Articles from November, 2009

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Safer cars for pregnant women

USA Today reports: Ford Motor-funded research at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest universities is near completion on mathematical models that measure how crash forces affect pregnant women and fetuses. States are not required to report fetal deaths in data sent to the federal fatal accident system -- some do, and some don't. But researcher Stefan Duma of Virginia Tech says reliable studies show from 300 to 1,000 fetal deaths because of car accidents each year. Duma says the fatality rate of unborn ... (Continue reading)

The ‘moderate’ senators from Maine

The New York Times has a profile of sorts of a pair of Maine senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, in which author Andrew Miga trots out the usual line about them being "fiscally conservative, yet more socially moderate" Republicans who "part with the GOP on issues like abortion rights and the environment." There are a number of problems with this argument. The first in particular to Snowe and Collins, the second about the use of the term moderate when applied ... (Continue reading)

Lalonde delays vote on Bill C-384, again

Bill C-384 is the private members bill that was introduced by Bloc MP Francine Lalonde to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. C-384 was introduced on May 13, 2009, it received its first hour of debate on Oct 2, 2009 and it was scheduled to receive its second hour of debate on Nov 16 and to be voted-on Nov 18, 2009. Lalonde is on the run. First she traded-back her date for the second hour of debate to Nov 19, ... (Continue reading)

Assorted links (11.30)

Ruth Marcus has a longish piece in Newsweek on how abortion will not scuttle Obamacare. At The American Spectator, Mark Tooley looks at how the Religious Left, especially the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, is opposed to the Stupak-Pitts amendment. The Daily Telegraph had an article last week entitled "Fertility: stop all the clocks," on attempts by one doctor to maintain the fertility for women who delay motherhood by "pausing biological time by freezing ovarian tissue." Women's E-News reports ... (Continue reading)

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Review of Morgentaler’s Order of Canada refused

From the Catholic Civil Rights League: The Catholic Civil Rights League today expressed disappointment with the recent Federal Court decision striking the application of Frank Chauvin for judicial review of the decision awarding the Order of Canada to Henry Morgentaler in 2008.    Frank Chauvin, a retired Windsor police detective, was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1987, largely in recognition of his work in the support of underprivileged girls in Haiti.  As a member of the Order of Canada, ... (Continue reading)

Me on TV

I'll be on Behind the Story on CTS Sunday night at 7 pm local time in Ontario and Alberta (re-broadcast the following Friday at 11 am) and available elsewhere in Canada if you are a Rogers digital subscriber. At some point after it has broadcast, it is available here at CTS's website. We'll be talking about torture in Afghanistan, not mentioning the Muslim connection to the carnage at Fort Hood, Stephane Dion's wife criticizing Michael Ignatieff and a bunch of other things, ... (Continue reading)

Why we call ‘pro-choice’ supporters ‘pro-abortion

In the Lon Jacobs article noted earlier by Paul Tuns, the conclusion reminds us why the pro-abortion side is not really about choice and not really neutral, but very much pro-abortion: In my mind, President Bill Clinton had it about right when he called for abortion to be safe, legal and rare. If that is to be more than just a convenient political spin, we who support a woman's right to choose should do our part to celebrate the ... (Continue reading)

Is Senator Casey pro-life enough?

The New York Times has an article on Senator Robert Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania who pretends to be pro-life but whose primary credential on this file is that his late father, one-time governor of the Keystone State, was a principled pro-lifer who was denied a platform to speak (about anything) at the 1992 Democratic National Convention. Casey says he is often compared to his father, often to his detriment, but there are some of us who think the comparison is unearned. ... (Continue reading)

Down syndrome babies and eugenic hate

Lon Jacobs writes in the Wall Street Journal about Sarah Palin's advocacy on behalf of those with Down syndrome, his own Down syndrome child, and the abortion debate. He says: What separates me from many other pro-choicers I encounter is that I strongly believe we need to make abortion rare. In too many quarters we have moved from a society that protects the right to abortion to one that promotes it. This is especially true with regard to those with ... (Continue reading)

40 Days for Life closes Planned Parenthood mill

Often we don't see the fruits of our labours in the pro-life movement. We don't know how or even if our witness or our prayer has moved others. Values Voter News has a video of a Planned Parenthood facility in Montana that closed down during 40 Days for Life, in part due to the decreased business that often accompanies these prayerful witnesses. (Continue reading)

US pressed to sign Child Rights Convention

In C-Fam's Friday Fax, Samantha Singson writes about pressure on the United States to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child as the CRC celebrates its 20th anniversary. In 1993, Interim columnist Winifride Prestwichanswered a letter-writer's question about what is wrong with the treaty, noting that it violated numerous age-old rights of the parent. This theme is picked up by Singson: Conservative groups in the United States, however, point to concerns regarding the 'rights-based approach' and highlight problems with ... (Continue reading)

Assorted links (11/27) reports on the Life Canada-sponsored Environics poll that shows a majority of Canadians oppose the country's regime of abortion-on-demand. CNN reports that Spain moves closer to broadening their abortion law. The Catholic Register reports on the sixth annual medical student forum put on by Canadian Physicians for Life. Jill Stanek noted that Barack Obama's Thanksgiving Proclamation was essentially cribbed from George Bush with one important difference: allusion to life were removed. John Henry-Westen of interviewed the Duluth pro-lifer who ... (Continue reading)

Liberals attempt to smear Tory MP over pro-life comments

Liberal MPs continue to attack Maurice Vellacott over some relatively innocuous things he said about abortion. (Andrea Mrozek points out that in the current culture his uncontroversial comments are likely to be viewed as outrageous by a certain brand of feminist.) Anyway, the silliness has seeped into parliamentary proceedings. From Hansard (House of Commons, November 25, 2009): Mrs. Lise Zarac (LaSalle—Émard, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the member for Saskatoon—Wanuskewin recently made comments about abortion that insulted and ... (Continue reading)

Happy Thanksgiving

LeRoy Goldman, a deacon at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, writes about the meaning of Thanksgiving in the Asheville Citizen-Times. He reminds us: That this nation's roots are deeply intertwined with God's providence was not lost on George Washington, who in his Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789 stated, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.” Remember that ... (Continue reading)

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