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Parliamentary committee examines palliative care

Parliamentary committee examines palliative care

A new parliamentary committee is working to find alternatives to euthanasia or assisted suicide for the dying, disabled, and elderly. On April 21, a news conference announced the creation of the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care (PCPCC) just hours before Parliament voted down MP Francine Lalonde’s (La Pointe-de-L’Île, BQ) private member’s bill that would have legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada. According to its website, the non-partisan committee is “aimed ... (Continue reading)

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Bill C-510 creates controversy within pro-life community

Bill C-510 creates controversy within pro-life community

Amidst the national debate over maternal health and whether it would include abortion this past Spring, Rod Bruinooge, the Conservative MP for Winnipeg South and chair of the Parliamentary Pro-Life Committee had his name picked to be among 30 MPs who would get their private member’s bills considered by the House of Commons. On April 14, he introduced for first reading, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (coercion) (An Act to ... (Continue reading)

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Trustee candidates slam McGuinty’s equity plan

Trustee candidates slam McGuinty’s equity plan

The Ontario government’s equity and inclusive education strategy “represents a violation of parental rights and religious freedom,” according to a trustee candidate for the York Region District School Board who is demanding the strategy be repealed. At the same time, a Catholic trustee in the Toronto Catholic District School Board says he believes the strategy is designed with the aim of “sweeping away our Christian and Catholic values of the family.” Allan Tam, ... (Continue reading)

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What is the government’s position on funding foreign abortion?

What is the government’s position on funding foreign abortion?

This past Spring, the Conservative government seemed confused about the message, if not its actual plan, when it came to funding abortion and contraception through its maternal health initiative. When the initiative first appeared in the newspapers, it was reported that Bev Oda, the Minister for International Co-operation and Minister Responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency, was being advised by the pro-abortion, pro-population control Action Canada for Population Development. For ... (Continue reading)

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G8 backs abortion-free maternal health initiative

The leaders of the G8 countries meeting in Huntsville, Ont., endorsed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s signature Muskoka Initiative on maternal and infant health and pro-life leaders are cautiously optimistic that it will remain abortion-free despite loaded wording of the leaders’ statement. On June 26, the G8 released a statement committing the world’s rich countries -- Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom -- to support “key interventions along the continuum of care” from pre-pregnancy through to ... (Continue reading)

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New UN women’s agency raises concerns

On July 2, after four years of negotiation, the United Nations created a new agency for promoting gender equality. The General Assembly voted to combine four UN offices dedicated to women’s issues – United Nations Development Fund for Women, the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, Division for the Advancement of Women, and the Office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women – into one entity: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality ... (Continue reading)

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Opposition hammers government on abortion exclusion

Parliamentary committee meetings feature roster of pro-abortion witnesses On May 10, the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women met to discuss maternal and child health. This was in accordance with its April 12 motion to study the issue “following the government’s announcement to make maternal and child health a priority at the G8 in June that Canada will be hosting.” The meeting was the third meeting regarding this motion. Five witnesses “specializing in maternal and sexual ... (Continue reading)

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Life and Justice: 2nd annual campus pro-life student dinner

Life and Justice: 2nd annual campus pro-life student dinner

Following the National March for Life on May 13, more than 100 people, predominantly campus pro-life students, joined together for the 2nd annual Campus Pro-Life Student Dinner at the Mambo Nuevo Latino restaurant in the nation’s capital. The National Campus Life Network, together with University of Ottawa Students for Life (uOSFL) and Carleton Lifeline, co-organized the evening that brought together students from 16 Canadian campuses and three American campuses for networking and inspiration. The NCLN introduced its new executive director, Rebecca ... (Continue reading)

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March for Life media coverage – thank Harper

Some critics have called Harper’s decision not to include abortion in the G8 maternal health plan inconsistent, considering Canada is one of the only countries in the world to have absolutely no legal restrictions on abortion. Why refuse abortions to third world nations, yet put up no opposition to the practice in your own country? Perhaps the critics are right, but in Harper’s eyes, he is being perfectly consistent. After all, by leaving out abortion in the maternal health plan ... (Continue reading)

Obama’s SC choice raises serious concerns

The pro-life community should be wary of Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court say pro-life groups, as Kagan’s past record indicates that she supports abortion and perhaps same-sex marriage. In 1997, after the Republican Congress passed a ban on partial birth abortion and before Clinton vetoed the measure, Kagan, the associate White House counsel, recommended that Clinton endorse the Daschle amendment “to prevent Congress from overriding (Clinton’s) veto.” The exceptions hidden in the amendment meant that ... (Continue reading)

Quebec unanimously passes pro-abortion motion

Quebec unanimously passes  pro-abortion motion

In a motion that was unanimously adopted by the Québec legislature, Quebec MNAs have unanimously called on the Harper government to affirm the right to free access of abortion and to stop cutting funding for pro-choice women’s groups. They also asked “the federal government and the prime minister of Canada to put an end to the current ambiguity on this issue.” The motion was passed on May 19 by a vote of 109 - 0 and will be transferred to ... (Continue reading)

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Euthanasia bill soundly defeated

Euthanasia bill soundly defeated

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Ontario’s sex ed scandal

Ontario’s sex ed scandal

McGuinty withdraws but doesn’t nix liberalized curriculum Editor’s Note: There is sexually explicit content in this news article. On April 22, after two days of intense protest from parents and pro-family groups, Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty announced he would delay the implementation of a new sex ed curriculum to re-examine its contents. The controversy began after Rev. Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College in Toronto, announced he was organizing a ... (Continue reading)

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Feds deny Gay Pride funding

After controversy surrounding the federal government’s funding of Toronto Gay Pride festivities, Stephen Harper re-assigned responsibilities for the Marquee Tourism Events Program, which gave $397,500 to the homosexualist organization, to Industry Minister Tony Clement from Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Diane Ablonczy. Pro-family organizations were outraged that the celebration of homosexuality, which often features scantily clad and naked demonstrators as well as simulated sex acts, received taxpayer dollars. This year, Clement announced that the MTEP would not grant ... (Continue reading)

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Ottawa defunds feminist groups

Ottawa defunds feminist groups

Opposition says government intimidates opponents Opposition parties attacked the Harper government for defunding a dozen feminist organizations saying that the cuts in taxpayer subsidies to the special interest groups was retaliation against critics of the government’s policy to not include funding of abortion in its G8 maternal health initiative. The revelation by Liberal women’s affairs critic Anita Neville that initially 11 feminist organizations – and then 14 ... (Continue reading)

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