Articles from March, 2002

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Health reform could lead to defunding

One of the most important aspects of federal political activity being watched by pro lifers is Roy Romanow's health care commission. Romanow has presented his interim report and announced the beginning of cross-country public consultations. This commission, launched to address the growing crisis in health care, is an excellent opportunity to raise the abortion funding issue. Provincial governments are de-listing previously funded medical services (e.g. hearing tests) because they ... (Continue reading)

Anti-spanking silliness

The Court of Appeal of Ontario has upheld Section 43 of the Criminal Code, which allows parents and teachers to use reasonable force to correct and discipline children in their charge. "No country in the world has criminalized all forms of physical punishment of children by parents, which is what accepting the appellant's position would entail," the court ruled unanimously. And in a sensible ... (Continue reading)

Why I like Day

I like Stockwell Day. Yes, I mean it. I really do like Stockwell Day. I'm not saying I would vote for him, because no single party represents me and I'll make up my mind and my vote at a later date. But Day himself I like. Can't help it. He's a nice guy. He has appeared on my television program three times now, and on ... (Continue reading)

Morgy calls me up in a panic

I knew the pro-choicers were in trouble when I got a phone call recently from Dr. Morgentaler. "Is that you, Idiothead?" he asked. "Morgy! My old friend, Morgy." "Skip the pleasantries," he said. "I'm calling you because I'm desperate for some answers." "Shoot." "Please don't use that expression." "Sorry. Go ahead." "What is this with all the candidates for the Alliance leadership race announcing that they are pro-Life? I'm having ... (Continue reading)

Celine’s IVF baby on ice for three more years

LifeSite News Famed Canadian singer Celine Dion has revealed that she is intending to implant the frozen embryo she had created through in-vitro fertilization. In an announcement on ABC's 20/20, Dion revealed that she is returning to the stage next year, performing five nights a week for three years at Caesar's Palace hotel in Las Vegas for a reported $100 million. After the three years, she will attempt to bear her ... (Continue reading)

Family Law explores stem-cell debate sensitively

A recent episode of the CBS prime-time legal drama Family Law explored the controversial subject of stem cells. Titled "Arlene's Choice," the program's lawyers represent a mother five months pregnant who wants to induce delivery early. She wants to obtain stem cells from her newborn to save the life of her eight-year-old son, who is dying of aplastic anemia. However, the baby has very little chance of surviving. The judge ... (Continue reading)

Olympic athletes abort to boost performance

LifeSite News In the Feb. 4 issue of Report magazine, "Brave New World" columnist Celeste McGovern writes of a gruesome method of blood doping used by some female athletes to boost athletic performance. Since enhancing drugs and even regular blood doping can be identified by regulators, the pregnancy-abortion scheme, while officially banned, is virtually impossible to stop. Mona Passignano, director of research at the Texas pro-life group Life Dynamics, is quoted ... (Continue reading)

Sixth NCLN symposium

The National Campus Life Network held its sixth annual national symposium Jan 14-17 at St. Augustine's seminary in Toronto. The event brought together about 50 young people who were pro-life leaders on their respective campuses, with the aim of giving these students a forum to share their experiences in campus pro-life organizing, and to benefit from the expertise of other pro-life leaders.... (Continue reading)

Ontario government ignores daughter’s wish to care for mother

When pro-life people hear of crisis calls we often think of a pregnant teenage girl who is in need of help or counselling. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition receives a different type of crisis call. Lately we have been regularly receiving calls from family members and friends of people who are either in long term care or who have recently died. These calls seem to follow a similar pattern: the family ... (Continue reading)

Morgentaler agitates for more money in N.S.

In Nova Scotia, Henry Morgentaler is trying again to get the government to pay facility fees of $425 per procedure at his abortion franchise on McCully Street in Halifax. The provincial practice is to pay only the doctor's fee. At less than $140 each, Nova Scotia's total payout for the 134 abortions performed in 1999 was about $18,500. The remainder of Morgentaler's charges (the $425 facility fees) became the responsibility ... (Continue reading)

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell encourages condom use

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told an international audience on MTV that people should "forget about conservative ideas with respect to what you should tell young people about" sex-related issues. He said the failure to discuss condoms puts the "lives of young people" at risk. "I not only support their use, I encourage their use among people who are sexually active and need to protect themselves." ... (Continue reading)

Gunning for pro-lifers

On the front cover of the February Catholic World Report is a photograph of a man's face with the question in large red letters above it: "Is he being framed?" Below the question is an explanation: "America's most energetic pro-life activists see the legal system tilted against them, and worry that the FBI has found a scapegoat for an abortionist's murder." Phillip F. Lawler's editorial, "Out of the Mainstream," ... (Continue reading)

Ontario Court of Appeal says spanking is constitutional

The biblical adage, "spare the rod, spoil the child" is still permissible advice for parents in Ontario – for now. In a 3-0 ruling in mid-January, the Ontario Court of Appeal decided that parents, guardians, and teachers can use reasonable force to correct a child's behaviour, and not be charged with physical assault. Writing for his two colleagues, Mr. Justice David McCombs argued the 110-year old Section ... (Continue reading)

U.S. declares unborn eligible for health benefits

The Bush administration again impressed the U.S. pro-life, Christian and conservative communities with the news that unborn children are to become eligible for government health care under the State Children's Health Insurance program. The announcement was made by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, who highlighted the importance of health care in a human being's first months of life. "Prenatal ... (Continue reading)

Abortion ‘hazardous’ UN expert admits

LifeSite News In an initial report on Estonia by the United Nations Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women, one of the 23 UN "experts" said, "Abortions in many cases were hazardous to women's health." In responding to Estonia's report on its compliance with the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the expert (unnamed in the UN report) noted that, "Aside from ... (Continue reading)

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