Soconvivium

Why was there any Tebow controversy?

That was a ridiculously innocuous ad. The uproar says a lot more about abortion advocates than pro-lifers. Here is the \"controversial\" commercial. Even the Focus on the Family website is soft-selling the Tebow story, focusing as much on Christian ministry as the pro-life stuff. And, as Jill Stanek points out, the feminist (over-)reaction continues. Any sane person who has seen the ad and followed the controversy is likely to be turned off the pro-abortion side of the argument. Pro-abortion feminists, like many pro-lifers, ... (Continue reading)

Interim on TV

I'll be on Behind the Story on Sunday night at  7 pm. It airs on CTS in Ontario and Alberta and afterward the show is archived on the CTS website. (I was last on November 29 if you're interested.) We'll be discussing Michael Ignatieff, abortion and maternal health; Haiti adoptions and child trafficking; the Tebow Super Bowl ad; Senate reform; Khadr and the Supreme Court; much more that I can't recall right now. We're taping it this afternoon and I'm ... (Continue reading)

Archbishop Collins speaks out on maternal health

Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins has weighed in on the federal government's call on the G8 to commit to improving maternal health and decreasing child mortality. You can read the statement here, but here is the highlight: When there are so many obvious practical steps that can be taken to promote maternal and child health throughout the world, it is sad to see Mr. Ignatieff introduce into the discussion this negative proposal , which in no way serves to improve the ... (Continue reading)

Ignatieff re-ignites abortion debate in Canada

You can't buy this kind of PR. Thanks, Mr. Ignatieff. Michael Ignatieff, the Liberal leader and former Harvard professor, has done more to raise the abortion issue than anyone or anything since Governor General Michaelle Jean gave Henry Morgentaler the Order of Canada in 2008. Earlier this week he called for the Harper government to ensure that abortion is part of any foreign aid plan to promote maternal health and decrease infant mortality. Kevin Libin has a good, front-page article in ... (Continue reading)

Don’t let politics get in the way of euthanasia vote

From our editorial "Vote on C-384" in the February issue of The Interim, which concludes: Often proponents of change will call for an open discussion and a free vote to start the debate. We are calling for an affirmation of the current strictures against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide to end debate. The House of Commons should vote on C-384 – and defeat it – as soon as Parliament reconvenes. (Continue reading)

Pro-life implications of the Haiti disaster

From the February issue of The Interim: "Pro-life implications of the Haiti disaster." The story offers news briefs on a number of pro-life angles including what the pro-abortion groups are doing, some support-worthy organizations, and concerns about human trafficking. Speaking of which, this Sunday night, Paul Tuns, editor of The Interim, will be on Behind the Story on CTS, discussing, among other topics, adopting children from Haiti and human trafficking. (Continue reading)

CLC press release on Ignatieff and abortion

Campaign Life Coalition issued this press release today: Liberal Party Leader Pushes His Pro-Abortion Agenda Regarding Maternal Health Initiative for Women in Developing Countries Liberal Leader, Michael Ignatieff, stated in his media release February 2, 2010 that “Liberal MPs are calling on Stephen Harper to assure Canadians that he won’t change Canada’s long-standing tradition of recognizing women’s reproductive rights, and access to contraception, as part of his maternal health initiative, and will work in full partnership with the ... (Continue reading)

The implicit racism of Michael Ignatieff

Ezra Levant has a very good post with a picture of a young black child from disaster-stricken Haiti under the headline: "What's the first thing you think of when you see all those poor Haitian kids?" After noting what the Conservative government has done (provide immediate humanitarian relief, host a Haiti relief conference, challenge the G8 to do more for maternal health and infant mortality in general), Levant notes "Michael Ignatieff's reaction": "Liberals support the plan so long as it ... (Continue reading)

Those big, bad anti-women Tories

I was going to call this post: "Zerb gets it wrong (no surprise)." But that would be lowering The Interim to Antonia Zerbisias' level. For those who don't know her, Zerbisias is a Toronto Star columnist and today she has a column in the "Entertainment" section -- not the op-ed page, but the "Entertainment" pages, perhaps because her columns are often good for a laugh -- about the supposedly misogynistic Conservative government. She's always in the "E" section, but today's is especially entertaining for ... (Continue reading)

Liberals push for international abortion

Michael Ignatieff is clearly moving his Liberal Party to the left on social issues. On Monday, he announced support for a universal daycare plan. Yesterday, he called upon Stephen Harper's Conservative government to make abortion a key component of their efforts to improve maternal health and decrease infant mortality  (see the Toronto Star, National Post, Globe and MailLifeSiteNews, and the Canadian Press stories). According to the Globe, Ignatieff said: "If we're going to improve maternal health and child ... (Continue reading)

Universal childcare is a bad idea

Michael Ignatieff is talking up education and a key component of his agenda is a universal daycare scheme. The Toronto Star reports: A national child-care program will be put in place by a future Liberal government, no matter how bare the fiscal cupboard may be, leader Michael Ignatieff has promised. "We will find the money, because it seems to me an excellent investment," Ignatieff told reporters in Ottawa on Monday. "I am not going to allow the deficit discussion to shut ... (Continue reading)

Abortion and maternal health

Last week I noted Prime Minister Stephen Harper's call to action to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the developing world and how the agenda of authentic assistance to the world's most vulnerable people might be hijacked by a pro-abortion agenda of groups like Action Canada for Population Development. Brian Lilley has a good column at MercatorNet.com about this in which he notes that most people do not equate abortion with the goal of reducing maternal and infant ... (Continue reading)

Tebow and illegal abortions in the Philippines

The Los Angeles Times has a snotty column by Timothy Rutten about the Tebow Super Bowl ad controversy which includes this paragraph: Both mother and son are vocal opponents of abortion, though there's a curious aspect to the story she's told in numerous interviews. Pam has repeatedly said that all this happened in the Philippines, where she delivered Tim in 1987. But as a letter to CBS from the Center for Reproductive Rights notes, the Philippines criminalized abortion in 1870. Since 1930, ... (Continue reading)

There will never be a ‘pro-choice’ Super Bowl ad

There is a lot to be said about this Washington Post column about the Tim Tebow/Focus on the Family Super Bowl ad, written by Frances Kissling, former president of Catholics for Choice, and Kate Michelman, former president of Naral Pro-Choice America, but their conclusion is what I want to focus on: So here's our Super Bowl strategy for the choice movement. We'd go with a 30-second spot, too. The camera focuses on one woman after another, posed in the situations ... (Continue reading)

Tiller murder verdict

Scott Roeder was found guilty of the first degree murder of abortionist George Tiller. The jury deliberations were brief (37 minutes) after Roeder admitted during his testimony yesterday that he shot Tiller to stop the killing of unborn babies through abortion. It is sad that someone who purportedly holds pro-life views resorted to death as answer to the problem of abortion. To fall prey to the seductions of the Culture of Death while combating that culture is tragic. Killing is ... (Continue reading)

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