Upjohn boycott

    Delegates at the recent annual general meeting of Alliance for Life passed a resolution urging all Canadian pro-lifers to join the Upjohn boycott, initiated by National Right to Life in the U.S.   Upjohn is the first modern pharmaceutical company to turn from making life-saving drugs to producing drugs whose only purpose is to kill.  Their Prostin F2 alpha is [...]

2009-07-20T07:42:45-04:00October 20, 1985|Abortion, Bioethics, Society & Culture|

Appalling news from Britain’s labs

In Britain, experimentation on dead aborted babies and on “spare” embryos created by in vitro fertilization has been going on for some time.  Publicity on these experiments followed the blocking in parliament of a private member’s bill (put forward by Mr. Enoch Powell) that would have prohibited experiments on embryos.  Powell’s bill, in turn, was prompted by release of the government-appointed Warnock [...]

2009-07-16T08:34:31-04:00September 16, 1985|Bioethics, Politics|

DPT vaccine causes concern

The Canadian medical establishment has consistently told parents that benefits of immunization far outweigh any risks that may be associated with vaccination. But a growing number of parents are concerned with the possible side effects from vaccines. More and more cases of disabled children are getting publicity now, especially when the parents of these children are seeking compensation from the government for [...]

2009-07-14T11:50:40-04:00August 14, 1985|Bioethics|

Sterilization and the mentally retarded

Involuntary sterilization of the mentally retarded is stirring bitter controversy and resentment among mentally handicapped people. The recent sterilization of “Infant K,” a ten-year-old mentally handicapped British Columbia girl, appalled the Canadian Association for the Mentally Retarded. In an effort to protect the mentally handicapped and their right to have children, the association has gone to the Supreme Court of Canada. The [...]

2009-07-14T09:12:29-04:00August 14, 1985|Bioethics, Equal Rights|

Natural family planning: why and what

Natural Family Planning is not simply “a better form of birth control.” Behind NFP lies an integral vision of the human person. Behind contraception lies the fragmented vision of the contraceptive mentality. The two are worlds apart. As Pope John Paul II noted in his brilliant document on the family: The difference, both anthropological and moral, between contraception and recourse to the [...]

2009-07-14T08:16:33-04:00August 14, 1985|Bioethics, Marriage and Family|

Quebec: Fetal experimentation

       A recent medical journal article out of Sherbrooke, Quebec, details the fact that fetal experimentation has not ceased in Canada. Titled, “Explant Culture of Human Fetal Small Intestine,” the article, by D. Menard and P. Arseneault from that university, was quite specific. It states that small intestines “from fetuses varying from 10 to 14 weeks post fertilization were obtained [...]

2009-07-08T13:41:24-04:00June 8, 1985|Bioethics|

Pro-life commentary: Prenatal diagnosis and the mentally handicapped

        The evidence is in: the deliberations are over; our subject is found guilty; and the sentence is passed.  Not one word is spoken in his defense, and there is no appeal. What if the crime?  The crime is most serious.  He has been determined to be mentally handicapped.  The penalty is clear, death by saline poisoning.  The Human [...]

2009-07-08T08:33:10-04:00May 8, 1985|Abortion, Bioethics, Pro-Life|

Artificial Insemination

      Artificial Insemination (AI) is he placing of semen inside a women’s vagina, or directly into the uterus by means other than sexual intercourse. The semen is collected by masturbation and insemination is timed to coincide with the women’s ovulation. The semen used for AI may be fresh (used within one hour of collection), or previously frozen and thawed just [...]

2009-07-07T12:39:28-04:00April 7, 1985|Bioethics|

Detecting abnormalities in the unborn: chorionic villi sampling

          Recently there has been widespread publicity of a new method, called chorionic villi sampling, for detecting abnormalities in the unborn child. Cells are taken from the placental tissue (chorion) of the developing child and are studied for chromosomal abnormalities.   It has been thought that any chromosomal defects found in the placenta would also exist in the [...]

2009-07-07T10:23:48-04:00April 7, 1985|Abortion, Bioethics|

Birth defects

    A U.S. federal judge ruled that a widely-used spermicide caused birth defects in a 3 year old girl and ordered the manufacturer to pay 5.1 million in damages to the child and her mother.             Judge Marvin Shoob ruled that Ortho Pharmaceuticals Corporation of New Jersey, makes of Ortho-Gynol Contraceptive Jelly, should have warned its users that birth defects can [...]

2009-07-07T10:17:36-04:00April 7, 1985|Bioethics|

    A U.S. federal judge ruled that a widely-used spermicide caused birth defects in a 3 year old girl and ordered the manufacturer to pay 5.1 million in damages to the child and her mother.             Judge Marvin Shoob ruled that Ortho Pharmaceuticals Corporation of New Jersey, makes of Ortho-Gynol Contraceptive Jelly, should have warned its users that birth defects can [...]

2009-07-07T10:16:36-04:00April 7, 1985|Bioethics|

RU-486 abortion pill

      The first “foolproof” abortion pill, called RU-486, is now in its final tests with the British Committee on Safety of Medicines. (see January issue of the The Interim) The pill will be used in France, India and China this year and has been approved by the World Health Organization for use in other Third World Nations.             This pill [...]

2009-07-07T09:44:29-04:00April 7, 1985|Bioethics|

Selling babies is illegal in Canada

      Selling babies is illegal in Canada-perhaps. While there are laws which cover money changing hands in the conventional adoption process, there are no specific laws governing the new phenomenon of commercial “surrogate” motherhood.             A surrogate (replacement) mother is one who agrees to conceive and bear a child for another woman. The trouble is, the “surrogate” mother is the [...]

2009-07-07T09:42:47-04:00April 7, 1985|Abortion, Bioethics, Pro-Life|

Britain’s MP’s ban embryo experiments

            Private Member’s bills usually attract little attention, but Mr. Enoch Powell’s measure-the Unborn Children Protection Bill- is not in this category. It’s importance is underscored by the fact that, although attendance in the House of Commons is usually sparse on Fridays, an unusually large number of Members attended the Bill’s second reading on Friday February 15 1985. The [...]

2009-07-07T09:40:05-04:00April 7, 1985|Bioethics, Politics|

Pro-life commentary: MSAFP testing: the latest “search and destroy” technology

      The Newcastle area of New Brunswick has the distinction of having one of the world’s most comprehensive programmes of parental screening for spina bifida. According to one source at the Miramichi Hospital, a blood test, called the Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein Test (MSAFP) is “routine” for all prenatals. In 1983 this test was used in 695 maternity-related cases in New [...]

2009-07-07T07:21:26-04:00March 7, 1985|Abortion, Bioethics|
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