Articles from August, 2010

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Bits & Pieces

Canada A grassroots network opposed to euthanasia has been created in Quebec. Vivre dans la Dignite (Living with Dignity) will respond to the travelling provincial commission that is holding summer and fall hearings on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Linda Couture, the group’s director, said “We cannot allow killing to be confused with health care in Quebec” … C-389, the private member’s bill of Bill Siksay (NDP, Burnaby-Douglas), passed second reading. If approved C-389 would add “gender identity” and “gender ... (Continue reading)

Some abortionists are promoting adoption

Public relations gimmick or genuine ‘choice’ A pro-abortion adoption agency? The very idea may sound like an oxymoron. What about a pro-adoption abortion facility? Nevertheless, to Corinna Lohser and Cristina Page, co-founders of the recently created Adoption Access Network, these are newly stated goals of the so-called pro-choice movement. It is no secret that the term pro-choice is understood by pro-lifers as a euphemism for pro-abortion. Historically the word ‘choice’ has functioned as a synonym for ‘abortion’ in political and ... (Continue reading)

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The rape exception

The rape exception

Cardinal Ouellet of the Archdiocese of Quebec probably did not expect to ignite a controversy when he spoke at a pro-life conference in May and reiterated long-held Catholic teaching on abortion. Yet within days, journalists, feminist groups and politicians across the province were expressing anger and indignation at the cardinal’s statements, in which he declared his opposition to abortion in all cases, including rape. In answer to a reporter’s question, Ouellet had said, “The child is not responsible for how he ... (Continue reading)

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We’ll be back blogging mid-week

Our esteemed editor is in Ottawa until Wednesday. We'll be updating the main site with the last of the August issue and first stories from our September issue. For now, check out Michael Coren's column on `Family Values` from the August issue. Also, Rick McGinnis on `The Shrinking Male`about how men are portrayed in the media. On Monday, we`ll have a story on the rape exception to abortion. (Continue reading)

G8 backs abortion-free maternal health initiative

The leaders of the G8 countries meeting in Huntsville, Ont., endorsed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s signature Muskoka Initiative on maternal and infant health and pro-life leaders are cautiously optimistic that it will remain abortion-free despite loaded wording of the leaders’ statement. On June 26, the G8 released a statement committing the world’s rich countries -- Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom -- to support “key interventions along the continuum of care” from pre-pregnancy through to ... (Continue reading)

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Human Rights Watch agitates for abortion

A new report by Human Rights Watch accuses several nations of failing to provide access to adequate reproductive health care, especially abortion. The report, ‘Unaccountable: Addressing Reproductive Health Care Gaps,” uses Human Rights Watch’s interviews with so-called victims to make recommendations to governments and international health organizations. According to Human Rights Watch, “logistical, cultural, and financial barriers to services and information, inadequate care, discrimination, and abusive health providers block the way to reproductive health.” Alongside legitimate problems such as inadequate grievance ... (Continue reading)

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Paying for our mistakes

“Where are you going, Frank, in such a big hurry?” my wife, Ileen, asked me recently. “Dear, I just got a call from the Toronto Police Services Board asking me if I would come down and help them out in an emergency situation.” “I never knew you to be that crazy about the police.” Ileen said. “Oh I am, dear,” I said. “Yeah, right. Watch what you say, Frank. Remember these guys are armed.” “I’ll be ... (Continue reading)

Family values

Today people have a tendency to hold their ha nds up and make pretend quotations marks when they use the phrase “family values” as though they’re embarrassed about it and want to qualify or justify what they’re saying. There’s no need. Family values are obvious – as natural as family itself. We can argue the politics, but for once let’s explain it in the personal. A true story about my daughter. She falls down ... (Continue reading)

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Enlightenment roots of relativism

Moral relativism is becoming increasingly prominent in Western society. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, before he was elected pope, warned, “We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.” It is important to recognize, especially in the Enlightenment thought, the sources of this dangerous relativism to fight it. English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, in a classic precursor to Enlightenment thought, writes in Leviathan ... (Continue reading)

Important notice to readers

Dear Readers, The Interim thanks you for your understanding and unwavering support for our pro-life publication. As we explained last August and again in March, the revamping of Heritage Canada’s policy for assistance to the Canadian publishing industry resulted in a huge challenge for The Interim. Your response to our initial appeal to rally round The Interim ensured its survival in the short term. You helped it to qualify for the modest subsidy that Heritage Canada makes possible through its new Canadian ... (Continue reading)

Mary Florence Hughes, RIP

Mary Florence Hughes, RIP

On July 17, Mary Florence Hughes, mother of pro-life leader Jim Hughes, passed away shortly after becoming seriously ill in her 101st year. Mary raised Jim and his sister Patricia on her own in Toronto in the 1940s and ‘50s, working a variety of jobs to support her own children and an extended family of cousins. Her husband Charles Hughes died following a heart attack in 1946 when Jim was three and Patricia ... (Continue reading)

Social liberal could cost GOP chance at Senate

A pair of Rasmussen polls are demonstrative of the political power of social conservatism in U.S. politics. In Illinois, the Republicans have a pro-lifer, Bill Brady, challenging the incumbent Governor Pat Quinn. Brady is leading Quinn, an abortion rights suppoters, by a decisive 48%-35%. This will be a great pickup for the Republicans, and pro-lifers. In the Illinois Senate race, the Republicans picked a "moderate" to be their standard-bearer and Mark Kirk is predictably trailing Democrat Alexi Giannoulias ... (Continue reading)

ESCR decision

Yesterday I noted that U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth blocked federal funding of embryonic stem cell research and I wanted to expand on that today. Judge Lamberth found that Barack Obama's relaxed regulations on ESCR funding -- which jumped from $40 million during the Bush administration to nearly three times that number today -- violated federal statutes restricting research that depends on the destruction of human embryos. As the Wall Street Journal reported the main rational for the decision: The government ... (Continue reading)

We’ll return Wednesday

Today we were finishing off the September issue. Larger than usual (24 pages compared to the typical 20, 16 pages in the Summer months) and I couldn't find the time to blog. I'll get back to blogging on Wednesday. In the meantime, enjoy some good news from the U.S. on the decision by Judge Royce Lamberthof U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to block federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. (Continue reading)

Abortion is often just a symptom

Andrea Mrozek explains that the linear trajectory of binge drinking to bad decisions to abortion is a sign that "we are raising our girls wrong." (Continue reading)

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