Articles from February, 2013

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A challenge for abundant life

In the January edition of The Interim we ran an article, "A challenge to abundant life," on the proper Christian approach to the issue of homosexuality, specifically in our interactions with individuals dealing with same-sex attraction. The article was written by Theresa Yoshioka, an expert in these matters, and the number of responses we received for running this article was unusually high. Some appreciated the sensitive treatment while others thought we we overly politically correct. If you know me at all, you ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada The Toronto Star published a column by University of Ottawa political science professor Paul Saurette and graduate student Kelly Gordon that purports to expose the Canadian pro-life movement “rebranding” itself using feminist language and issues, including sex-selective abortion, to undermine public support for abortion, especially among young women. Saurette and Gordon say progressives must vigorously defend the status quo on abortion because, “the new anti-abortion arguments and framing strategies may well resonate in new and surprising ... (Continue reading)

The rape exception

The rape exception

Conceived in rape Rebecca Kiessling is critical of the rape exception tolerated by some pro-lifers. The issue of abortion and rape was brought to the forefront with the failed candidacies of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock during the American general election, and the Democratic exploitation of their gaffes. Akin, a Republican Senate candidate and outgoing congressman in Missouri, set off a media firestorm when asked last Summer on KTVI-TV about his ... (Continue reading)

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When coffee breath hinders and saltines don’t help: more than morning sickness

When coffee breath hinders and saltines don’t help: more than morning sickness

Optimizing assistance to mothers with hyperemesis gravidarum The Princess of Cambridge has hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that leads one in six who get it to abort their children. When Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, was hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), many didn’t realize the condition is potentially life-threatening to both mother and baby. One comment online was typical of the reaction from coffee shop chit-chat to talk ... (Continue reading)

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Euthanasia studies dissected in new book

Euthanasia studies dissected in new book

Exposing Vulnerable People to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide by Alex Schadenberg (Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, 66 pages, $20 for ebook or paper) It can be difficult to keep on top of the latest medical studies and reports, let alone understand what they are saying (and as importantly, not saying). Alex Schadenberg’s Exposing Vulnerable People to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide is a brief volume that examines and critiques seven recent studies reported in ... (Continue reading)

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Morgentaler turns 25

In 1969, Parliament effectively introduced abortion-on-demand in Canada when it amended the Criminal Code to permit abortions when a hospital’s therapeutic abortion committee (TAC) deemed it necessary for the health of the mother to have one; by definition, free-standing abortion facilities that did not have these TACs were illegal. TACs were to take into account the health of the mother, but the definition of health was so broad it included emotion and psychological consideration, and any distress the mother reported ... (Continue reading)

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Tolerance and same-sex ‘marriage’ threaten freedom

National Affairs Rory Leishman In an ominous sign of the times, London’s Daily Telegraph published a joint letter to the editor on Jan. 12 in which more than 1,000 priests and eight bishops of the Catholic Church decry the onset of a new age of religious persecution in Britain. Of prime concern to the letter-writers is the determination of the government of British Prime Minister David Cameron to enact same-sex “marriage” into ... (Continue reading)

Crazy

Light is Right Joe Campbell I used to believe that to sell books, you needed catchy titles. I was wrong. I can think of few titles less catchy than Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Even the short version, DSM, doesn’t qualify as catchy. And yet this publication of the American Psychiatric Association is a best seller, popular both at home and abroad. Now in its fourth edition, the ... (Continue reading)

Even Hollywood can’t get away from truth of abortion

Even Hollywood can’t get away from truth of abortion

While the political battle over abortion has hardened into a seemingly intractable stalemate, the pro-life side of the issue can take some small comfort in the fact that, at least on the cultural front, abortion remains a hard sell. To be sure, secularized liberals whose support for abortion remains an article of faith almost wholly occupy the strategic high ground – the movie studios and production houses, performing arts and publishing. ... (Continue reading)

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AUL ramps up anti-Planned Parenthood campaign

As Planned Parenthood celebrated its 96th anniversary on October 16, Americans United for Life (AUL) released 22 backgrounders throughout the month of October that emphasized why the organization should be investigated and de-funded. AUL’s project, titled “The Planned Parenthood Exhibits: The Continuing Case for Investigating the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider,” was a follow-up to its July 7 report, “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,” which helped to inspire a Congressional investigation of the organization. Dr. Charmaine Yoest, head of the ... (Continue reading)

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Where are the tears for the victims of abortion?

Journalist for Life It happens on a horribly regular basis. A child is abducted and killed, and often assaulted first. The media transforms the story into headline news, the community activates, the police do all that they can, but the tragedy still occurs and cuts like a razor into the flesh of our being. Such events will occur again and again because there will always be evil people in the world ... (Continue reading)

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Cuomo’s abortion extremism

I've written here before about Governor Andrew Cuomo's aggressive attempt to make New York State the most pro-abortion state in America and S438-2013. National Review Online editorializes against Cuomo's abortion-expanding Reproductive Health Act: The anodyne-sounding “Reproductive Health Act” is a very bad proposal indeed. Where it regulates, it regulates the wrong parties in the wrong way. But it also deregulates with equal disregard: It would among other things allow persons other than physicians to perform abortions. That ... (Continue reading)

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Books by Ashli Foshee McCall for yourself and your favourite OB-GYN

“Take heart in the overwhelming message that you and your baby can survive and that you are not alone.” Get in touch and download McCall’s HG information pamphlet at beyondmorningsickness.com. All three are published by BookSurge through Amazon. Proceeds go to help HG sufferers. Beyond Morning Sickness: Battling Hyperemesis Gravidarum (2006, paperback, $10.03, 423 pages; 2011, e-book, $7.01, 592 pages) This is the go-to handbook by a survivor. Interim readers will disagree with gestational surrogacy as an alternative to pregnancy and ... (Continue reading)

Scandalous exceptions

During the most recent presidential election cycle, the American electorate was scandalized. Statements made by two Republican senatorial candidates about their opposition to abortion in cases involving rape occasioned an avalanche of outrage with condemnations, recriminations, and death threats following swiftly upon each of their remarks. In a famously divided political climate, unity suddenly, somehow appeared. This curious event allows us to pose the question: what is a scandal? From a certain distance, each instance of scandal has the same structure: ... (Continue reading)

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Scandalous priorities

Scandalous priorities

  Due to the slow progress in the country’s reconstruction, last month International Development Minister Julian Fantino announced that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) would stop funding new development projects in Haiti, which is still recovering from 2010’s devastating earthquake. We are not qualified to judge whether or not $50 million in Canadian aid to Haiti was spent wisely, but we do know that whatever the problems there are in Haiti’s reconstruction pale in comparison to the indefensible use of ... (Continue reading)

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