Articles from June, 2009

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CLC petition

  This spring, Campaign Life Coalition launch a petition campaign in anticipation of the National March for Life. Calling for legal protection for all human life, the petitions containing more than 10,000 names were presented to the House of Commons by pro-life MPs in the week before the march. The petition read: "The petitioners therefore call upon Parliament to pass legislation for the protection of human life from the time of conception until natural death." CLC national organizer Mary Ellen Douglas told ... (Continue reading)

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Euthanasia bill introduced in Parliament

Euthanasia bill introduced in Parliament

On May 12, Francine Lalonde (Bloc, La Pointe-de-l'Île) introduced C-484, a private members bill to legalize euthanasia in Canada. It is the third time that she has introduced such a bill, with two previous attempts in 2005 and 2008 dying on the House floor when an election was called. Bill C-484 would add an exception to the criminal code, ensuring that doctors will not face criminal prosecution if they help a person die. The minimal conditions it sets on those who ... (Continue reading)

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Dan Heffernan: a knight in pro-life armor

Dan Heffernan: a knight in pro-life armor

With close to 240,000 members, the Knights of Columbus is Canada's largest Catholic organization. In keeping with Catholic teaching, the order is officially pro-life and over the years, has donated thousands of volunteer hours and millions of dollars to the pro-life cause. Leading the charge in Ontario is Dan Heffernan, the organization's state advocate for the province. Heffernan ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

  Canada CLC president John Hof says that the British Columba election maintained the status quo, noting that every pro-life MLA seeking re-election won and that several new pro-life MLAs were also elected including Mark Dalton (Lib, Maple Ridge Mission) who was vocal about his pro-life convictions. Also, 61.3 per cent of BC voters opposed the single-transferable vote scheme ... Amendments made to the Yukon Human Rights Act would extend the time limit for filing complaints from six ... (Continue reading)

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CLC endorses Klees in PC race

      Campaign Life Coalition has endorsed Frank Klees for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, noting that he is its "preferred candidate" in a field that includes three of his fellow Tory MPPs.  Klees is rated "pro-life" by CLC, whereas Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox-Addington) is rated "not pro-life," Tim Hudak (Niagara West-Glanbrook) is rated "unknown" and Christine Elliot (Whitby-Oshawa) is rated "pro-abortion." CLC stated in a press release: ... (Continue reading)

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Babel of moral equivalence

As Easter weekend rolled around, and with it the end of my agonizing Lenten sacrifice of caffeinated drinks, I couldn’t help but remember childhood Easters and the ritual rolling out of 50s- and 60s-era biblical epics on the big three U.S. networks. The big event was always Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 remake of his own 1923 silent-era Mosaic blockbuster, The Ten Commandments, alongside less-esteemed widescreen biblical adaptations like King Of ... (Continue reading)

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Provincial marches for life

Provincial marches for life

There were marches for life from coast to coast the week of May 14 to help mark the 40th anniversary of the passing of the Omnibus Bill that legalized abortion in 1969. 2000 people walk through the streets of Victoria during the second B.C. March for Life The largest was in Victoria, B.C., where at least 2000 people took part in the second B.C. March for Life, doubling the ... (Continue reading)

International Mother’s Day Walk for Life

On Mother's Day, 70 Canadian and American pro-lifers gathered at Mather's park at the base of the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ont., for the 31st International Mother's Day Walk for Life. They gathered to remember children who are victims of abortion, witness to the fact that human life is a gift from God, and to demand action from legislators to fully protect the unborn.  It is organized by Francis James McManamy of Niagara Region Right to Life, its Canadian ... (Continue reading)

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News in Brief

Planned Parenthood releases report OTTAWA – The International Planned Parenthood Federation launched its newest report, “Contraception at a Crossroads,” on April 24 in Ottawa. Approximately 30 people attended the gathering held on Parliament Hill, co-sponsored by the IPPF, Action Canada for Population and Development and the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health. Senator Lucie Pépin was to welcome the attendees, but could not attend because of illness. Dr. Gill Greer, president of the IPPF, addressed the attendees and provided them with a ... (Continue reading)

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The cure

The cure

A round-bellied African child and an eager-eyed American politician approach a well. As they creep closer, they notice a sign saying, “If you are starving, I shall provide you with a life-giving substance. Tell me when you last ate.” The child takes a deep breath and with a small grin mutters, “I haven’t eaten in three days.” Nothing happens. The ... (Continue reading)

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The life of a pro-life journo

When Ralph Nader attended a press conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto to an overflow media crowd a few years ago, I asked him: “What’s your stand on pro-life issues?” He dismissed me with a wave of his arm. It was obvious he wasn’t going to wade into that contentious issue. It’s the same situation at the Park today. As an associate member of the Queen’s Park Press Gallery, with press ... (Continue reading)

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The risk of solidarity

  “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security.”  Now, that is a powerful statement. But, we have to ask ourselves, what does it really mean? What does it mean to declare to the world, and all who care to listen, that life is a right? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international initiative of human partisanship, has ... (Continue reading)

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The outing of a beauty queen

“Don’t ever compromise. Your goal should be to please God, not please man” – Carrie Prejean The U.S.A., at this moment, is engaged in an escalating culture war on the issue of same-sex “marriage.” If the battle plays out as it did in Canada, many Christians and many churches will largely run for cover, instead of speaking clearly what the Bible has taught for 2,000 years. But, like a voice crying ... (Continue reading)

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How best to communicate the message?

What is the best means of persuading more of our fellow citizens to understand that the deliberate killing of a baby in the womb is an unmitigated evil? Randall Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue, is a leading proponent of shock tactics. On May 1, he was arrested and charged with criminal trespass for leading an anti-abortion demonstration on the campus of Notre Dame University that involved six protesters ... (Continue reading)

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Christians as a mirror

It’s taken quite some time for the attacks upon the Roman Catholic church, the Pope and all serious Christians to die down. Dead they are not, but resting in their ugly tomb they most certainly are until the opportunity arises again. The reason, or the excuse, for the last barrage was the Pope’s comments about the dangers of condom use in Africa in the attempt to prevent ... (Continue reading)

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