Soconvivium

Alison Davis, RIP

Chesterton said that "Journalism largely consists in saying Lord Jones is dead to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive." In that tradition we report that Alison Davis has passed away. If you didn't know that Alison Davis was alive, you should have. She was the founder of the disability rights group, No Less Human, and just two weeks ago she wrote a letter to the Calgary Herald entitled, "Glad to be Alive." In her letter, Davis relates: I wanted to die ... (Continue reading)

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ABC link confirmed (again)

Guest blogging at JillStanek.com, Dr. Joel Brind notes: “China is on the cusp of a breast cancer epidemic,” acknowledged a prestigious group of American epidemiologists in 2008 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Studiously avoiding the “A-word” the JNCI group blamed the emerging epidemic on “shifting reproductive trends” among “risk factors associated with economic development are largely unavoidable.” That’s because NCI still officially denies the reality of the abortion-breast cancer link. The meta-analysis of 26 ... (Continue reading)

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Maury Povich as a sign of the times

Quote from Thomas Sowell in one of his recent "Random Thoughts" columns: Among the painful signs of our time are TV programs built around paternity tests. Apparently the way these women live, it is anybody's guess who their child's father might be. What is sadder, that the women live such lives or that they lack the shame to not appear on shows such as Maury Povich to advertise their promiscuity? Or is it that we as a society provide ... (Continue reading)

EnCourage interview

Radio Teopoli has an interview with Alan Yoshioka, a former gay activist and now a member of Courage, and his wife, Theresa Yoshioka. They are co-facilitators of EnCourage Toronto which seeks to meet the spiritual needs of family members and other loved ones of persons with same-sex attraction. Alan's is a beautiful story of the work of Grace in one's life. And their message of how to better minister to those with same-sex attraction is ... (Continue reading)

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Human exceptionalism

Michael Orsi writes about the crazy expansion of animal rights in The American Spectator. Orsi notes that historically, man* had "a unique status in the order of creation," on top of the status food chain, so to speak. That is changing, with common-sense concern about the environment that houses humanity and our responsibility to be good stewards of the Earth's bounty and to treat animals decently being confused with conferring these things with rights: Sensitivity toward lower forms of ... (Continue reading)

Writers and activists: common ground?

I have a pro-life friend whose passion for defending human rights is only matched by her love of writing. She recently shared an interesting New York Times column with me, in which essayist and cartoonist Tim Kreider laments the tendency for writers to go unpaid. This idea is not completely baseless. Our society teaches us to be dissatisfied, constantly craving the latest and the best of everything. When those cravings are not instantly sated, we have two ... (Continue reading)

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Exploiting Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe)

Sally Cohn explains in a column at The Daily Beast, "Why I’m joining a telethon to raise money for abortion services in Texas, land of Wendy Davis and Jane Roe." In the column Cohn has a throwaway line: And lest we forget, Texas is also where the fight for access to abortion arguably originated in America, where a Texas woman filed a petition under the name Jane Roe that ultimately led to the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion ... (Continue reading)

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China isn’t ditching one-child policy or forced abortions

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that China will ease its one-child policy. The media -- legacy and social -- were quick to celebrate the coming end of the one-child policy that is often enforced with coerced abortion. But as Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers says the changes are actually a minor "tweak" because "China will now lift the ban on a second child, if either parent is an only child." Furthermore, Beijing is not promising ... (Continue reading)

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McGinnis review of Men on Strike

Interim columnist Rick McGinnis reviewed Helen Smith's Men on Strike: Why Men are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream -- and Why it Matters in the November edition of The Interim. McGinnis gets a bit autobiographical: In college I’d witnessed the successes of first and second-wave feminism meld with Marxist ideology and solidify into a social orthodoxy that would become known as political correctness. I didn’t escape it upon leaving school, since my chosen field – journalism ... (Continue reading)

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Back to the Consent and Capacity Board

An article in the November 4 issue of Maclean’s by Kate Lunau describes the conflict between doctors and families over pulling the plug on very ill patients. Lunau uses the Supreme Court’s Rasouli ruling, in which the justices decided that doctors do not have the unilateral right to withdraw life support from a patient, to explore issues around Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Board. The Sunnybrook doctors who fought the case to put Hassan Rasouli to death ... (Continue reading)

Rasouli, Schiavo, and Maraachli

There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in ... (Continue reading)

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Canadian Supreme Court: doctor’s can’t pull plug without consent

This morning in a 5-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the right of a patient's family to make medical decisions, saying that doctor's can't end life support without consent. The National Post has the story. The Interim's coverage of the Rasouli case can be accessed here and Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has an extensive archive of Rasouli coverage. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, an intervenor in the case, is pleased with the decision:... (Continue reading)

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The 2013 version of Melissa Drexler

The Associated Press reports: The results of an autopsy could determine whether two teenage girls are hit with serious charges after one of them was found carrying a dead fetus in a bag while shopping at a Victoria's Secret store in Manhattan ... One of the girls told detectives she was carrying the remains because she had delivered a day earlier and didn't know what to do, authorities said. It wasn't clear whether the fetus was alive ... (Continue reading)

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The language of life issues

Since I'm currently pursuing a degree in linguistics, I've been waiting impatiently for a reason to blog about language and the Interim's topics of choice - no pun intended. An article I stumbled on via Twitter has given me what I'm looking for. It talks about how long women can safely “wait” to have kids, and attracted the attention of a fellow pro-lifer for the use of the words “accidental pregnancy.” She asked, “Is pregnancy ... (Continue reading)

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Learning to love casual group sex

Vi Nguyen, the Sex on Tuesday columnist in Berkeley's Daily Californian, writes about her first threesome and how that grew into a preference for group sex over intimate relations with someone special or even a quick hook-up: But because I feel weird as hell — I’ve never been attracted to him, and this is the dude my friend is convinced she’s going to marry — I yank off his shirt and run off with it in what I hope ... (Continue reading)

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