Abortion Law

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How Roe was decided

How Roe was decided

Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade by Clarke D. Forsythe (Encounter, $31, 477 pages) In Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade, Clarke D. Forsythe has written an insightful and original book on the infamous 1973 decision that legalized abortion in all nine months throughout the United States, and the lesser known companion decision Doe v. Bolton, which permitted abortion restrictions as long ... (Continue reading)

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The lessons of C-43

The lessons of C-43

The Canadian Press obtained 20-year-old cabinet meeting minutes on the Mulroney abortion bill, C-43. The 83 pages of documents reveal a cabinet split into various factions on how to best deal with the aftermath of the Morgentaler decision, which sent the abortion issue back to Parliament if it chose to deal with it. The recently declassified documents were obtained by CP through the Access to Information Act and for ... (Continue reading)

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Government creates exceptions to Irish abortion ban

Government creates exceptions  to Irish abortion ban

Pro-lifers concerned ‘suicide’ will be used to permit broad abortion license Lucinda Creighton resigned as Minister of European Affairs after opposing her government's liberalization of Ireland's abortion law. Irish lawmakers have passed a bill liberalizing Ireland’s abortion ban by a 127-31 vote. On July 12, the TDs (Irish ... (Continue reading)

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Gendercide motion deemed non-votable, mini revolt ensues

Mark Warawa did not take the decision to nix his private member’s motion condemning sex-selective abortion laying down. After the sub-committee on private member’s business deemed M-408 non-votable on March 21 claiming the House of Commons already dealt with a similar issue earlier this Parliament and that it infringed on provincial jurisdiction, the Langley, British Columbia, Conservative MP attempted to speak about his bill on the House floor but was prevented from doing so by Chief Government Whip Gordon O’Connor. It ... (Continue reading)

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M-408 deemed non-votable

MP Mark Warawa’s motion to condemn sex-selection abortion was declared non-votable March 21 in the ongoing joint effort by Canada’s Conservative government and opposition parties to keep the abortion debate out of Parliament. The question was brought up unexpectedly at the Sub-Committee on Private Members’ Business on the day the government released its budget for 2013, meaning parliamentary reporters are “locked up” and unavailable to report on the issue. The sub-committee vote, believed to be at the instigation of the Prime Minister’s ... (Continue reading)

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Gestational limits are unwise

Some nine months after our in-depth examination of the issue of gestational limits to abortion, we continue to receive correspondence on the issue. We don’t want to beat a dead horse because our position is well-known: aside from the semantic and philosophical arguments for or against gestational or other time limits on abortion, The Interim does not think this flawed incremental approach works. That is, by the standard of our critics – pragmatism – gestational limits fail. We have no illusion ... (Continue reading)

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Ireland death used to promote abortion may not be abortion-related

The reporter who broke the story that set off a storm of worldwide criticism of Ireland’s abortion laws is questioning Praveen Halappanavar’s account of the death of his wife, Savita. Kitty Holland reported in the Nov. 14 edition of the Irish Times that Praveen claimed his wife requested an abortion and was denied one because the child had a heartbeat and “this is a Catholic country.” Although the article stated that Savita died of septicaemia and E. coli ESBL, the ... (Continue reading)

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Irish tragedy leads media to promote abortion

The death of a pregnant woman has led to international media coverage as abortion advocates condemn Ireland’s ban on abortion. Savita Halappanavar died on Oct. 28 at University College Hospital in Galway from septicaemia after a miscarriage. The case is now being investigated by the hospital and Ireland’s Health and Safety Executive. Halappanavar’s husband, Praveen, told the media that on Oct. 20, his wife had experienced back pain and asked if the baby could be aborted. The request was denied. The ... (Continue reading)

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M-312 defeated 203-91

On Sept. 26, four Liberal MPs and more than half the Conservative caucus, including 10 members of the government, voted for M-312, Stephen Woodworth’s private member’s motion calling for a debate on the beginning of human life. Woodworth, a Conservative MP from Kitchener Centre, hoped to launch a special committee to re-examine section 223 of Canada’s Criminal Code, which stipulates that a child only becomes a human being once he or she has fully proceeded from the womb. While pro-life leaders ... (Continue reading)

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Youth exceeds goal of 100,000 Letters for Life

Youth exceeds goal of 100,000 Letters for Life

Alexandra Jezierski organized Letters for Life A Grade 12 student achieved her goal of sending 100,000 letters to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and MPs asking them to support Motion-312. Alexandra Jezierski from Kingsville, Ont., launched the campaign to support MP Stephen Woodworth’s private members motion that would start a debate on when human life begins. Her inspiration was the Teenage Life Club in the United States, a group of teenage girls aiming ... (Continue reading)

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CHP releases document on pro-life incremental legislation

CHP releases document on pro-life incremental legislation

The Christian Heritage Party of Canada issued a position paper outlining its support for various incremental measures to restrict abortion to offer guidance in what it seems as the best ways to limit abortion in Canada on route to eventually eliminating it. The document, signed by party leader Jim Hnatiuk and deputy leader Rod Taylor reiterates the party’s “unequivocal and unwavering defense of innocent human life from conception to natural death” as ... (Continue reading)

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Survey of pro-life groups on gestational limits and incrementalism

Survey of pro-life groups on gestational limits and incrementalism

Editor’s Note: We asked more than 15 pro-life groups, organizations, and leaders to answer two questions: Do you support gestational limits* on abortion. Would you like to state why? (* for the purpose of this survey, gestational limits means restricting abortion after a certain point, whether by trimester or some other time period.) What kinds of incremental measures do you support. If yes, can you give an example? If no, why? We originally also ... (Continue reading)

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Gestational limits are the wrong approach

Gestational limits are the wrong approach

For decades, the pro-life movement has experienced division; sometimes over strategy, sometimes over principles. It is of no use to assign blame or rehash old arguments. People of goodwill can differ over tactics and strategy, but on principles it becomes more difficult to countenance disagreement. On the (once again) difficult issue of gestational limits to abortion, as a way of reducing abortion, The Interim will offer its two cents as something ... (Continue reading)

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Australian academics call for ‘after-birth abortions’

In February, two Australian professors argued in the Journal of Medical Ethics that because “both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons,” “the fact that both are potential persons,” and that “adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people,” abortion should be permitted after birth. Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth issued a press release denouncing Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva’s paper and observed that their advocacy of “the right to ‘after-birth abortion’ shows ... (Continue reading)

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Two reports note increased pro-life legislative activity

Americans United for Life released its seventh annual “Life List,” a ranking of all 50 states based on a comprehensive list of life issues, from abortion to euthanasia. For the second time in three years, Louisiana tops the list, followed closely by Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Arkansas. The least life-affirming states were Washington, California, Hawaii, Vermont, and Montana. The five states rated as the “most improved” were Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, and Utah. The report also notes that 47 states ... (Continue reading)

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