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Best comment about the March for Life

Check out Alissa Golob's tweet of March for Life in Washington this week. A picture is worth a thousand words, and the <140 characters that go with a photo can multiply it many times. (Continue reading)

Incest and the next frontier for civil and human rights

This is painfully sad and pervertedly sick at the same time. New York magazine: "What It’s Like to Date Your Dad." The story begins talking about biological relatives reunited after adoption and the sexual attraction that can occur (some research suggests that in half of all cases one of the relatives feels a Genetic Sexual Attraction or GSA). The bulk of the story is an interview with an 18-year-old bisexual girl who lost her virginity to her biological father ... (Continue reading)

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Looking back at 2014, looking forward to 2015

We at The Interim hope you had a blessed and joyful Christmas holiday and wish everyone a happy new year. In our December 2014 edition, we looked at the top 14 life and family stories from 2014. In our January 2015 edition, we offered some suggestions for resolutions for 2015. As our editorial notes: “Creating a culture of life will not be easy, but there is much more that nearly all of us can do. When we meet our Maker, what will we ... (Continue reading)

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Social conservatism is dead. Again.

It's that time again. A column proclaiming the death of social conservatism in Canada. Or its radical shift in strategy. Can something be dead and shifting strategy? How something that has died as often as the social conservative movement has can die again (or rethink its strategy) is something beyond my comprehension. Putting aside the snark, let's look at what Jen Gerson is actually saying. She is making the case that many social conservatives are rethinking political strategy and focusing on the ... (Continue reading)

Mario Cuomo undermined Catholic teaching on abortion

Former New York governor Mario Cuomo, has passed away at the age of 82. Cuomo was a standard-issue liberal in the 1980s and early 1990s, and that meant he supported abortion. An Italian Catholic, he claimed to be "personally opposed" to abortion while maintaining the obligation to defend the state's laws protecting "a woman's right to choose." The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has noted that Cuomo invented the "personally opposed but" line, which attempts to ... (Continue reading)

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A post-Ghomeshi rethink of sexual ethics

Andrea Mrozek and Rebecca Walberg, who are working on a book about the sexual revolution, had a column in the Calgary Herald this past weekend about Jian Ghomeshi that is less about the (alleged) serial abuser of women than it is about the culture that created him. They question why consent is the only standard of acceptable behaviour and note that sexual mores in recent decades have not delivered the utopia of happy relationships promised by the Playboy culture ... (Continue reading)

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Homeschooling is countercultural

Brigitte Pellerin points to an excellent post about staying sane as a homeschooling parent, and adds an important point herself: If you're homeschooling many people will automatically assume you're not sane to begin with, and they do have a point, so don't overstress yourself. You do what's best for your family and that's just that. You do not need to conform to other people's expectations of what your life ought to be like. The decision to homeschool, like ... (Continue reading)

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Judge has conflict of interest in Planned Parenthood case

WHIO reports: The federal judge who could decide the fate of Cincinnati’s last remaining abortion clinic has ties to the Planned Parenthood facility. Cincinnati’s only abortion clinic — operated by Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio — filed Monday a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state. The lawsuit asks the courts to strike down a new Ohio law that bans the facility, as well as all other abortion surgery centers, from partnering ... (Continue reading)

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Benoit urges Parliament to condemn gender-selection abortion

This press release was issued earlier today by Conservative MP Leon Benoit (Vegreville-Wainright). Benoit urges Parliament to condemn gender-selection abortion OTTAWA  (07 November 2014)  - Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament for Vegreville-Wainwright, made the following statement in the House of Commons on November 6th, 2014.  In light of the 85th anniversary of the Persons Case I acknowledge the many Canadians who are working to ensure that all human beings ... (Continue reading)

Pro-life former Liberal MPs to Trudeau: rescind anti-life edict

Yesterday, seven former Liberal Members of Parliament sent an open letter to Justin Trudeau regarding his edict earlier this year that pro-lifers cannot even run for a Liberal Party nomination. We reprint the letter below. Trudeau responded to the letter with a tweet: "The days when old men get to decide what a woman does with her body are long gone. Times have changed for the better. #LPC defends rights." Here is the open letter: Dear ... (Continue reading)

Pro-lifers getting noticed in NB election

Pro-lifers getting noticed in NB election

Here are the facts on the back of the postcard. Campaign Life Coalition Youth (CLCY) and the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) have been active this week in the New Brunswick election, raising the issue of abortion during the campaign at a time when most politicians would prefer to ignore the issue. CLCY and CCBR are pamphleting neighbourhoods and distributing literature that includes graphic photos of abortion. Some people, ... (Continue reading)

Feminist orthodoxy in school

Students for Life of America tweeted about a young Swedish nurse-midwife who was offered a job by the Höglandssjukhuset Women’s Center after successfully completing an internship in the spring of 2013. However, once Ellinor Grimmark told the center’s staff that her faith prevented her from committing abortions, she was told that “she was no longer welcome to work with them.” They questioned “whether a person with such views actually can become a midwife.” Grimmark has filed a ... (Continue reading)

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Richard Dawkins’ Down syndrome fiasco

Atheist writer and activist Richard Dawkins has come under fire this week, after a tweet calling Ireland “civilised, except in (the area of abortion)” morphed into a conversation about the ethics of bringing children with Down syndrome into the world. Dawkins believes it is immoral to do so. A user called Aidan McCourt replied “994 human beings with Down syndrome deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012. Is that civilised?” Dawkins responded ... (Continue reading)

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Non-shocking story about shocking health regulation violations

The Daily Caller highlights a story from Ohio about an abortion facility that has been fined $25,000 for "shocking health and sanitation violations." These stories are no longer all that shocking because freestanding abortion facilities often slum it in terms of adhering to medical regulations. As the Kermit Gosnell story illustrates, state regulators often ignore abortion mill violations. Here's a partial list of violations: The Bedford Heights Planned Parenthood was notified of the fine in a ... (Continue reading)

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Disappearing Down Syndrome

Wesley Smith writes about how there are fewer people with Down Syndrome (and dwarfism) because about 90% of children diagnosed in utero with Down are aborted, and many parents who do not abort are viewed with contempt for bringing children into the world with such disabilities. We've written before about the dangers of expanding genetic screening when there is no treatment or cure for babies diagnosed with various genetic flaws. And editorial we wrote 12 years ... (Continue reading)

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