Monthly Archives: July 2010


Defeat Kagan

Thirty-two conservative leaders have urged the rejection of Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court. Among those signing the call to defeat Kagan because she is radically pro-abortion, would do violence to the constitution as a judicial activist, would give disproportionate weight to foreign law, and is likely to invent a right to same sex marriage, are Gary Bauer, president, American Values; Kristan Hawkins, executive director, Students for Life of [...]

2010-07-20T06:57:18-04:00July 20, 2010|Soconvivium|

AIDS prevention

The World Bank twitter feed has this comment: "250 people become newly infected for every 100 that go on AIDS treatment, the world desperately needs new prevention strategies." E-Health MD notes that to prevent the spread of AIDS, people must use "protection" when having sex and "minimize" exposure to the disease by not sharing needles shooting up drugs. This has been the [...]

2010-07-19T09:08:17-04:00July 19, 2010|Soconvivium|

South Korea did not legalize euthanasia

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, says that news reports that South Korea has legalized South Korea are incorrect. He notes: Today I received the South Korean – End-of-life guidelines from a Korean physician. It is clear that S Korea did not legalize euthanasia. The guidelines concern the rules that must be followed before a physician can withdraw or withhold [...]

2010-07-19T08:25:32-04:00July 19, 2010|Soconvivium|

Caring, not killing

A must-read short essay at MercatorNet on the issue of euthanasia by Erik Leipoldt. A sample:  Legalising euthanasia fails to address the suffering that underlies patients’ requests for it. Often cited are: dependence on others, pain, and loss of dignity. All of these can be ameliorated through good care. Dependence on others is only undignified in the absence of caring support. Of course there [...]

2010-07-16T09:15:47-04:00July 16, 2010|Soconvivium|

The rape and incest exception

From "Zombie" at Pajamasmedia: I think both sides of the abortion debate are lying and have been lying since the argument first arose. Anyone who wants to forbid abortion “except in cases of rape or incest” is, frankly, full of crap. And here’s why: If you truly are “pro-life” in that you believe abortion is murder because the unborn child is a [...]

2010-07-15T12:38:51-04:00July 15, 2010|Soconvivium|

Gold coin donation

This has nothing to do about pro-life but I found this story interesting. Fr. Philip Kennedy of Catholic Missions in Canada was preaching about the organization at a church in Etobicoke. A man gave the priest a wallet with money in it from South Africa and in it there was a 1975 gold-mint Krugerrand coin. Fr. Kennedy looked up the value of the [...]

2010-07-15T12:10:44-04:00July 15, 2010|Soconvivium|

New (sort of) Gairdner book

The Trouble with Canada ... Still: A Citizen Speaks Out by William Gairdner is coming out October 1. The author is updating his classic 20 years after the original became an unlikely bestseller. He told me last month that it is a substantially re-written book with mostly new material. We will be interviewing the author and reviewing the book in either the October [...]

2010-07-14T09:57:52-04:00July 14, 2010|Soconvivium|

Opposition hammers government on abortion exclusion

Parliamentary committee meetings feature roster of pro-abortion witnesses On May 10, the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women met to discuss maternal and child health. This was in accordance with its April 12 motion to study the issue “following the government’s announcement to make maternal and child health a priority at the G8 in June that Canada will [...]

2010-07-14T05:28:18-04:00July 14, 2010|Politics|

Cautious acceptance for scientists who create synthetic life

The creation of the world’s first self-replicating synthetic bacterial cell has been greeted with optimism and controversy. Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute, a genome research organization, announced their accomplishment on May 20. The team was able to construct the 1.08 million base pair chromosome of a modified Mycoplasma mycoides cell using the digitized genome of M. mycoides and chemically synthesizing [...]

2010-07-14T05:25:26-04:00July 14, 2010|Bioethics|

Welcome to the club

They stopped briefly at a statistical display of female advancement. They were particularly interested in figures that showed how women are catching up to, and even surpassing, men in smoking, drinking, swearing and swindling. Advances in female arson, assault and assassination also caught their attention. “Women have become more assertive,” Molder said, when they had seen enough. “Really?” said Bimson. [...]

2010-08-10T12:52:28-04:00July 14, 2010|Joe Campbell|


We’ve all heard it. “You anti-abortion people are obsessed with one issue.” Actually we’re pro-life and it’s you who try to make us monomaniacal by calling us anti-abortion. Mind you, to be opposed to the mass slaughter of the most vulnerable people in society is hardly anything of which to be ashamed and it’s surely activists who obsess about taxes [...]

2010-07-14T05:18:38-04:00July 14, 2010|Columnist, Michael Coren|

Christian Horizons

On May 14, a three-judge panel of the Ontario Divisional Court unanimously delivered in Ontario Human Rights Commission v. Christian Horizons another blow to freedom of religion in Canada. This ruling could have a devastating impact on Christian organizations involved in everything from providing disaster relief overseas to operating pregnancy crisis centres here at home. The complainant in this case, [...]

2010-07-14T05:16:57-04:00July 14, 2010|Columnist, Rory Leishman|

Thank you, birth moms

I read a wonderful write-up in the Toronto Star recently by Nicole Saute, starting on the front page about a Toronto man reuniting with his birth mother after a 12-year search. You’d swear that Jamie Low had just won a $12 million jackpot. In a way he had. A most enjoyable and an un-buyable occasion occurred when mother and son finally overcame [...]

2010-07-14T05:15:07-04:00July 14, 2010|Columnist, Frank Kennedy|

Against Kagan

Senator Orrin Hatch (R, Utah) makes the case against confirming Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court: In a 1997 legislative-strategy memo after President Clinton vetoed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, Ms. Kagan urged him to support substitutes offered by Democratic senators. This tactic was intended to siphon votes away from a veto override, and, because the substitutes would not pass, [...]

2010-07-13T12:12:08-04:00July 13, 2010|Soconvivium|

Coren on the World Cup

Interim columnist Michael Coren sums up his post-World Cup thoughts on the tournament and soccer over at MercatorNet. An excerpt: The German squad included ten players who are of non-German background – Turkish, Polish, Serbian and so on – and a third of the team would not have been accepted in the Kaiser’s Germany, let alone in that of the little corporal [...]

2010-07-13T09:58:55-04:00July 13, 2010|Soconvivium|
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