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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)

Canadian Briefs

Pro-life ‘Choice Chain’ cancelled by UVic VICTORIA – The University of Victoria cancelled a campus pro-life group’s “Choice” Chain the day before it was to take place. In February 2012, Youth Protecting Youth (YPY) was prohibited by the student union, the University of Victoria Student’s Society (UVSS), to book public space and hold the “Choice” Chain, a display by the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform that uses graphic abortion images to confront passers-by to face what choice ... (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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Canada The Rasouli case, in which doctors from Sunnybrook Hospital are in conflict with Hassan Rasouli’s family over whether to remove his ventilator, was heard on Dec. 10 at the Supreme Court of Canada. Rasouli was deemed to be in a persistent vegetative state by doctors after suffering a post-operative infection that damaged his brain. Rasouli’s status, however, has since been upgraded from PVS to a minimally conscious state. “If doctors are given the unilateral right to ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Abortion has generated discussion among columnists in The National Post. Matt Gurney suggested that the reason why a recent Forum Research poll indicated 60 per cent of Canadians thought abortion should always be legal was the abortion controversy surrounding M-312 and the U.S. election campaign. “Fiery rhetoric will kill your cause,” he counselled, looking at supposed gaffes by Republicans south of the border. “Debating legal safeguards and definitions of life may not grab as much attention ... (Continue reading)

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Quebec to table euthanasia legislation QUEBEC CITY – A spokeswoman for the minority Parti Quebecois government of Premier Pauline Marois said proposed legislation to legalize euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide will be tabled by Spring and that permitting doctor-assisted suicide was part of the party’s election platform and is based on recommendations from the report of the province’s Special Commission on Dying with Dignity. The commission recommended “medical aid in dying” in so-called “exceptional cases” for Quebec adult ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Canadian Physicians for Life issued a statement against provincial funding of abortion, stating, “it is our strong belief that no abortions are medically necessary (and) the funding of this procedure by governments represents an extreme waste of health care resources” … In June, Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten called for feedback on a ministry paper, Modernizing Child Care in Ontario. On Sept. 15, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada provided an open letter saying the ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Political pundit Lawrence Martin wrote two columns for iPolitics.com and the Globe and Mail focusing on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “evangelical creed as being at the root of much of Conservative policy-making” in which he compared Harper’s membership in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church to “Mackenzie King’s table-rapping séances and spiritualism” … Womanspace is launching an initiative to attack M-312, a private member’s motion put forward by Stephen Woodworth (CPC, Kitchener-Center) which if passed would ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Blogger Blazing Cat Fur exposed the fact that Lee Hicks, an elementary school teacher for the Toronto District School Board, developed a 70-page guide for a new curriculum entitled “Both/and …” that encourages students to cross dress. The guide is for students from kindergarten to Grade 6. Hicks comments on some of his methods, “I ask the class members to all take a minute, close their eyes, and think carefully about the outfit that they either ... (Continue reading)

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Canada The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada released a position statement saying they were “troubled” by Stephen Woodworth’s private member’s motion, M-312, which is passed will have a Parliamentary committee examine the scientific evidence as to whether the child in the womb is a human being with an eye to amending Section 223 of the Criminal Code definition that says it is not a human being until fully proceeded from the womb. The SOGC claims ... (Continue reading)

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