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The war on women

The war on women

“It’s been a while since I’ve seen this level of outrage from women,” said Carolyn Egan, spokesman and pro-abortion activist for the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, in a press release regarding MP Stephen Woodworth’s introduction of a motion to create a committee to re-examine whether an unborn child should be considered as a legal person under the Criminal Code. “Women are fed up with these not-so-subtle attacks on their fundamental ... (Continue reading)

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First hour of debate for M-312

First hour of debate for M-312

Government whip gives ‘most stridently pro-choice’ speech On April 26, the private member’s motion of Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth (Kitchener Centre) calling for the creation of a committee to examine the modern medical and scientific evidence of whether the unborn child is a human being and the human rights ramifications of those findings was given its first hour of debate on the floor of the House of Commons. ... (Continue reading)

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National March for Life remarks by MP Stella Ambler

National March for Life remarks  by MP Stella Ambler

Editor’s Note: These are the prepared remarks for MP Stella Ambler’s (Conservative, Mississauga South) address at the National March for Life May 10. Thank you for marching for life. For the babies whose lives were ended prematurely and for babies yet to be born. And, for their mothers. I am a mother. Being my son’s and my daughter’s mom has been the most challenging, joy-giving, and, yes, occasionally frustrating, responsibility that I have ever ... (Continue reading)

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McGuinty government to ram through Bill 13

McGuinty government  to ram through Bill 13

The Ontario Liberal government’s Bill 13 passed second reading on May 3 after it was fast-tracked by Liberal House Leader John Milloy. Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, forces high schools to establish homosexual clubs and promotes tougher penalties against bullying, including expulsion.   The Progressive Conservatives were accused of stalling debate on the anti-bullying bill by frequently ringing legislative bells, calling MPPs for votes, to force the government into having ... (Continue reading)

Prostitution restrictions lifted by Ontario court

Prostitution restrictions lifted by Ontario court

On March 26, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld most of a 2010 Ontario Superior Court decision that struck down restrictions on prostitution. In 2010, Judge Susan G. Himel ruled that the provisions of the Criminal Code that restricted abortion – prohibitions on keeping a common bawdy-house (brothel), living off the avails of prostitution, and communicating for the purpose of prostitution in public. At a time when the Robert Picton case (a ... (Continue reading)

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Prostitution and Chartered rights

Prostitution and Chartered rights

On March 26, the Ontario Court of Appeals upheld a perverse 2010 decision which ruled that the Criminal Code’s laws prohibiting keeping a common bawdy house and communicating for the purpose of soliciting prostitution violated Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Without a thought for the victims of prostitution, the lower court struck down these prudent legal protections on the grounds that they violated the “security of the ... (Continue reading)

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Going gaga over 30th anniversary of Charter

Going gaga over 30th anniversary of Charter

The media and Liberal Party partied like it was 1982 and wondered why not everyone wanted to join them. But as pro-lifers warned in the negotiations leading up to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it has been a flawed document, divisive and undemocratic. Worst of all, for all the trumpeting of its protection of individual rights, it does nothing to protect the most precious and important right – the right to life.... (Continue reading)

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Parents demand McGuinty drop Bill 13

Parents demand McGuinty drop Bill 13

Between 1500 and 2000 concerned parents and taxpayers turned out for a hastily organized protest at Queen’s Park to call upon the McGuinty government to drop its so-called Safe Schools Act, calling the supposedly anti-bullying bill a Trojan horse to introduce gay activism into the schools and undermine parents as the primary educator of their children when it comes to matters of faith and morals. Although the focus of Bill 13 has been ... (Continue reading)

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Woodworth motion set for April 26 debate

Woodworth motion set for April 26 debate

Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth’s motion M-312 calling upon Parliament to debate whether an unborn child is a human being and the human rights implications of those findings, is scheduled for debate on April 26. The Kitchener Center MP introduced his motion in early February and in the first week of March the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs’ subcommittee on private members’ business deemed M-312 votable. One hour of debate is scheduled ... (Continue reading)

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John Turner, ambition, and the legalization of abortion

John Turner, ambition, and the legalization of abortion

Elusive Destiny: The Political Vocation of John Napier Turner by Paul Litt (UBC Press, $39.95, 494 pages) When I first heard that there was a biography of John Turner being published, my reaction was simple: why? Turner was prime minister for the summer of 1984 (Parliament never sat while he was in office) and he did not seem to leave much of an imprint on this country. Of course, for Interim readers, ... (Continue reading)

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Repeal of ‘hate speech’ clause passes second vote in Commons

The campaign to scrap Canada’s ‘hate speech’ clause moved one step closer to victory Feb. 15 as the House of Commons voted 158-131 to send it to committee. Of those MPs who voted, the bill was unanimously supported by the majority Conservative government and opposed by all opposition members, except Newfoundland MP Scott Simms (Liberal, Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor). After consideration by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, Bill C-304 will need to pass a third vote in the House of ... (Continue reading)

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Woodworth introduces bill to re-examine definition of human being

On Feb. 6, MP Stephen Woodworth filed a motion with the Clerk of the House of Commons to ask Parliament to form a special committee to study what he called Canada’s “archaic” definition of human being, a move broadly supported by the Canadian pro-life movement. Woodworth, a Conservative MP from Kitchener-Centre, notes that Section 223(1) of the Criminal Code which defines human being, originates in a 400-year-old law as recorded by the 17th century English lawyer and jurist, Edward Coke in ... (Continue reading)

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The Santorums’ fight for life

The Santorums’ fight for life

Candidate fought for daughter with Trisomy 18 Isabella Santorum is one of the most compelling aspects of U.S. presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s campaign. Nicknamed Bella, Santorum’s three-year-old daughter has been the focus of media attention because of her father’s care of and pride for her. Bella suffers from Trisomy 18, a rare and often fatal genetic disorder that affects one in 3,000 live births in the United States; ... (Continue reading)

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Justin Trudeau willing to break up Canada for abortion, same-sex ‘marriage

Justin Trudeau willing to break up Canada for abortion, same-sex ‘marriage

On Feb. 12, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau (Papineau) told Radio-Canada in Quebec that he could support the idea of separation to help protect socially liberal values such as abortion and same-sex “marriage.” Trudeau, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and someone who is often touted as a possible future leader of the beleaguered Liberal Party, was asked whether he could support Quebec sovereignty and he told the French-language station that: “I ... (Continue reading)

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Quelle Horreur!

Quelle Horreur!

In an election year, the Canadian public can expect to be flagellated with fantasies about the “hidden agenda” of pro-life politicians. When they are not defaming defenders of unborn children as “un-Canadian,” social liberals cry wolf, nagging the public with their own personal nightmares of a scary world in which children in the womb enjoy protection in law. In an interesting reversal, Justin Trudeau recently offered a telling glimpse of his own ... (Continue reading)

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