Motherhood

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Possible anti-fertility vaccine discovered

Those who follow the workings of the various anti-population organizations have long feared the possibility of an anti-human vaccination. These fears may now have been realized with the discovery of an anti-tetanus vaccine, administered by the World Health Organization, which may have destroyed the fertility of millions in the Third World. Several pro-life agencies, including Human Life International and International Right to Life, have discovered that a tetanus vaccine administered to women in the Philippines and Mexico and Nicaragua also contains ... (Continue reading)

Lordy, Lordy Look Who’s Pregnant!

As last summer approached, I anticipated it with a certain dread: it was my turn to go “over the hill.” And indeed, I did turn forty. Fortunately, I have remained friends with several women since grade school, and we were all in it together. Each of us delighted in remembering the others’ birthdays and sending condolences. It was really pretty funny until my number was up. If you’ve been there you know. If you’re headed there, you can imagine. ... (Continue reading)

180 days of prayer

It has been well documented that women in China experience terrible persecution under the country’s forced-abortion policy. Now, one group is hoping that when the United Nations-sponsored Women’s Conference meets in Beijing in September, they will be able to “raise their voices in defence of their Chinese sisters.” On March 8, the International Coalition on the Family is calling for 180 days of prayer for the women of China leading up to the conference. “If our future hosts in Beijing want to hold ... (Continue reading)

The most ‘happy, cheerful, delightful’ child ever

Mylomeningocele: little did we know we were going to learn all about this strange word when our third child was born.  All seemed normal with the pregnancy – just like the other two.  I did not have an ultrasound, but we were informed that it may not have shown anything anyway. He was born 12 days later and weighed 8 lbs, 1 oz.  The doctor told us that there were a couple of things wrong with him.  One was his feet ... (Continue reading)

“Being there” is the key

Dr. Dobson’s speech wows 4,000 at Toronto’s Convention Centre Several thousand people, cordially greeted by 100 volunteers poured into the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on December 5 to spend an “Evening In December” with Dr. James Dobson, founder and President of the non-profit Christian organization Focus on the Family. The excellent 20 minute video on the history of Focus on the Family since its founding in 1977 showed its beginnings with Dr. Dobson and a few helpers to its present day headquarters ... (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)

A Pox on our Christmas

I never liked the idea of New Year’s resolutions, but if I were to make one, it would be to remember that motherhood should be joyful.  It is easy in the hectic course of a day to forget what it’s all about and get swept up by things much less important than the children. I must confess to having roared on occasion, “Get out of here!  Can’t you see I’m doing my pro-life work?”  “The irony is not lost on me, ... (Continue reading)

Showing that we care

“This is Birthright. Can I help you?” These were the opening words of a wonderful speech delivered by Louise Summerhill, daughter of the late Foundress of Birthright—also Louise. It would be almost impossible to calculate the number of times those same words have been repeated over phones since they were first spoken by Louise Summerhill Sr. in a small rented office in Toronto, 25 years ago. They have been repeated in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana the Cameroons, to ... (Continue reading)

Welfare reform targets single mothers

The Ontario NDP government has finally decided to get tough with the province’s surging $17 billion debt.  Most recently, Premier Bob Rae has taken aim at trimming the welfare system which has long needed substantial reform. However, these latest rounds of proposed cuts have left many single parents, who depend on social assistance to care for their children, uncertain about their future. In the July issue, The Interim looked at the agenda behind the NDP health-care reform and how most of the ... (Continue reading)

Political mothers

Full-time mothers, like everyone else, have global concerns, but focus of their energy is by definition the home-front and meeting the basic needs of their families.  For women whose primary concern is their families, it may be difficult to achieve representation I government. I was intrigued by a story several months ago about a group of women in Hungary which has formed a Mothers’ Party.  The issues it advocates include providing free medicine to young children and clothing at wholesale prices.  ... (Continue reading)

Welfare reform targets single mothers

The Ontario NDP government has finally decided to get tough with the province’s surging $17 billion debt.  Most recently, Premier Bob Rae has taken aim at trimming the welfare system which has long needed substantial reform. However, these latest rounds of proposed cuts have left many single parents, who depend on social assistance to care for their children, uncertain about their future. In the July issue, The Interim looked at the agenda behind the NDP health-care reform and how most of the ... (Continue reading)

Battling society’s cold curiosity Debbie Mahaffy speaks out for victim’s rights

Leslie Mahaffy would be proud of her mother.  The Burlington 14 year-old was brutally slain and dismembered two years ago, but her mother has tried to function by taking positive action. “Sadly, my daughter died for two people’s entertainment.  Her death should not become anyone else’s entertainment.  And certainly no one should profit from her death or the tragic deaths of any victim of violence. “Our family has a right to privacy.  Ryan, who is only nine, does not need to ... (Continue reading)

Realwomen focus on education and family issues

REALwomen’s convention, tenth anniversary, and board meetings were held in Toronto May 7-9. Convention speaker Dr. William Gairdner explained that throughout history, the family has been under attack. “Because it is private, and motivated by values that transcend the state, the family is seen as subversive and difficult to govern, and therefore has always been a special target.” Gairdner pointed out that the four interrelated essential values of a strong and prosperous society are freedom, family, free enterprise, and faith.  “Allowing them to ... (Continue reading)

You were asking?

Is it true that the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child threatens parents’ rights and the family?  Was it signed by the Vatican?  Anon., Ottawa Yes, it is true.  The Convention’s stated purpose is to protect children worldwide from tyranny and exploitation – and who would quarrel with that?  However, a number of the Document’s 53 Articles (it is said to be longer than the U.S. Constitution) are threats to undermine, or completely abolish the rights and prerogatives ... (Continue reading)

Do we need more daycare?

Despite a growing body of evidence which suggests that children of working mothers are at risk for a variety of psychological problems, the number of mothers in the workforce continues to increase.  Statistics Canada census data indicates that 67.2 per cent of mothers of children under age six participated in the workforce in 1991, a significant jump from fifty per cent reported in 1981. You don’t have to be an expert to recognize that children are suffering from maternal absence; and ... (Continue reading)

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