Fetal Rights

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Prenatal hate

Prenatal hate

A venerable observation, offered by a range of writers from Samuel Johnson to Pope John Paul II, has it that: “A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members.” It is an expression of ancient wisdom, echoing the Greek laws of hospitality for strangers and travelers, as well as the Christian regard for the weak. Christ proclaims in advance the last judgment he will render ... (Continue reading)

CMA opposes M-312, considers babies not human until after birth

The Canadian Medical Association, the largest association of doctors in the country, voted August 15 to maintain the current wording of the Criminal Code definition of human being and oppose M-312, a private member’s bill that would require Parliament to examine scientific evidence as to whether the child in the womb is a human being and the human rights and Criminal Code ramifications of those findings. Delegates to the CMA’s 145th annual general meeting in Yellowknife voted on the motion opposing ... (Continue reading)

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Media reports Harper pressuring caucus to oppose Woodworth motion

In early June both the Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun reported that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was pressuring Conservative MPs to vote against Stephen Woodworth’s private member’s motion calling upon Parliament to create a select committee to examine the modern scientific and medical evidence regarding preborn life and the human rights implications of those findings. The Criminal Code says that a child in the womb is not a human being and that she does not become so until proceeding ... (Continue reading)

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First hour of debate for M-312

First hour of debate for M-312

Government whip gives ‘most stridently pro-choice’ speech On April 26, the private member’s motion of Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth (Kitchener Centre) calling for the creation of a committee to examine the modern medical and scientific evidence of whether the unborn child is a human being and the human rights ramifications of those findings was given its first hour of debate on the floor of the House of Commons. ... (Continue reading)

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Woodworth motion set for April 26 debate

Woodworth motion set for April 26 debate

Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth’s motion M-312 calling upon Parliament to debate whether an unborn child is a human being and the human rights implications of those findings, is scheduled for debate on April 26. The Kitchener Center MP introduced his motion in early February and in the first week of March the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs’ subcommittee on private members’ business deemed M-312 votable. One hour of debate is scheduled ... (Continue reading)

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Woodworth introduces bill to re-examine definition of human being

On Feb. 6, MP Stephen Woodworth filed a motion with the Clerk of the House of Commons to ask Parliament to form a special committee to study what he called Canada’s “archaic” definition of human being, a move broadly supported by the Canadian pro-life movement. Woodworth, a Conservative MP from Kitchener-Centre, notes that Section 223(1) of the Criminal Code which defines human being, originates in a 400-year-old law as recorded by the 17th century English lawyer and jurist, Edward Coke in ... (Continue reading)

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Personhood initiative fails in Mississippi

Personhood initiative fails in Mississippi

On Nov. 9, residents of Mississippi defeated a ballot initiative that, if passed, would recognize all fertilized eggs as people. Initiative 26, the Personhood Amendment, backed by Personhood USA, was defeated 55 to 45 per cent. The measure might have led to a legal challenge because of its contradiction to the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade. It needed 89,285 signatures to get on the ballot. In the end, it ... (Continue reading)

Fetal pain a definite at 20 weeks, says neurologist

A leading neurologist and long-time supporter of the pro-life cause has outlined how, despite the political attempts of pro-abortion advocates to overrun science, the literature clearly demonstrates that the preborn human being can feel pain - and feel it intensely - by the 20-week point in his or her development in the womb. Dr. Paul Ranalli is a neurologist, lecturer and clinical instructor at the University of ... (Continue reading)

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No charge in death of unborn baby after mother is murdered

A 29-year-old Newfoundland mother was days away from delivering her third child when she was murdered. Her boyfriend and the father of the baby, Warren White, has been charged. Four neighbourhood children discovered her dismembered body in a forest near an apartment the couple had moved into six months ago. Amanda Power, who was already a mother of two, was nine months pregnant according to her father, ... (Continue reading)

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No murder charge laid in death of unborn child

Alan Bryan, 43, of Nova Scotia, was sentenced to 15 years in jail recently for his brutal attack on his then-pregnant girlfriend, Charlene Knapp. Knapp, 28, was four months pregnant when, on July 31 last year, Bryan stabbed her up to 15 times with a sword. Knapp survived the attack, but the child in her womb was killed. Despite his ... (Continue reading)

Prenatal tests pose unnecessary threat to the unborn

Many doctors have been asked the question, “Doctor, is my baby normal?” The physician replying to the above question must remember that all medical diagnostic tests should be performed only in order to identify and, if possible, cure or ameliorate whatever condition the patient may be suffering from. He or she should also know that some currently used medical diagnostic tests are ... (Continue reading)

Humanity of the unborn shown on TV

A dramatic episode of the popular evening television drama, House, that showed an unborn child from an opened womb grasping a surgeon’s finger during surgery, vividly demonstrated the humanity of the unborn. The Fox network drama featured a story line where a 42-year-old pregnant rock and roll photographer suffers a stroke and ... (Continue reading)

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Human life must precede things

Jan. 21, the date that President George W. Bush chose for his fellow Americans to honour the sanctity of human life, is significant for two reasons. First, it falls on a Sunday, the Lord’s Day. Secondly, it is one day prior to the 34th anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade decision that drove a sword into the nation’s commitment to the sanctity of human life, leaving a wound that has ... (Continue reading)

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The quality-of-life ethic now taking hold must be rejected

It seems that negative attitudes toward people with disabilities have recently grown from the theoretical ideas of Peter Singer of Princeton University, who believes that it is acceptable to kill disabled infants, into the actual practice of allowing infants with disabilities to be euthanized. In any other time in history, this was known as the crime of infanticide. It is now becoming viewed as “dying with dignity.”... (Continue reading)

The reality of fetal pain should awaken compassion

The worlds of philosophy and humour often intersect so that philosophers can sometimes be mistaken for comedians and vice versa. To the age-old question, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” one might not be certain whether to respond with a frown or a smile. A contemporary variant of the ... (Continue reading)

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