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RU-486 decision expected in 2015

iPolitics reports that Health Canada is not likely to decide whether to approve the abortion drug RU-486 (mifespristone, or as iPolitics calls it, the "gold standard" in abortion pills). The Interim reported in February that Health Canada confirmed that an unnamed company had applied to have mifepristone approved and that last year a group of doctors called for an expedited approval of importation of the drug. Campaign Life Coalition's 2014 National March for Life is focused on Health Canada's ... (Continue reading)

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The man who proved Malthus wrong born 100 years ago today

Agronomist Norman Borlaug was born 100 years ago today. I think he was one of the greatest human beings who ever lived, and because he did, millions of others who might have died due to starvation also lived. I wrote an article for The Interim about Borlaug when he died in 2009, entitled "Borlaug proved Malthus wrong." Here's a snippet: In 1968, Paul Ehrlich said in his best-selling apocalyptic book The Population Bomb that the world was headed toward a Malthusian ... (Continue reading)

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Religious freedom at stake in Loyola case

Arguments have begun in what, for faithful Christians, is one of the most important cases ever to come before the Supreme Court of Canada: at issue, is the fundamental right of Canadians to have their children educated in accordance with the basic principles of Christian faith and morality. This matter has been brought before the Court by the relentlessly secular government of Quebec, which, in 2008, imposed a compulsory course in Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) on every school, ... (Continue reading)

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Downtown Abbey and abortion

At Public Discourse, Michael Stokes Paulsen, Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis, and co-director of its Pro-Life Advocacy Center, discusses an abortion storyline from the British television program Downtown Abbey. There are spoilers in the article but Paulsen's piece illustrates the way in which art (television) can delve into serious topics such as abortion and shine a light on its realities: In the end, this Downton Abbey story line is neither overtly pro-life nor pro-choice but ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-choice violence vs. pro-lifers on campus

This is hardly news anymore, as campus pro-life activists routinely are assaulted and have their signs stolen or damaged. The College Fix reports on an altercation at the University of California, Santa Barbara: A department of feminist studies professor has been accused of going berserk after coming across a campus prolife demonstration that used extremely graphic displays, leading a small mob of students to chant “tear down the sign” before grabbing one of the signs, storming off with it, ... (Continue reading)

Obama’s priorities: population control and endangered species

Hot Air's Guy Benson draws attention to a section of Barack Obama's proposed budget (p. 930) that commits $575 million to population control (family planning and abortion) in "areas where population growth threatens biodiversity and endangered species." Benson notes that the Obama administration is very liberal on abortion and includes radical depopulation advocates, but wonders, "what’s the explanation for the environmentalist stipulations?" A postscript to the story notes similar Bush-era language on family planning in regards to combating AIDS, but ... (Continue reading)

Culture and politics

Andrea Mrozek reports on a presentation given by a pollster at the Manning Networking Conference this past weekend: he pollster identified that abortion falls into the quadrant of issues that the Conservatives don’t care about and Canadians don’t care about. Ie. It’s not an issue the Government should be raising. I was sitting next to a pro-life friend and she asked, “do you think that’s true?” I do. And I think it’s important for pro-life Canadians ... (Continue reading)

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Liberal Party endorses euthanasi

Liberal Party endorses euthanasi

This past weekend the Liberal Party of Canada adopted a resolution at its biennial policy convention calling for decriminalization of euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide in a vote by show of hands. The resolution said: "Be it resolved that voluntary medically-assisted death be de-criminalized after a public consultation process designed to make recommendations to Parliament with respect to the criteria for access and the appropriate oversight system for medically-assisted end-of-life." It was put forward by both the women's and youth commissions of ... (Continue reading)

Legislating morality

The old trope is not whether we legislate morality, but whose morality do we legislate. The question is pertinent in regards to the issues we deal with at The Interim like abortion, the family, homosexual rights, and religious freedom. At Intercollegiate Review, Amelia Sims addresses the issue in a short post entitled, "Is not legislating morality an option?" And of course the proper response is that virtually all legislation, even taxes and treaties, are legislating some sort of morality. ... (Continue reading)

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Having a wife and kid is labeled an ‘alternative lifestyle’

Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist notes that NBC is called an "alternative lifestyle." The NBC headline states: "“David Wise’s alternative lifestyle leads to Olympic gold.” The story reports: At only twenty-three years old, he has a wife, Alexander, who was waiting patiently in the crowd, and together they have a two-year-old daughter waiting for them to return to their home in Reno, Nevada. At such a young age, Wise has the lifestyle of an ... (Continue reading)

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Quebec’s Bill 52 hasn’t passed and doctors are already looking to expand euthanasia

From the National Post yesterday: Quebec’s National Assembly is set to begin final adoption next week of a law that will legalize euthanasia in the province, making it the first jurisdiction in North America to allow physicians to deliberately end patients’ lives. And as Bill 52 moves forward with support across party lines and among a majority of Quebecers, the province’s College of Physicians is already envisaging a day when some of the bill’s restrictions on euthanasia will ... (Continue reading)

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For income-splitting

Amid the apparent controversy over income-splitting for tax purposes with reports that the Conservative government may not be as committed to it as previously thought and left-wing groups such as the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives and the Broadbent Institute attacking income-splitting as a pro-rich scheme, Andrea Mrozek of the Institute of Family and Marriage Canada has a column in the Ottawa Citizen explaining why it is good policy. The bottom line is this: Family income ... (Continue reading)

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What American women want for Valentine’s Day

The Heritage Foundation knows what they want. (Continue reading)

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Ralph Kiner, RIP

Baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner died yesterday at the age of 91. He slugged 369 HRs, most of them with the Pittsburgh Pirates, although he also played with the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. He later became a broadcaster and he spent five decades behind the microphone calling New York Mets games. Calling a game in 2001 he provided one of the best quotes in baseball history and one that is implicitly pro-life. Eric Karros was the 1B for ... (Continue reading)

Google honours Simone de Beauvoir

Google's doodle today honours Simone de Beauvoir on the feminist's 106th birthday. In 2002, frequent Interim contributor Donald DeMarco wrote about de Beauvoir. He said: A certain mythology surrounds Simone de Beauvoir, one that presents her to the world as an independent thinker, a spokesperson for women and an advocate of freedom. In truth, she is none of these. The core of her philosophy is derived from the existentialist, Jean-Paul Sartre; she does not, by any means, ... (Continue reading)

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