Amnesty International reasserts pro-abortion position

On Sept. 28, Amnesty International, the international human rights group, announced it was updating its "sexual and reproductive rights" policy, essentially reaffirming its pro-abortion position. Amnesty International had previously supported abortion in certain circumstances, although it released papers and launched campaigns that supported broadening abortion in numerous countries and circumstances. It now calls for full decriminalization of abortion. Amnesty International is "calling [...]

2020-12-06T15:50:48-05:00October 31, 2020|Abortion, Announcements|

UN, US in abortion conflict

Human rights groups chastise UN abortion advocacy Since Donald Trump became U.S. president in January 2017, he has vowed not to support the global abortion industry through American taxpayer funds. Since last October, his administration has ramped up its criticism of several United Nations efforts to promote abortion through various declarations and policies. Last year, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar [...]

2020-07-23T07:20:13-04:00July 23, 2020|Abortion, Human rights|

Conservative judicial activism?

National Affairs Rory Leishman Should morally enlightened judges strike down any statute that sanctions pornography, abortion, or euthanasia? The late, great Antonin Scalia did not think so. As a devout Catholic, he clearly understood that pornography, abortion, and euthanasia are unmitigated evils, yet as one of the most learned judges ever to serve on the Supreme Court of the United [...]

Revolution

Andrew Lawton Australian wildfires. A global pandemic. Murder hornets (if you don’t know, don’t ask). Could a revolution be next among 2020’s offerings? I don’t, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t changing. After a police officer was filmed with his knee on George Floyd’s neck during an arrest in Minneapolis – an arrest that proved fatal for Floyd – a [...]

2020-07-13T08:44:50-04:00July 13, 2020|Andrew Lawton, Politics, Society & Culture|

Trudeau government adjusts COVID-19 relief loan eligibility

The Trudeau government updated eligibility requirements for a COVID-19 emergency relief business loan to explicitly recognize the legal rights of religious groups after LifeSiteNews reported on the matter and 5,082 people signed a LifeSiteNews petition requesting what the government ended up doing. LifeSiteNews reported in April that Canada’s Liberal government was forcing businesses, non-profits, and registered charities that applied for the Canada Emergency Business [...]

2020-07-10T08:18:38-04:00July 10, 2020|Politics, Society & Culture|

A fractured universalism

The pandemic lockdowns had not been lifted before riots broke out across America, unrest which then spread throughout the Western world. Sparked by the stomach-churning video of a black man being suffocated by a white cop, the fires of outrage which led to these riots have since cooled, and have now become smoldering piles of suspicion. In corporate, academic, political, and celebrity [...]

2020-07-06T08:38:00-04:00July 6, 2020|Announcements, Editorials, Features, Society & Culture|

When police stop seeing persons

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke In early 2016, an Arizona police officer yelled highly confusing commands at a sobbing and terrified Daniel Shaver (who, as it turns out, was unarmed), warning him that if he made a mistake, he might die, and die he did. For the sake of this column, I rewatched the video of this incident, witnessing his body [...]

2020-07-03T09:38:23-04:00July 3, 2020|Josie Luetke, Society & Culture|

Religious freedom

"Separation of church and state!” “Canada is a secular country!” “We can’t let religion dictate policy!” I’m sure we’ve all heard variations of these, if not the phrases verbatim, at various points in our lives. Indeed, the mere suggestion that a course of action may have a moral element seems to trigger knee-jerk reactions along these veins. There’s some truth to them, [...]

Beware COVID-19 misinformation

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke At the beginning of the year, it was fellow pro-lifers – more than anyone else – who were warning me about COVID-19. As recently as last month, these same pro-lifers were up in arms about the devastation the Chinese Communist Party had wreaked upon the world. Then, inexplicably, sometime between then and now, many (but not [...]

Trump administration criticizes UN’s abortion advocacy in COVID response

John Barsa, acting director of USAID, wrote letter criticizing UN. In an open letter to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the U.S. Agency for International Development told the UN to stop treating abortion as essential humanitarian relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. John Barsa, acting director of USAID, reminded Guterres that the U.S. is the largest funder of the UN, [...]

2020-06-09T17:52:39-04:00June 9, 2020|Abortion, Health Risks, Human rights, Politics|

Trans hysteria

National Affairs Rory Leishman Salem, Mass., will remain forever notorious as the place where, in 1692, more than 200 people were accused of witchcraft, 30 were found guilty and 19 (14 women and five men) were executed by hanging before Massachusetts Governor William Phips terminated this travesty of justice. Today, we look back on the Salem witch trials with amazement [...]

2020-05-22T12:21:35-04:00May 19, 2020|Rory Leishman, Society & Culture, Transgender|

Federal aid to businesses, charities may exclude pro-life, pro-family groups

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is forcing businesses, not-for-profits, and registered charities applying for an emergency interest-free loan to help them through the coronavirus lockdown to “confirm” that they do not “discriminate” on the basis of “gender,” “sexual orientation,” and “religion,” among other things, in order to receive the financial help. Borrowers who do not wish to confirm the “non-discrimination” clause are excluded [...]

2020-05-19T17:05:29-04:00May 18, 2020|Politics, Society & Culture|

God’s choice

Chiara Fricano Editor’s Note: Chiara Fricano, of Cathedral High School in Hamilton, Ont., finished first in the 2019-2020 Fr. Ted Essay Scholarship. This is her winning essay. “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish,” as society is reminded by St. Mother Teresa. How does one measure wealth? How [...]

Coronavirus vaccine may use aborted fetal tissue

Trump administration attacked over limits on fetal tissue research Amidst a race by pharmaceutical companies to develop a coronavirus vaccine, Democrats are pressing the Trump administration to reverse its executive order limiting research utilizing cell lines derived from aborted fetal tissue. Pro-life and religious leaders are urging the Trump administration to resist the pressure to rescind the rules prohibiting fetal tissue research [...]

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