Articles from December, 2010

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Just say Merry Christmas

Writing at The American, Ralph Kinney Bennett urges people to just say Merry Christmas: For those who tend to agree with various personal advice gurus that Christmas is (a) too commercial (b) an imposition on non-Christians (c) an unfair challenge for the lonely and out of sorts (d) a phony concoction of false merriment (e) all of the above and much worse, merry Christmas to you, too. Merry Christmas to all our readers. We'll be back in ... (Continue reading)

More on Canada’s Supreme Court ReproTech decision

Both the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Campaign Life Coalition seem to take a harsher view of the Supreme Court's reference decision yesterday on Canada's reproductive technologies regulations than I did in my original post. I don't substantially disagree with their critiques, although it seems to me that their ultimate criticism is with the lack of legal protection for newly created life (through IVF and embryonic stem cell research) that is currently missing in Canadian law. Regardless of ... (Continue reading)

Supreme Court on assisted reproduction laws in Canada

Having read the Supreme Court's Reference re Assisted Human Reproduction Act decision this morning, I will provide my Coles Notes take on it in a moment. A longer analysis, for which I am woefully unprepared and unqualified to write, is necessary and will appear in the February issue of the paper. Here is the takeaway: the majority of the Court have upheld most of the AHR Act by reinforcing that rules that regulate the morality of reproductive technologies and research are legitimately under federal jurisdiction while ... (Continue reading)

Bits & Pieces

Canada Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, while speaking at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ont., was asked by a student about abortion. “My personal view is abortion should be as rare and as infrequent as family planning, good medical care and education can make it,” said Ignatieff. Then he added: “But it should be legal.” Earlier this year, Ignatieff advocated that Canadian taxpayers fund overseas abortions as a part of the federal government’s maternal health plan … Mary Wagner, a ... (Continue reading)

Poll shows public opinion shifting against legalizing euthanasia

For many years the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has been analyzing Canadian survey results related to euthanasia and assisted suicide. The first major survey that the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition commissioned was part of an Environics Group – National Omnibus survey in April 2001. The recent Environics Group survey, sponsored by Life Canada, shows that the EPC strategy not only convinced MPs to vote against legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada, but has also helped to shift public opinion against the legalization ... (Continue reading)

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Marriage tames men and in turn helps society: study

Marriage tames men and in turn helps society: study

A report from the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada speculates on why boys and men in the modern world are lagging behind girls. Using a thesis put forth by scholars such as George Gilder, Margaret Mead, David Popenoe, and David Blankenhorn, the report, “The Status of Men” written by Andrea Mrozek, manager of research and communication at the IMFC, considers “men and boys as the forgotten casualty in gender warfare” and ... (Continue reading)

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Across Canada

NB Human Rights Commission to examine abortion funding Fredericton -- The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission will hold hearings on whether the province’s abortion funding policy is a violation of the human rights of women. Under New Brunswick’s Medical Services Payment Act the province will only pay for abortions committed at hospitals and which are referred by a family doctor. The NB HRC is not making public who filed the complaint but abortion advocates and feminists complain that the ... (Continue reading)

Another issue off to the printer

In the final days before we went to press, we had to downsize the paper from 20 to 16 pages which is always a lot of work. It is unpleasant having to cut stories -- shortening stories or taking them out completely. Still, it's a packed paper with articles on the defeat of C-510 (anti-coercive abortion bill), the report stage passing of C-389 (transgender bill), an appreciation of the life of Heather Stilwell, a "bold" editorial, an "I-told-you-so" editorial, an edited version ... (Continue reading)

Stripped of club status, Carleton Lifeline sues student union

Stripped of club status, Carleton Lifeline sues student union

Carleton Lifeline has been a certified campus club since 2006. That all changed on Nov. 15 when the club announced via press release that the Carleton University Student Association had decided to not give Lifeline status this year. CUSA has taken issue with section 3.2 in the club’s constitution, which states: “Carleton Lifeline believes in the equal rights of the unborn and firmly believes that abortion is a moral and legal wrong, ... (Continue reading)

Trial delayed for Linda Gibbons

A development that the presiding judge described as having the potential for “dire implications” scuttled an expected trial of Linda Gibbons in October. The judge made the decision to delay the trail on the morning of Oct. 29, when the long-time pro-life demonstrator appeared in a downtown Toronto courtroom to answer a charge of disobeying a court order. At issue is a meeting held in 2001 between representatives of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General and lawyers for 18 pro-life demonstrators ... (Continue reading)

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C-510 receives first hour of debate

C-510 receives first hour of debate

On Nov. 1, Bill C-510, Rod Bruinooge’s private member’s bill that would outlaw coercive abortion, received second reading before heading to the Justice and Human Rights Committee. During an hour of debate, three Conservative MPs spoke in favour of C-510 while MPs in all four parties criticized the bill and its sponsor. Bruinooge noted that his bill is also known as Roxanne’s Law, after Roxanne Fernando who will killed by her boyfriend in ... (Continue reading)

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The mental gymnastics needed to support ‘choice’

Yesterday NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) once again brought up in Parliament the fact that the government's maternal health initiative proposed last January and accepted by the G8 in June, did not include abortion. Mathyssen rose in the House and stated: Mr. Speaker, 2010, like all years, has had its ups and downs, but when it comes to women's equality, 2010 has shown to be disastrous ... A G8-G20 focus on maternal and child health saw the government ... (Continue reading)

Coercive abortion bill defeated

C-510 or Roxanne's Law, Rod Bruinooge's private member's bill that would outlaw coercing a woman to have an abortion was defeated 97-178. Bruinooge is quoted saying he expected only 75 votes in favour of his bill. Still, this is a disappointing result because whatever flaws the bill may have contained, the defeat of Roxanne's Law before it even went to committee will send a signal to society that even the mildest pro-life proposal can't pass. It is not very surprising that the ... (Continue reading)

Book on conscience

We have a review of A Matter of Conscience by John Haas, Douglas Farrow, Francois Pouliot, and Maria Kraw. The book is a collection of presentations from the first annual meeting of the Canadian Federation of Catholic Doctor's Guild in 2009. The review is good, the book is excellent and the points both make about how conscience is formed is important. The bottom line on the collection of presentations: "It will inform, inspire and direct ... (Continue reading)

Pro-lifers compared to Nazis

Toronto Star columnist Heather Mallick writes hysterically about abortion -- which is the only way Mallick writes about anything -- implying that the procedure is difficult to obtain in many places and that darn it, there are still nasty pro-lifers all across the country who disagree with the abortion license. Mallick slyly suggests that only men are pro-life by appealing to the sisterhood in the New Brunswick cabinet to help open up abortion access, makes Prince Edward Islanders out to be fire-and-brimstone moralizers ... (Continue reading)

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