Bits & Pieces

Canada

Former Speaker of the House of Commons, Conservative MP Andrew Scheer (Regina—Qu’Appelle) announced Sept. 28 he was seeking the Conservative leadership. Scheer, who was first elected in 2004, has a perfect pro-life and pro-family voting record according to Campaign Life Coalition although he did not vote on bills and motions during his time as Speaker … Conservative MP and leadership hopeful Brad Trost (Saskatoon-University) launched a Facebook advertisement against same-sex “marriage” featuring two fingers side-by-side with a heart image on them alongside the message “marriage is the union of one man, one woman.” He was criticized online for opposing SSM but Trost campaign spokesman Mike Patton said “when it comes to issues like marriage, he believes it’s very important for candidates to be clear where they stand.” The campaign also launched ads on energy issues, but they escaped media scrutiny … Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott asked Health Canada to reduce barriers to setting up safe-injection sites. “I’ve made it very clear to my department,” she told the House of Commons, “that there should be no unnecessary barriers for communities who want to open supervised (drug) consumption sites.” The Harper government passed the which required 26 criteria be met before Health Canada would consider safe injection sites. The NDP’s Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) is pressing for the law to be rescinded … Novelist W.P. Kinsella, author of , the book upon which the film was based, died Sept. 16, following a doctor-assisted suicide in Hope, B.C. He had diabetes and kidney disease and according to his publicist, wanted to cease dialysis.

United States

On Sept. 27, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards posted a message on Twitter urging people to register and vote “like your life depends on it” … NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue launched the #AskAboutAbortion campaign online after first debate moderator Lester Holt of NBC did not ask presidential candidates Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton about abortion … Rep. Trent Franks (R, Arizona) said in an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews that the Democrats are pro-abortion extremists: “I wish everyone could take an honest, sincere, clear look at the Democratic platform, the Democrat position on abortion. They believe in abortion on demand for any reason or no reason throughout the nine months of pregnancy and they want government and taxpayers to be forced to pay for it. That’s their position, and I challenge any Democrat in America to say what’s wrong with that statement, to say what’s incorrect about that” … Former covergirl Pamela Anderson co-wrote a column in the with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, urging men to stop viewing pornography. “This is a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness given how freely available, anonymously accessible, and easily disseminated pornography is nowadays,” they wrote. They said it harms marriage and families by inhibiting the ability to form healthy relationships.

International

San Marino liberalized its abortion law when the country’s governing Council passed three of five proposed abortion bills. The first, which eliminated penalties for abortion in cases of “grave danger” to the woman, passed 29-23. A second one permitted abortion in cases of rape or coercion passed 28-25. A third bill allowing abortion in cases of genetic defect barely passed, 27-25. Two bills – allowing abortion for minors and for women in “marginalized conditions or social discomfort” – were defeated… A 267-154 vote in the Sejm, the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament, allowed a citizen’s initiative by the Stop Abortion coalition to proceed to a legislative committee. 450,000 Poles signed a petition backing a ban on abortion except to save a mother’s life. At the same time, the Sejm defeated a citizen’s initiative by the Save Women committee to liberalize the country’s abortion law in a 230-173 vote. That initiative received signatures from 215,000 Poles. While the governing Law and Justice Party supports the pro-life bill, there are indications the government will scrap a provision that would jail women who have abortions. Polish abortion law permits the procedure in cases of rape, incest, severe fetal malformation, or threats to a woman’s life … The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam) says that negotiations ahead of the UN Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, resulted in a an agreement that advances “sexual and reproductive health.” The conference will address urbanization issues and C-Fam says the that the document fails to qualify reference to sexual and reproductive health to previous agreements that excluded “a right to abortion” and “respect for sovereignty.” The failure to reference these past agreements “represents a loss of ground for the pro-life cause, and a necessary starting point for establishing abortion as a human right” … On Sept. 14, the Supreme Court of India ordered all sterilization camps in the country be close within two years but also urging state governments close them “as early as possible.” In the decision written by Justice Madan Lokur, the Court said, “it is time that women and men are treated with respect and dignity and not as mere statistics in the sterilization program.”

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