcome at Camp Gencheff, a summer camp for young people with disabilities. Organizers expected to draw about 150 women from across Atlantic Canada for a weekend "whimsical celebration of witches," including a seance, a workshop on casting spells, and a "Bitches Ball," where women could "dance till the bitching hour." Camp Gencheff is dependent ... (Continue reading)

Computers and the Net

Setting up your system An ISP (internet service provider) first sends you a CD or set of installation disks. It's usually (but not always!) a no-brainer to install. Just follow the on-screen instructions. This will install the software needed for Internet browsing and e-mail, and it will set up the connection. If you run into problems, contact the ISP's technical support. I'll by-pass all the other technical mumbo-jumbo that can ... (Continue reading)

CLC prepares future leaders

This summer a record nine students are taking part in Campaign Life Coalition's summer internship programme. The programme is an opportunity for students from various educational disciplines to contribute to the pro-life movement, while gaining valuable work experience during the summer months. The students are not the only ones who benefit from this opportunity. While many companies and businesses begin to slow down during the summer, CLC busily continues ... (Continue reading)

Christian producer thrives in Hollywood milieu

Some might look at Ken Wales and say he's a fish out of water. That's because the committed Christian has worked for decades in numerous capacities in a Hollywood film industry not usually noted for its affinity with the Christian faith. Yet Wales has not just survived in that milieu, he has thrived. Wales was in southern Ontario recently, and spoke with The Interim during a break in engagements. Wales might best be known for serving as the executive ... (Continue reading)

Latimer prosecutor cleared of obstruction charge

Robert Latimer was convicted justly, Judge George Baynton of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench ruled June 19, in dismissing obstruction of justice and jury tampering charges against former Crown prosecutor Randy Kirkham. In an exclusive interview with The Interim, Kirkham said it's been "a long, long wait, and I'm glad it's all over." Latimer was convicted of second-degree murder last year for the "mercy killing" of his daughter Tracy, who had cerebral palsy. A previous conviction was overturned ... (Continue reading)

‘Pride’ parade given free rein

City councillors and the media celebrated Sunday, June 28 as a great step forward in sexual politics and enlightenment for our nation. As a great mass of gays, lesbians, and people of various other "orientations" marched through the streets of downtown Toronto, dressed in bizarre costumes and flaunting their exotic "lifestyles," our civic leaders revelled in the fact that this year's parade has had more corporate sponsorships and apparently less opposition than in previous years. Pro-family observers also ... (Continue reading)

Campbell’s Vriend ad draws fire

Earlier this spring, pro-life evangelist Ken Campbell purchased a full-page ad in The Globe and Mail. The ad condemned the "bathhouse morality" of many homosexuals, and argued against the recent Vriend decision, in which the Supreme Court of Canada forced Alberta to add "sexual orientation" to its human rights legislation. In the ad, Campbell said the ruling is an "assault on the foundations of faith, family, and freedom in Canada." That prompted Toronto homosexual Philip Shea to file ... (Continue reading)

Acquittal puts injunction in doubt

On July 15, pro-life evangelist Ken Campbell was acquitted of obstructing police by Judge Milton Cadsby, in a case relating to Campbell's peaceful pro-life witness in front of Toronto's Scott abortuary on September 2, 1997. The facts read before the court were that Campbell and renowned activist Linda Gibbons were in the government-mandated "bubble-zone" that day counselling abortuary clients to accept pro-life help and to turn away from killing their preborn babies. Sheriff Robin Rainey arrived with approximately ... (Continue reading)

Rock for Life rebels against culture of death

Sony Music stirred up controversy during the 1996 Christmas season when it released the recordings O Come All Ye Faithful and Just Say Noel, which were described as alternative Christmas music designed to raise money for the pro-abortion organizations Rock for Choice, the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Planned Parenthood. The controversy continued into the 1997 Christmas season, when Sony was poised to ... (Continue reading)

National Pro-Life Conference 1998 Highlights

Pro-life more than anti-abortion Being pro-life means more than just being anti-abortion. That was the message brought by the co-founder of the Planned Parenthood-watchdog organization Life Decisions International to the National Pro-Life Conference. In her closing, keynote address, Patricia Pitkus Bainbridge said a pro-lifer's attitudes, words, and actions must reflect a consistent ethic. "Pro-life means different things to different people. I have witnessed very odd inconsistencies among those who call themselves pro-life, over my 20 years in the pro-life movement," she ... (Continue reading)

Linda takes time out for family

The time has come to move from passivity to activity, says Linda Gibbons, grandmother of four. Since her release May 5 from the Vanier Centre for Women in Brampton, Ontario, after serving her latest prison sentence for obstructing a peace officer and breaking probation, Linda has done exactly that. Instead of focusing completely on the plight of the preborn, however, her efforts have been directed towards her elderly parents and ... (Continue reading)

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