Soconvivium

Abortion is not maternal health

Brian Lilley does amazing work covering the Canadian political scene for Examiner.com. His latest post is about the promise by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reduce maternal and infant mortality abroad. Unfortunately, in doing so, Harper has aligned his government with abortion advocates and population control zealots: I asked Minister Oda whether the Harper government was leaning toward the aggressive family planning model or favoured the building of local health clinics. While Minister Oda said she was seeking the best advice ... (Continue reading)

New at TheInterim.com

Everything from the January issue of The Interim that hasn't already been posted is now online: "Family Coalition Party boasts new leader." "U.S.Senate opens door to Obamacare abortion funding." "Legal challenge to Morgentaler Order of Canada rejected." (Background to that story can be found in our November issue.) "CLC sign taken off crèche display." "National Campus Life Network expands" in Atlantic Canada The latest "Corporate Watch" column from Tony Gosgnach "Msgr. Armstong, RIP." "Paper links UN promotion of ‘safe’ abortion to ... (Continue reading)

IMFC conference in March

Information about the Institute for Marriage & Family Canada event in March can be found here. Two of the speakers are Miriam Grossman, author of You’re Teaching My Child What? and Brian Lee Crowley, author of Fearful Symmetry: The Fall and Rise of Canada’s Founding Values. Grossman was interviewed for our September cover story on how young people can maintain their values when they head off to university. In December, columnist Rory Leishman reviewed Crowley's Fearful Symmetry. The conference should be a ... (Continue reading)

A glass is half-full view to rising teen pregnancy rates

The Guttmacher Institute (a pro-abortion research outfit) has released a report stating that teen pregnancy rates are rising and they speculate that the reason for this is abstinence education is failing. The Washington Post and Reuters both have stories on the report that also question the focus on abstinence in sex-ed. The GI press release says that in the years following a focus on abstinence-only education, teen pregnancy rates have shot up; the media has bought that argument hook, line and sinker, ... (Continue reading)

Round-up of Washington March for Life

The Washington Times has one of the more thorough reports from the mainstream media on Friday's March for Life in Washington DC. Good coverage from OneNewsNow and LifeSiteNews. The Washington Post photo gallery gives equal treatment to the pro-aboriton and pro-life sides despite the pro-life march being at least 3000 times bigger. If the editors at the paper's website read their own news report on the march, they'd know that there weren't many pro-abortion demonstrators: "Few counter-demonstrators were visible along ... (Continue reading)

March for Life coverage

The Interim is getting ready to go to press on Monday so blogging will be light to non-existent until next Tuesday unless something big happens. Until then, you can go to LifeSiteNews, ProLifeBlogs and Jill Stanek for March for Life coverage. (Continue reading)

Obamacare is anti-marriage

Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation has a short report showing how the Senate health care bill establishes what is effectively a federal marriage tax: The Senate health care bill sends a clear message: Married couples are second-class citizens. On the other hand, the bill establishes cohabiters as a privileged special interest, quietly channeling tens of thousands of dollars to them in preferential government bonuses. Offering couples massive financial rewards on the condition they jettison their wedding vows, or decline to ... (Continue reading)

GOP win in Massachusetts and health care

Many pro-lifers are excited and happy with Scott Brown's Senate victory in Massachusetts. Some are declaring comprehensive health care reform dead, others think a chastened Democrat Party will compromise and put forth a more reasonable reform bill. In reality, no one knows what is going to happen. My fear is that the Democrats will move with incremental steps on health care that still have some anti-life measures in it or that will open the door to future anti-life measures and that ... (Continue reading)

A grandfather’s lament

The January issue of The Interim features a column by Jim Kaine, a grandfather whose daughters both had abortions, robbing not only the child of its life, but their parents of their own grandchildren. It is a touching story and one that we at the paper were very happy to publish. The voice of people affected by abortion is seldom heard in the media, which is one reason The Interim newspaper exists. Here's an excerpt: I have a heart that is saddened ... (Continue reading)

Send an avatar to Washington

If you can't make it to Washington DC for the March for Life on Friday, take part in the Virtual March for Life. (Continue reading)

January columnists now online

Using the culture of death against pro-lifers by Michael Coren Dismal offerings in recent cinema by Rick McGinnis American religious leaders set worthy example by Rory Leishman Is cheating self-defeating? by Donald DeMarco Saving a famous icon by Frank Kennedy Latimer’s lax treatment, an Interim editorial (Continue reading)

Animal rights violates human exceptionalism

Wesley Smith is interviewed about his new book A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement, by John J. Miller of National Review. Worth listening to in full. We will publishing a review of this book in our March issue. (Continue reading)

Standing with Wilders, standing for freedom

Tomorrow in Toronto there is a rally in solidarity with Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician behind the short-film Fitna, about radical Islam and the islamification of society, whose trial for upsetting the feelings of radical Muslims begins this week. Details on the rally are here. Mark Steyn explains why Wilders is being prosecuted and persecuted by the politically correct and cowardly powers that be: Behind this disgraceful prosecution lies a simple truth that the Dutch establishment cannot tell its people ... (Continue reading)

Graphic images and Haiti

Andrea Mrozek at ProWomanProLife juxtaposes the National Post's defense of graphic images from disaster-torn Haiti and the reaction from some regarding the use of graphic images of abortion employed by certain pro-lifers. The Washington Post reports on the increased graphicness of the images coming out of Haiti. Make your own conclusion on how this applies to pro-life activism: The fear of violating the victim's privacy -- which is a strange and dubious scruple -- isn't in operation in Haiti. After years of hinting ... (Continue reading)

Canadian abortion poll sends mixed signals

There is a lot to unpack in this Angus Reid poll of abortion in Canada, but first I want to draw your attention to this contradiction: When informed about existing regulations on abortion, three-in-ten Canadians (30%) endorse the status-quo: Women being able to have an abortion at any time during their pregnancy, with no restrictions whatsoever. And: When asked about their personal feeling toward abortion, 40 per cent of respondents say the procedure should be permitted in all cases, whereas 31 per ... (Continue reading)

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