Articles from April, 2003

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Roses & Thorns

Rose: Fred Rogers was a Presbyterian minister and reluctant television icon of The Mister Roger's Neighbourhood who provided wholesome programming for children for 32 years. Mr. Rogers died March 2 at the age of 74 Rose: The current and former baseball players, managers and executives, for lending their support to the American Life League's efforts to build a pro-life campus. (See story, Ballplayers step up to the ... (Continue reading)

Our new Supreme Court justice

It is not often that a lowly Interim columnist gets invited to the swearing-in of a new Canadian Supreme Court Justice at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Prime Minister Jean Crouton and Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson were there, along with a large number of tuxedo-clad middle aged men. I was ill-prepared for the arrival of the new Supreme Court appointee, Madam Lucille Edwards. She was wearing black leather boots ... (Continue reading)

The importance of Lent

I am writing this column on the day before Ash Wednesday - a little late I'm afraid. But I would like to remind myself and others of the importance of this very special time in the Church Year. The word "Lent" comes, I believe, from an old English word, "Lengehtning" which refers to the lengthening of the day-light hours of Spring-time in preparation for Summer. Lent ... (Continue reading)

In Memoriam

Mr. & Mrs. R.M. Abernethy Mary Acommando Denis Adams Evangeline Adams Evelyn Aitchison Helen Albertson Fr. Carl T. Albury Mrs. Isobel A. Allen Gordon Anderson Sister Mary Andre Marguerite Anglin Frank & Mary Arrigo Dialina São Jose Furtado Arruda Herni Arsenault Mary & Alfred Ashfield Raymond Atance Josephine Attard André Audette Carmelo Azzopardi Evelyn Azzopardi Adrienne Bachand Henri Bachand Antoinette & Gus Badali Joseph Bagnato Dr. R. Bannister André & Rita Baribeau Bill Barrett John and Philemonia Batchilder Fr. Gio Battaglini Br. ... (Continue reading)

Briefs

Kopp guilty of murder Pro-life honoured for UN work Philipines proposes IUD ban Pro-life 'disturbance' gets hearing Kopp guilty of murder Buffalo, NY - James Kopp was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of abortionist Barnett Slepian. Kopp, who is a suspect in several non-fatal shootings of abortionists in Canada, said through his lawyer that he intended only to injure the abortionist so as to prevent further abortions. In a November 2002 interview in the Buffalo News ... (Continue reading)

Scholar outlines euthanasia movement’s sordid history

A Merciful End: The Euthanasia Movement in Modern America by Ian Dowbiggin (Oxford University Press, 272 Pages) In A Merciful End: The Euthanasia Movement in America, Dowbiggin examines the Euthanasia movement by gaining access to the files of the Euthanasia Society of America, the first Euthanasia group in the U.S. By examining the files, the meeting minutes, and the records of the ESA and by investigating the lives and statements of those involved ... (Continue reading)

Medical columnist promotes unethical end-of-life care

Dr. Ken Walker, using the pen name Dr. W. Gifford-Jones, is a syndicated Canadian columnist published throughout the country. "Gifford-Jones," who promotes himself as a medical expert, provides advice in his columns for many issues, those dealing with end of life. He has written columns supporting, among other things, the actions of Robert Latimer, euthanasia and assisted suicide, eugenic sterilization and "the W. Gifford-Jones Living Will." He ... (Continue reading)

Animal research may lead to benefits for humans

Exciting research being carried out at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown may have implications of interest to the pro-life community. We know that what can be done for animals, can often be done for humans. We have certainly seen that when scientists forget humans are not merely animals, the consequences can be horrendous. In this case, though, it's a positive development. For more than ... (Continue reading)

How old was Dolly the sheep?

Back in 1997, pro-life activist Cynthia Chauncey wrote a letter to the editor about Dolly, the world's first un-fathered sheep. "What is Dolly's real age?" she asked. "Does she start at zero like other newborns? Or is she the same age as her mother? More importantly, will they get the symptoms and ailments of old age at the same time? After all, every cell in Dolly's body originated from her six-year-old ... (Continue reading)

Cloning advocates stage Toronto promo

There wasn't just cloning around happening when the Toronto chapter of the Raelian movement held a lecture on "Human Cloning: A Giant Step Forward for Humankind" in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education building at the University of Toronto Feb. 26. The movement, considered a cult by most, gained notoriety recently when it claimed to have produced five cloned babies through its affiliate ... (Continue reading)

Ryerson denies pro-lifers

It seems that dissent from the neo-liberal orthodoxy on university campuses is an offence that abortion advocates will not bear. At the first sign of rebellion from the party line, the tanks roll in. When pro-life students met with the full body of the board of directors of RyeSAC - the student government at Ryerson - a representative of the Ontario Coalition of Abortion Clinics was invited to testify to the "hateful ... (Continue reading)

Quebec to offer child-birth incentives

Quebec, the Canadian province with the highest rate of abortion and one of the lowest birthrates, is attempting to divert the looming ageing and worker shortage crises with incentives for child birth. The ruling PQ Party has offered to pay half the loans of graduating students if they have children within the first five years after graduation. The PQ has already promised to enact a four-day work week for parents with young ... (Continue reading)

China calls for legalization of euthanasia

Pro-life obervers of the international scene are horrified, but hardly surprised, at reports that Chinese lawmakers have called for the legalization of euthanasia. Shanghai deputy Zhu Shiming and 31 other delegates to the National People's Congress have presented a motion to the NPC calling for the swift passage of "right to die" legislation. They said euthanasia would eliminate patient suffering while allowing them to maintain dignity and ease the financial burdens on ... (Continue reading)

Pro-life picketer assaulted

Police arrested a large man on Friday March 14, after he physically attacked the leader of Campaign Life Coalition B.C., John Hof. While Hof was picketing outside the fifty meter bubble zone surrounding an abortuary, an unknown assailant approached, looked at the sign Hof was holding pushed the sign, kicked it and punched Hof in the face. Hof told LifeSite that he did not speak to ... (Continue reading)

Alternative health writer confirms abortion-breast cancer link

For 20 years, Dr. Joel Brind has tried valiantly to spread the word that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer. The mainstream media have generally ignored or dismissed his work. Now, a British Columbia writer, Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe, is presenting a similar message. Well known in the field of alternative health, she is an editor, researcher, lecturer, and author of a ... (Continue reading)

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