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Pro-life MP: Canada must protect the rights of pre-born babies in order to be a just society

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OTTAWA, May 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada must extend legal protection to the child in the womb, Conservative Member of Parliament Harold Albrecht told participants at the March for Life in Ottawa today to a great cheer.

“Governments are judged by how they treat their most vulnerable,” said the four-term MP for Kitchener-Conestoga, Ontario.

“There is no question in my mind that the most vulnerable among us are those living in their first nine months as preborn children. They have no method of self-defence, no voice to cry out in pain or in protest, yet we have destroyed almost 100,000 of them each and every year in Canada over the last many, many years,” Albrecht said.

“If we are to be a just and compassionate society then human rights must be extended to these small members of our human family.”

Albrecht pointed out Canada is a signatory of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child.

That document states the child, “by reason of its physical and mental immaturity needs special safeguards and care including appropriate legal protection before as well as after birth,” he said.

“Yet today in 2018, Canadian law gives no protection before birth,” Albrecht added.

“It is time for Canada to, at the very least, come in line with every other democracy in the world and extend legal protection to preborn children,” he said, evoking a cheer from the crowd of thousands on the west lawn of Parliament Hill.

The March for Life is organized by Campaign Life Coalition, and marks May 14, 1969, the day Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s Liberal government passed the omnibus bill legalizing abortion.

The law was struck down in 1988 by the Supreme Court, leaving Canada with no restrictions on abortion.

“We are all here for one reason. About 300 pre-born babies are killed by abortion every day here in Canada, and that is why we march,” Albrecht told the crowd.

“That is why we do what we do what we can to stop the killing. We march, we vote, we write letters, we demonstrate, and we offer support to those women in crisis. We are PRO-LIFE: ALL.IN,” he said, invoking the theme of this year’s March.

Albrecht thanked March participants “for standing up to be counted regardless of the cost,” and urged them to continue to take action.

“Elect pro-life MPs, call your MPs and tell them to stand up for human rights for the most vulnerable,” he said.

“We cannot be silent when human dignity and human rights are under attack. We need to rise up in protest against it. This is not a partisan political matter, it is a matter of life and death,” Albrecht stressed.

“The ongoing loss of human dignity brought about by the destruction of innocent human life is a cost which continues to mount. We are all diminished when we stand by and do nothing.”

The sole MP to speak at the rally, Albrecht explained many of his colleagues were attending the funeral of Conservative MP Gord Brown, who died suddenly of a heart attack in his Hill office on May 2 at age 57.

He asked participants to pray for Brown’s wife Claudine and their two children in the coming weeks.

Albrecht also acknowledged other pro-life Conservative MPs at the March: Bev Shipley, Kelly Block, Cathay Wagantall, Rosemarie Falk, Mark Warawa, Kevin Sorenson, Dave Van Kesteren, and Brad Trost.

Conservative Senators Percy Mockler of New Brunswick and Norm Doyle of Newfoundland, as well as Christian Heritage Party leader Rod Taylor and Halton Catholic School Board Trustee Helena Karabela were also among the politicians present for the march.

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Pro-life leader on abortion pills: We must end all abortions, not just ‘unsightly ones’

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OTTAWA, May 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Campaign Life Coalition Youth Coordinator Marie-Claire Bissonnette used her speaking slot at the Canadian March for Life to highlight the rise of chemical abortions, and the challenge the trend poses to protecting preborn babies from being killed.

“In Canada and all around the world, abortion technology is changing. It’s becoming more convenient,” Bissonnette said. Rather than surgical methods that evoke violence by merely describing them, “what’s in style now is to kill our preborn through pills, with chemicals, with the contraceptive pill, or the Plan B pill that makes our uterine wall an inhospitable environment in which it’s impossible for your baby to implant.”

“You can also kill your child with a new form of abortion called Mifegymiso, by starving your baby to death,” she added. Mifegymiso, another name for the abortion pill RU-486, was legalized in Canada last year for up to nine weeks in pregnancy, and pro-abortion activists are lobbying to make it free. Bissonnette noted that the drug has been “administered over 4,000 times in 2017 alone,” in Canada, and that in Scotland, it now accounts for 83 percent of all abortions.

This, she says, will make abortion seem “much less bloody and unsightly,” undermining the persuasive force of pro-life appeals to the violent nature of surgical abortions and the recognizable features of more developed babies. “Our work as pro-lifers will be made more difficult,” she warned.

But Bissonnette offered a solution, which was to go back to first principles and remember that the ugly imagery or additional cruelty of particular methods are ultimately tangential to the central injustice of abortion.

“What makes abortion intrinsically evil is not the amount of blood, and it’s not the pain it causes. It is the intentional killing of an innocent human life, no matter how long,” she told the crowd. “Our goal is not toward cleaning up the blood or anesthetizing the pain; pro-aborts have done that for us. The result is no less appalling than torn-apart babies thrown into dumpsters or sold for money.”

Bissonnette concluded her remarks with a stirring call to action.

“Let us rise to this challenge with renewed conviction,” she said. “Let us focus on ending all abortions, not just the unsightly ones, not just the bloody and painful ones.”

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Jason Kenney turns back on grassroots over parental rights

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EDMONTON, Alberta, May 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The leader of Alberta’s new United Conservative Party is going back on his pledge to support parental rights policies championed by his base.

Jason Kenney stunned supporters by saying he wouldn’t act on a position passed at the UCP’s first policy convention: the notification of parents when their child joins after-school clubs, including “gay-straight alliances.”

The leader said the party wouldn’t make that part of its platform.

“Let me be absolutely stone-cold clear: a United Conservative government will not be changing law or policy to require notification of parents when kids join GSAs,” Kenney said.

His refusal to take the parental rights resolution on board went against his earlier promise to honour a “grassroots guarantee.” During his campaign for party leadership, Kenney promised members that they themselves would set the new party’s agenda.

“I think that our new United Conservative Party should ensure that you, the grassroots members, are in charge, that you develop the policies of this new party and give the leadership its marching orders,” he said in a campaign video.

The official “Grassroots Guarantee” website has disappeared from the Internet. On Monday, Kenney told reporters that this was due to a “technical issue.” However, by press time on Wednesday the “Grassroot Guarantee” was still offline.

Kenney’s refusal to take seriously the rights of parents to be informed of their minor children’s school activities is another disappointment to those who hailed the veteran politician as a champion of social conservatives.

In April the UCP leader said that he would not be voting against a measure aimed at curbing freedom of pro-life speech outside abortion businesses.

“I will be abstaining from the vote as well as most of our caucus,” Kenney told reporters at the Alberta legislature.

He said that NDP’s abortion “safe zone” law, which Health Minister Sarah Hoffman introduced last Thursday, isn’t about abortion, but merely a distraction from the NDP government’s “failed economic record.”

“We’re not going to play games with divisive social issues,” Kenney said. “We’re here to focus on job creation and economic growth, (and) market access for energy products.”

Campaign Life Coalition vice president Jeff Gunnarson criticized Kenney for not protecting freedom of speech.

“The NDP are not playing games,” Gunnarson told LifeSiteNews. “They are trampling on pro-lifers’ rights whenever they can get away with it, and shame on Kenney for not standing up for basic human rights and freedoms.”  

A Catholic well-known for his social conservative views, Kenney had an impeccable pro-life voting record during his 19 years as a federal MP in Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.

As UCP leader, he’s reiterated his personal pro-life convictions, but has been clear his party won’t initiate abortion legislation as government.

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Private funeral for Alfie Evans to be held Monday

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LIVERPOOL, May 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews)  — A private funeral for Alfie Evans will be held on Monday, May 14.

Alfie Evans, the English toddler whose parents fought his doctors for the right to have him transferred to another hospital, died on April 28. He survived for almost five nights after being suddenly removed from life support. Alfie’s funeral will take place at an undisclosed location.

The press and the general public will not be admitted. Instead, supporters of the little boy and his parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, are invited to line the streets outside Liverpool’s Goodison Park between 11 and 11:30 AM that day.

The Merseyside Police have issued a statement saying that a small number of officers will be at the funeral. They ask also that members of the public who have not been invited avoid both Alfie’s wake and his funeral.

Through Twitter, Chief Inspector Gibson stated: “We respect that this is a very difficult time for Alfie’s family, friends and the wider members of the public and appreciate that a number of people will want to pay their respects and offer their condolences.”

“Alfie’s mum and dad, Tom and Kate, continue to thank the community for their support but have asked us to ask well-wishers to respect their privacy during the event,” he continued.

“Both the funeral and the wake will not be open to the public or media, with our attendance purely being to offer support for those attending the funeral. Those who have not been invited to the funeral are asked to avoid the area to allow Alfie’s family to grieve privately.”

It is not widely known in what “area” the funeral will be.

Had he continued to live, Alfie would have turned two on May 9. On his birthday, hundreds of his supporters gathered for a vigil in Liverpool’s Springfield Park, bringing flowers and balloons, candles and cupcakes.

Dearly loved by his parents and extended family, Alfie’s life was both tragic and short. The parental rights battle over his care captured the world's attention, with Pope Francis even making available a military plane to fly the toddler to the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome.

In July 2016, the newborn was referred to hospital for a “divergent squint” (one eye turning outwards). By the time Alfie was four months old, his mother noticed other troubling signs. His smile had become less frequent, he was sleeping too much, and he showed little interest in interactions and playing with toys. By six months, Alfie showed signs of significant developmental delay. An MRI showed that his brain was not developing properly.

Alfie was admitted to Alder Hey hospital’s emergency department on December 14, 2016 after an episode of coughing, high temperature and, according to a subsequent court decision, “rhythmic jerking of all four limbs and his jaw.”

The boy was diagnosed with acute viral bronchiolitis and a possible prolonged febrile convulsion. He began to jerk again, and these seizures worsened the next day. Alfie was then treated with Midazolam and then, on the 16th, with Vigabatin instead. A doctor described him as “comatose” from this time forward. On December 19, it was discovered that Alfie had a slow breathing rate and apnea (pauses in breathing). Alfie went into cardiac arrest and was given an oxygen mask.

He was admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, and was later diagnosed with pneumonia. In January 2017, Alfie’s parents were warned he might die. Nevertheless the boy recovered from pneumonia, albeit without any improvement to the health of his brain. Doctors from Alder Hey and additional doctors consulted by Alfie’s parents agreed that the child had a fatal neurodegenerative disorder. It remained undiagnosed to the end.

When Alfie’s condition declined, the hospital began to pressure his parents to remove him from life support.

Dad Tom Evans and mum Kate James refused to give permission. Undeterred, the hospital went to court to argue that removing the child’s life support was in his "best interests." On February 20, 2018, Mr Justice Heydon of the UK Supreme Court ruled that it was in Alfie’s “best interests” to discontinue treatment, to be removed from his life support, and to receive palliative care at Alder Hey.

Alfie’s parents appealed the decision before the UK Court of Appeal and the UK Supreme Court before pleading their case before the European Court of Human Rights this March. The ECHR ruled that their appeal to take their son elsewhere in the European Union was “inadmissible” and that the child’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights were not being violated. The court also refused to block Heydon’s decision that Alfie’s doctors could remove the boy’s life support against his parents' wishes.

Alder Hey then applied to the High Court to set a date for Alfie's death. His parents responded with more appeals, all of which were denied.

Pope Francis repeatedly spoke out in support of Alfie’s parents, and an Italian priest, Fr. Gabriele Brusco, offered spiritual help to the Evans family until he was recalled to his London parish. Just over a week after Alfie’s death, Brusco resigned his position as an assistant parish priest and left England.   

On Friday, April 20, the UK High Court denied Alfie’s parents’ final appeal that they be allowed to continue caring for their son and ordered Alder Hey remove his life support on April 23. Surprising doctors, Alfie began to breathe for himself and survived until 2:30 AM on April 28.

For all LifeSite coverage of the Alfie Evans case, click here.

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Tanya Granic Allen vows to keep fighting at March for Life

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OTTAWA, May 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Social conservative activist Tanya Granic Allen struck a defiant tone Thursday while addressing the Canadian March for Life, vowing to continue speaking out for preborn babies and Ontario families.

“It is wonderful to be able to stand here today and greet you, and thank you in person,” Allen, the president of Parents As First Educators (PAFE), told the crowd. “I am stunned, blown away, humbled, grateful by the support you have shown me over these past long, long few months.”

Allen was a candidate to lead the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party for the Mississauga Centre until Ontario PC leader Doug Ford removed her from the race last week over past comments she made about abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and sex education.

Despite that “disappointing news,” she told pro-lifers, “you and I are here for a very important cause. You stand for human rights for the unborn, and for free speech, just like I do. Just like I do, you use your voice for the betterment of our society.”

“I tell you today I commit to you, I will continue to be a very strong voice for the families and for the children of Ontario. And for the unborn,” Allen vowed. “Please, I ask you, raise your voices and stand with me, and use your voice so we together can make Ontario and make Canada, this great nation, the place it should be where we have human rights and free speech for all.”

Yesterday, Allen addressed the controversy at length for the first time in an op-ed for the National Post. She explained that the controversy stemmed from comments she made at a 2014 Catholic Croatian youth conference, where she said it made her “vomit in disbelief” to see Croatia “embracing a policy of compulsory sex-ed and promotion of the doctrine of gay marriage on the children,” specifically because “so many lives had been lost to secure our freedom of religion, only to have new oppressors emerge some 20 years later.”

Allen affirmed that she believes in Catholic teaching marriage that marriage is between one man and one woman.

It’s a “slur against the Catholic faith and, indeed, against people of all faiths who hold their religious values dear,” she wrote, to insinuate that opposing same-sex “marriage” means opposing “the dignity and human rights of LGBT+ people.”

Allen’s piece also addressed her opposition to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s sex education curriculum that teaches there are six different genders and introduces the subjects of homosexuality and “gender identity” at Grade 3, masturbation as early as Grade 4, and oral and anal sex in Grade 7.

“For this, I have been accused of wanting to force my religious views on the people of Ontario using the sex-ed curriculum. That is incorrect,” Allen replied. “I support the true separation of church and state, but that separation has to go both ways, which includes religious liberty free of state interference.”

Allen concluded with the same promise she made to the March for Life, that she is “not going away.”

“When the PCs win a majority government on June 7, we all look forward to continuing the fight for Ontario children, parents, and families,” Allen declared.

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Cardinal at March for Life: Pro-life Canadians ‘have a right to a place at the democratic table’

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OTTAWA, May 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Thomas Cardinal Collins spoke to the March for Life on Parliament Hill today, confirming the crowds in their right to speak up for life in the public square, pointing to signs of hope, and advising pro-lifers how to overcome evil in contemporary society most effectively. 

“It’s wonderful to see everyone here today,” he said. “It’s a place where we come to express our views as citizens of this country.”

Collins, who is the archbishop of Toronto, pointed out that the religious believers of Canada contribute to society and so have the right to speak up.

“We contribute to those who are homeless, those who are in need in this country, and as people of faith who are there when they’re in need,” the Cardinal said.  “And therefore we have a right to a place at the democratic table, and that’s what we’re exercising here on Parliament Hill.” 

A rally on Parliament Hill is the right place to “loudly” express support for life, Collins stated, but also to recognize the “greater struggle”.  

“We are here to loudly and clearly profess our support for life, for the sanctity of life from the first moment of conception to natural death,” he underscored. “These are under great attack in our country, as we know. But we are here also to recognize that this is part of a much greater struggle.”

"...The right to life here in our country must be put in the context of the will of God and of the great struggle … of good against evil,” Collins continued. 

The Cardinal pointed out that political action is one thing, but changing the human heart is another.

“We cannot by our political action make the most profound changes in the human heart that must be made,” he said. “We need to do that by prayer, by love, and by our personal example.”

Collins said he saw hope in the reluctance of activists and lawmakers to state clearly what their death-dealing innovations actually are. 

“I often think there’s a sign of hope when the people who propose these horrible things which have become law, they seem to be a bit ashamed of them — as they should be,” he said. “They cover it over. Abortion becomes ‘terminating a pregnancy.’ Lethal injection becomes ‘medical assistance in dying.’ “

The Cardinal said, to cheers, that this is a sign that “the people who propose these things” recognize “deep in their heart” that they are ashamed of the words. 

“That’s a sign of hope,” he repeated. “We pray that that recognition will go deeper, deeper, deeper.” 

Collins suggested that although Parliament Hill was a suitable place for loud voices, it would be better for the pro-life crowds to march in silence.

“So though ... here on Parliament Hill it’s a place to shout and scream and proclaim our belief strongly,” he acknowledged, “I would suggest … that then we proceed … through the streets of Ottawa, we will very soon come upon people yelling and screaming at us.”

“We should, I think, speak more loudly than them by our silence,” he continued. “There’s a great power in silence, and I think it would be best of all if the whole march, once we leave Parliament Hill, ... that this would be a silent pilgrimage, a procession of deep prayer, recognizing that these issues are much more profound than the merely political.”

He suggested that this atmosphere of prayerful silence would be most effective in winning the greater battle: 

“Let that be our disposition because it is only in that, that we will see the way in which these greater evils will be overcome. It is in that, that we will find our strength,” the Cardinal concluded. “God bless you.” 

During an interview with Ontario filmmaker Kevin Dunn prior to the march, Collins also addressed the “horrible thing” of the pro-abortion attestation Justin Trudeau’s government has attached to the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

“We have a nice program here, paid for by us, the citizens, we’re citizens, we pay taxes. It’s a great program to help young people get a first job during the summer. And it usually is used to help in summer camps, feeding the needy, good things like that,” Collins said. But this year, “they slipped in a new thing: ‘my group or its mission approves the rights underlying the charter of whatever they are, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

He noted that the charter does not actually reference “reproductive freedom” but is inferred to be “underlying it in their vague kind of way.” He also pointed out that the charter does guarantee “freedom of conscience and of religion, but they don’t know that.”

“So this is ideological, I mean, I’ve never seen a Catholic theologian as doctrinaire as these people,” Collins said. “They won 39 percent of the vote in the last election, so it’s not exactly a mandate from the people.” 

“Now, this is the legitimate government of our country, and so we must respect it, as St. Paul says to do,” the archbishop concluded, “but this is not right to oppress and to overcome the conscience of people. It’s not right.” In February, Collins vowed that the Catholic Church was “not going to back down on this.”

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Thousands March for Life in British Columbia with theme ‘use your voice’

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VICTORIA, British Columbia, May 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Thousands are expected to turn out Thursday for the 11th annual March for Life Victoria. The primary event runs from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m., beginning at Victoria’s Centennial Square and progressing to the British Columbia Legislature.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Use Your Voice.’

March participants are welcome to begin the day with prayer, with a service starting at noon at Central Baptist Church on Pandora Ave, and noon Masses at St. Andrew Roman Catholic Cathedral on View St. and St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church on Haultain.

Organizers offered assistance with transportation to and from the March from Burnaby, Vancouver, Langley, Delta, and Surrey, including busses and ferry service.

Marchers should arrive at Centennial Square by 1:45 p.m., the March’s departure time.

After heading from Centennial Square beside City Hall down Government Street, the march is expected arrive at the B.C. Legislature around 2:15, where the Rally for Life will take place, including speakers and music until 3:15.

Speakers for the 2018 March include Jared White, executive director of Advokate Life & Education Services; Tamara Jansen, co-founder of Darvondra Nurseries and conservative community advocate; Brett Powell, Archbishop’s Delegate of Development and Ministries for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver; and Alissa Golob, co-founder of the pro-life group RightNow.

Several pro-life organizations are sponsoring the March, including BC & Yukon Knights of Columbus, United for Life BC, Columbus Charities Association, Burnaby Pro-Life Society, Nelson Right to Life Society, Elk Valley Pro Life and Right to Life, Rossland, B.C.

Participating organizations representing the Catholic Church are the Archdiocese of Vancouver and the Dioceses of Victoria, Prince George and Nelson.

Organizers invited March participants join the event’s Flicker group pool and upload March their photos (available HERE), and plan to make common signage available to present and unified message of pro-life solidarity.

The day concludes with the Victoria Pro-Life Gala Dinner at the St. Leopold Church Hall on Gordon Head Rd. in Victoria. The event hosted by Youth Protecting Youth with pre-paid admission benefits the group’s scholarship for single mothers attending post-secondary school and general pro-life support.

The March has added significance this year given the move by Canada’s stridently pro-abortion Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to force employers to support abortion and transgenderism in order to get student summer job funding, the latest in a series of anti-life and family acts by the Trudeau government. Trudeau’s requiring employers sign an “attestation” supporting abortion and transgender rights to receive summer job funding grants has drawn outcry and legal action from Christian and pro-life groups.

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Canada’s ex-religious freedom ambassador: Liberals show ‘totalitarian’ bent in pro-abortion pledge

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OTTAWA, May 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Justin Trudeau’s controversial summer job pro-abortion attestation reveals the Liberal government’s “totalitarian” bent, says Canada’s former religious freedom ambassador.

Andrew Bennett made the comments Wednesday as a preamble to launching a new religious freedom institute. That institute will be run out of Cardus, a non-partisan, faith-based think-tank that focuses on the role of religion in public life, the Canadian Press reported.

“Whether you’re a person of religious views or a person who just doesn’t want to have an opinion, the government through this action [of the attestation] is compelling belief,” said Bennett. “That has a certain totalitarian feel to it.”

The Trudeau government caused a firestorm of protest by requiring employers sign an attestation supporting abortion and gender identity “rights” to receive Canada Summer Job grants.

Faith leaders objected, saying the attestation was an ideologically driven “values test” they could not sign in good conscience. Liberal Employment Minister Patty Hajdu and Trudeau claimed the attestation did not touch on beliefs.

Bennett was appointed by the Harper Conservatives in 2013 to be Canada’s first ambassador to monitor religious freedom abroad. The Trudeau Liberals abolished the position in March 2016, over objections by the Tories, alleging they didn’t want to focus on one particular aspect of human rights. Bennett then took a position as director of the Hamilton-based Cardus Law.

He told Canadian Press his experiences working to protect religious freedom of persecuted minorities in other countries influenced his outlook.

Forcing belief is a “tendency that one can see in totalitarian societies,” he said.

When a government makes certain beliefs inherent to its national identity, “you’re saying person’s citizenship is not as valid, or you’re marginalizing them by saying, ‘you’re outside the tent.’”

Canada has more freedom, but “totalitarianism can creep into liberal democracies and we have to be vigilant against that,” Bennett said.

If the Trudeau Liberals want to safeguard a multicultural society where diversity is genuinely respected, they must protect the fundamental freedoms of all Canadians, “even when those fundamental freedoms are exercised in a way that goes against what the government believes,” he added.

A deacon in the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Bennett told Canadian Press that he was not affiliated with the Harper Conservatives, but maintained the neutral stance required of a public servant, which he had been since 2001.

Bennett said he has no ill will towards the Liberals for abolishing the position of religious freedom envoy, and he could have continued in public service, but wanted to do more in religious freedom.

The new institute will review religious freedom in all faiths and plans to hold a symposium that “looks at the nexus between religious and civil law that will encompass Halakah, the body of Jewish laws, Christian Canon law and Muslim Shariah law,” according to Canadian Press.

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Pro-abortion activists attempt to block Canada March for Life

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OTTAWA, May 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A group of pro-abortion activists gathered in a spot along the route of the March for Life, forcing the annual pro-life event to change its route to avoid the angry crowd, some of whom were wearing masks and many of whom were screaming obscenities.

Police officers had to stand in front of the pro-abortion crowd, on the other side of which stood the front of the March for Life procession.

At the front of the crowd was a banner proclaiming, “End the March for Life,” behind which stood several dozen people holding a variety of pro-abortion signs, as seen in video of the incident recorded by LifeSiteNews.

The video shows two woman with megaphones leading the crowd in chants such as “one, two, three, four, abortion is worth fighting for” and “bodily autonomy, not your misogyny.” Later the abortion supporters screamed, "hey hey, ho ho, this sexist s*** has got to go" along with the classic abortion-chant “keep your rosaries off my ovaries.” Several minutes later they screamed in unison, "pro-choice, we rejoice!"

A few of the protesters, including one of the chant leaders, can be seen wearing masks similar to those popularized by the radical left-wing Antifa movement.

Matt Cicero, an area activist who participated in the pro-abortion march, took credit for successfully “stopping” the March for Life and getting it to “turn around.” He also claimed more than 150 people took part in the counter-protest, which is apparently disrupting Ottawa traffic.

However, sources on the ground tell LifeSiteNews that the march has been able to successfully resume after altering the route, with police helping maintain peace and get the march underway again.

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Bishop: Michelle Wolf accidentally revealed the truth of abortion with ‘crass’ joke

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OTTAWA, Ontario, March 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-abortion comedian Michelle Wolf’s infamous abortion joke at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner inadvertently made a key pro-life point, according to the Bishop of Peterborough, Ontario.

During Wednesday night’s pro-life Mass for the Canadian March for Life at Ottawa’s St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Parish, Bishop Daniel Miehm cited Wolf’s remarks as an example of how “the truth has a way of slipping out,” even “when much of our modern culture these days wants to deny” it.

“You probably saw on the news or social media, at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner a week or ten days ago, there was an alleged comedian, Michelle Wolf, who made some very crass or offensive remarks about abortion, in addition to a lot of other unfunny stuff,” Miehm said. “And those supposed jokes – if you saw the footage – those so-called jokes landed with a dull thud in the room, even amongst that audience where you might have expected there’d be some folks who were very much in sympathy with some of her views.”

During the dinner, Wolf said in response to Vice President Mike Pence’s belief that abortion is murder, “don't knock it 'till you try it – and when you do try it, really knock it. You know, you've really got to get that baby out of there.” The performance elicited visible discomfort from the audience.

Miehm seized upon Wolf’s use of the word “baby” to describe who exactly is killed in an abortion.

“You know, she didn’t use any other euphemism. No more neutral term like ‘the fetus.’ I’m sure it was accidental. I’m sure it was not intended,” he said. “And yet, if it was a slip, it was a telling slip because it reminds us, and it states so eloquently, that the truth of what abortion is cannot be concealed.”

“And the wondrous fact of who a baby in the womb is cannot be concealed or completely masked, because the truth is the truth,” Miehm told the crowd. “And the truth has a way of asserting itself.”

He summarized the mission of Canada's annual March for Life as “passing on the truth, the sacredness of life, with integrity and conviction.”

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Pro-lifers defiant after Ottawa bans March for Life flag at city hall

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OTTAWA, March 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-lifers gathering for the Canadian March for Life today are objecting to the Ottawa City Hall’s refusal to allow a pro-life flag to be flown marking the occasion.

“They have their views, they’re entitled to it, but I don’t know why in heaven’s name they can’t respect other people’s views,” pro-life activist Francis Barrett told LifeSiteNews. He brought the pro-life flag to city hall this year anyway and waved it himself, along with a dozen other pro-lifers, along the property's edge.

“It’s not like we’re doing anything wrong,” he said. “We’re just drawing attention that there’s an awful lot of babies being killed.”

Barrett erected a flag at city hall for last year’s march, with the city’s permission. However, Ottawa’s pro-abortion Mayor Jim Watson had it taken down after backlash from pro-abortion activists and city councillors.

Watson also ordered a review of the city’s process for approving flags and proclamations, after having issued a “National March for Life Day” proclamation. That review resulted in new guidelines disqualifying any flag from an organization whose “undertakings or philosophy” are “politically or religiously motivated or represent other individual conviction.”

“Today, because they wouldn’t put our flag up, and the mayor would not give us a proclamation, which I think as Ottawa taxpayers we’re entitled to, he refused to do it, it appears that he’s taking for abortion,” Barrett continued. “He’s taking sides, and as a mayor he should not take sides, he should keep it neutral.”

He noted that even after the rule change, Ottawa continues to allow pro-LGBT flags to fly at city hall.

“It’s unfair, and it’s unconstitutional,” Barrett lamented, though he wasn’t surprised. “We know what we have up there on the hill. I won’t go any further on that one.”

“I had a permit and went through all the rigmarole” to be able to fly the flag myself, Barrett told the Ottawa Citizen. “I thought ‘How do I counter that.’ So here I am.”

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Pro-LGBT Vatican advisor Fr. James Martin: They called me ‘sexy’ at Met Gala

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NEW YORK, New York, May 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Fr. James Martin, a Vatican advisor and Jesuit priest who has established himself as an advocate of LGBT causes, tweeted from the Met Gala on Monday that a fellow attendee told him “I love that you got dressed up as a sexy priest.”

Martin listed other comments he received, including, “Funky outfit,” “I love your costume,” and “Is that, like, for real?” in reference to his priestly suit and collar.

Martin also “praise[d]” Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York City, for attending the event, opining that it “was wonderful that the local ordinary supported this historic exhibit on Catholicism.”

Martin has spoken positively of homosexual relationships and claims that gay couples should be able to kiss each other during the sign of peace at Mass. He claims the Bible has been “taken out of context” in its condemnation of homosexual acts, and has re-tweeted a complaint that Catholic priests can’t bless same-sex unions. Hispanics condemned him in 2017 for re-tweeting an immodest image that seemed to parody Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Met Gala is an annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. Numerous celebrities attend every year dressed in often immodest and sexually provocative costumes corresponding to that year’s theme.

This year, the Met Gala’s theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, and included a number of women’s outfits in the style of bishops’ liturgical vestments or sporting sacred symbols of the Catholic faith.

Pop star Rihanna dressed in a sexually-provocative outfit made to look like papal vestments, and Madonna Ciccone wore a dress with a cross shape carved in front of it to reveal her chest.

The exhibit included a sadomasochistic bondage mask covered in rosaries.

But rather than condemning the event, the Vatican supplied vestments for an accompanying clothing exhibit, and sent the boy’s choir of the Sistine Chapel to sing for partygoers. Cardinal Timothy Dolan called it a “great evening” and “the social event of the year.” He later denied that the event was blasphemous.

However, many Catholics condemned the event for blaspheming and insulting the Catholic religion, as well as for its poor taste. Among them was the British journalist and fallen-away Catholic Piers Morgan, who asked, “What the hell was the Vatican thinking?” Others included Raymond Arroyo, Ross Douthat, Laura Ingraham, and Matthew Schmitz at First Things.

Joseph Sciambra, an ex-gay and former porn star who returned to the Catholic faith of his youth, said that Martin’s apparent desire for attention is “sad and desperate.”

“Something very sad and desperate going on here,” wrote Sciambra on his Facebook page. “James Martin, this doesn’t mean anything. Every time I outreach in the gay community, I get hit on and hear meaningless compliments. But I’ve never felt the need to reveal that fact; except now. That someone said such a thing to Martin is not important, that he recounts the incident in detail - is very telling.”

“Who didn’t hug Martin when he was a boy?” asked Sciambra, who added, “It seems he needs constant praise and reassurance – for now, he has found a deep well in the Catholic LGBT community. . . . Too bad whatever is going on inside his mind had to play out on the world-stage. Sometimes, I just feel kind of sorry for him.”

“Anyone shocked that James Martin was mixed-up in the whole Met Gala?” asked Sciambra in another Facebook post. “That's part of the plan, and has been for a long time - get a few gullible and greedy Bishops to mix with wealthy/well-connected members of the LGBT community at $30,000 a pop cocktail parties - meet the same-sex partner, listen to how uncharitable the RCC is to gay couples, approve the dissident ministry, go back to the chancery feeling good about yourself. We just changed the Church. It worked with Cardinal Schonborn. Easy.”

Sciambra lamented the loss of the sense of the sacred in the Catholic Church, and believes that this has brought about an inversion of the sacred and the secular.

“When the RCC [Roman Catholic Church] lost a sense of the sacred, the secular world, in a desperate need to experience transcendence - made the sacred into something profane. I've noticed this for many years in the gay community,” said Sciambra.

All LifeSite coverage of the 2018 Met Gala can be found here.

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Majority of Canadians think Trudeau summer job abortion attestation ‘unfair’: poll

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OTTAWA, May 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A majority of Canadians believe the Justin Trudeau Liberal government’s summer job abortion attestation is “unfair,” a Knights of Columbus survey has found.

And while most — including Catholics — identify as “pro-choice,” two out of three Canadians believe abortion should be restricted after the first three months of pregnancy.

The poll was commissioned by the Connecticut-based International Headquarters and Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus and released the day before Canada’s March for Life in Ottawa.

It surveyed 1,837 Canadian respondents online in English and French on attitudes to abortion, and particularly the new Liberal policy requiring Canada Summer Job applicants sign an attestation supporting abortion and gender identity “rights.”

Of the poll’s respondents, 51 percent believe the Liberal summer job abortion attestation requirement is “unfair.” Twenty-three percent are not sure, and 27 percent believe it is fair.

Among Catholic respondents, 56 percent believe the requirement is unfair.

Forty-seven percent of Canadians believe the requirement is discriminatory towards pro-life people or organizations, while 27 percent are not sure, and 26 percent believe the attestation is not discriminatory.

And 43 percent believe the requirement violates Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Twenty-nine percent aren’t sure, and 28 percent believe it doesn’t violate the Charter.

'Distressing': Most Catholics don't even know about new pro-abortion requirement

While the attestation provoked a backlash of protest from faith leaders, 66 percent of poll respondents said they were unaware of the new requirement — a figure that rose to 68 percent among Catholics.

State deputy for Ontario Knights of Columbus Dan Heffernan says the poll “follows the efforts of the Ontario Knights of Columbus to bring attention” to the controversial Liberal policy.

“The requirement for the attestation in favour of abortion rights and sexual claims which are not in keeping with Church teaching could never be supported by faithful Catholics,” he told LifeSiteNews.

Indeed, representatives of Ontario’s 57,000 Knights voted unanimously to oppose the attestation at their April 21 convention, said Heffernan.

Ontario Knights also unanimously passed a resolution at the convention opposing “the recently enacted bubble zone law passed by the Ontario legislature, restricting prayer, protest, or counselling in the vicinity of abortion clinics or other health institutions,” he added.

The March for Life on Thursday is “a further effort to bring attention and awareness to these issues” and is supported by Knights and their families across Canada, he said. “Our voice will only continue to get louder going forward.”

The poll’s “distressing finding” that 66 percent of respondents didn’t know about the attestation shows there’s a need to “shed light” on the Liberal government’s “oppressive viewpoint,” says Phil Horgan, president of the Catholic Civil Rights League.

The poll “confirms the inclinations of Canadians from all walks of life that the demands of the federal government to force compliance with its oppressive demand for abortion absolutism and sexual politics ignores basic constitutional freedoms,” he told LifeSiteNews in an email.

The Trudeau government “remains adamant in ignoring the message. We disagree. We dissent. And forcing applicants to ‘just check the box’ is a callous infringement of our rights to oppose government policy,” said Horgan.

Trudeau came under fire recently for defending a Canada Summer Job grant to an environmental lobby group on the grounds that the Liberals support free speech and advocacy.

“Dissent is allowed when it comes to summer job funding if your group is opposed to the Kinder Morgan pipeline, otherwise supported by the federal government,” observed Horgan.

“But your soup kitchen, or summer camp, or small business is not allowed to maintain opposition to the unfettered abortion licence which exists in Canada if you seek summer job grants,” he added.

“The real effects arising from the government position will be felt by the clients such entities used to serve, but can no longer do so.”

The Knights of Columbus poll also found that two in three Canadians believe “abortion should be restricted to at least the first three months of pregnancy.”

That is true “even pro-choice respondents, 52 percent of whom support restricting abortion to the first three months of pregnancy or only in special circumstances,” it stated.

This contrasts starkly to the Trudeau Liberal view of abortion, as Horgan pointed out.

“The March for Life will assist in raising awareness of the reality of the extreme view of this federal government – who wish to be seen as abortion absolutists – despite majority support on addressing the lack of any law on abortion, let alone contravening cherished freedoms to hold a differing point of view,” he told LifeSiteNews.

“Add to this oppression the newly introduced limits on prayer, protest, or counselling enforced by bubble zone laws in many provinces, most recently enacted in Ontario, and just introduced in Alberta,” Horgan noted.

“There is a serious confluence of oppression on expressing points of view, which is unacceptable in a free democracy. We will continue to dissent.”

According to the Knights of Columbus survey, 62 percent of Canadians identify as “pro-choice,” 22 percent as pro-life, and 16 percent are not sure.

As for Catholic respondents, 53 identified as “pro-choice,” 26 percent as pro-life, and 21 percent were not sure.

The poll was conducted between April 13 and May 1, and has a margin of error of 2.18 percent. For the full results, go here.

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May 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – EWTN is offering live coverage of Canada's National March for Life on Parliament Hill starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. You can watch it right here on their live stream.

The March for Life rally starts around 12:30 pm, and the March itself happens around 1:30pm.

Find a full list of our coverage here.

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Social media uses #fakenews and Stalinist efforts to help repeal Ireland’s pro-life 8th amendment

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May 10, 2018 (The Radiance Foundation) – Social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google want to mine and control information. Like their news media predecessors, they are some of the largest culprits of disseminating #fakenews.

This is particularly heartbreaking because the internet was the average person’s means of circumventing a monolithic Leftist mainstream media. It was a powerful and cost-effective way for small nonprofits like ours (The Radiance Foundation) to get out a factual narrative that challenged the singular one regurgitated by an entire establishment.

But now, the Titans of “Tolerance” are showing their true (homogeneous) color. It’s Stalinist Red. Silicon Valley’s overt and transparent effort to thwart free speech is scary. Forget Russia’s alleged U.S. election meddling. The whole Leftist regime is meddling. The Left is fighting to repeal Ireland’s prolife position as enshrined in the nation’s 8th Amendment: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”

Global social media platforms, touted as making us an international community, are now punishing people for reaching across national boundaries to have meaningful conversations about issues that profoundly impact us all. In a blatant attempt to silence the #SaveThe8th messaging, Facebook will now prevent any foreign “ads” (including clearly identifiable boosted posts) from reaching Ireland’s Facebook users. Google announced it will refuse all ads on the referendum.

The pro-abortion side has celebritiesmainstream media and George Soros-funded groups like (Sh)Amnesty International to propagandize the small island nation. Prolifers depend on social media tools to communicate, but it’s become a separate and unequal situation. The Deities of Disinformation will not allow it. (I wonder if they’ll do the same for efforts to curb global human trafficking, or gendercide, or the plight of child laborers in developing countries?) We wouldn’t want to “meddle” in another nation’s political matters, right? The Washington Post article, which attacks prolife organizations for “interfering” and “distorting democratic politics”, features the pro-abortion #RepealThe8th campaign logo as its headline image. Nope. No interference there.

Facebook hides behind bogus efforts like the Transparency Referendum Initiative (TRI), which MSM describes as a “group of Irish technology advocates” who are calling for an “open, truthful and honest debate” in Ireland’s abortion referendum.

TRI is anything but open, truthful and honest. Scrutinizing this supposed “non-partisan” watchdog group and its claims requires something that is anathema to most of the news media—actual journalism. On its website, TRI claims: “We are building a database of all political ads targeting Irish Facebook users ahead of the referendum on the 8th amendment. We are publishing a list of these ads, so they are open to scrutiny by journalists, fact checkers and anyone wishing to understand the campaigns.”

Yet TRI’s effort is the #fakenews it claims to be exposing.

TRI’s database includes numerous U.S.-based prolife groups who’ve “stealthily” paid for political ads in order to influence the abortion referendum. Keep in mind, they claim to “filter” Facebook ads by using, in part, these keywords: abortion, unborn, foetus, pro-choice, pro-life. So basically, that would include anything ever posted about abortion. That’s not a filter. It’s a catch-all. This explains why the fraudulent TRI included The Radiance Foundation, LifeSiteNews, and Rachel’s Vineyard, for instance, in its widely reported database. From CNN to Politico to The New York Times to Wired to the Irish Times and many more, leftist journos repeat TRI’s lies.

Radiance is included in this bogus database for our post expressing support for NIFLA’s (National Institute of Family and Life Advocates)  battle at the Supreme Court here in the United States. The post has everything to do with pro-abortion legislation trying to force pregnancy centers to promote abortion; it has absolutely nothing to do with Ireland’s referendum.

And here’s the irony. Facebook forces Radiance to boost some of our posts because the “progressive” platform suppresses our content all the time. Another irony: the post features our meme that says: “Love Free Speech.” This particular TRI-identified post was boosted for a whopping $5.49!

The same applies to LifeSiteNews.com. Not a single one of the four LifeSiteNews entries in TRI’s database has to do with Ireland’s Abortion Referendum. Three are generic appeals for donations (see here, here, and here), and one is about Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signing a 15-week abortion ban. Yup. I can see how some would confuse that for Ireland.

Rachel’s Vineyard, a very nonpolitical post-abortion ministry, is also included for its completely unrelated post.

Do you see the #fakenews trend here? Yet mainstream media holds up TRI as some kind of unbiased and legitimate information source. I even reached out to one of TRI’s founders, Liz Carolan, who boasted on Twitter of the massive media coverage her fraudulent initiative is receiving: “Stories built using our work today in Vice, Politico & Open Democracy – anyone who thought they could misuse social media in this referendum & get away with it was mistaken.”

I asked her why she’s misusing social media by including our post in the database despite it having nothing to do with Ireland’s abortion referendum. In an evasive response she claimed: “Our database is built from ads that are found in the Facebook feeds of Irish people, which has content related to the forthcoming referendum, which is on abortion access, so any content that fits this criteria is left in.” First of all, anyone who uses terminology like “abortion access” is not neutral in this fight; only pro-abortion activists use that language. Secondly, our content didn’t fit the criteria. Thirdly, when I asked her if she’d remove our unrelated post from the database, she ignored the question.

Any mainstream media outlet could have asked her the same questions and more. How many of these hundreds of entries are bogus? The bigger question, though, is one of free speech. How long until Google, Facebook and Twitter decide to muzzle everyone whose perspective doesn’t fit their criteria?

Editor’s note: Ryan Bomberger is the Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of The Radiance Foundation. He is happily married to his best friend, Bethany, who is the Executive Director of Radiance. They are adoptive parents with four awesome munchkins. Ryan is a factivist, creative agitator, and international public speaker who loves illuminating that every human life has purpose. This first appeared at The Radiance Foundation and is reprinted here by permission. 

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Facebook and Google are ‘rigging’ the Irish abortion referendum

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IRELAND, May 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In Ireland’s forthcoming abortion referendum, Google and Facebook have shown their true colors.

On Tuesday, Facebook started to block adverts relating to the referendum that did not originate from advertisers inside Ireland.

Now, Google says all advertising relating to the referendum vote will be blocked.

These moves have been warmly welcomed by Ireland’s ‘Yes’ to abortion campaign. That tells us all we need to know as to why it has happened.

The censorship by Google and Facebook is a blow to the ‘No’ to abortion campaign. The pro-life campaign had planned an intensification of an existing online advertising presence in the closing weeks of the campaign before polling day on May 25th.

So Ireland’s beleaguered pro-lifers look with dismay at Google’s decision.

The irony is that Google’s decision – which takes the unprecedented step of banning all advertisements, including those from Irish citizens and campaigns – amounts to what they claim they are trying to prevent, namely, ‘foreign interference.’

They are depriving the campaign to save the 8th Amendment – the Irish Constitution’s guarantee of ‘the right to life of the unborn’ – of one of its most important platforms.

Not content with having the majority of Ireland’s media advocating, overtly or covertly, for a ‘Yes’ vote, the pro-abortion lobby now wants to shut down online debate.

Not content with having the political establishment firmly on their side, the ‘Yes’ campaign now wishes to use the most totalitarian method available: silence the opposition by preventing pro-life arguments from coming into Ireland.

Of course, there is no talk of blocking the freely available U.S. and British media coverage of the referendum, which has been as equally pro-abortion and one-sided as the mainstream Irish media’s coverage.

The Irish political establishment cannot afford to lose this referendum. Their political masters and funders, not least in the EU and UN, are counting on them. Domestic political careers will end if the referendum is not carried.

The pro-abortion political elite of Ireland is worried. Recent opinion polls on the referendum have been saying the same thing week after week. The pro-abortion campaign is losing ground; the pro-life campaign is gaining ground.

The previously ‘soft’ campaigning of the pro-abortionists, misusing the word ‘compassion’ at every turn, is moving now into negative. Suddenly pictures of babies in the womb are deemed ‘offensive’; pictures of what an abortion looks like in reality are said to be ‘beyond the pale.’ 

Commentators, who are barely able to disguise their loathing of what they term ‘anti-abortionists,’ are outraged by these photographs. Well, if such images are so horrible to look at – and they are horrible – then maybe what’s shown in them shouldn’t become a legalized daily reality in Ireland.

The reality of those horrific images is exactly what is being voted on.

The way the ‘Yes’ campaign has manipulated the media, one would think the whole referendum is about the ‘right to travel abroad to seek medical treatment.’

It isn’t.

It never was.

The referendum is about the fact that the baby on the poster, the baby in the womb, shares the same humanity as the person looking at him. And, if that is the case, then that child deserves the same protection and rights as anyone else.

With days to go before polling day, expect more dirty tricks from the political elite backing the ‘Yes’ campaign. Remember, this referendum must be won, no matter how many times freedom of speech is overridden, no matter how many future Irish lives are going to be lost through legalized abortion, no matter how many women’s bodies are maimed.

The silencing of the debate just days before voters go to the polls is a sinister move of the lowest sort. The pro-abortion side knows that the truth of abortion is something that no one will ever vote for. Therefore, that truth has to be hidden and, instead, a lie propagated. It is time to unmask that lie and those who orchestrate its propagation.

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