Canada

Statistics Canada released its Fertility Overview report that from 2009 to 2011, Canada’s fertility rate dropped steadily from 1.67 to 1.63 to 1.61. Demographers consider 2.1 children per woman to be replacement level fertility, a rate Canada has not attained in more than four decades … The family of Irene Dube, a woman who died at the Ramsey Lake Health Centre in Sudbury who diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, have revealed that staff prevented them from visiting her so she would die faster. Sun News reported: that husband Phil Dube and daughters Debbie Marsolais and Mandy Boudreau “say they were told by two employees that they shouldn’t touch her or talk to her because it would keep her from passing” … Radio host Jerry Agar, writing the Toronto Sun, refuted a statement made by Martha Friendly, head of Canada’s Childcare Resource and Research Unit, that daycare is a human right. Agar wrote: “Is that what people are fighting for in uprisings around the globe? Perhaps it isn’t about democracy and religion, but free daycare is what people are dying for.”

United States

Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, has called on Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi to condemn abortion or else renounce the Catholic faith … Rob Waddell, who was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, received a kidney transplant at the University of Louisville. Rather than take large doses of anti-rejection drugs for the rest of his life like most transplant recipients, he received bone marrow adult stem cells from a kidney donor. These adult stem cells successfully became part of Waddell’s immune system and made taking anti-rejection drugs unnecessary … A recent HuffPost/YouGov poll revealed that 59 per cent of Americans favour a federal law banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. As for abortion in general, 19 per cent of respondents believe it should always be legal, while 17 per cent think abortion should always be illegal. Nearly half (49 per cent) agree that abortion is “morally wrong” and one-third think it is either “morally acceptable” (12 percent) or “not a moral issue” (24 per cent) … George Tiller asssociate Ann Kristin Neuhas is attempting to get back her medical license from the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts after losing it for conducting inadequate mental health exams and making inaccurate diagnoses at Tiller’s Wichita abortuary. In her diagnoses, she classified normal life issues as indications of mental health problems and therefore justification for abortion. Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue which has been following the case, stated “we pray that common sense will prevail and that Neuhaus will never be allowed to inflict her incompetence on anyone ever again” … Bioethicist Wesley J. Smith is concerned about a new environmentalist view that claims the Earth has a right to life. He notes on his National Review Online Human Exceptionalism blog that attorney and earth rights activist Polly Higgins told the Earth Island Journal “if we look at our duty of care for humans at the very highest level what we have at the very core of this premise is the right to life … (it) seemed to me that, in fact, we were failing to recognize the earth’s fundamental right to life as the most important one of all.” Smith fears that the Earth’s right to life would end up trumping “the right to life of humans,” and asks that people “ponder (that idea) deeply.” Ironically, expanding the right to life to Earth could pose a major threat to humanity by denying the “uniqueness” of man … In an article entitled “My Mother’s Abortion,” in the New York Times, Beth Merfish said her mother Sherry had an abortion in 1972 and told her about it when the author turned 18. Despite losing a sibling, Merfish said, “knowing made me even more proud of her and more determined to defend reproductive rights.”

International

A crowd of up to 60,000 pro-lifers gathered in Dublin, Ireland for the March for Life on July 6, days before the country’s government passed the Protection of Life Pregnancy Bill permitting abortion. Pro-lifers chanted “Kill the bill Not the child” … Girls Scouts USA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts participated in Women Deliver, a global conference featuring notorious abortion advocates as speakers, including late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart and radical pro-abortion philosopher Peter Singer; as well as exhibitors such as Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International, and Guttmacher Institute … Recent statistics from the United Kingdom Department of Health show that 37 per cent of all abortions in England and Wales are carried out on women who have previously had the procedure one or more times. More than 4,500 women had had at least four abortions, 1,334 were having their fifth, and 33 women had nine or more. Last year there were 66,000 repeat abortions, compared with 54,603 a decade earlier … In a July 6 speech to a Lutheran missions gathering, Finland’s Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen spoke in defense of the unborn, highlighting the fact that animals have more rights than preborn children. She declared that healthcare workers should not be forced to commit abortions or assist with euthanasia if it violates their conscience.