Articles from May, 2002

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Freedom of the press?

So much ink, so many articles, about the freedom of the press and the fact that one particular newspaper group, owned by one particular family, might be attempting to limit this sacred liberty. Newsworthy of course, and extremely worrying. But not at all surprising. We haven't had a genuinely free media in this country for generations. There are definitely pockets of free expression, and I've ... (Continue reading)

The problem of ignorance

How many Canadians do you think know the nature of the procedures involved in assisted reproductive technologies and in vitro-fertilization? How many Christians, or other generally pro-life people, do you think understand the nature of these procedures? Well, I don't know the details either, but I am thinking particularly of the abortion/murder-related implications. About a year ago, an evangelical monthly magazine published a heart-warming testimony of a couple who couldn't ... (Continue reading)

Much ado about nothing

I haven't decided yet whether Stephen Harper ordering Ontario Canadian Alliance backbencher Cheryl Gallant to apologize for uttering an allegedly anti-gay comment in the House of Commons is an adroit bit of brushfire quenching, or an uncourageous capitulation to political-correctness bullying. Perhaps a bit of both. However, the media and special-pleader tempest in a teapot over Gallant's indiscretion is fair warning that the knives are out, and Harper can expect ... (Continue reading)

Spring musings

It's that time of year again, as we brush off the frost and snow that has gathered in our minds and get down to the task at hand. When British Columbians voted by the tens of thousands for the Liberal Party, many pro-lifers were in that number, hopeful that anything but the NDP would mark a change for the better. Well, boys and girls, I am ... (Continue reading)

Ganging up on us pro-lifers

In the recent federal and Ontario election battles, I had much more empathy for Stockwell Day than I had for Jim Flaherty, whose political position I felt was slightly to the right of Attila the Hun. Jim, unfortunately, gave the impression that if his aged mother was a bag lady he wouldn't have hesitated to hustle downtown and truck her off to the local ... (Continue reading)

NDP plans to slam door on protests Injunction would set “unprecedented restriction”

As part of our continuing look back at the past during this, our 20th year of publication The Interim reprints this article, which originally appeared in the May 1993 issue. The Ontario government wants to make it illegal to counsel women or peacefully protest abortion in cities across the province. Attorney General Marion Boyd plans to seek a court order restricting pro-life activity, the government announced April 19. "I am seeking this ... (Continue reading)

Lillian Maguire R.I.P.

"Feisty" and "dedicated" are the words being used to describe Lillian Maguire, a long-time pro-life supporter and activist from Richmond Hill, Ont., who died on Feb. 23 at the age of 81. Maguire was one of the first demonstrators when Henry Morgentaler opened his flagship abortuary on Harbord Street in Toronto in the early 1980s. In recent years, despite declining health and advancing age, she was still a regular attendee ... (Continue reading)

Activist sees silver lining in sign confiscation

It started out as a typical Saturday morning for persistent pro-life activist Earl Amyotte of Windsor, Ont. Most Saturday mornings, Amyotte takes a trip to Detroit, and hikes from abortuary to abortuary to picket. But later in the day on Saturday, April 6, after a long, tough day of protesting, he was stopped at the Canadian border on his way back to Canada. A Canadian ... (Continue reading)

‘Childless by choice’ movement anti-child

In November 2001, Ontario Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced an early Christmas present for the province's most needy: a $100 cheque for every low- and middle-income working family with young children. Now, $100 is hardly a fortune these days. But this small sum of money caused quite a big stir in the letters to the editor section of the Toronto Sun. One woman seethed at Flaherty's announcement, saying she ... (Continue reading)

Federal funding agency rebuked for embryo research support

Liberal, Alliance and Bloc Quebecois MPs on the House of Commons health committee accused Canadian Institutes of Health Research president Alan Bernstein of pre-empting Parliament when it announced funding guidelines for embryonic stem cell research in March, about two months before federal Health Minister Ann McLellan was expected to introduce legislation outlining experimental and reproductive technologies legislation. The CIHR guidelines permit federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, as well ... (Continue reading)

The Hindu view of abortion

We live in a society of opinion. It is opinions that shape our world and define who we are in relation to others. Yet, despite the declaration we make, we often confuse the difference between fact and opinion. Fact cannot be changed no matter what view is placed on it. Despite the inherent nature of a fact, many people still strive to change its properties by forcing their opinions ... (Continue reading)

Charter of Rights and Freedoms in force for 20 years

Supremacy of Parliament replaced with supremacy of the Charter Canadians were recently inundated with media propaganda celebrating 20 years since the implementation of Pierre Trudeau's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The mostly liberal media reported poll results indicating that 82 per cent of Canadians feel the Charter has been good for Canada. The Charter has been a feel-good exercise since its inception with few Canadians questioning how it could add to the already-substantial ... (Continue reading)

Charter politics anything but democratic, Mr. Chretien

The 20th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was cause for much liberal self-congratulation. The federal government announced it would spend $1.5 million in pro-Charter propaganda and Jean Chretien praised the document, calling it "the most profoundly democratic declaration in our history." What was curious about Chretien's self-congratulatory remark (as Trudeau's Justice Minister he was one of the framers of the Charter) was not just the confusion over ... (Continue reading)

Unions push liberal agenda

Should trade unions be allowed to interfere in the personal, social, moral, political and religious lives of their members, considering membership and union dues are compulsory? Any free society should say no. Today in Canada, trade unions are allowed to impose their values on their forced membership. Unions receive their certification for collective bargaining and this has progressed into collective coercion. Trade unions have a money machine to pursue and ... (Continue reading)

Study links abortion and depression

A report published in the British Medical Journal has found a link between abortion and depression. The Elliot Institute funded the report, which collected data from a national study of American youths that began in 1979. A subset of 4,463 women were surveyed in 1992 about depression, intendedness of pregnancy and pregnancy outcome. A total of 421 women either had a first abortion, or first ... (Continue reading)

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