Articles from September, 2013

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West Virginia abortionist sued after alleged forced abortion

Lawyers from the Family Policy Council of West Virginia and Alliance Defending Freedom are suing abortionist Rodney Lee Stephens and his facility in West Virginia on behalf of a victim of a forced abortion that left the baby’s head in her uterus. Itai Gravely, 26, was scheduled to undergo an abortion at the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia on April 19, 2012, but revoked her consent at the beginning of the procedure because she was experiencing severe pain. She ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada In July, federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau called for the legalization of marijuana to help keep the illicit drug out of the hands of children, saying that criminalization has not worked. In August, Trudeau, who says he does not drink coffee, admitted to smoking pot “five or six times” including at a dinner party in his home since becoming an MP … Ashley Martyn, who has been identified as Trudeau’s “social media manager” tweeted that “religious ... (Continue reading)

Toronto councillor won’t violate conscience

Toronto councillor won’t violate conscience

Denzil Minnan-Wong Twice over the Summer Toronto city councilor Denzil Minnan-Wong refused to take part in a city activity honouring individuals who were pro-abortion. In June, the Ward 34, Don Valley East councilor left the council chambers when two colleagues – former Communist Party head Paula Fletcher and long-time NDP activist Pam McConnell – introduced a motion offering condolences to the family of Henry Morgentaler and recognizing his “courage ... (Continue reading)

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Transableism, seeking to become disabled, is an actual thing

The disorder may have a sexual component, possible link to transgenderism A small, increasingly vocal group of individuals is demanding the right to put themselves in a permanent state of disability. Known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) or “transableism,” the condition entails a discrepancy between the person’s body and body image: the victim often wants to become an amputee or paraplegic. The Daily Mail reported on the experience of Chloe Jennings-White, a research scientist educated at Cambridge ... (Continue reading)

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Hey Suzuki, Canada is not full and your policies threaten our social programs

Hey Suzuki, Canada is not full and your policies threaten our social programs

  David Suzuki, the Canadian environmentalist often touted as having all the answers to halt (alleged) global warming, and even to push back (allegedly) rising sea levels, has been caught telling a whopper of a fish story. On Canada Day, during an interview with a Quebec reporter, he claimed that “Canada is full,” explaining that we have no room for immigrants in this vast country. “Although it’s the second largest country ... (Continue reading)

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Time magazine celebrates childlessness

The cover story for the August 12 issue of Time magazine promotes a child-free life. The article, by Lauren Sandler, which decries the cultural expectation of having children, cites the positive experiences of individuals and couples without children, and tries to explain why they choose a childless lifestyle.   Sander writes that American culture “often equates womanhood with motherhood” and boasts a “baby-product industry” that is at an all-time high, despite the drop in the birth rate. Meanwhile, childless women are ... (Continue reading)

Cardinal on Pope’s advisory board fully supports Mary Wagner

An influential Indian Cardinal says he “fully” support the efforts of a Canadian pro-lifer who is serving time in jail for entering abortion facilities to rescue unborn babies. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, was recently tapped by Pope Francis to join an eight-cardinal advisory board charged with assisting the Pope in reforming the Roman Curia. He also serves as president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. ... (Continue reading)

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Trustee Michael Doyle fought against UNICEF in Catholic schools

Trustee Michael Doyle fought against UNICEF in Catholic schools

Michael Doyle fought to uphold pro-life principles in Toronto Catholic schools. The oldest of seven brothers, Michael Doyle passed away peacefully on July 27, 2013, after losing a battle with cancer. Born and raised in Dundrum, Ireland, Michael, and his wife Anita, immigrated to Toronto in 1968. In addition to being a husband, father of four and grand-father of six, ... (Continue reading)

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Windsor to get crisis pregnancy residential support

Windsor to get crisis pregnancy residential support

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Home for pregnant and new mothers will open in early 2014. The Windsor-Essex area will soon have its first residential support for women facing a crisis pregnancy, thanks to a persistent divine call given to Sister Linda Dube. Sr. Dube, president of the board of directors at Our Lady of Guadalupe ... (Continue reading)

Defund Abortion campaign moving across the country

Defund Abortion campaign  moving across the country

The Defund Abortion Rally at Queen's Park this past March. In 2011, Campaign Life Coalition Youth began a new initiative to make Ontarians aware that their hard-earned tax dollars are funding abortions in the province without their consent. The Defund Abortion campaign has grown significantly since its first year as it has included two major rallues at Queen’s Park, mini-rallies at ... (Continue reading)

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Forgotten conservatives

Forgotten conservatives

Roger Kimball is a well-read man. Reading through his latest book, The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia (St. Augustine’s Press, $36, 356 pages), I couldn’t help but envy whatever combination of discipline, habit, choice of profession and luck has let him trawl through the remainder tables of ideas and come up with a collection of essays that, in the most erudite of ways, ... (Continue reading)

Where ignorance is blessed

Light is Right Joe Campbell “It’s a creative approach to saving souls,” Dingwall said. “What is?” I asked. “Invincible ignorance,” Dingwall replied. Although we often talked about Church teaching, this was the first time he had mentioned invincible ignorance. “I’m not sure I understand,” I said. “Invincible ignorance is a deficiency of knowledge that you can’t reasonably overcome and consequently are not responsible for,” he explained. “I know what it means,” I ... (Continue reading)

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Author identifies causes, problems of lower fertility rates

Author identifies causes, problems of lower fertility rates

What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster by Jonathan V. Last (Encounter, $28, 230 pages) In 1968, Paul R. Ehrlich published an influential book, The Population Bomb. The manuscript was originally entitled, “Population, Resources, and Environment,” and Erhlich warned of impending doom if global population growth was not significantly curtailed. Erhlich predicted environmental catastrophe, famine, and even war if the world’s population was allowed to grow. ... (Continue reading)

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Accidental death from pain treatment is not euthanasia

National Affairs Rory Leishman After years of debate over euthanasia, it is amazing that so many generally well informed people can remain fundamentally ignorant about the issues at stake. Consider the observations on end-of-life care expressed by Dr. Cameron Ghent in his book Medicine Outside the Box: Musings about Health-care Issues. Ghent is a distinguished, Yale-trained hepatologist, and recently retired adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Western Ontario, who ... (Continue reading)

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The things that occupy my mind at night

Or: how I think Josh Brahm is influencing me for the worse. I dropped my cell phone under my bed late last night. The combination of my disability, short arms, and the wall it was wedged against made me unable to reach the phone. I tried using a few ordinary household items to pull it up – a pair of scissors and two or three coat hangers (all different kinds). One of the coat hangers eventually worked, but ... (Continue reading)

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