EDMONTON, Mar. 31 (LSN) – Premier Ralph Klein has recently set up a ministerial task force to prepare a response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on the Vriend “gay rights” case, which is expected to be handed down on Thursday. Gay activist Delwin Vriend alleges Alberta is violating the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, by refusing to include “sexual orientation” in the province’s human rights legislation. Many Albertans, and indeed many Canadians from across the country, have urged the Alberta government to stand firm, and to use the “notwithstanding clause” of the constitution in the event of a […]
CHICAGO, Mar 30 (LSN) – US anti-life forces, led by the National Organization for Women (NOW), continue their latest attempt to cripple the pro-life movement in the NOW v. Scheidler trial. Prayers are requested for the success of the pro-lifers in this landmark battle. For the most recent updates, click on the following link: https://www.prolifeaction.org/trial%20to%20beging.htm
TEXAS, Mar 30 (LSN) – Last week the American Family Association (AFA) alerted pro-family advocates to America Online’s (AOL) support of foul-mouthed radio personality Howard Stern. Efforts on the part of pro-family groups have led 84% of Stern’s sponsors to withdraw their support. AOL, however, has retained its sponsorship. In response, the AFA has encouraged pro-family supporters to contact AOL Chairman Steve Case, and request that AOL stop contributing to Stern’s assault on our families by advertising on his show. AFA also disputed AOL’s claim that they are unable to control the subsidiary which is advertising on Stern’s show, AOL […]
OTTAWA, Mar 30 (LSN) – Last Wednesday, the House of Commons voted 169-66 to reject a motion brought forward by pro-euthanasia activist MP Svend Robinson (NDP, Burnaby-Douglas) to conduct a detailed study of physician-assisted suicide, and propose legislation to allow the practise. Robinson’s motion was the latest in his long-standing campaign to enshrine the “right to die” in Canadian law. Campaign Life Coalition, the political arm of Canada’s pro-life movement, has added to its website a list of how the MPs voted on this important motion. CLC encourages pro- lifers to see how their own MPs voted, to support them […]
TORONTO, Mar 30 (LSN) – Ontario’s PC government announced this week that the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) has delisted certain medical services. Beginning Wednesday, patients will have to pay for operations such as removing warts and facial disfigurements. Dermatologist Dr. Neil Shear reacted with indignation to the decision, saying, “What am I supposed to tell a guy who’s got a face like a monster: `I have to charge you?’” Observers note the decision means the Ontario government would deprive the poor and disfugured of potential relief, and that few Ontarians would support such callousness. Pro-lifers note that the government […]
RED DEER, Alta., Mar 30 (LSN) – Alberta Premier Ralph Klein has set up a ministerial task force on homosexual “rights.” The move comes in response to the pending Supreme Court of Canada decision in the case of Delwin Vriend, an instructor at a Christian College who was dismissed for refusing to conform to the college’s code of moral conduct, which is based on the Ten Commandments. Vriend attempted to force the school to conform to his personal moral beliefs, but found he was unable to use Alberta’s human rights legislation, as gay activists have done with such success across […]
WASHINGTON, Mar 27 (LSN) Leading U.S. feminist Gloria Steinem argued recently in the New York Times that President Bill Clinton was not guilty of sexual harassment, even if he had fondled Kathleen Willey and propositioned Paula Jones, because he “took No for an answer.” Steinem noted that even if the allegations against Clinton were true, he is nonetheless deserving of feminist support. The reason he merits such loyalty, she said, is his singular devotion to abortion “rights.”
PITTSBURGH, Mar 27 (LSN) – In a press release issued today, Chris Bell announced that his wife, Joan Andrews Bell, a US pro-life prisoner of conscience, was released from prison yesterday evening. Joan was in jail for counselling mothers entering a Pittsburgh abortuary. Because she had refused to promise not to continue helping mothers and babies in crisis, she was given an extraordinarily stiff sentence, and no one expected she would be released so soon. Chris indicated he believed the surprise release was miraculous, in that it came just one day after a massive prayer campaign on the Feast of […]
OTTAWA, Mar 27 (LSN) – MP Paul Szabo (Lib., Mississauga South) has submitted a Private Members’ Bill to allow income splitting between spouses, to reduce tax-code discrimination against single-income families. Pro-family advocates are urging the grassroots to contact their MPs and ask them to support Mr. Szabo’s bill, which would significantly reduce the unfair burden the status quo places on families with stay-at-home moms. In the previous parliament, one of Szabo’s motions to end unfair discrimination in child-care deductions passed with support from MPs in all parties, in spite of opposition from Liberal cabinet members. Unfortunately, as a motion, not […]
DAYTON, Ohio, Mar 26 (LSN) – Under President Clinton’s 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, Ohio’s Justice Department filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court against the Dallas-based pro-life group Operation Rescue. The lawsuit asks the court to issue an injunction barring Operation Rescue from blocking or impeding access to the abortion mills and also may ask the court to impose fines of as much as $10,000 on any defendant who is convicted. Convicted defendants may also be ordered to pay as much as $5,000 in damages to any abortuary in question. The law forbids violence and […]
OTTAWA, Mar 26 (LSN) – Yesterday the House of Commons voted 169-66 to reject a motion brought forward by homosexual and euthanasia activist MP Svend Robinson (NDP, Burnaby-Douglas) to conduct a detailed study of physician-assisted suicide. Justice Minister Anne McLellen noted that a study was already undertaken on the issue recently. A Senate committee study recommended in May, 1995, that assisted suicide and euthanasia remain illegal. Robinson recalled that in 1994 Prime Minister Jean Chretien promised to allow a free vote on assisted-suicide. While most Liberals and Reform MP’s voted against the motion, the NDP and Bloc, led by their […]
PORTLAND, Ore., Mar 26 (LSN) – An 80-year-old woman with breast cancer became the first known victim of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. First approved by voters in 1994 and again last year, the law sanctions doctors prescribing lethal drugs at the request of terminally ill patients who are suspected to have less than six months to live. Although five months have passed since the law took effect there have been no other known victims. Last month the state forced taxpayers to pay for the killings when it made assisted suicide part of the state’s “health” plan for low-income residents. […]
BOSTON, Mar 26 (LSN) – In its editorial published in today’s edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) wrote “Like many others, we believe that any plan to ban research on cloning human cells is seriously misguided.”“We need to think about what, if any, circumstances might warrant cloning, as well as the circumstances under which it should never be allowed,” the editorial said. The journal suggested placing a 10-year ban on human cloning humans but allow the cloning of human cells and tissues for research immediately. Current law bans federally funded research on human embryos, but not private […]
BANGKOK, Mar 26 (LSN) – On Tuesday, high-level government officials and representatives of non- governmental organizations from more than 30 Asia-Pacific countries began a four-day meeting promoting population control entitled, the Bangkok Conference. Considering that by “reproductive health” the UN usually refers to abortion, the first speaker Mr. Bhichai Rattakul, Deputy Prime Minister of the Royal Thai Government made an ominous statement. “By focusing more on people, our governments are moving away from the narrow concerns of achieving impersonal ‘birth control targets’ towards the more positive and broader target-free ‘family planning and reproductive health’ considerations,” he said. Keynote speaker, Nafis […]
AUSTIN, Mar 25 (LSN) – The state of Texas will not force its citizens to pay for abortion on demand by making it a Medicaid service, a state district judge ruled Monday. A group of abortionists and abortuary owners sought to increase their lucrative killing business in the state by forcing Medicaid to cover abortion on demand. Texas Medicaid does cover abortions in the case of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is said to be in danger. The abortionists claimed that their goal in suing for increased coverage was to help low-income women who want abortions. […]
MARYLAND, Mar 25 (LSN) – The University of Maryland and MIT have paid tribute to the recently deceased master economist and prize winning author Julian Simon, by putting the complete text of his masterpiece “The Ultimate Resource II” on line. According to pro-life analysts, this work may be the most important text ever written on demographics and development. For anyone doing serious research about the implications of population growth for economic development, and also for those who are simply interested in reading some simply-stated “common sense,” this book is a must. To access the book, go to: https://www.africa2000.com/RNDX/simon.html Simon […]
BUDAPEST, Mar 25 (LSN) – Hungarian Welfare Minister Mihaly Kokeny vowed yesterday to allow a 13-year-old girl, known as “Katalin P,” to procure an abortion. Kokeny contradicted a decision made Friday in which Hungarian provincial court judge Eva Molnar attempted to save the life of the preborn child, ruling that Katalin could not go ahead with a “planned infanticide.” The Alfa Federation, a local pro-life group, appealed to the judge in the case for permission to name a guardian to represent the preborn child in court. Judge Molnar ruled that “The fetus’s right to life is stronger than the future […]
OTTAWA, Mar 25 (LSN) – Gay euthanasia activist Svend Robinson (NDP, Burnaby-Douglas) is once again trying to promote assisted suicide in the House of Commons. Robinson put forward a motion, to be voted on tonight, for the House to conduct a detailed study of doctor-assisted suicide and then propose legislation. Pro-life observers are hopeful the motion will fail
A new, comprehensive Linda Gibbons page is now on line, featuring a Real Audio talk by Linda, Real Video footage of her last arrest, various articles on her unparalleled record of pro-life civil disobedience, and the injunction that is the cause of her arrests. More Real Video footage will follow shortly. Campaign Life Coalition is still receiving many inquiries about Linda. It appears that few people are aware of the facts of her situation. This web page was designed to provide a comprehensive, easily accessible reference source on Linda Gibbons and the Ontario injunction. All pages have been designed to […]
OTTAWA, Mar 24 (LSN) – The Canadian Human Rights Commission tabled its 1997 annual report today calling for more privileges for homosexuals. The report claimed that the country’s human rights laws offer little more protection than they did 20 years ago, and said that “gays and lesbians are still targets of discrimination.” This despite the fact that homosexuals have been granted special status in the Canadian Human Rights Act by having the term “sexual orientation” included as an area of special protection. Moreover, recent Canadian court decisions have permitted homosexual couples to adopt children, to push for the immigration of […]
SAN FRANCISCO Mar 24 (LSN) The California Supreme Court ruled on Monday that The Boy Scouts of America were not bound by the California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act since they were not a business, and thus were not obliged to accept Timothy Curran, a self-proclaimed practicing homosexual, as an assistant scoutmaster. In a unanimous decision, the court said the Scouts are not a business and therefore are free, like any private club, to set their own membership policies. The Supreme Court ruling overturns the March 2 decision by a New Jersey appeals court judge which said the scouts were guilty […]
KINGSTON, N.Y., Mar 24 (LSN) The New York Times reported today on the dismissal last Thursday of Dr David Mesches from his post as chairman of the department of family medicine at Catholic – affiliated New York Medical College. Dr Mesches had agreed in January to lease space in his medical offices for an abortuary. Mesches made his anti-life views public in an interview with a local newspaper, telling reporters abortion is “the law of the land” and adding that leasing the facility for an abortion mill was “the right thing to do.” Ellen Carr, a spokeswoman for the college, […]
LANSING, Mich., Mar 24 (LSN) On Monday, Right to Life Michigan (RLM) issued a press release praising Michigan’s Supreme Court for upholding a lower court decision in favour of a state right-to-know law. That lower court held that a trial court had erred in striking down the law in 1997. The ruling puts women in Michigan one step closer to having the right to know the basics when they undergo a “medical procedure” such as abortion. RLM President Barbara A. Listing said, “After an abortion, many women spend their entire lives in regret, wishing someone had given them just a […]
NEW YORK, Mar 23 (LSN) The 42nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women finalized a work plan two weeks ago for a special session of the UN’s General Assembly in 2000 to review the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women. According to the The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (CFHRI), an advocate for family and human rights at the UN, the work plan on reviewing the implementation of the Beijing document contained pro-abortion language. Pro-lifers managed, however, to remove language condemning “forced pregnancy,” which is understood by all to mean laws against abortion.
BUDAPEST, Mar 23 (LSN) Hungarian provincial court judge Eva Molnar, has attempted to save the life of a preborn child by ruling that a 13-year-old girl could not go ahead with a “planned infanticide.” The Alfa Federation, a local pro-life group, was alerted to the case by a priest, who offered to care for the child after its birth. The group appealed to the judge in the case for permission to name a guardian to represent the preborn child in court. On Friday in Baja, a small town in a rural southern Hungary, Judge Molnar ruled that “The fetus’s right […]
LONDON, Mar 23 (LSN) England’s Sunday Times reported yesterday that new research by Stephen Evans, a psychologist from Keele University, demonstrates that children in the womb can hear and remember sounds as early as 20 weeks after conception. Evans was able to show that three weeks after birth babies could recognize an obscure song played at the 20th week of development by examining kicking patterns. Previously it had been believed that fetal learning started at 24 weeks – the legal limit on abortion in Britain. Nearly 170,000 terminations take place in the country each year. In 1996, 2,192 of these […]
WASHINGTON, Mar 23 (LSN) In a severe blow to the U.S. pro-life movement, the U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected the appeal of a lower court decision that struck down Ohio’s ban on partial-birth abortion. Three of the seven justices, however, dissented from the controversial decision. Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas, and Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote, “Our failure to review the decision below may cast unnecessary doubt on the validity of other state statutes (restricting abortion).” A federal judge overturned Ohio’s 1995 law banning partial-birth abortion, saying it was unconstitutional. A federal appeals court agreed with that ruling, and […]
LOS ANGELES, Mar 23 (LSN) On Saturday, ABC Television’s national news bulletin showed a film of a man committing suicide by drinking a poisonous concoction containing cyanide. The film’s showing in Spain earlier this year sparked vehement protest from Catholic Church officials in the country. Ramon Sampedro, a quadriplegic for 29 years after a diving accident, made his death an advertisement for legalizing euthanasia. The ABC segement entitled, “Whose Life Is It Anyway?,” translated Sampedro’s words before drinking the poison: “At last I will be free.” Although the segment allowed viewers to watch Sampedro drink the poison, the disastrous effects […]
OTTAWA, Mar 23 (LSN) At their biennial policy convention last weekend, the federal Liberal party approved a resolution to grant homosexual couples the same employment benefits as heterosexual married couples. Although debate was heated and the effect on the party seemed divisive, the resolution is now official party policy. Such resolutions are not binding on the government
NEW YORK, Mar 20 (LSN) – The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (CFHRI), an advocate for family and human rights at the UN, issued a warning today about anti-life language in the proposals for an International Criminal Court. According to the CFHRI report, “UN feminists are aggressively lobbying for the inclusion of ‘enforced pregnancy’ as part of the official definition of ‘war crimes’ in the proposed International Criminal Court (ICC).”“The term ‘enforced pregnancy,’ according to sources within national delegations, is intended to make the denial of access to abortion a ‘war crime,’ the report noted. The report also indicates […]
GENEVA, Mar 20 (LSN) A report released yesterday by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) claimed that 20 million women around the world get “unsafe abortions” every year resulting in the death of 80,000 mothers. Predictably, the UN did not consider the more than 20 million babies killed, not to mention the countless millions also killed every year in another category the UN would call “safe abortions.” Rather than suggest getting rid of abortions to combat the deaths of mothers and their children, the UN is using their findings to promote global access to abortion on demand. Revealing its opposition […]
COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho, Mar 19 (LSN) MSNBC news reported Tuesday that Governor Phil Batt of Idaho has signed into law a bill banning late-term abortions. The measure took effect immediately. Planned Parenthood and other pro-aborts railed against the legislation, saying that the new law will ban virtually all abortions in Idaho after the 13th week of pregnancy.
OTTAWA, Mar 19 (LSN) – MP John Reynolds, the Reform Party’s immigration critic, criticized the Liberal government for its skirting current immigration laws to allow homosexual immigrants to sponsor their lovers to come to Canada, and called for an investigation into such incidents. “Until the federal government changes the law to define spouse differently than it is now, it’s not a proposal that could go forth in legislation,” he said.
PONTIAC, Mich., Mar 19 (LSN) Time Magazine disgraced itself at it 75th anniversary celebration earlier this month by inviting notorious suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian as a guest. Other guests included President Clinton, Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Billy Graham and Julia Childs. Pro-lifers may wish to express their disappointment with the magazine, by contacting them at: [email protected]
NEW YORK, Mar 19 (LSN) – Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and The Biotechnology Industry Organization have lobbied feverishly at both federal and state levels to quash any legislation to ban human cloning. Having blocked anti-cloning legislation in Congress, the two drug manufacturers have launched an aggressive state-by-state campaign to fight other anti-cloning bills. Spokespersons for the groups lament their one defeat thus far the legislation enacted by California Gov. Pete Wilson on Oct. 4 making it a crime to clone a human being or buy fetal cells to do so.
WASHINGTON, Mar 19 (LSN) Last Friday the Clinton administration announced it would not support a resolution criticizing China’s human rights record at a United Nations human rights conference which began Monday in Geneva. Officials cited China’s agreement to sign a United Nations human rights covenant as the reason for not wishing to criticize China. In a recent press release, the Family Research Council (FRC) noted that the US Senate voted overwhelmingly, 95-5, to urge President Clinton to press China about “serious human rights abuses,” despite China’s signing of the UN document. To demonstrate the great need for speaking out against […]
MEXICO CITY, Mar 19 (LSN) Last week, Catholic World News reported on the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s denunciation of Mexico’s population-control program, which includes forced sterilization. According to the Archdiocese, the program “is being promoted by organizations that under deceiving names, such as ‘pro-family,’ are offering material goods and false explanations in order to force poor women to accept tubal ligations.”
LONDON, Mar 19 (LSN) British homosexual activists rejoiced last week at a decision by the British House of Commons to consider legislation to lower the age of consent to sodomy from 18 to 16 years of age. Three years ago, the British gay lobby was successful in lobbying the government to lower the age of consent from 21 to 18.
LONDON, Mar 18 (LSN) – About 200 doctors and ethics experts from around the globe met in London on Friday for a two-day conference to fight euthanasia. The conference was sponsored by the International Right to Life Federation and The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). “The aim of the conference is to provide delegates with a clear understanding of the arguments for compassionate care and against euthanasia for terminally ill, disabled and dying patients,’’ said SPUC’s Phyllis Bowman, who co-chaired the meeting. Dr John Wilkie, the American founder and president of the international federation, gave reporters the […]
TORONTO, Mar 18 (LSN) The Globe and Mail reported yesterday on a Statistics Canada study that points to a healthy change in the outlook on family values in the younger generation. The study found a statistically significant difference betwween the attitudes of Generation X (aged 15-29) and those of Baby Boomers (aged 30-49) and Elders (aged 50 and over). Whereas nearly half of older Canadians believed financial disagreement was a legitimate reason to break up a marriage, only 28 per cent of Generation X’ers agreed. Unsatisfactory sexual relationship with one’s partner was found to be sufficient grounds for divorce for […]
QUESNEL, B.C., Mar 18 (LSN) Judge Robin Smith, the BC family court judge who alerted the public last month to the fact that social workers in the small B.C. town of Quensel apprehended 71 children from their parents in just two months. Judge Smith, who repeated his warning on CTV’s W5 news program yesterday, noted that in only five of the cases was the removal of the children justified. Judge Smith detailed the horrendous result of the apprehensions of the children from their families as he indicated a possible waiting period of “a year and a half” before the case […]
TORONTO, Mar 18 (LSN) The media is predicting radical consequences from a Supreme Court hearing beginning today on the right of homosexual couples to seek spousal support after termination of the relationship. Newspapers such as the Globe and Mail indicated that the “new reading of spouse (the court comes up with) could invalidate scores of Ontario laws (and) redefine family.”“The Supreme Court appears poised to either set back the cause of gay rights or force governments across the country to rewrite their laws to extend equality to gays and lesbians,” the paper suggested. An “Interfaith Coalition” consisting of The Ontario […]
WEST AUSTRALIA, Mar 17 (LSN) Two bills went before the West Australian Parliament today, aimed at changing the law which now resticts abortion to cases where the mother’s life is said to be endangered by her pregnancy. Yesterday the Vatican issued a statement, saying Pope John Paul II joins the calls of the West Australian bishops to “defend the voice of the unborn, who have no voice of their own.” The law has not generally been enforced, and abortions are readily available in the state
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 17 (LSN) On Monday the last Preparatory Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court commenced. The next stage in its evolution will be the United Nations Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court, set to meet from 15 June to 10 July in Rome. The Rome Conference is expected to finalize and approve a convention to establish the court, which will then be submitted to the General Assembly later this year for adoption. Angela King, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women […]
GENEVA, Mar 17 (LSN) Yesterday was the opening day of the six-week UN session marking the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The first speaker at the event, Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel, set an ominous tone as he talked about uniting the world’s religions. Havel said the anniversary session “should become the scene of a quest for a common denominator of spiritual values uniting the different cultures of the world.” The reference to “a common denominator of spiritual values” is clearly a revisiting of the UN’s proposed Earth Charter. Unveiled at the UN’s Rio +5 conference […]
OTTAWA, Mar 17 (LSN) Yesterday the Canadian Press reported on the case of a lesbian couple who battled in court over alimony payments. Although the dispute between the two lesbians was ended with a lump settlement which led to the forfeiting of the alimony claim, the case will proceed on Wednesday as yet another “gay rights” issue. Two lower court rulings found Ontario’s exclusion of homosexual couples in alimony laws to be discriminatory and in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Ontario government argues that same-sex couples don’t need the same protection as heterosexual couples since the […]
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Mar 16 (LSN) – Last week the Florida Legislature voted 32-7 to approve a ban on partial-birth abortions that would subject doctors who commit the crime to jail time and fines. The legislation is slated to take effect in July, but first must survive at least one court challenge. The law would make the procedure a third-degree felony unless the procedure is “needed” to save the woman’s life.
LANSING, Mich., Mar 16 (LSN) – Last Thursday the Michigan House of Representatives voted 60 to 40 to pass a bill banning assisted suicide. The move, praised by the Catholic Church, has set the stage for another legal confrontation with assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, who has assisted suicides without punishment for many years. Early last week Kevorkian admitted to “assisting the suicide” of his 99th victim. On Friday, he announced his 100th victim, 66-year-old Waldo Herman of Detroit.
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 16 (LSN) – In a press conference on Friday, the UN Commission on the Status of Women released more details on the upcoming “optional protocol” for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Aloisia Woergetter, Chairperson of the Open-ended Working Group on the Elaboration of a Draft Optional Protocol to the CEDAW, told reporters that the latest “breakthrough” in terms of the Optional Protocol was a move “forbidding reservations to the protocol.” This would then mandate that all countries that ratified this protocol would be legally bound to uphold CEDAW in […]
OTTAWA, Mar 16 – Reform Family Caucus Chair Eric Lowther is calling on pro-family advocates to write to Finance Minister Paul Martin to protest the unfair taxation levied against parents who decide to stay home and care for their children. In the House of Commons last week the Calgary Centre MP pointed out that the recent budget tabled by Martin “increased discrimination against parents who choose to care for their children at home.” He asked the Minister, “When if ever will the government stop saying to stay-at-home parents that they will be given a tax break if someone else looks […]
CHICAGO, Mar 12 (LSN) – Lawyers representing the National Organization for Women and other pro-abortion groups in a civil trial against U.S. pro-lifers are distorting quotes by pro-lifers in order to incriminate them. The pro-aborts are suing the pro-lifers for violating racketeering laws by allegedly planning and organizing violent and injurious attacks against abortuaries and their personnel. Witness for N.O.W., Maureen Burke, testified that Joseph Scheidler told PBS’s McNeil- Lehrer Report, “I’ve yet to shed a tear when I see a charred abortion clinic” but left out the fact that Mr. Scheidler had stipulated, “if nobody was hurt.”
WASHINGTON, Mar 13 (LSN) – Yesterday, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was in the U.S. threatening the U.S. government with the loss of voting powers in the UN if they failed to pay $1.3 billion (U.S.) “owed” to the UN. As part of his campaign to urge the U.S. to hand over the funds, Annan said that if the United States paid what he considers its “arrears.”“not a cent” of it would go toward abortion. Susan Roylance, founder of United Families International reacted to Annan’s promise saying, “That’s laughable!… It is absolutely not true… The whole UN system promotes the […]
OTTAWA, Mar 13 (LSN) – On Wednesday, MP Tony Ianno (Trinity Spadina, Lib.) introduced Bill C-368 into the House of Commons. The bill would amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Health Act to outlaw parent’s use of spanking in the discipline of their children. “It gives me great pleasure and is an honour to introduce this enactment which removes the justification in the Criminal Code available to school teachers, parents and persons standing in the place of parents, of using force as a means of correction toward a pupil or child under their care”, Ianno said. The bill, […]
VICTORIA, Mar 13 (LSN) – BC Health Minister Penny Priddy (NDP) who last week accused a local pro-life group of “terror tactics,” has written to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.saying, “I strongly support doctors who are providing this legal medical service(abortion).”“I’m deeply concerned about the safety of physicians who choose to perform legal abortions in this province,” Priddy said in the letter. She was referring to an effort by the Kelowna Right to Life Association to give patients “choice” in physicians by identifying those who conduct abortions in the area.
TORONTO, Mar 13 (LSN) – Dr. Maurice Genereux, the first doctor in Canada convicted of assisting suicide was stripped of his medical licence Thursday. But Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons said he may appeal, after only one year, to have his licence restored if he can prove he has been rehabilitated.
TORONTO, Mar 12 (LSN) – Maurice Genereux, the first doctor in Canada convicted of assisting suicide, pleaded guilty today to four charges of professional misconduct before a disciplinary hearing of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The regulatory body may permanently strip Genereux of his license to practice medicine in the province. Critics of the College note that the police charged Genereux with assisted suicide in June 1996 and the College is just now considering punitive measures. Euthanasia activists have been slow to come to the support of their first Canadian hero due to other legal entanglements. In […]
WINNIPEG, Mar 12 (LSN) – New reports on the story of Winnipeg Child and Family Services (CFS) flying a 16-year-old girl to Toronto for an abortion on Monday despite the vehement objections of her other, indicate the agency’s role in the affair is even more objectionable than it first appeared to be. When the mother suspected last week that workers in the CFS agency were pressuring her daughter into procuring an abortion, the mother terminated the voluntary agreement that placed her daughter in temporary custody of the CFS. When the agency learned that the mother was against the […]
EDMONTON, Mar 12 (LSN) – Alberta Premier Ralph Klein and his Tory government backed away from a plan to invoke the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to restrict compensation for 700 people who were made infertile under government sterilization policies between 1928 and 1972. The rejected legislation unveiled two days ago would have forced the courts to limit possible future court awards to a maximum of $150,000 for each of the 700 victims, who were classed as “mental defectives.” The victims were made sterile on the order of a government-appointed eugenics board to ensure they could not produce “defective children.” In […]
NEW YORK, Mar 12 (LSN) – The radical-feminist, pro-abortion group National Organization of Women (NOW) reported Tuesday that on February 27 US Airways Inc. transferred 25,265 frequent flyer miles owed to Randall Terry, former leader of Operation Rescue, and his associate Michael McMonagle, to NOW. The action came in response to NOW's demand that airmails from 13 airlines be frozen and transferred. NOW claims it is owed hundreds of thousands of dollars from pro-life leaders, allegedly awarded in court settlements. The action is a severe blow, since US Airways is the only major airline that flies out of Mr. Terry’s […]
WEST AUSTRALIA, Mar 11 (LSN) – MPs in Australia are to begin debate next week on amending current abortion laws that prohibit abortion except for the “preservation of the mother’s life”. Intense lobbying by pro-life and pro-abortion advocates continues and prayers are requested from the pro-life community the world over. While opposition parties have proposed a number of bills including one for abortion on demand, the ruling party has proposed a bill to allow abortion in the case of “serious genetic defects.” Pro-life activist Richard Egan, accused the Government of trying to “weed out Downs syndrome and undesirable children”.
LYNCHBURG, Va., Mar 11 (LSN) – Rev. Flip Benham, the director of Dallas-based Operation Rescue, will turn 50 behind bars in April while serving a six month jail sentence for organizing a protest at a public high school in Lynchburg. Rev. Benham and his attorney were astounded by the unprecedented severity of the sentence for trespassing. Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Bill Petty described the incident as an “almost-assault on the school” in justifying the sentence. A federal judge in Dallas last month upheld a $10 million judgment against Rev. Benham and other anti-abortion protesters for picketing outside an abortionist’s home for […]
TORONTO, Mar 11 (LSN)—Yesterday, Chrysler Canada was ordered to provide same-sex spousal benefits to its employees by arbitrator Ross Kennedy. The case against Chrysler was brought forward by the Canadian Auto Workers union headed up by Buzz Hargrove. The granting of homosexual benefits by Chrysler leaves only one of the “big three” car companies free from pandering to homosexuals. General Motors offered same-sex benefits in 1996. Ford does not provide same-sex benefits but is currently being challenged on their stand. “I would hope that Ford Motor Company of Canada would now follow suit as well,” said Hargrove.
EDMONTON, Mar 11 (LSN) – Alberta Premier Ralph Klein has opted for the extreme measure of invoking the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to restrict compensation for 700 people who were made infertile under government sterilization policies between 1928 and 1972. The legislation unveiled yesterday would force the courts to limit possible future court awards to a maximum of $150,000 for each of the 700 victims who were classed as “mental defectives”. They were made sterile on the order of a government-appointed eugenics board to ensure they could not produce “defective children.” This very rare use of the notwithstanding clause would […]
WINNIPEG, Mar 11 (LSN) – Today, the Winnipeg Free Press reported that the Winnipeg Child and Family Services (CFS) flew a 16-year-old, 19-week-pregnant girl to Toronto for an abortion on Monday despite the vehement objections of her mother. “I want her to have it and give it to me or put it up for adoption,” the mother of the girl pleaded. The mother and stepfather suspect that the CFS pressured their daughter into an abortion telling her the baby would be taken away since she could not raise it. According to the parents two weeks ago their daughter said she […]
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Mar 10 (LSN) – Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that James Dobson, head of Focus on the Family, has reissued his warning to Republicans to be true to pro-family principles or face the abandonment of pro-family supporters. Finding the Republican Party still inconsistent on issues around abortion, homosexuality and condom programs, Dobson was prompted to once again warn Republicans. Given that his daily radio listening audience is estimated at 5 million, the reproof is likely to be given careful consideration.
WASHINGTON, Mar 10 (LSN) – In an address to the American Medical Association yesterday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Congress, rather than the Supreme Court should decide on issues such as abortion and physician-assisted suicide. “You want a right to abortion, create it the way most rights are created in a democracy: pass a law,” he said. “If you don’t want it, pass a law the other way. And if you want a right to (physician-assisted) suicide, the same.” Emphasizing that it is not the role of the justices to make good interpretations of bad legislation, Scalia noted, “the […]
OTTAWA, Mar 10 (LSN) – Pro-family activist Tim Blaedow, has issued an alert regarding the “outrageous” homosexual activism of Yahoo/Reuters. In a recent browsing of their web site, Mr. Blaedow discovered a link to the very offensive anti-family, anti- Christian “news” site, PlanetOut in the Yahoo section on “Community” News. See: https://dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/ Blaedow suggests that pro-family Internet users write Yahoo/Reuters to express their dismay and advise them of their discontinued patronage. Send letters to: [email protected]
WASHINGTON, Mar 10 (LSN) – A legislative alert from the Family Research Council (FRC) this week indicates that on February 20, President Clinton signed an executive order to strip away “conscience clauses” for doctors who work with the military or federal employees. In his announcement of a patient's bill of rights,” the President mandated that the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and the Department of Defense lift their “gag clauses” by April 21 and September 30, respectively. According to the FRC, the phrase “gag clauses” has long been used by the pro-abortion industry to refer to clauses that allow […]
KELWONA, BC, Mar 5 (LSN) – In an effort to give patients choice in physicians, Kelowna Right to Life Association began a campaign to identify doctors who conduct abortions in the area. In a letter addressed to “health care providers”, the pro-life group is requesting the identity of those involved in performing abortions. The ruling NDP government has exposed its extremist pro-abortion position by accusing the Right to Life group of engaging in “terror tactics.” In an interview at the New Democratic Party convention Health Minister Penny Priddy said, “I think we should all be absolutely outraged by what I […]
WASHINGTON, Mar 9 (LSN) – Last Thursday, hundreds of women gathered on the steps of the federal courthouse where hearings on President Clinton's sex scandal were underway. Mrs. Bonnie Perry, organizer of the “Character Does Count” rally, told reporters that the group came together to challenge the notion that America doesn’t care about morality in leadership. The ladies sang “God Bless America” and recited the Pledge of Allegiance and also chanted slogans like “Hey, hey, ho, ho! Perjury has got to go!” and “Two, four, six, eight! Married people shouldn’t date!” Mrs. Perry announced to the lively crowd, “We demand […]
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 9 (LSN) – Susan Roylance, founder of United Families International released a report today outlining a UN plan for the enforcement of what the UN considers “women’s rights” (which includes unfettered access to abortion). Her report centers around the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), an international treaty which, Roylance warns, may soon be up for ratification by the U.S. Senate. Roylance notes that the U.S. Delegation to the UN announced that “March 11th would be the kick-off date for an extensive campaign to educate U.S. Senators to achieve their […]
KINGSTON, Mar 9 (LSN) – Last week, the Ontario hospital restructuring committee called for the closure of Kingston's Hotel Dieu and St. Mary’s Catholic hospitals, alluding to abortion as the reason for the selection of the Catholic sites for closures. However, the Catholic Health Association (CHA) of Ontario will contest the ruling. The commission plans to allow the Sisters of Providence who run St. Mary's to retain the governance of the care of long-term chronic and psychiatric patients. The Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph who own and operate Hotel Dieu would be stripped of governing powers and be asked to […]
FORT MYERS, Fla., Mar 9 (LSN) – Sheriff John McDougall of Lee County, who warmed the hearts of pro-lifers across the continent last year with his gallant stand in favour of pro-life picketers, is once again the subject of attention in today's New York Times. The pro- abortion National Organization of Women is using January's bombing of the Alabama abortuary as an opportunity to attack the good sheriff. However, his outstanding record of service and his beloved citizens defend their chief of police from all attacks. Last December, abortionist Ali Azima asked Sheriff McDougall for police action against pro- life […]
HALIFAX, NS, Mar 9 (LSN) – Canadian pro-life hero and former MP Roseanne Skoke, is once again on the campaign trail seeking to unseat Tory MLA John Hamm for the riding of Pictou Centre in Nova Scotia. Roseanne was last year' s recipient of the Joseph P. Borowski pro- life award for politicians. She was ousted from the federal Liberal party last year by a ferocious campaign of anti-life and anti-family groups when riding redistribution required her to compete for for the party nomination with another Liberal MP. Roseanne's bid for election is hampered by the 25-year-long Tory reign in […]
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 6 (LSN) – Mrs. Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights made a statement today designated for the occasion of International Women's Day, which is on March 8. During her talk she sounded the all too familiar refrain “Human rights are women’s rights too and the United Nations must be the uncompromising guardian of women’s human rights.” Thus calling for the recognition of the “right” to “reproductive health” (abortion) as a human right. In her remarks, Robinson lauded the various UN documents that deal with women, especially the 1995 Beijing Declaration. The Beijing document […]
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich., Mar 6 (LSN) – Assisted-suicide activist Jack Kevorkian and his accomplice Georges Reding, delivered the body of their latest victim, a 42-year-old with no terminal illness, to the emergency room at Huron Valley Hospital yesterday night. A note on the victim's body indicated that the man had fibromyalgia a muscle disorder that is not considered fatal. Ted Gerk, a pro-life leader in BC warns Mother Jones magazine is conducting a “Snap Poll” on Kevorkian: “Last week, Dr. Jack Kevorkian helped a 21-year-old quadriplegic man, who was not terminally ill but who could not breathe without a life-support […]
PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, Mar 6 (LSN) – A South-African pro-life lawyers group known as “Lawyers for Truth” will issue a constitutional court challenge to the liberal South African abortion law on March 24. Prayers from the pro-life community around the world have been requested for the success of the legal action. Abortion was legalized in South Africa on February 1, 1997. Since then according to official statistics, which pro-life groups contest as too low, 26,000 abortions have been committed. Laws there allow for abortion without parental consent for girls 12 years old and upward. Pro-lifers hope for victory since the […]
HALIFAX, NS, Mar 6 (LSN) – Halifax resident and pro-life leader Herm Wills commented today on the case of Nancy Morrison, the Halifax respirologist who last week escaped prosecution for murder of her patient Paul Mills. Herm notes firstly that the judge in the case did not rule that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Morrison, but that a properly instructed jury would not convict the doctor—an important distinction. Mr. Wills points out a number of discrepancies in the Morrison trial that deserve exploration. “If Morrison is an outstanding doctor as the media and her defense claimed, then how did […]
TORONTO, Mar 6 (LSN) – Today the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto sponsored an intensive one-day training session for doctors and medical personnel entitled “Medical Termination of Pregnancy” – a euphemism for chemical abortion. The Workshop covering the M&M (Methotrox & Misoprostal) abortion method was held at the Centre for Research in Women’s Health. The M&M abortion method is a dangerous powerful chemical abortion that kills the child in the womb and endangers the health of the mother. The full, long-term effects of the chemicals are not yet known. See the following page for more info on […]
RICHMOND, VA, Mar 5 (LSN) – According to preliminary statistics from the state health department and abortion clinics, girls 17 and younger got about 20 percent fewer abortions in Virginia in the first five months of a new law requiring them to have parental consent. On Tuesday, Planned Parenthood and other state abortionists reacted to the loss in business by taking the state to court to argue against the constitutionality of the law which took effect July 1. Figures compiled by the health department and The Washington Post indicate that teenagers 17 and younger committed about 700 abortions in Virginia […]
PORTLAND, Ore., Mar 5 (LSN) – On Tuesday, a panel of medical “experts” introduced a guidebook on assisted suicide. The 91-page “Oregon Death with Dignity Act: A Guidebook for Health Care Providers,” was the work of a panel formed by the Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health Sciences University. Although the guide does not offer a recipe for a lethal oral medication, it does review the types and purposes of drugs that could be used by a patient to end life. It suggests discontinuing medications before taking a lethal dosage and giving the patient a mint or […]
HALIFAX, NS, Mar 5 (LSN) – The details of the Dr. Nancy Morrison murder trial have been released since the judges ruling has brought an end to the publication ban. During the trial it was revealed that a nurse witnessed Morrison giving two injections into the patient's IV line. The nurse questioned Morrison about the content of the syringes at the time and learned that the needles contained nitroglycerine and potassium chloride (KCl). Within a minute of the KCl injection the patient was dead. After being briefed on the suspicious activity of Morrison, nursing supervisor Paula Poirer questioned Morrison as […]
TORONTO, Mar 4 (LSN) – The March 9 issue of Macleans magazine released today discusses euthanasia including detailed coverage of the Nancy Morrison trial. One of the pieces tells the saga of 83-year-old Kay Seaton’s near brush with death. According to the article, less than five hours after Seaton slipped into a coma in December, physicians at a suburban Toronto hospital told her two sons that, on arrival, she had instructed them to take her off a respirator within 48 hours if she lost consciousness. The deadline fell on Christmas Day, and the doctors said she had a 10-per-cent chance […]
LONDON, England, Mar 4 (LSN) – On Tuesday, Lloyd Axworthy, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs addressed the Canada Club in London England. In his remarks, Axworthy noted Canada’s push for the establishment of an International Criminal Court. Calling attention to the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he noted that “now that the standards have by and large been set, it is time to move to the next stage: that of implementing them.”“Standards” set by the UN include the unfettered “right” to abortion on demand, including availability of abortion and abortifacient contraceptives to minors without parental consent […]
TORONTO, Mar 3 (LSN) – The Toronto Star reported today that the group “Justice For Children” is planning to challenge parents legal right to use spanking as a form of disciplining their children. A lawyer for the group, Cheryl Milne, noted that court decisions are beginning to swing in favour of the criminalizing of spanking. Milne complained, “the charter says people are equal and have equal protection under the law, but Section 43 subjects children to physical assault—it justifies physical assault.” Milne failed to recognize that Canadian citizen’s at younger ages (in the first 9 months of life) are allowed […]
CALGARY, Mar 4 (LSN) – Macleans magazine reported in their March 9 issue released today, that Douglas Kinsella, a physician and ethicist at the University of Calgary conducted a nation-wide survey of 2,010 Canadian doctors on assisted suicide. The survey, which will appear in an upcoming issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that 49 per cent of physicians said they would refuse to assist in a suicide, 21 per cent agreed and the rest said they were unsure. Of note, in the provinces with the highest rates of abortion, British Columbia and Quebec, physicians showed a much more […]
NEWARK, New Jersey, Mar 3 (LSN) – US District Judge Maryanne Barry ruled yesterday that pro-abortion activist Alice Hand must pay pro-life sidewalk counsellor Janet Greenhut $10,000 for making death threats. Ironically the suit was made under the 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, a law enacted by pro-abortion legislators to restrict the free-speech and free-assembly rights of pro-lifers. In 1995, Mrs. Greenhut, a volunteer for Birthright in Maywood, where she drove pregnant young women to prenatal appointments, was issued death threats in two midnight phone calls. According to the police transcript of a tape from Mrs. Greenhut's […]
HACKENSACK, NJ, Mar 3 (LSN) – A New Jersey state appeals court ruled Monday that the Boy Scouts of America discriminated against James Dale, an assistant scoutmaster, when it barred him from the organization for practicing homosexuality. The Boy Scouts argued unsuccessfully that it was protected by a constitutional right of free association and was exempt as a private, voluntary association from anti-discrimination laws. The case was the first to be tried under a six-year-old measure adding “sexual orientation” to New Jersey’s anti-discrimination law. Spokesman Gregg Shields said “we have membership and leadership standards, and one of those is that […]
OTTAWA, Mar 3 (LSN) – Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy announced on Friday the agenda for the Canada-China Symposium on Legal Questions Related to Human Rights in a Civil Society taking place today in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. Predictably, the forced abortions arising from China's one-child policy are not part of the discussion. Yesterday the London-based human rights group Amnesty International said thousands of people in China suffered gross human rights violations last year despite some high-profile UN rights initiatives. Thus contrary to the praise heaped upon China by Canada and the European Union in recent weeks, the facts […]
OTTAWA, Mar 2 (LSN) – The Toronto Star reported today that the question of equal treatment of homosexual and heterosexual couples in Ontario would be taken to the Supreme Court of Canada. Ontario is asking the courts to allow these “political” decisions to be made by elected officials rather than the courts. A ruling in the Ontario Court, general division, by Madam Justice Gloria Epstein declared the definition of spouse in the Ontario Family Law Act which included only heterosexual couples “unconstitutional.” Epstein then went on to substitute a definition of spouse which would include homosexual partners. The province appealed […]
JUNEAU, Alaska, Mar 2 (LSN) – On Friday, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Peter Michalski ruled against Alaska's law banning same-sex marriage. In his ruling Michalski said choosing a partner is a “fundamental” right that could result in a “nontraditional” choice and is protected by the Constitution. The state is expected to ask the Alaska Supreme Court to review the decision.
CHICAGO, Mar 2 (LSN) – A federal class-action lawsuit filed 12 years ago by the pro-abortion National Organization of Women (NOW) begins today in Chicago with jury selection. Opening arguments will be heard on Wednesday. In the suit, the pro-aborts are accusing the Pro-Life Action League and Operation Rescue of racketeering under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. NOW's attorneys will attempt to “prove” that certain violent acts that have occurred at clinics nationwide are part of a pattern of racketeering activity engineered by the defendants. The decision could have far-reaching effects
WASHINGTON, Mar 2, (LSN) – Today, Prime Minister Jean Chretien accepted a United Nations award on behalf of Canada for efforts to help the disabled. Ironically the news comes only days after the right to life of Canadians with disabilities was brought into question, with the dismissal of a case against suspected “mercy-killer” Dr Nancy Morrison of Halifax. Evidently, the slap on the wrist Robert Latimer received for the killing of his disabled daughter also did not sway the UN decision away from awarding Canada its praise.
SURREY, BC, Mar 2 (LSN) – Bruce Kuhn, a lawyer for the Surrey school board, released a poll yesterday that shows most Surrey residents back the board in banning same-sex books. The poll showed that 61 per cent of the 502 Surrey residents polled believe that the “three proposed books dealing with same-sex couples should not be used in kindergarten and grade 1 classrooms under any circumstances.” Last April, the Surrey board banned the books from all kindergarten and grade 1 classes. Supporters of the pro-homosexual books were outraged that the poll was taken, exposing the public opposition to the […]