Abortion and maternal health

Our March cover story is now online: "The politics of maternal health and child mortality." It begins: The numbers are staggering. A half-million women die during pregnancy every year. Nine million children in the developing world will die before their fifth birthday. That’s one pregnant mother and 18 children every minute of every day of the year will die prematurely, unnecessarily. Their dire circumstances cry out for redress, but thus far, the plight of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable ... (Continue reading)

Abortion: the genocide that dares not speak its name

Is it racist to point out that abortion hurts blacks disproportionately? I find it amusing that the Washington Independent even considers it necessary to defend Trent Franks (R, Az) against charges of racism for noting the eugenic effect of abortion on American blacks. Mike Starks interviews Franks says, “I don’t think he sees the racism (or paternalism) in what he’s saying.” That's probably because there is no racism or paternalism in wanting to protect unborn black babies from death by abortion. ... (Continue reading)

Tweeting an abortion

Jill Stanek has provided extensive coverage of one woman's live tweeting her RU-486 abortion. When I first heard of this stunt, I had the same thought that Stanek came to after writing five posts about it: "By live tweeting her abortion, Angie has performed a different kind of public service than she intended. No one can read her exhaustive and exhausting dismal account and want what she had." On one level, the personal level for the person doing the tweeting, ... (Continue reading)

How to reverse Canada’s graying population

Yesterday Statistics Canada released a report on "deaths" (life expectancy), the bottom line of which is: Life expectancy at birth in Canada reached 80.7 years for the three-year period between 2005 and 2007, up from the average of 80.5 between 2004 and 2006, and 78.4 a decade earlier between 1995 and 1997. Increased life expectancy is good for individuals, but it is not so clear cut for society in general in countries with large, redistributionist welfare programs (health and pensions). This has been widely discussed over the past few years -- including a Parliamentary Budget Office report last week ... (Continue reading)

New at

Two columns and one article from the February issue are now online. "Professor displays puerile, atheistic, anti-life mentality," by Rory Leishman. "Puppy mills bad, abortion mills okay," by Michael Coren. "Pro-life mission work in Cyprus," by Allison Kach. The March issue went to press today, so regular blogging will return tomorrow. (Continue reading)

Sarah Silverman is repugnant

The comedian Sarah Silverman is crass and racist. She isn't ever funny which should be a career-limiting attribute for a comedian. I won't ever understand why our esteemed editor finds her so amusing. I hope he reconsiders after reading this from last weekend's USA Weekend Q&A with Silverman: Do you want kids? I'm not stressed about not having kids. I'll want to adopt someday. I don't want to pass on my genes. I don't understand why anyone, other than for vanity, needs ... (Continue reading)

Euthanasia’s slippery slope is a luge course

Michael Cook has an excellent, must-read article on euthanasia at MercatorNet. Some key paragraphs: But amongst the numerous Dutch victims of spongy-brained euthanasia syndrome some are more affected than others. Recently a distinguished group called “Out of Free Will” has complained that there are too many restrictions on euthanasia in the Netherlands. Even in the mercy-killing heartland, people are required to have some sort of terminal illness. But the new lobby group wants the right for to anyone sane over the ... (Continue reading)

Condoms block aid for Haiti has an incredible report on how "The flow of medical supplies waiting to be distributed to tens of thousands of earthquake victims in Haiti was delayed for weeks by a massive supply of condoms dominating the space of the main storage facility there." Key stat: "The condoms were estimated to take up about 70% of the space in the 17,000 sq. ft. warehouse." Food? Pharmaceuticals? Surgical equipment? Emergency shelter and clothing? No, condoms. Can't feed a starving child or operate ... (Continue reading)

Abortion as the foundation of democracy?

Ethan Boyles of Seattle is upset with a pro-life student display at the University of Washington and he writes about it for the Socialist Worker. In it, he states: Reproductive freedom is a foundation of women's liberation. Women can never have full equality if they cannot control their own bodies, and we cannot have a fundamentally democratic society if half the population is denied this essential freedom. There are numerous responses, including: 1) Women have control over their own bodies when they ... (Continue reading)

Ron Paul on changing the abortion debate has an exclusive interview with Rep. Ron Paul (R, Tx) in which the former candidate for the GOP presidential nomination and former Libertarian presidential candidate says it is no use waiting for the right configuration on the Surpeme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and proposes a different solution, instead: having Congress take the abortion issue away from the central government and hand it back to the states. I'm not sure about the constitutionality of what he is arguing for, but ... (Continue reading)

Bayh not running: mixed for pro-lifers

I didn't comment on the decision by Senator Evan Bayh to not seek a third term in Indiana yesterday because I have been trying to determine what it will mean. On his personal blog (Sobering Thoughts), Interim editor Paul Tuns says that making predictions eight months out in politics is a fools game, but it is hard to not predict a Republican pickup in Indiana, making gaining control of the Senate a little more likely although still a far-off ... (Continue reading)

Tuns on Haiti relief and abortion

OneNewsNow interviewed Interim editor Paul Tuns about relief groups in Haiti and abortion. We covered this in the February issue. (Continue reading)

Just say not to derogatory words

Being pro-life means more than opposing abortion and euthanasia. We must uphold the sanctity and dignity of every human life, born and unborn, and that means not using derogatory terms that marginalize vulnerable groups, especially those with mental and physical disabilities. Recently, a senior staffer within the Obama administration referred to Democrats out of his favour as "retarded" leading former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the mother of a special needs child, to castigate him for his offensive remarks. She was ... (Continue reading)

Dynamic Women of Faith conference

Check out their advertisement on this site. The conference for Christian women is in Toronto March 6 and it will provide talks on how to strike the right balance in life and the medical consequences of contraception (among other topics). Book before Feb. 14 and receive a discount for registering. We will have coverage of this event in our April issue. (Continue reading)

Creeping euthanasia

Our cover story -- "Creeping euthanasia: In many places, it advances by stealth" -- from the February issue is now online. In it, Alex Schadenberg examines euthanasia developments around the globe from the past year or so that are affecting the progress (if that is the right word) of the legalization of euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide. The article is longer than most Interim stories, but worth reading. Schadenberg concludes by challenging pro-lifers and others opposed to euthanasia to do so ... (Continue reading)

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