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LifeSiteNews threatened with lawsuit after sex-ed exposé

On June 4 LifeSiteNews received a complaint letter from the law firm Keel Cottrelle, acting on behalf of Ontario’s Peel District School board, threatening legal action regarding two April news reports by reporter Peter Baklinski, in a suit that LSN’s editor is calling “frivolous.” Baklinski’s reported on a workshop given by two lesbian teachers about how they incorporate lessons about homosexuality in the broader curriculum, including math classes, and hide it from parents. Some lessons were provided to kindgarten students. The Peel ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons policy violates conscience rights

On March 6, the ruling council of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons voted 21-3 for a new Professional Obligations and Human Rights policy that could require doctors in the province to commit abortion or euthanasia. The new policy, announced in a press release, “requires physicians to provide their patients with an effective referral to another health-care provider for those services the physician chooses not to provide for reasons of conscience or religion.” However, it also requires doctors to provide services ... (Continue reading)

Memorial garden planned for children lost to abortion, miscarriage

Memorial garden planned for children lost to abortion, miscarriage

Guelph & Area Right to Life is fundraising to build a Garden of Grace in memory of babies who died before or a short time after birth. It is intended to be a place where their families can have a chance to grieve, remember, and find healing. It may be the first of its kind. “In the U.S. there are a couple of memorial gardens for parents who have lost little ones through miscarriage – but these do not include ... (Continue reading)

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B.C. court denies Charter rights to pro-lifers on campus

B.C. court denies Charter rights to pro-lifers on campus

Former University of Victoria student Cameron Cote In a stunning reversal of recent rulings in nearby provinces, British Columbia Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson has ruled that Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not apply to pro-life students seeking space on the University of Victoria campus to demonstrate. Former U Vic student Cameron Cote and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association had petitioned for a declaration ... (Continue reading)

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We need better palliative care, not assisted suicide: health minister

We need better palliative care, not assisted suicide: health minister

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the government's priority should be quality palliative care, not assisted suicide. Federal Minister of Health Rona Ambrose says Canadians don’t need assisted suicide and euthanasia when it comes to dying, but better palliative care, something she says she wants to make a priority. “I think the starting point for ... (Continue reading)

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Most Ontarians support doctors’ right to refuse abortions

The deadline has closed and the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons now has some 1,800 submissions to peruse as it reviews its 2008 policy on the conflict between doctors’ conscience rights and patients’ rights to service. “We’ve got medical groups and religious groups and women’s groups,” says OCPS media relations officer Prithi Yelaja. The college, she says, has given itself till the first quarter of 2015 to read them all and respond. But 32,882 have already weighed in on the online ... (Continue reading)

No need for buffer zones

National Affairs Rory Leishman On June 26, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts’ law prohibiting pro-life counselling or picketing on a public sidewalk within 35 feet of the entrance to an abortuary. In the opinion of the Court, this law violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the enactment of any law “abridging the freedom of speech.” Meanwhile, several ... (Continue reading)

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DeVeber Institute hosts dementia seminar

On May 27, 2014, the deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research hosted a seminar on pain and dementia. Entitled “The Problem of Pain in Persons with Dementia: The Challenges of Assessment and Management,” it was attended by personnel from hospitals and care facilities, as well as chaplains and educated family members. Attendees traveled from as far away as Hamilton, Guelph, Maple, Uxbridge, and Peterborough. Dr. Kathy Pfaff, lecturer and researcher at the University of Windsor, and palliative care pioneer Jean ... (Continue reading)

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Prayer sustains sidewalk counselors

Most pro-life people are familiar with sidewalk counselors, activists who spend time outside of abortion facilities, praying, and attempting to offer support to the women going inside. However, much of the attention they receive comes from very good or very bad news. What is the day-to-day experience of a sidewalk counselor like? Enza Rattenni, executive director and sidewalk counselor at Aid to Women in Toronto, “stumbled upon” the work after filling a contract position there three years ago. Meeting ... (Continue reading)

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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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Prayer sustains sidewalk counselors

Most pro-life people are familiar with sidewalk counselors, activists who spend time outside of abortion facilities, praying, and attempting to offer support to the women going inside. However, much of the attention they receive comes from very good or very bad news. What is the day-to-day experience of a sidewalk counselor like? Enza Rattenni, executive director and sidewalk counselor at Aid to Women in Toronto, “stumbled upon” the work after filling a contract position there three years ago. Meeting ... (Continue reading)

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Ottawa doctors chastised for refusing to prescribe birth control

Three family doctors at an Ottawa health clinic are being criticized for refusing to prescribe birth control to their patients. The controversy started when Kate D. went to CareMedics Elmvale Acres walk-in clinic to get a prescription. She was surprised when the receptionist handed her a letter by the attending physician, Dr. Edmond Kyrillos, stating that he only provides Natural Family Planning due to “medical judgment as well as professional ethical concerns and religious values.” The note also states that Dr. ... (Continue reading)

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National homeschool pro-life network launched

A national pro-life club for homeschoolers has been started by two homeschooled students in affiliation with Student Life Link and Toronto Right to Life. The co-founders are Alexandra Jezierski, organizer of the Letters4Life campaign in support of Motion 312 and 2013 summer student at The Interim, as well as Sarah Blake, a youth board member of Toronto Right to Life. The Homeschool Pro-Life Action Network, launched at Toronto Right to Life’s annual general meeting on Nov. 1, connects homeschoolers online using ... (Continue reading)

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Court rules abortion activist did not defame Vancouver crisis pregnancy centers

Court rules abortion activist did not defame Vancouver crisis pregnancy centers

The Vancouver & Richmond Crisis Pregnancy Centre lost its defamation case against pro-abortion activist Joyce Arthur after she accused CPCs of resorting to terrorizing and deceiving pregnant women to convince them not to have abortions. Two ... (Continue reading)

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Windsor to get crisis pregnancy residential support

Windsor to get crisis pregnancy residential support

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Home for pregnant and new mothers will open in early 2014. The Windsor-Essex area will soon have its first residential support for women facing a crisis pregnancy, thanks to a persistent divine call given to Sister Linda Dube. Sr. Dube, president of the board of directors at Our Lady of Guadalupe ... (Continue reading)

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