Fetal Rights

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Pre-born pain a Horrifying Reality

On April 1, the University of Toronto held a conference for Health Care Professionals on the subject of “Pain in the Fetus and Neonates” – that is pain in pre-born and premature babies and in newborns. Until the late 1980’s, few doctors or nurses realize that the unborn and newborn child have much, if any, pain sensation. However, it is realized that prematurely born infants have greater pain sensitivity than older age groups. Many premature born infants undergo painful procedures such as ... (Continue reading)

Feds to halt embryo dealing

One of Canada’s Health Minister’s last acts before leaving office was the preparation legislation which would restrict the buying and selling of human eggs. The announcement comes in the wake of an ad which appeared in a University of Toronto newspaper seeking a white female willing to donate eggs for $2,000. In explaining the reasons for the pending legislation, Health Minister Dianne Marleau said that the government was “very concerned with the commercialization of reproduction and the commodification of women and ... (Continue reading)

Experts say it’s a human being

One morning I was picketing with four ladies outside the “Doctor” Burriani abortuary in Toronto. At about 10:30 a large truck pulled up outside and the driver, a pleasant looking young man alighted. He nodded to us, smiled and went inside. As it is a very busy street I hadn’t taken much notice of the truck until one of the ladies said to me, “That truck is taking the babies’ bodies out to the garbage.” A few ... (Continue reading)

Mother’s grief finally resolved

Premature baby’s death acknowledged by proper funeral Co-Director of Aid to Woman Last week I attended a funeral in Toronto, not unlike one I had attended fifty years ago, as a child in my native Holland. Both of the deceased were infants, however both were born into different social and economic circumstances. Back home, my family gathered, lovingly, to bury by six-week-old sister in our family plot in a large city cemetery. But last week in Toronto, family and friends of a ... (Continue reading)

Fetal tissue transplants

A proposed new study of fetal brain tissue transplants and Parkinson’s patients, is generating much controversy in the medical profession – but not for the reasons one might hope. Dr. Curt Freed, a professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Colorado’s Health Science Centre, wants to initiate a one-year double blind study with 40 patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.  He described his proposal on CBC Radio’s science show Quirks & Quirks (February 5). Forty Patients would have their ... (Continue reading)

Drawing a line in the sand: Commission member Suzanne Scorsone reflects on her work and the Report on New Reproductive Technologies

“When people die, my name doesn’t go on it.”  This is how Suzanne Scorsone, a member of the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies, sums up how she decided which of its recommendations to disagree with.  The Commission submitted its final report to the federal government last November. Just before Christmas, Dr. Scorsone spoke to the Interim about her work on the Commission in general, and offered her explanation for the controversy when Maureen McTeer and three others Commissioners were ... (Continue reading)


Another political ruling Vancouver – The BC Supreme Court has ruled that the province can no longer exclude same-sex partners from its Medicare definition of spouses.  The decision means homosexual couples will be entitled to the same medical coverage as any other couple. The Supreme Court’s ruling came in response to a court action launched by Timothy Knodel, a Vancouver male nurse.  Knodel launched his law suit because he felt “entitled” to spousal benefits from the province’s Medicare system after ... (Continue reading)

CMA: Fetus may be a baby

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) sprang a surprise at its annual convention.  The ethics committee recommended that a fetus be considered a baby after all, sometime around its 20th week of life.  Feminists were enraged.  Women will continue to be slaves to their wombs, said one. Abortion hearings In November, 1990, at the Senate abortion hearings on Bill C-43, the CMA delegation stoutly defended a woman’s alleged right to kill her unborn baby at will. In March, 1991, the nine learned ... (Continue reading)

Street theatre for inventor

On Thursday, May 2, two dozen people wearing black robes, plus a dozen other pro-life demonstrators, protested the Toronto visit of Dr. Etienne Baulieu, the inventor of RU-486.   Dr. Baulieu claimed that the recently-reported death due to the RU0486 was an accident due to unforeseen external circumstances (see “Abortion pill kills woman,” The Interim, May 1991)   His visit to Toronto was sponsored by CARAL (Canadian Abortion Rights Action League). RU-486 kills newly conceived babies by expelling the fetus from the womb.   The protest ... (Continue reading)

Gift of life not respected

Test-tube baby clinics in Britain are putting women at risk of having babies born dead or severely handicapped because of the dangers of multiple pregnancies, the London Sunday Times reported on December 10, 1989.  Some centres offering a new technique called FIGT are transferring as many as five or six eggs to a woman to increase her chances of a successful pregnancy.  GIFT are transferring as many as five or six eggs to a woman to increase her chances of ... (Continue reading)

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