No betrayal

“I cannot vote for a bill that would take human life. To do so, to me, would be a betrayal of all the things I have tried to stand for in my personal and public life.” Liberal MP Maurice, Dionne (Mirimachi), who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, speaking against the Waddell motion in the House of Commons this motion which would have encouraged the government to amend the law against assisted suicide. (Toronto Star, March 23, 1993)


Marriage is “the founding and maintaining of family in which children will be produced and cared for.” Ontario Justice James Southey, in his ruling that a marriage can only take place between a man and a woman. (Toronto Star, Mar. 16, 1993)

Bill lays down the law

“I’m going to make sure you Operation Rescue types spend the rest of your lives in jail.” U.S. President Bill Clinton to Bob Jewett, a former rescuer. (Life Advocate, March, 1993)

Respectable reasons

“Whatever one thinks about abortion, it cannot be denied that there are common and respectable reasons for opposing it, other than hatred of or condescension towards…women as a class.” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, speaking for the 5 judges who ruled that abortuary blockades did not invoke the right of abortionists to sue demonstrators in federal court, where they would face stiffer penalties. (Communiqué-Feb. 5, 1993)

 A dose of reality

“The reality is that the number of doctors in my specialty who cannot get a job in some public hospitals because they refuse, for conscience reasons, to do abortions, is far greater than the number of doctors targeted for life harassment for pro-life movement” Obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Philomena Coelho, speaking on the Ontario government’s finding that there were not enough abortion providers due to the “anti-choice” harassment. (Catholic New Times, March 21, 1993)