Articles from July, 2000

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International Digest

BRITAIN Scotland repeals Clause 29 Edinburgh-The Scottish parliament will repeal a law prohibiting the promotion on homosexuality in schools, despite a privately-funded poll showing overwhelming support for the prohibition. Clause 28 was supported by nearly 90 per cent of Scottish voters in an unofficial poll financed by Scottish businessman Brian Souter. A bitter "Keep the Clause" campaign pitted pro-family groups against gay activists, union leaders and most of the media.. Scottish Cardinal Thomas Winning was among the leading voices arguing against repeal. Hague ... (Continue reading)

U.S. Digest

UNITED STATES AMA Conscience clause Chicago-The American Medical Association is attempting to tread a middle ground between abortion supporters and those advocating conscience clause legislation for health care workers. At its annual meeting June 16 in Chicago, the AMA adopted a resolution calling on U.S. hospitals to provide sterilization and contraception services, while protecting workers whose religious views are opposed to such practices. The amendment comes as the result of the consolidation of many hospital services that would see the merging of ... (Continue reading)

Across Canada

NEWS-IN-BRIEF CANADA Over-the-counter abortion Montreal-Canada's obstetricians and gynaecologists appear to be lobbying the federal government to make the morning-after abortion pill available to patients without a prescription. At the society's annual meeting in Montreal, the medical specialist's group called for the drug to be sold over the counter in a bid to promote easier access. The move appears to be a priority for the society's new ... (Continue reading)

Unborn patients

The B.C. worker's paradise was treated recently to a visit by Monica J. Casper, associate professor of sociology at the University of California, in Santa Cruz. Casper is known for her book, The Making of the Unborn Patient, and also has been publicly criticized for being less than honest about her pro-abortion views when conducting her research She presented an overview of her thoughts and findings at a meeting sponsored by B.C. Women's Hospital, the institution ... (Continue reading)

Will MPPs strike for more money?

I am pleased to inform readers that Ontario members of the provincial legislature will definitely not go on strike in order to get the 33 per cent increase in pay they are seeking. (The Toronto Star suggests 2 per cent because they only worked 39 days last year.) I suggest that 2 per cent is too high. I recall Ontario Premier Mike Harris a few years ago shrunk the elected members down to 103 to save taxpayers' ... (Continue reading)

Canada’s Culture Wars heat up

We Canadians who stand in defense of the Judeo-Christian moral and social principles that have built and sustained western culture over 2000 years had better be girding up for the fight of our lives. Confronted by the prospect of a man who unapologetically affirms traditional Christian ideas becoming leader of the opposition, and perhaps even Prime Minister, the forces of secular paganism (including the seditious fifth column that operates from within the churches) ... (Continue reading)

Life in the big city

In the last few months in separate incidents several people have been shot and two have died along Toronto's Isabella Street, in the downtown core of Canada's largest city. On September 27, 1995 I wrote a column for another paper describing life on that exact street, where I was forced to live with my family for the month before we moved into our new home. Various special interest groups sought my head ... (Continue reading)

Rt. Rev. Austin Vaughn, R.I.P

LifeSite News One of the United States' foremost pro-life clerics passed away June 25 in New York. Bishop Austin Vaughan, an auxiliary bishop of the Catholic archdiocese of New York, was regarded by many as a church leader who was unafraid to take part in the harder front-line work of abortion protest and witnessing. He was the former rector of St. Joseph's Seminary in suburban New York. Other than the recently departed Cardinal John O'Connor ... (Continue reading)

Leo beecher’s gentle resolve inspired all who knew him

By Mike Mastromatteo The Interim Leo Patrick Beecher, one of Toronto's quietest, but most inspirational pro-life, pro-family supporters died June 22, 2000 at the age of 80. A familiar sight at Campaign Life Coalition's Toronto offices for many years, Leo Beecher was an unassuming pro-lifer whose gentle resolve in defence of unborn children inspired hundreds of people. A native of southwestern ... (Continue reading)

Computer game teaches responsibility to youth

‘The choice Games' shows that every action has its consequences By Maria Vandenberg The Interim The Choice Game is a new interactive computer game developed for young people, placing them in a variety of life situations. The topics of these scenarios range from dating and romance, to drugs and teen pregnancy. These might not be considered realistic or ordinary day-to-day situations by some, but on the other hand they could be questions and issues young ... (Continue reading)

The answer: Pro-life healthcare

The pro-life movement won't change society if it restricts itself to moralizing and politics By Carl Scharfe The Interim HEALTHCARE. Uppercase. Daunting. But is it really? Is not healthcare the destiny of the pro-life movement? Pro-life crisis-pregnancy services, education and political lobbying. What's missing? The human body, its entrance into and exit from this world and what happens to it while it's here, is pro-life business. That's healthcare. What's missing within pro-life today is a way ... (Continue reading)

The Spieler Who Will Stop Abortion

Is it possible the animal-rights movement might actually end up helping unborn humans? By David Packer The Interim Editor: The following article was submitted as a response to our coverage last month of "The Great Ape Legal Project," which seeks to establish the personhood of animals in law. When I was a kid, my mother took me in to the local streetmarket every Wednesday. They sold veggies there, fresh chickens, sets of dishes, sunglasses, perfume. About ... (Continue reading)

Latimer tells court he loved Tracy ‘too much’

By Paul Tuns The Interim On June 14, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCOC) heard oral arguments in the Robert Latimer appeal as his lawyers asked the highest court in the land to absolve the convicted murderer of the mandatory life sentence with no parole for 10 years for the gassing death of his 12-year-old daughter Tracy, in 1993. The ... (Continue reading)

Senate euthanasia report met with relief

pro-lifers still concerned about nutrition and hydration, ‘compassionate homicide' issues By Paul Tuns The Interim On June 6, the Senate social affairs committee released its five-year update of On Life and Death. The report, entitled Quality End-of-Life Care: The Right of Every Canadian, recommends improving palliative care, but it fails to address some key issues, leaving open certain questions on doctor-assisted suicide and so-called mercy killing. Generally, pro-lifers are happy with the report. Mark Cameron, coordinator of ... (Continue reading)

Pilgrim for Life learns that the Lord will provide

After a frustrating month of shin splints, flu, and mega-blisters, Andrew Fournier carries on By Catherine Fournier The Interim It's been a difficult month for Andrew and for the Pilgrimage for Life. Instead of the smooth sailing Andrew experienced through the Maritimes and Quebec, injury, illness, constantly changing plans, and frustration have been the norm this month. After a good rest at home and great experiences at the March for Life in Ottawa, Andrew set off ... (Continue reading)

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