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Canada Alberta Progressive Conservative Premier Alison Redford resigned on March 19 following a caucus revolt over extravagant travel expenses including a $45,000 tab to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral in December. Redford, who became leader and premier in 2011 and was elected in 2012, supports legal abortion and same-sex “marriage,” and came out against conscience rights in the 2012 provincial campaign … For the fourth year in a row, Bishop of Pembroke Michael Mulhall has directed priests in ... (Continue reading)

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Canada The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and the Canadian Association of Radiologists both said an updated policy statement on ultrasounds is necessary with an eye to stop using the technology to determine the gender of the unborn child or for non-medical purposes. “This technology should not be used for the sole purpose of determining fetal gender without a medical indication for that scan,” the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada concluded in a statement ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Pro-life MP Rob Anders is once again facing a challenge from the Red Tory wing of the party for the Conservative nomination in his riding. Ron Liepert, a former provincial finance minister, announced he would challenge the incumbent in Calgary-Signal Hill, a new riding that makes up most of Calgary West, the riding Anders has held since 1997. Liepert’s supporters launched an anti-Anders website, “Time to do Better,” and among the complaints about Anders is that ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth (Kitchener Centre) announced on Nov. 20 that he will introduce a new motion in Canada’s Parliament to promote respect for all human beings before the law. A media advisory stated the motion will “focus on legal recognition of the equal worth and dignity of every human being.” In 2012, by a 91-203 vote, the House of Commons defeated M-312, Woodworth’s motion calling for a parliamentary committee to examine the scientific and medical ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau held a “Ladies Night” fundraiser on Nov. 7 in Toronto in which he invited women “to (really) get to know the future prime minister,” during a Q&A focusing on women’s issues. Conservative and NDP MPs complained it was sexist and sexually suggestive, but American feminist icon Gloria Steinem defended Trudeau’s pitch: “If the problem is that there was a kind of a small sexual implication to come and get to know ... (Continue reading)

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Canada In its submission on Bill 52, “An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care,” to the Quebec committee on health and social services, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, said, “the proposed changes reflect a fundamental transformation in the doctor patient relationship which runs contrary to the established ethic and values of the medical profession throughout Quebec, Canada and around the world.” The EPC also stated, “it is a mistake that will have tragic consequences if Quebec legalize euthanasia because they ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Stephen McNeil, the leader of the Liberal Party of Nova Scotia, has said his party “will allow our elected candidates to freely voice their opinions on matters of personal conscience.” In a letter to Campaign Life Coalition Nova Scotia, McNeil acknowledged that both among the public and within the political class “there are a wide variety of opinions” on moral issues and that “the perspectives from both sides of the debate deserve to be expressed and ... (Continue reading)

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Canada In July, federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau called for the legalization of marijuana to help keep the illicit drug out of the hands of children, saying that criminalization has not worked. In August, Trudeau, who says he does not drink coffee, admitted to smoking pot “five or six times” including at a dinner party in his home since becoming an MP … Ashley Martyn, who has been identified as Trudeau’s “social media manager” tweeted that “religious ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Statistics Canada released its Fertility Overview report that from 2009 to 2011, Canada’s fertility rate dropped steadily from 1.67 to 1.63 to 1.61. Demographers consider 2.1 children per woman to be replacement level fertility, a rate Canada has not attained in more than four decades … The family of Irene Dube, a woman who died at the Ramsey Lake Health Centre in Sudbury who diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, have revealed that staff prevented them from visiting ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne has called end-of-life decisions, including euthanasia, “the great health care issue of our time” in an interview with the Toronto Sun. The baby boomer generation is nearing retirement and will require more health resources as they age. By 2036, approximately one out of four Ontarians will be aged 65 or older. “I don’t think it’s something we’re going to be able to choose to talk about or not.” said Wynne. “It’s ... (Continue reading)

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Canada The B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of Cecilia “Sissy” Von Dehn and Donald Spratt’s 2011 conviction in provincial court following a 2009 arrest for standing inside the bubble zone outside the Everywoman`s abortuary in Vancouver as they distributed copies of the B.C. Access to Abortion Services Act (which governs the bubble zone) and wearing a sign reading: “Warning! You are in a bubble zone. You can be arrested under Bill 48.” They argue that ... (Continue reading)

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Canada The Québec Federation of Planned Parenthood and Dr. Audrey Gonin of the University of Québec in Montreal are attacking the province’s pregnancy help centres, attempting to locate those who visited one to share information about being dissuaded “from considering the option of abortion” by contacting them. Gonin said the centres give out “biased” information, namely that abortion may cause breast cancer and “post-abortion syndrome” … The rate of stillbirth (the death of a child after 20 ... (Continue reading)

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Canada The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, an intervener in the Carter assisted suicide case which was heard in the B.C. Court of Appeal from March 18 to March 22, is requesting that the 2012 B.C. Supreme Court ruling permitting assisted suicide be reversed ... The Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the Canadian Association for Community Living argued in favour of banning assisted suicide and also asked the B.C. Court of Appeal to reverse the Carter decision. Dean ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada wrote to the Abbotsford, B.C., city council demanding that a pro-life display of white crosses on private property be removed from a field along the TransCanada Highway: “The city should foster a community culture that respects women’s rights and freedoms by not approving initiatives that directly oppose these values and existing law.” The display is a project of the Abbotsford Right to Life Society, whose spokesman Jared ... (Continue reading)

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Canada The Toronto Star published a column by University of Ottawa political science professor Paul Saurette and graduate student Kelly Gordon that purports to expose the Canadian pro-life movement “rebranding” itself using feminist language and issues, including sex-selective abortion, to undermine public support for abortion, especially among young women. Saurette and Gordon say progressives must vigorously defend the status quo on abortion because, “the new anti-abortion arguments and framing strategies may well resonate in new and surprising ... (Continue reading)

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