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Maternal health polling

In April, a Harris-Decima poll found that Canadians were evenly split on whether abortion should be part of the government’s maternal health initiative: 48 per cent were opposed to including abortion, while 46 per cent were in favour. However, a new poll from the same company now finds that 58 per cent say abortion should be included while just 30 per cent think it should not. The Canadian Press reported that Megan Tam, vice president of Harris-Decima, said the shift in ... (Continue reading)

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The parental prerogative

The parental prerogative

There are many things to deplore about the lurid sexual education component of the new curriculum which the McGuinty has proposed for all Ontario primary schools. The ideologically-motivated attempt to pervert young children in the name of “sexual health” is, indeed, deplorable, but is also predictable: for years, social liberals have taken fringe psychoanalysts as their gurus—radicals who have exchanged the ancient medical maxim, “first, do no harm,” with their hoary ... (Continue reading)

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The true meaning and value of motherhood

The second Sunday of May, Mother's Day, gives families a chance to thank, honour and celebrate the people who are closest to us and who teach us how to love: our mothers. Indeed, mothers make families possible. As such, motherhood is necessary and essential for society itself. This fact, of course, is rarely acknowledged and motherhood is not highly esteemed ... (Continue reading)

McGill’s disgraced ideals

Last October, Jose Ruba of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform visited the McGill University campus to present a display entitled, “Echoes of the Holocaust,” which drew parallels between the Nazi Holocaust and an atrocity which is still perpetrated and perpetuated today: abortion. As might be expected, Ruba’s presentation was disrupted by extremists intent on violating the rights that any university ought to cherish most: free inquiry, free assembly and free expression. The real scandal, however, is not that thugs ... (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 and the eugenic attitude

Margaret Sanger, the early American abortion advocate, believed in the practice of eugenics. Like many misguided early twentieth-century social activists, she believed that eugenics was – in her words – “the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.” For Sanger, birth control did not simply constitute a marginal alteration of the ratios of reproduction; it meant that unfit races and classes were to be bred into oblivion so that the fit remaining members of ... (Continue reading)

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Against relativism

In the language of our intellectual and cultural elites, we often find repeated phrases that seem to have a life of their own. Like the symptoms of an undiagnosed, contagious disease, these phrases suddenly appear and spread quickly throughout the language of our popular discourse until they, and the assumptions they conceal, are accepted as self-evidently true. It is sometimes difficult to keep such phrases – and the intellectual attitudes they imply – from our own speech. Indeed, the most ... (Continue reading)

Maternal health

Michael Ignatieff has famously insisted that the government’s plan to address maternal health and infant mortality include abortion. We cover this story in depth on pages 10-11, but there are two important points. First, nobody in his right mind would equate abortion with maternal health; that much should go without saying, although apparently there are some things only a Harvard professor can believe. Second, every dollar that goes to abortion will not go to clean water, vaccinations, nutrition programs and ... (Continue reading)

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Vote on C-384

On Dec. 30, Prime Minister Stephen Harper asked Governor General Michaelle Jean to prorogue Parliament, shutting it down until March 3. When Parliament prorogues, all unfinished government legislation dies, but private members bills do not. This means that C-384, the private members bill of Francine Lalonde that would legalize euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide, will still be voted on when the new session begins. Last Fall, Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, predicted C-384 would be defeated handily. That ... (Continue reading)

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Latimer’s lax treatment

Robert Latimer killed his daughter Tracey Latimer, who had cerebral palsy, in 1993 and after several trials and two Supreme Court decisions, began serving his “life” sentence for second degree murder on Jan. 18, 2001. By March 2008, he was out of ... (Continue reading)

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A deadly climate

In our day and age, the reality of climate change cannot be doubted: it is experts’ grave concern, the popular politicians’ top priority, the famous film stars’ fashionable cause. Last month, the leaders of the world gathered in Copenhagen to avert an impending ecological disaster – an effort (so we are told) that may already be too little, too late. Indeed, it is impossible to question the reality of global warming, when concerns about it have reached a fever-pitch: climate change ... (Continue reading)

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Peace on Earth

On a dark night at the dawn of the first century, to a few shepherds in the foothills of Bethlehem, an angel announced “glad tidings”: “Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will towards men;” “today in the city of David, a Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord” (Lk 2:14, 11). This Child, as Isaiah prophesied, was to be called the “Prince of Peace” (Is 9:5). But, at the close of a ... (Continue reading)

Abortion is not health care

The health care debate in the United States has become a debate about abortion. Some advocates of health care reform are blaming pro-lifers in general and the Catholic bishops in particular for delaying and perhaps even eventually scuttling the reform bill. It is true abortion politics might end up preventing the bill from passing but that is because abortion advocates in Congress are insistent that federally subsidized insurance programs cover abortion; the Senate version even mandates increased abortion subsidies. Rep. Bart ... (Continue reading)

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Our new online presence

It has taken a while but The Interim has redesigned and updated its website (theinterim.com ). It will be updated weekly with material from the latest issue of the newspaper with news stories being rolled out at the beginning of the month, followed by editorials, features, reviews and columns. Some articles will be pre-released on the website if the news is time sensitive and we are also going to have web-exclusive features including commentary and reviews. Down the road, we ... (Continue reading)

From failing hands

November is the month of fallen heroes. We honour the memory of the soldiers who fought for freedom during the violent struggles of the last century – those who died in the trenches in Europe and those who gave their lives resisting a madman’s frightening dream. But, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Canadian pro-life movement this year, we cannot fail to honour the memory of the heroes of our own movement, who have laboured in the trenches ... (Continue reading)

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