Articles from October, 2002

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A light in the darkness

How I wish I could shake the hand of every person who wrote to me after the death of my father. The empathy and concern shown by readers of this newspaper was overwhelming. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. But there is more. Within the outpouring of support and grief was a light that broke through the clawing darkness. It was the fact of our common humanity. We ... (Continue reading)

Poor crooks end up in jail

When is a gynecologist not a doctor? Answer: when he's an abortionist. A headline in the North York Mirror, Sunday, Aug. 18 stated: "North York doctor convicted of income-tax evasion" (see also the September Interim.) They malign every gynecologist and doctor in North York when they fail to mention that Joseph S. Lee is an abortionist. Lee, after being fined $64,200 for failing to report ... (Continue reading)

Do pro-lifers have a ‘choice’?

On the west coast of the nation, the battle for life continues. The debate in British Columbia is not over the rights of the unborn, but whether there exists a democratic right to oppose abortion. I say "democratic," because the abortion industry doesn't really care if you don't like abortion. You can oppose abortion all you want. The difficulty arises in this province when you actually do something about ... (Continue reading)

Media shamefully ignore persecution of Christians

A rash of murderous attacks on Christian churches, schools, and a hospital in Pakistan by presumed Islamic terrorists have recently made headlines. However, they represent a proverbial spit in an ocean of worldwide, anti-Christian persecution. More Christians were martyred for their faith in the last century than in the previous 19 centuries combined, and the 21st century is shaping up to be even more ... (Continue reading)

What is human life?

In its issue of Aug. 13, the Globe and Mail showed a photo of a baby in the womb and explained that with the improvement in ultrasound, much clearer pictures of pre-born babies can be captured. The paper then stated that, "Ultrasound gives anti-abortion groups a new weapon in the emotional war." This, I hope, is true, but the fact that the baby in ... (Continue reading)

The great betrayal

In recent months, divisions became visible within the Quebec separatist family. The time is over when nationalist militants and leaders have to remain silent for the good of the cause. Disagreements within the separatist movement finally led to the resignation of MP Ghislain Lebel from the Bloc Quebecois at the end of August. He will stay on as an independent until the end of his term at the House ... (Continue reading)

No worries

My darling baby: It is hard to believe that this month we have reached the half-way point, 20 weeks. I reach this milestone with an overwhelming sense of excitement and fear. I am so excited that you will soon be with us. That we can touch you, look at you, fall even more in love with you and learn who you are as a ... (Continue reading)

National Campus Life Network offers ‘how-to’ for students

The National Campus Life Network was created to support life advocacy groups on campus. New NCLN director Elaine Barber promises a busy year assisting campus pro-life groups, and an exciting symposium in November. Barber, originally from Whitby, Ont., is taking a year from studies at the University of Toronto to take the unpaid position at NCLN. In September, she completed a speaking tour of B.C. ... (Continue reading)

Senate report urges pot legalization

A Senate report urging the decriminalizing of marijuana has pro-family groups worried about the impact it could have on children and families. The Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs recommended that marijuana be legalized for use among adults and that the Canadian government adopt a system to regulate marijuana in the same manner as alcohol and expunge criminal records for marijuana possession. Derek Rogulsky, research director of Focus on the Family Canada, ... (Continue reading)

Random thoughts From the editor’s desk

It is partly because of laziness, and partly because there is so much on which to comment, that I offer less a column than a number of notes, observations and questions: Reacting to an Alberta priest's decision not to allow a Planned Parenthood employee to get married in his church, Planned Parenthood Alberta executive director Melanie Anderson told the Medicine Hat News that, "I think ... (Continue reading)

Marking 30 years of natural family planning in Toronto

The measure of any endeavour, great or small, is often found in its longevity. Though often quiet and subtle, the Natural Family Planning Association of the Archdiocese of Toronto has above all been persistent. This year, the NFP Association of Toronto has decided to make some noise. It will be holding a 30th anniversary conference entitled "Sexuality and the Christian Family" on Oct. 19-20 at Cardinal Newman high school ... (Continue reading)

Atlantic Canadian support for gay rights declines

A Corporate Research Associates poll commissioned by the St. John's Telegram and the Charlottetown Guardian shows that Atlantic Canadian opinion on same-sex unions is sharply divided and support for it is declining. The survey of 1,508 Atlantic Canadians found that 45 per cent either completely or mostly support same-sex marriages, compared to 44 per cent who said they were either mostly or completely opposed. Support was lowest in Prince Edward Island ... (Continue reading)

Looking back to October 1992

Pro-choice, pro-abortion: is there a difference? "I am not pro-abortion. I'm pro-choice." Politicians are used to saying it. Pro-life activists are weary of hearing it. Less-informed voters are wooed and won over by it. So let's take a closer look at the word "choice." "Choice" is a subjective noun that requires a verb to complete the sentence. Pro-choice to what? Let's complete the sentence. We know that when we ... (Continue reading)

The fight against a bad treaty

Are Americans ready to eliminate Mothers Day, legalize prostitution and force unwilling doctors to perform abortions? They had better be, because Democratic Senators Joseph Biden (Del.) and Barbara Boxer (Calf.) have recently made U.S. recognition of the innocuous-sounding United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) a top priority. Signed by the United States in 1979 during the Carter administration but never ratified by ... (Continue reading)

Democrats kill nomination of pro-life judge

On a straight party-line vote, Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats rejected President George Bush's judicial nominee for the 5th Circuit Court because she once upheld a moderately pro-life state law. Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen was eminently qualified: she sat on Texas's top court since 1994; her 2000 re-election to the Texas Supreme Court, which she won with 84 per cent of the vote, was endorsed by every major paper ... (Continue reading)

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