Missing the forest for the trees

For years The Interim has carried stories about sex-selective abortions and female feticide. In 1992, we ran an article about a woman who was doing sidewalk counselling in Calgary who was able to talk to a would-be mother of East Indian descent. She did not want to have an abortion but her partner did – after they found out that their child [...]

2012-02-20T07:59:39-05:00February 20, 2012|Paul Tuns|

Euthanasia for any and no reason in the Netherlands

Radio Netherlands has reported that once again, euthanasia will be debated in late January in the Netherlands lower house. The euthanasia lobby is pushing for euthanasia to be prescribed for any and no reason. The push to expand the availability of euthanasia has been going on for a long-time. In 2006, I attended the World Federation of Right to Die Societies conference [...]

2012-02-20T07:55:54-05:00February 20, 2012|Euthanasia|

Thousands brave rain in D.C. March for Life

Despite forecasts of rain, the U.S. pro-life movement came out in force on Jan. 23, the day after the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, to protest the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion-on-demand and urge politicians to enact protection for the unborn. While the media generally reported that “thousands” took part in the March for Life in downtown Washington [...]

2012-02-20T07:54:17-05:00February 20, 2012|Events|

‘I want to help others avoid the pain of abortion’

I don't know how those women who have abortions can share their stories and re-live their terrible experience. I admire their courage and candour. In the February issue of The Interim we published the testimony of Dale Barr of Cornwall, Ont., who has shared her abortion experience in numerous speeches including at the National March for Life in Ottawa. An excerpt: There [...]

2012-02-16T22:43:34-05:00February 16, 2012|Soconvivium|

Against contraception, not just the contraception mandate

Banning contraception is probably certainly a losing political argument. The Pill and condoms are never going to be recriminalized. That does not mean that pro-lifers and other social conservatives should avoid making a case against contraception in general -- their deletorious health effects, their seperating of sex and reproduction, the abortifacient nature of chemical 'contraceptives' and many more arguments -- or against government promotion of contraception. [...]

2012-02-15T10:16:30-05:00February 15, 2012|Soconvivium|

Lancet, Guttmacher claim unsafe abortions rising

A study published in the British medical journal The Lancet claims that “unsafe” abortion rates are increasing and that abortion restrictions must be liberalized to decrease abortion and maternal mortality rates. The authors of the report, “Induced abortion: incidence and trends worldwide from 1995 to 2008,” led by Dr. Gilda Sedgh of the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, write that the rate of “unsafe” [...]

2012-02-14T19:55:26-05:00February 14, 2012|Abortion statistics, Announcements, Features|

Justin Trudeau willing to breakup Canada over abortion

The Globe and Mail reports that Justin Trudeau, Liberal MP and son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau (the father of abortion in Canada) and possible future leader for the beleagured party, told Radio Canada in Quebec that he could support la belle province separating from the rest of Canada. That is big news and it should be. What is bigger news but [...]

2012-02-14T11:51:03-05:00February 14, 2012|Soconvivium|

Economics, not morals, explains why contraceptive mandate is wrong

Canadian-born libertarian economist David Henderson explains the essential problem with the Obama administration's position on mandating contraception insurance coverage: Insurance is for consumption smoothing: that is, we buy it for high-cost, low-probability events so that a low-probability hit one year will not drastically cut our real consumption that year. The outlay for contraceptives is relatively small and relatively high-probabiity for their users. [...]

2012-02-13T18:01:40-05:00February 13, 2012|Soconvivium|

Archbishop Thomas Collins and pro-life

Later this week, Toronto Archbishiop Thomas Collins will be one of the 22 bishops promoted to Cardinal. The Toronto Star and its various publications had a large feature about Archbishop Collins on the weekend (brought to our attention by the archdiocese's communicators director Neil MacCarthy on Twitter). The article, written by Sandro Contenta, notes: He’s been especially vocal on abortion, denouncing then-Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff for insisting [...]

2012-02-13T09:40:14-05:00February 13, 2012|Soconvivium|

Trade, human rights and Red China

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had a "successful" trip Red China where he inked a number of trade and investment deals. As the papers reported, while Harper may have brought up human rights and democracy with Chinese leaders behind closed doors, he did not make any public statement on Beijing's human rights abuses. More than two years ago, during a previous trip, [...]

2012-02-10T10:41:40-05:00February 10, 2012|Soconvivium|

Canada’s undemocratic and useless Charter

The New York Times praised Canada's constitution, the misnamed and redundant Charter of Rights and Freedoms earlier this week and Mark Steyn has responded, noting that the Charter is junk: If that’s insufficiently legalistic, I’ve also described it as “a worthless piece of junk.” By design, it excludes property rights, which Locke, Montesquieu, and other irrelevant dead guys all saw as an indispensable condition [...]

2012-02-10T09:33:32-05:00February 10, 2012|Soconvivium|

Liberal renewal means same-old, same-old

For three days in mid-January, more than 3000 members of the Liberal Party of Canada debated and voted on measures they hoped would rejuvenate the party’s fortunes after finishing third in last May’s federal election.   Speaker after speaker at the Jan. 13-15 biennial convention in Ottawa either urged the party to be bold or congratulated the Grits for being [...]

2012-02-07T08:04:38-05:00February 8, 2012|Announcements, Features, Politics|

Woodworth’s immodest proposal

In 1729, Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, anonymously published a satirical pamphlet entitled, “A Modest Proposal,” arguing that Ireland’s food shortage – and many other social ills – could be assuaged with a simple, two-pronged solution: the murder of infants and the cannibalism of their corpses. Cunningly clothed in the language of moderation, Swift offered infanticide to the [...]

2012-02-07T08:01:19-05:00February 7, 2012|Announcements, Features, Politics|
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