Articles from April, 2010

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Selley’s contrived little column

Chris Selley writes in the National Post about what he perceives as a phony abortion war in Canadian politics, and as far as I can tell he means in both the context of maternal health and abortion in general. His argument comes down to using a single two-year-old poll to suggest that because only 4% of respondents oppose abortion in all circumstances and that 96% either support abortion with or without exceptions, there is really no debate about the ... (Continue reading)

Risking the maternal health coalition

Former Bush speechwriter and current Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson tackles the issue of Hillary Clinton's criticism of Ottawa's G8 maternal health initiative which excludes abortion. I'm going to gloss over the fact that Gerson too easily accepts the notion that contraception (condoms) is a legitimate component of the development agenda and focus narrowly on the issue of abortion. He says that Clinton's abortion advocacy on this file threatens the always fragile coalition between liberals and conservatives (mostly social conservatives) ... (Continue reading)

Abortion brings out the stupid in Liberals

For the past four days there have been "news" reports that Stephen Harper's government is not going to fund abortion as part of its proposed G8 maternal health initiative although it has indicated other countries can  pony up for abortion if they want. At some point this really isn't news anymore but regurgitation masquerading as journalism. Yesterday, the Globe and Mail reported on the Liberal reaction to this policy. Liberal foreign affairs critic Bob Rae said: “I am trying to ... (Continue reading)

Why we march

Why we march

This May, thousands of Canadians will attend the annual National March for Life and numerous provincial marches for life. They will come from every part of the country and they will be members of every race and religion. They will come, rain or shine, to our federal and provincial capitals and will witness to the sanctity of all human life. But what good is such a witness? Why, for a 13th ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion doulas

Marisa Meltzer writes about doulas who assist in abortions: Abortion doula services were unheard of until three years ago, when pro-choice activists within the birth community decided that they should serve the full spectrum of pregnancy choices, whether it's birth, adoption, or abortion. Mary Mahoney and Lauren Mitchell created New York City's Doula Project, a volunteer-based service that provides free doula services to women in New York City. They work with pregnant women who can't afford doulas, expectant birth-mothers at ... (Continue reading)

Citizenship guide excludes mention of gay ‘rights’

Citizenship guide excludes mention of gay ‘rights’

Jason Kenney, the federal Citizenship and Immigration Minister, has come under fire for not including any mention of gay “rights” in the new Canadian citizenship study guide. The guide, Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship, will replace the 1995 version created by Jean Chretien’s Liberal government. The current edition includes more information on Canada’s military history, aboriginals, gender equality and minorities. Applicants for Canadian citizenship will be tested from March ... (Continue reading)

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House re-starts debate on C-384

House re-starts debate on C-384

Bipartisan opposition to private member’s bill legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide On March 16, the House of Commons debated Bill C-384, MP Francine Lalonde`s (La Pointe-de-l’Île, BQ) private member’s bill to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia. The bill had already been debated for an hour in October, but the prorogation of Parliament in January and February moved it back to first reading. Bill C-384 should have already been voted ... (Continue reading)

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Our live coverage of the maternal health debate

At our website, TheInterim.com, we comment on current news items at our blog Soconvivium (www.theinterim.com/soconvivium). During the debate on the Liberal motion to require that abortion and contraception be made part of the government’s maternal health program (see story on page two), we “live-blogged” the proceedings. Here are excerpts of my comments as the debate progressed. 11:09 am: Liberal MP Keith Martin in his contribution to the debate offered this nugget: “Doesn’t pro-life ... (Continue reading)

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Across Canada

Morgentaler suit against N.B. proceeds FREDRICTON – A lawsuit launched by Henry Morgentaler to make New Brunswickers pay for abortions at his Fredericton abortion facility will advance to the trial stage after the New Brunswick government refused to appeal a court ruling in late August that gave Morgentaler legal permission to represent women seeking publicly funded abortions. The lawsuit was filed in 2004 and has advanced slowly through the preliminary stages before trial. Morgentaler claims that New Brunswick is ... (Continue reading)

D&P attacks CLC, LifeSiteNews

D&P attacks CLC, LifeSiteNews

In March 2009, LifeSiteNews.com revealed that Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, the official international development arm of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, had partnered with five different groups that promote abortion in Mexico in unrelated development projects. Later, further reports would show Development and Peace – or D&P for short – partnered with numerous pro-abortion groups around the world, revelations that would be confirmed by numerous independent sources. On ... (Continue reading)

Growing up in Guatemala

Life and family translates into growth and change. But change brings challenge. The basic challenges faced at Fe Viva World Missions in rural Guatemala are the same root challenges faced in Canada. Our response, whether Guatemalan or Canadian, is rooted in the depth and quality of our relationships, first with Jesus Christ and then within our families. How do we measure the quality of life for families in diverse communities in our world? The measurement is not based upon the economic ... (Continue reading)

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Ottawa stands firm on maternal heatlh

Here are my thoughts (first posted at Sobering Thoughts) on the announcement that the Canadian government will not fund abortion in its maternal health program: The Globe and Mail reports: Canada is refusing to fund abortion services as part of a G8 initiative to improve the health of mothers in poor countries. Just as G8 officials arrived in Halifax for talks on the maternal-health initiative on Monday, the Conservative government said that other Group of Eight nations can finance projects that ... (Continue reading)

Time on The Pill

If you have been near a magazine stand lately, you've seen the cover of Time on The Pill. The story appears to acknowledge another side, but really it seeks to lead a pep rally for the 50-year-old contraceptive. The reason contraceptive pills have caused a revolution is that the technology changed the relationship between men and women, or accelerated the changes that were already under way. Why? Because it separated sex from its most natural consequence. Janet Smith explains: Contraception treats the procreative ... (Continue reading)

‘Penicillin, not condoms’

That is the plea from Africa. Gaston Asitaki, a journalist and lawyer from the Democratic Republic of Congo, writes: No one can fail to weep at a stillborn child or the death of a mother in childbirth. But it is absurd; it is criminally irresponsible, for the United States and international aid agencies to argue that the solution to the DRC’s calamitous maternal mortality is family planning. The real solution is quality basic health care. Not conferences about foreign aid. Not ... (Continue reading)

Tebow drafted in first round

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, the center of a ridiculous controversy for doing a pro-life ad for the Super Bowl (on behalf of Focus on the Family) was just drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round (25th overall). Few pundits thought that this outstanding young man would be picked in the first round of the NFL draft. He probably won't start for the Broncs next year, as the talented quarterback will need to get acquainted with the NFL game and ... (Continue reading)

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