REGRETS ALL ROUND BUT BISHOPS REMAIN FIRM ON MARRIAGE

OTTAWA, Jan 19, 2001 (LSN.ca) – In response to a letter from the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) protesting a letter of congratulations sent by the Governor General of Canada to a ‘wedded’ homosexual couple, the Governor General sent a letter of explanation to the CCCB. A press release by the CCCB notes “the CCCB accepts the personal explanation of the Governor General that the message sent from her office “did not imply political intent.” But the CCCB continues, “Nevertheless, the CCCB remains convinced that the political use that was made of the message both at the ceremony and […]
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Pope John Paul II has again referred to the “urgent” need to defend life and family. Zenit reports that in a meeting with Rome’s city leaders yesterday the pope said, “proposals and measures in favor of maternity and the protection of life from conception to its natural end deserve sincere support.” He also said, “the family must be at the center of social policies and must be respected in its own identity, as a stable union between man and woman founded on marriage, which can never be assimilated to other forms of relation.” The BBC reports that the funeral of […]
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UNREPENTANT LATIMER SEEKS ROYAL PARDON

OTTAWA, Jan 19, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Robert Latimer, who’s second-degree murder sentence (minimum 10 years without parole) was upheld Thursday by the Supreme Court, told reporters after the ruling, “This is not a crime. Almost everything that’s happened have been things that ordinary humans would do.” While he turned himself in to prison, his lawyer said that he intends to appeal to the federal cabinet for leniency, under a rarely used Royal Prerogative of Mercy, after Latimer has spent a year in prison. Meanwhile right-to-life and disabled groups as well as religious organizations praised the ruling. Pro-euthanasia groups said they […]
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OTTAWA ARCHBISHOP BLASTS CATHOLIC HEALTH MINISTER OVER ABORTION

OTTAWA, Jan 19, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Ottawa Archbishop Marcel Gervais soundly rebuked Catholic Health Minister Allan Rock in an interview with the Ottawa Citizen published today. The archbishop told the paper that Rock’s actions to promote the funding of abortion “make my blood boil,” and urged Catholic voters to “raise a stink” about the funding of abortion. “The fact that we do not have a law to protect the rights of the unborn … should not lead us to quietly accept abortion as a right, as a medically necessary procedure. Life is at issue here,” Gervais said. The archbishop lamented […]
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TORY MP TO INTRODUCE BILL AGAINST ABORTION FUNDING

ST JOHN, NB, Jan 19, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Saint John, New Brunswick Tory MP Elsie Wayne plans to introduce a private member’s bill to prevent the Canada Health Act from being used to fund abortions. Mrs. Wayne is responding to suggestions made in a letter from NB Right to Life executive director Peter Ryan about the current dispute between Ottawa and New Brunswick over the funding of private abortion clinics. Health Minister Allan Rock is pressuring the province to pay for abortion on demand at the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton. In the letter, sent to New Brunswick’s 10 Members of […]
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WIFE OF PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS NO TO OVERTURNING ROE V WADE

WASHINGTON, Jan 19, 2001 (LSN.ca) – In a stunning disappointment to U.S. pro-lifers, Laura Bush, wife of President-Elect George Bush was quoted on Friday saying of the Roe v Wade court decision, “No, I don’t think it should be overturned.” Her comments came in response to a question on NBC’s “Today.” There was also some dismay about the comments of Attorney-General nominee John Ashcroft, during the very hostile grilling he has been receiving from the Senate Judiciary Committee and pro-abortion leaders. Ashcroft stated he would not seek to overturn Roe v Wade and would uphold and enforce current laws in […]
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BC PHARMACIST GROUP DELAYS MORNING-AFTER-PILL PROGRAM OVER CASH

VANCOUVER, Jan 18 (LSN.ca) – The British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA), after refusing to allow pharmacists to conscientiously decide not to participate in the pharmacist-prescribed morning-after pill program, is stalling the program based on monetary considerations. A Jan 8 Issue Update by the BCPhA advises pharmacists not to accept the government’s proposal to pay pharmacies a $15.00 consultation fee for all pharmacist-written Morning After Pill prescriptions (in addition to existing coverage for the fee and drug cost, variable by Plan). It advises that pharmacies charge no less than $25.00 for the consultations, now being paid directly by the patient, thus […]
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BISHOPS CONDEMNED FOR LETTER AGAINST HOMOSEXUAL “MARRIAGE”

OTTAWA, Jan 18, 2001 (LSN.ca) – The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops(CCCB) was blasted by homosexual activist groups and the media for their courageous stand in defending the traditional definition of marriage. As reported by LifeSite yesterday, the CCCB wrote a letter to Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson to “criticize and protest the greetings and congratulations that were sent” from her office to the male and female homosexual couples who staged a “wedding” at a Toronto area church. Canada’s leading homosexual activist group EGALE complained bitterly that the bishops’ objections were “intolerant” and a “hysterical overreaction”. But the criticism was not limited […]
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MARCH FOR LIFE 2001

OTTAWA, Jan 18, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Organizers for the annual Ottawa March for Life have released preliminary details of this year’s event marking the May 14, 1969 legalization of abortion in Canada. The 2001 theme is “No to Discrimination”. Pro-life Canadians from across the nation are encouraged to participate in this important action, taking the opportunity also to meet with their MPs and Senators on the Hill. Last year there was a marked increase in the number of students and young adults taking part in the March. Friday May 11: 10:00 a.m.- Church Services; 12:00 p.m.- Gather on Parliament Hill; […]
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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS LATIMER’S 10-YEAR SENTENCE

OTTAWA, Jan 18, 2001 (LSN.ca) – The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously this morning that Robert Latimer must serve the regular sentence for second-degree murder – a 25-year sentence with a minimum ten years in prison. Latimer, who killed his 12-year-old disabled daughter Tracy in 1993 argued that he acted out of love and mercy. He remains unremorseful, indicating that he still believes he acted correctly by killing his daughter. In addition to deciding that Latimer’s original trial was fair the justices ruled on the question of whether the mandatory minimum sentence constituted “cruel and unusual punishment” in this […]
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