Articles from March, 2010

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Social cost of pornography

I'm thinking of dealing with the topic of pornography in an upcoming issue of The Interim, but it is difficult to address the subject without delving into details that cannot be comfortably discussed in a family publication. Any way, the Witherspoon Institute has a book and excellent website dedicated to the issue of social costs of pornography that is worth examining. The website has some papers and all the presentations at a recent consultation on the subject. Right now I'm watching Norman Doidge's talk on ... (Continue reading)

Abortion recovery month

April is Abortion Recovery Month. Jill Stanek has the appropriate links. (Continue reading)

News briefs

Alberta family wins 3-week reprieve for son EDMONTON – On Feb. 19, Court of Queen’s Bench Judge Michelle Crighton ordered Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton to keep Isaiah James May on life support until March 11 to give May’s parents three weeks to assemble medical experts to assess their son’s chances for further recovery. The order extends an original reprieve granted on Jan. 27, after the family received notice from the hospital on Jan. 13 that their baby’s condition ... (Continue reading)

Throng of pro-lifers swamp Washington

Throng of pro-lifers swamp Washington

An estimated 200,000-400,000 people took part in the Washington March for Life on Jan. 22 to commemorate the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Organizers say it was larger than the record 2009 crowd. This year’s theme was “Stand Up Now! Unite for the Life Principles. No Exception! No Compromise!” and the pro-life witness urged an end to the slaughter that has taken more than 50 million lives since abortion was legalized ... (Continue reading)

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Some announcements

I have two announcements about our roster of columnists, a new one and one who is leaving. Over the Christmas holidays, Rev. Royal Hamel resigned as a columnist. He is focusing on other opportunities and projects. I am saddened to see him leave, but am glad that we part amicably. I consider Rev. Hamel a friend and it has been my pleasure that this paper has had the benefit of his writing ... (Continue reading)

Civility despite controversy

At the end of January, the pro-life clubs at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University each hosted a guest speaker that came with a reputation for sparking some controversy. Jose Ruba from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) presented his “Echoes of the Holocaust” presentation at U of T on Jan. 27. The following day, Michael Coren, broadcaster, author, and columnist, addressed students at Queen’s with a talk entitled, “Abortion: ... (Continue reading)

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IPPF complains about Ottawa’s lack of funding

The International Planned Parenthood Federation, the world’s largest abortion provider, is complaining that the Canadian government has not yet responded to its request for a funding renewal of $18 million over the next three years. IPPF spokesman Paul Bell told Canwest News Service that his organization was “taken by surprise” after Michael Ignatieff pointed out the delay in IPPF’s funding in late January while he was pushing for abortion in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new G8 maternal and child health plan. The ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada The National Parole Board denied the request of Robert Latimer, the Saskatchewan farmer who murdered his disabled daughter, for extended leave from his halfway house in British Columbia ... According to an Angus Reid Public Opinion poll 67 per cent of Canadians think euthanasia should be made legal while 23 per cent are opposed. Just over four in ten (41 per cent) agreed that “legalizing euthanasia would leave vulnerable people without sufficient legal protection,” and 28 ... (Continue reading)

Lakehead Life Support obtains club status

Lakehead Life Support obtains club status

After more than three years of gaining and losing club status, the pro-life club at Lakehead University, Life Support, seems to have its club status to stay. The most recent episode of its saga occurred during this past fall school term. The club was accused of verbally harassing a female student at its display booth. Life Support responded immediately when notified about this complaint and denied its authenticity. The complaint did not go ... (Continue reading)

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Human Rights Watch chastises Ireland over pro-life laws

A new report by Human Rights Watch claims that Ireland’s anti-abortion regulations are in violation of international law. According to the report, “A State of Isolation: Access to Abortion for Women in Ireland,” released on January 28, “Ireland is a party to several international human rights treaties, and has been repeatedly criticized by international treaty bodies for implementing abortion restrictions that are in violation of the human rights obligations the government has voluntarily undertaken.” Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization ... (Continue reading)

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Kennedy wants taxpayer-funded abortion reported on Friday that Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D, RI) wants taxpayers to cover the costs of abortion. It is a matter of health policy, not morality, the ostensible Catholic claims. Asked if he thought it was "morally right to take tax money from pro-life Americans and give it to health plans that cover elective abortion?"  Teddy's son stammered like a Kennedy: "Again, it's a matter of -- we've got to make sure people are -- we have public health protected." ... (Continue reading)

5th annual Terri’s Day

Five years ago tomorrow Terri Schiavo suffered a court-ordered death. The family and Priests for Life remembers the day to "foster education, prayer, and activism regarding discrimination against the disabled, and advocacy for people in situations similar to what Terri and her family faced so that no one will again suffer as she did." has a short report. Our coverage of Terri's passing was in the May 2005 edition of the paper. (Continue reading)

Lawyer walks out of HRC hearing

The Vancouver Sun reports that comedian Guy Earle's lawyer Jim Miller left the hearings yesterday because he considered the process illegal. He asked the tribunal if it had jurisdiction to accept the complaint of a lesbian who claims discrimination and the tribunal said they would deal with that issue after evidence had been presented. The Sun reports: Miller's argument is that his client, who did not attend the hearing, was entitled to freedom of artistic expression under the Canadian Charter ... (Continue reading)

USCCB provided cover to Stupak

This piece by Edward Feser is too harsh on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, but it sounds like a plausible explanation for Rep. Bart Stupak's (D, Mich.) sell-out of pro-life principles. Most of the post is about why the USCCB is wrong to support state-directed health care, which represents an abandonment of the Christian principle of subsidiarity, and it is worth reading for the discussion of whether the bishops should be backing socialized medicine. As I say, the whole thing is ... (Continue reading)

HRC case against comedian

A few years ago comedian Guy Earle commented on the sexual orientation of a pair of lesbian hecklers a few years ago. They complained to the British Columbia Human Rights Commission. His BCHR Tribunal hearing in Vancouver takes place today. Some background on the case is available in this 2008 Kathy Shaidle piece for Pajamas Media. As the Vancouver Province reports today: "If found guilty, Earle could be fined and/or banned from performing in B.C." That says a lot ... (Continue reading)

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