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U.S. Supreme Court permits companies to exercise religious freedom

Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood not forced to supply contraception in employee medical insurance benefits  On June 30, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Hobby Lobby, an American hobby supply chain, and Conestoga Wood, a custom cabinet maker, cannot be compelled to provide abortion-inducing drugs in their insurance plans. The 5-4 majority decision in Hobby Lobby Stores v. Burwell and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell found that closely-held for-profit corporations are protected by the Religious ... (Continue reading)

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Schindler fights for vulnerable, nine years after sister’s death

Schindler fights for vulnerable, nine years after sister’s death

Terri (Schindler) Schiavo Nine years ago, most of North America was captivated by the legal drama surrounding Terri (Schindler) Schiavo. The Florida woman sustained severe brain injuries in 1990 after her brain was deprived of oxygen. As a result, Schiavo relied on a feeding tube for nutrition and hydration. Schiavo did not have a living will. Her estranged husband Michael, and parents Mary and Bob Schindler, became involved ... (Continue reading)

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Maternal health: no abortion, but there is family planning

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper hosted the Summit on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) in Toronto May 28-30, with more than 300 representatives of international agencies, foreign governments, and non-government organizations, to continue the work on his 2010 Muskoka initiative to reduce maternal and infant morbidity. While many of the partner organizations the Canadian government works with promote population control and abortion rights as part of maternal health, Harper was adamant that the $3.5 billion Canada will commit over five ... (Continue reading)

New Brunswick pro-lifers battle hospital injunction

New Brunswick pro-lifers battle hospital injunction

Members of Bathurst Pro-Life picket the Chaleur Regional Hospital An international, fraternal organization is throwing its weight behind a group of pro-lifers facing legal action from a New Brunswick health authority for protesting in front of a hospital where abortions were being carried out. “We’re definitely working with national and international groups to get funding for them,” said David Hitchcock, state advocate for ... (Continue reading)

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Government introduces law clamping down on prostitution

The Conservatives have introduced a new bill following the Nordic model that prosecutes pimps and johns without criminalizing the activity of prostitutes. Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, received its first reading on June 4 and second reading on June 11, and it’s expected to pass the House of Commons when Parliament returns from recess in the fall. The Conservative government drafted the bill in response to the unanimous Supreme Court Bedford decision last December that struck ... (Continue reading)

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Ministry of education, public health, teacher’s union push graphic sex-ed agenda in Nova Scotia

Editor’s Note: There is sexually graphic material in this story. The Nova Scotia government and teachers union play a big role in the promotion of sex and homosexuality education, and these sensitive topics are being taught throughout the elementary school curriculum. According to the N.S. Ministry of Education’s Learning Outcomes Framework, Grade 1 students are to “explore the concept of gender.” In Grade 4, they learn to “differentiate between gender roles and gender identity.” Fifth graders must “demonstrate an understanding that sexual ... (Continue reading)

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Planned Parenthood recommends S&M to teen: Live Action

Live Action, the American pro-life youth organization founded by Lila Rose and best known for undercover stings exposing Planned Parenthood, has released the first of a new video series on the dangerous sex advice it gives to teens. Entitled simply Sex Ed, the film shows Planned Parenthood staff in Indianapolis advising teens on how to perform sadomasochistic sex acts. “It just depends what type of pain you can take.” one woman tells the undercover journalist posing as a 15-year old. The ... (Continue reading)

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The pro-life World Cup: how pro-life is each World Cup country?

The pro-life World Cup: how pro-life is each World Cup country?

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Vancouver parks to become more transgender-friendly

In a unanimous vote during an April 28 meeting, the Vancouver Park Board adopted 77 measures to accommodate “trans and gender-variant people” in the city’s parks and recreation facilities, contained in the report, Building a Path to Parks & Recreation for All: Reducing Barriers for Trans* & Gender Variant Community Members, written by the Trans* and Gender-Variant Inclusion Working Group. The authors of the study stress the need for an “inclusive” approach to counter “gender-policing in the form of verbal ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario, N.S. law societies oppose TWU law school

Trinity Western University’s law school has been denied accreditation by Ontario and Nova Scotia and will take the two law societies to court over their decisions. The Langley, B.C.-based Christian university’s Community Covenant that requires students to “voluntarily abstain” from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman” has triggered opposition from adversaries who argue that the covenant discriminates against homosexuals. Ontario’s Law Society of Upper Canada voted against accreditation in a 28-21 vote on ... (Continue reading)

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Judge turns down Wagner application to have experts testify to humanity of unborn

Mary Wagner The judge in Mary Wagner’s current trial has turned down a defence application to have expert witnesses testify to the humanity of the unborn. Charles Lugosi, Wagner’s lawyer, had made the application during two days of hearings before Justice Fergus O’Donnell at the Ontario Court of Justice on May 13 and 14. His intention was to have two expert witnesses – a medical doctor and professor, as well ... (Continue reading)

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Nova Scotia considers presumed consent for organ donation

Nova Scotia’s health minister announced on April 24 that the province will consider instituting presumed consent for organ donation. This means that it will be assumed that individuals would become potential organ donors unless they opt out. Health Minister Leo Glavine will ask the deputy health minister to launch an online public consultation asking for input about a presumed consent or “reverse onus” law.  “It would make available additional organs each and every year,” Glavine told the Globe and Mail, insisting ... (Continue reading)

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An unchartered ‘right’

Perhaps the most surprising detail that emerged from Justin Trudeau’s spontaneous, undemocratic pronouncement about the commitment to abortion which future Liberal candidates must espouse is his evident ignorance about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which his own father shepherded into Canadian law. In his zeal to build a party that, in his words, is both “the party of the Charter” and “resolutely pro-choice,” he failed to confirm if the two were actually related. In fact, they are not. Abortion is ... (Continue reading)

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Freedom of conscience

“Freedom of conscience can be adequately accommodated in a society characterized by a plurality of moral and political viewpoints if appropriate distinctions are made. The first of these is the distinction between the exercise of perfective freedom of conscience: pursuing an apparent good - and preservative freedom of conscience: refusing to participate in wrongdoing. The state can sometimes legitimately limit perfective freedom of conscience by preventing people from doing what they believe to be good, but it does not follow ... (Continue reading)

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Medical marijuana and conscience rights

Some Canadian physicians are anxious that regulatory changes will pressure doctors to prescribe marijuana. Dr. William Pope, the registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, told the Winnipeg Free Press in January that the college is worried that federal reforms will lead more patients to ask doctors for marijuana. “As far as most of us are concerned, there is really no appropriate prescribing,” he said. Physicians are now permitted to dispense marijuana with the approval of the province. ... (Continue reading)

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