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Woodworth’s Motion 312 defeated 91 to 203

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OTTAWA, Sept. 26, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Stephen Woodworth’s pro-life motion failed in a recorded vote Wednesday, going down 91-203.

As promised, Prime Minister Stephen Harper voted against it, but there were also a number of surprise votes in favour.

Woodworth, a Tory MP for Kitchener Centre, had hoped to launch a special committee to re-examine section 223 of Canada’s Criminal Code, which stipulates that a child only becomes a human being once he or she has fully proceeded from the womb. But pro-life legislators must now head back to the drawing board.

Nevertheless, pro-life leaders have hailed the initiative as a success because of the overwhelming amount of media coverage and interest it sparked in the last few months.

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Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition told LifeSiteNews that the motion was “quite valuable” to the pro-life cause. “It’s been a tremendous effort right across the country,” he said. “It was a very sensible type of motion that unfortunately was ignored or dumped upon by people who don’t want anything at all that’s even remotely connected to abortion. We saw that with Rod Bruinooge’s bill on coercion and Leon Benoit’s on unborn victims of crime.”

The motion fared slightly worse than the most recent pro-life initiative before it – Rod Bruinooge’s Roxanne’s Law, which sought to ban the coercion of women into abortion. That bill was defeated 97-178 in a second reading vote on December 15, 2010.

The vast majority of the 91 votes in favour came from the Conservative benches, and the Opposition NDP opposed it unanimously. But there were four Liberal MPs who supported it: John McKay, Jim Karygiannis, Kevin Lamoureux, and Lawrence MacAulay.

All party leaders opposed Motion 312, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who reportedly pressured Conservative MPs to vote against it even though the party ultimately allowed a free vote for both backbench MPs and Ministers.

It did win support from a number of Tory Ministers, despite Harper’s pressure tactics, however. They included: Diane Ablonczy, Rona Ambrose, Peter Van Loan, Gerry Ritz, Julian Fantino (who had voted against Roxanne’s Law), Peter Penashue, Ed Fast and Jason Kenney.

Two Ministers who have been rated pro-life by Campaign Life Coalition voted against the motion: Gary Goodyear and Rob Nicholson.

“I’m calling on people across the country to take a very close look at how their MPs voted on this,” said Hughes. “We’ll be getting together with them to develop a strategy to replace those MPs.”

Though Woodworth framed the initiative as merely a scientific study into the humanity of the unborn, critics lambasted it as a “backdoor” attempt to renew debate on abortion and ultimately re-criminalize the deadly procedure.

In the second hour of debate on Friday, both Liberal and New Democrat opponents expressed incredulity that the issue was even being raised.

New Democrat MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) said she was “offended” by the motion, describing it as a “slap in the face” to women.

But Woodworth says section 223 is a 400-year-old law inherited from Britain and should be brought up to date with the medical advances of the last century.

“It would be a triumph of leadership to insist that our definition of human being must not remain frozen in time forever, immune from the light of advancing knowledge, immune from democratic governance, and immune from the spirit of open dialogue,” he said.

As it is, the law “decrees the dehumanization and exclusion of a whole class of people, children before complete birth,” Woodworth said.

Contact information for all those who voted for the motion:

Diane.Ablonczy@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Harold.Albrecht@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @AlbrechtMP
Mike.Allen@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @mpmika
Stella.Ambler@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @StellaAmbler
Rona.Ambrose@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @MinRonaAmbrose
Rob.Anders@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
David.Anderson@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @DavidAndersonSK
Dean.Allison@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @DeanAllisonMP
Leon.Benoit@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @vwriding
Candice.Bergen@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @CandiceBergenMP
James.Bezan@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @jamesbezan
Kelly.Block@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @KellyBlockCPC
Ray.Boughen@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Garry.Breitkreuz@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Patrick.Brown@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @brownbarrie
Gordon Brown - gord.brown.c1@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Lois.Brown@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @MPLoisBrown
Rod.Bruinooge@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @rodbruinooge
Blaine.Calkins@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @blainecalkinsmp
Ron.Cannan@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @RonCannon
Colin.Carrie@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @ColinCarrie
Michael.Chong@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Rob.Clarke@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @Rob_Clarke_MP
Patricia Davidson - pat.davidson@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Dean.DelMastro@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @mpdeandelmastro
Barry.Devolin@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @BarryDevolin_MP
Earl.Dreeshen@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @earl_dreeshen
Julian.Fantino@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @JulianFantino
Ed.Fast@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Royal.Galipeau@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @GalipeauOrleans
Cheryl.Gallant@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @cherylgallant
Peter.Goldring@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @PeterGoldring
Nina.Grewal@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @MPNinaGrewal
Richard.Harris@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Bryan.Hayes@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Russ.Hiebert@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @HiebertRuss
Jim.Hillyer@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Laurie.Hawn@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @MPLaurieHawn
Roxanne.James@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Brian.Jean@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @BrianJean_MP
Randy.Kamp@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @RandyKampMP
Jim.Karygiannis@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @jimkarygiannis
Jason.Kenney@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @kenneyjason
Ed.Komarnicki@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Mike.Lake@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @MikeLakeMP
Kevin.Lamoureux@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @Kevin_Lamoureux
Guy.Lauzon@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Pierre.Lemieux@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Wladyslaw.Lizon@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Ben.Lobb@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Tom.Lukiwski@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @TomLukiwski
James.Lunney@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @jameslunneymp
Lawrence.MacAulay@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @L_MacAulayMP
Colin.Mayes@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Phil.McColeman@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @Phil4Brant
John.McKay@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @JohnMcKayLib
Rob.Merrifield@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @RobMerrifieldMP
Larry.Miller@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @M2McMullen
Rob.Moore@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @RobMoore_CPC
Rick.Norlock@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @RickNorlock
Tilly.O’NeillGordon - oneilt@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Ted.Opitz@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @TedOpitz
LaVar.Payne@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @LaVarMP
Peter.Penashue@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @PeterPenashue
Pierre.Poilievre@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @PierrePoilievre
James.Rajotte@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @JamesRajotte
Brent.Rathgeber@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @brentrathgeber
Gerry.Ritz@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @GerryRitzMP
Kyle.Seeback@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @KyleSeeback
Gail.Shea@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @CPCGailShea
Bev.Shipley@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @BevShipleyMP
Kevin.Sorenson@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @BevShipleyMP
Brian.Storseth@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @BrianStorsethMP
Mark.Strahl@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @markstrahl
David.Sweet@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @DavidSweetMP
Lawrence.Toet@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @votetoet
Brad.Trost@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @BradTrostCPC
Merv.Tweed@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @mervtweet
Bob.Zimmer@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @bobzimmermp
John.Williamson@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @j_dup_mp
Alice.Wong@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @AliceWongCanada
Stephen.Woodworth@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @WoodworthMP
Terence.Young@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @TerenceYoungMP
Rodney.Weston@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @rodneywestonsj
Mark.Warawa@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @MPmarkwarawa
Chris.Warkentin@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @chriswarkentin
Jeff.Watson@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
John.Weston@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @JohnWestonMP
Dave.VanKesteren@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Peter.VanLoan@parl.gc.ca Twitter: n/a
Maurice.Vellacott@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @MVellacott

**See the complete official vote that also includes all those who voted NO on the Parliamentary website here. Clicking on each name also brings up the full contact information for each MP

Contact information for all Members of Parliament.


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UK quietly opens the door to genetic engineering, ‘3-parent’ embryos

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Last month the UK’s Department of Health quietly redefined the term “genetic modification” to open the door to allow certain kinds of modification of human embryos – thus potentially making it the first country in the world to allow genetic engineering.

Scottish journalist Lori Anderson recently raised the alarm over the change in a column in the Scotsman, in which she alleged that the change is designed to “dupe” the British public into accepting “full-scale germline genetic engineering,” using human embryos as test subjects.

Anderson said that in July, the Department of Health “effectively re-wrote the definition of ‘genetic modification’ to specifically exclude the alteration of human mitochondrial genes or any other genetic material that exists outside the chromosomes in the nucleus of the cell.”

“The reason for doing this is that it believes it will be easier to sell such an advancement to the public if it can insist that the end result will not be a ‘GM baby’.”

This change follows a statement from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the government body that regulates experimental research on human embryos, approving the procedure to create an embryo from one couple’s gametes but with genetic material added from a third party donor, a procedure called in the press “three-parent embryos”.

Anderson quoted a statement from the Department of Health comparing this procedure to donating blood. The statement read, “There is no universally agreed definition of ‘genetic modification’ in humans – people who have organ transplants, blood donations, or even gene therapy are not generally regarded as being ‘genetically modified’. The Government has decided to adopt a working definition for the purpose of taking forward these regulations.”

This assertion was challenged by one of the UK’s leading fertility researchers, Lord Robert Winston, who told the Independent, “Of course mitochondrial transfer is genetic modification and this modification is handed down the generations. It is totally wrong to compare it with a blood transfusion.”

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The HFEA, which throughout its history has been known as one of the world’s most permissive regulatory bodies, has been working steadily towards allowing genetically modified embryos to be implanted in women undergoing artificial procreation treatments. In a document issued to the government last year, they called the insertion of mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) into embryos “mitochondrial donation” or “mitochondrial replacement”. mDNA is the genetic material found in the cytoplasm outside a cell’s nucleus, problems with which can cause a host of currently incurable genetic illnesses.

In the statement issued in June, the HFEA said the technique of inserting “donated” mDNA into already existing in vitro embryos, “should be considered ‘not unsafe’ for the use on a ‘specific and defined group of patients.’”

“Mitochondria replacement (or mitochondrial donation) describes two medical techniques, currently being worked on by UK researchers, which could allow women to avoid passing on genetically inherited mitochondrial diseases to their children,” the statement said.

The HFEA admitted that the techniques are “at the cutting edge of both science and ethics” and said that the results of a “public consultation” in 2012/13 were being examined by the government, which is considering “draft regulations”.

In June, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children echoed Lori Anderson’s concern, commenting that the HFEA is attempting to deceive the public. Paul Tully, SPUC’s general secretary, said, “Human gene manipulation is being sold to a gullible public on a promise of reducing suffering, the same old con-trick that the test-tube baby lobby has been using for decades.” 

Any manipulation of human genetics, always breaks “several important moral rules,” entailing the creation of “human guinea-pigs,” Tully said. “Human germ-line manipulation and cloning – changing the genetic inheritance of future generations - goes against internationally-agreed norms for ethical science.”

He quoted Professor Andy Greenfield, the chairman of the scientific review panel that approved the techniques, who said that there is no way of knowing what effect this would have on the children created until it is actually done.

“We have to subject children who have not consented and cannot consent to being test subjects,” Tully said.

Altering the mDNA of an embryo is what cloning scientists refer to as “germline” alteration, meaning that the changes will be carried on through the altered embryo’s own offspring, a longstanding goal of eugenicists.

In their 1999 book, “Human Molecular Genetics” Tom Strachan and Andrew Read warned that the use of mitochondrial alteration of embryos would cross serious ethical boundaries.

Having argued that germline therapy would be “pointless” from a therapeutic standpoint, the authors said, “There are serious concerns, therefore, that a hidden motive for germline gene therapy is to enable research to be done on germline manipulation with the ultimate aim of germline-based genetic enhancement.”

“The latter could result in positive eugenics programs, whereby planned genetic modification of the germline could involve artificial selection for genes that are thought to confer advantageous traits.”


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Cable series portrays nun as back-alley abortionist

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'To depict a nun who performs an abortion is a new low,' said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

The Cinemax TV series The Knick portrayed a Roman Catholic nun as a back alley abortionist who tells a Catholic woman God will forgive her for going through with the procedure.

In its latest episode, which aired Friday night, the series showed Sister Harriet (an Irish nun played by Cara Seymour) telling a Catholic woman named Nora, “Your husband will know nothing of it. I promise.”

“Will God forgive me?” Nora asked, adding, “I don't want to go to Hell for killing a baby.”

“He knows that you suffered,” the sister replied, before performing the illegal abortion off-screen. “I believe the Lord's compassion will be yours.” 

The period medical drama is set at the Knickerbocker Hospital (“The Knick”) in New York City around the turn of the 20th century, when abortion was against both civil and ecclesiastical law.

“It is no secret that Hollywood is a big pro-abortion town, but to depict a nun who performs an abortion is a new low,” Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said. “The only saving grace in this episode is the real-life recognition of the woman who is about to have the abortion: she admits that her baby is going to be killed.”

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The series is directed by Steven Soderbergh, known for such films as Erin Brockovich, the Oceans Eleven franchise, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape. More recently he directed The Girlfriend Experience, a film about prostitution starring pornographic actress Sasha Grey.

Critics have hailed his decision to include a black surgeon in circa 1900 America. But after last week's episode, the New York Times stated that The Knick has chosen to “demonstrate concern for other kinds of progress,” citing the depiction of the abortion. 


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Catholic Malta enacts ‘transgender’ employment discrimination law

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An amendment to Malta’s Employment and Industrial Relations Act means that employment “discrimination” against “transsexuals” is now officially prohibited in the Catholic country. The provision, which was quietly passed in May, came into effect on August 12th.

The law allows those who believe they have a complaint to make a case with the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality, with an industrial tribunal or the courts. A government spokesman told local  media, “Employees do not need to prove that their employer has discriminated against them.”

“They only need to provide enough evidence pointing to a likely case of discrimination. The employer will then need to prove that discrimination has not taken place.”

The amendment defines illegal discrimination against “transgendered” people as, “in so far as the ground of sex is concerned, any less favourable treatment of a person who underwent or is undergoing gender reassignment, which, for the purpose of those regulations shall mean, where a person is considering or intends to undergo, or is undergoing, a process, or part of a process, for the purposes of reassigning the person’s sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex.” 

Silvan Agius, Human Rights policy coordinator with the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, told Malta Today newspaper that the new amendment brings Maltese law into harmony with EU law.

“This amendment is continuing the government’s equality mainstreaming exercise. The inclusion of gender reassignment in the Act also brings it in line with the anti-discrimination articles found in both Malta’s Constitution and the Equality for Men and Woman Act,” Agius said.

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Agius is a key member of the homosexual activist apparatus in Malta’s government working to entrench the ideology of gender in law in Malta and elsewhere. In June, he was a featured speaker, with the notorious British anti-Catholic campaigner Peter Tatchell, at a Glasgow conference organised by the Edinburgh-based Equality Network, a group that helps organise and train homosexualist campaign groups.

The amendment to the law follows promises made recently by the country’s equalities minister, Helena Dalli, to a “transgender” congress in Hungary in May. Dalli, who brought forward Malta’s recently passed same-sex civil unions bill, told a meeting of gender activists in Budapest that while her government’s focus had been mainly on homosexuals, that she would shortly be turning her attention to “trans” people.

“The next step now is a Bill towards the enactment of a Gender Identity law. A draft bill has been prepared and it has now been passed to the LGBTI Consultative Council for its vetting and amendment as necessary,” Dalli said.

“Some of you may be thinking that we are moving forward quickly. I have a different perspective though. We are doing what is right, what should have been done a long time ago,” she added.

Since the legalisation of divorce in 2011, Malta has been remarkable for its rapid adoption of the gender ideology’s agenda. In 2013, Malta was named the “fastest climber” on the Rainbow Europe Index, a survey organised annually by ILGA Europe, the leading homosexualist lobby group funded directly by the European Union.

The ILGA Europe report notes (p. 114) that Helena Dalli Helena “was one of 11 EU Member States’ equality ministers to co-sign a call for the European Commission to work on a comprehensive EU policy for LGBT equality.” The report also noted that although the new Labour government has proved cooperative, the Christian Democrat Nationalist Party has “progressively proved more receptive to LGBTI issues, including same-sex unions.”


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