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Trudeau’s foreign minister ducks question on Canada funding illegal abortions overseas

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OTTAWA, June 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s foreign minister won’t say if she believes Justin Trudeau’s government is or is not funding illegal activity by giving money to abortion giant Marie Stopes International.

Liberal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland dodged the question from Conservative MP Garnett Genuis last Wednesday, instead asserting her belief in abortion -- not just for Canadian women, but for women everywhere.

Genuis quizzed Freeland on Canada’s funding of the scandal-plagued Marie Stopes International during the June 6 meeting of the standing committee on foreign affairs and international development.

“The budget gave $5 million to Marie Stopes International. Is the government confident that Marie Stopes International does not break the law in countries where it operates?” noted Genuis, Conservative shadow minister for foreign affairs.

“Let me be very clear on the direction of that question. We have a feminist prime minister. I am a feminist, and I am proud that we have a feminist foreign policy,” responded Freeland.

“I that it is an absolute right of women to control their own bodies,” added the minister.

“I believe that sexual and reproductive health for women is their right. I believe that is a right for Canadian women and I am proud to stand up to women around the world to have that right,” Freeland went on.

“We, sadly, are living in a time when the sexual and reproductive rights of women in some countries in the world is limited,” asserted Freeland.

“That is wrong, and as you know, Canada has stepped its support for sexual and reproductive health for women in parts to fill that void.”

Genuis’ question was very much on point, given Marie Stopes International’s history.

In a 2007 video recorded by the Population Research Institute, Paul Cornelissen, the South African Program Director for Marie Stopes International, admitted, “We do illegal abortions all over the world.”

In 2004, the Marie Stopes Kenya clinic, sponsored by the UN Population Fund, admitted to providing illegal abortions to Kenyan women.

In 2012, Zambia banned Marie Stopes International from the country after it discovered the abortion agency had committed 490 illegal abortions in five months.

And in January 2017, the UK-based Culture of Life Africa released Killing Africa, a 16-minute video documenting that Marie Stopes International had been performing illegal abortions in Uganda, dumping the bodies of aborted babies in open sewers, and concealing this practice from the U.S. foreign aid Agency USAID.

Marie Stopes is reported the largest abortion provider in the UK, responsible for annually killing 60,000 to 70,000 British children in utero.

It’s also one of the largest abortion providers in the developing world, where it promotes and provides abortion and abortifacient contraception in 37 countries.

When Genuis asked Freeland his question a second time, the minister accused the Alberta Tory MP of making “insinuations” and pivoted once more to a woman’s “right” to choose.

“I again want to address the underlying point which is being insinuated and pushed there, and I would like Canadians to be very aware of the tendency of that question,” Freeland stated.

“I would be delighted to have the Conservative Party, rather than make insinuations, if you are opposed to abortion, if you want to limit a woman’s right to choose in Canada or around the world, please come out and say it clearly.”

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau subsequently lauded Freeland, by retweeting an MP’s praise for “seeing through the insidious line of questioning” of Genuis.

But Matt Wojciechowski, who represents Campaign Life Coalition at the United Nations, says Freeland and the Trudeau administration are completely out of touch with the rest of the world.

“In parts of the world where abortion is illegal, it is illegal because that’s what the people and their government’s desire. If they wanted to legalize abortion, they have the means to do so,” he told LifeSiteNews.

Freeland’s response is “unbelievably arrogant and condescending, but it shows how determined she is to spread these radical ideologies worldwide. This is ideological colonization,” Wojciechowski said.

“What’s sad isn’t that many countries around the world limit abortion, as Freeland states, but that our Canadian government is using our tax dollars to fund organizations that break laws, kill preborn children and engage in advocacy work to liberalize current laws,” he added.

“There is nothing ‘feminist,’ or empowering to women about killing their unborn children.”

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The devastating results of rejecting God’s command: ‘Be fruitful and multiply’

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Editor’s note: The full text of John-Henry Westen’s talk appears at the bottom of the article.

ROME, June 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The demeaning jokes and public admonishments endured by parents of large families is not an expression of political correctness but the result of guilt incurred by those who have rejected God’s command to be “fruitful and multiply,” said John-Henry Westen, editor-in-chief and co-founder of LifeSiteNews, at a recent conference in Rome.   

Mothers and Fathers of big families “are walking billboards of openness to life which torment the consciences of those who reject God’s blessing and command to be fruitful and multiply,” he said to a gathering of members of the newly formed JP II Academy for Human Life and Family in Rome on May 21. The conference was titled "Humanae Vitae 50 - Veritatis Splendor 25."

Westen, who himself is the father of a family of eight, noted that the public criticisms mostly come from women, and is related to their guilt for having turned their backs on the very first commandment of God to man found in Scripture: 

And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth, (Genesis 1:28).

“This constant teaching of the Church is what lead to one of the greatest compliments to motherhood ever penned,” said Westen.  “Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty, the great apostle against communism wrote:

The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral—a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body. Even the angels have not been given such a grace! What is more glorious than this: to be a mother.

“Man looks for various goods happiness, peace, joy, fulfillment, friendship, kinship, intimacy, freedom from poverty, and health,” said Westen, “But the rejection of God’s first command to mankind results in the loss of all of these goods, just as the result of the first sin by our parents resulted in the loss of the garden of Paradise.”

God Hates Contraception

“The Holy Bible indicates that God hates contraception,” declared Westen. “As the encyclical Casti Connubi says, God ‘regards with greatest detestation this horrible crime and at times has punished it with death.’ As St. Augustine notes, ‘Intercourse even with one's legitimate wife is unlawful and wicked where the conception of the offspring is prevented. Onan, the son of Judah, did this and the Lord killed him for it.’”

The rejection of God’s command to be fruitful and multiply in our current age can be seen as the heart of the attack on marriage and the family. 

“The late Cardinal Caffarra revealed at our Rome Life Forum last year that this attack is the fulfillment of Our Lady of Fatima’s prophecy of the ‘final battle between Our Lord and the Reign of Satan.’”

The Prophetic Nature of Humanae Vitae

“Humanae Vitae warned of many of the consequences of the acceptance of contraception in ways which make it look like a prophetic document today,” said Westen, noting that the encyclical warned of four resulting trends: 

  • A general lowering of moral standards throughout society;
  • A rise in infidelity;
  • A lessening of respect for women by men;
  • And the coercive use of reproductive technologies by governments.

“You often hear that ‘it’s not so bad now, things were worse in the past,’” said Westen.   “Empirically however, that is not true.”

  • There are more people who view pornography on TV, the internet and movies today then there were people alive in 1917 when Our Lady warned that more people go to hell for sins of the flesh than any other reason.
  • Despite the claims of Planned Parenthood, consistent findings over the last three decades show that contraception increases rather than decreases abortion. And there are more deaths by abortion in the last 50 years than deaths by war in the history of the world.
  • Men outnumber women by 70 million in China and India.  The consequences of having too many men, now coming of age, are far-reaching: Beyond an epidemic of loneliness, the imbalance distorts labor markets, drives up savings rates in China and drives down consumption, artificially inflates certain property values, and parallels increases in violent crime, trafficking or prostitution in a growing number of locations.
  • Out of China’s population of 1.4 billion, there are nearly 34 million more males than females — the equivalent of almost the entire population of California, or Poland, who will never find wives and only rarely have sex.”
  • In India the problem is worse with an excess of 37 million males. It is the same as the whole population of Canada, all men, with no women at all.

“Even apart from the warnings of Humanae Vitae, the aftermath of contraception’s proliferation are devastating,” said Westen.  

“The side effects of contraception are today well known.  Hormonal contraception increases users’ risk of blood clots, hair loss, brain shrinkage, hardening of the arteries, weight gain, decreased libido, and negative effects on mood, self-control, and energy level and increased infertility. There is an increased suicide risk, and cervical cancer risk, and of course a recognized increased risk of breast cancer.”

Westen went on to cite a litany of the unintended but very real consequences of society’s embrace of contraception.  

Loneliness:

The German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported that gerontology researchers have linked the epidemic of loneliness among the elderly to a contraceptive mentality:  “...the fact that more and more people are opting not to have children threatens to worsen the isolation experienced by older people. Indeed, childlessness significantly increases the risk of loneliness.” [German Center of Gerontology] director Clemens Tesch-Römer.

In Germany over 20% of people aged over 70 have regular contact with only one person or none. Over two million Germans aged over 80 live alone. “One in four receives a visit less than once a month from friends and acquaintances, and nearly one in 10 is not visited by anyone anymore,” Der Spiegel reported in 2013.

Islam’s Takeover of Europe

“If you want to see the face of Europe in 100 years, barring a miracle, look to the faces of young Muslim immigrants,” said Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput at a 2017 Napa Institute conference.  “Islam has a future because Islam believes in children.” 

Same Sex ‘Marriage’

Justice Kennedy explicitly rejected the notion that marriage is intrinsically oriented to procreation, writing: “An ability, desire, or promise to procreate is not and has not been a prerequisite for a valid marriage in any state.”” With the stress on the end or good of union, we are seeing these sorts of results, so it only confirms me in stressing the procreative end as the proprium of marriage. 

The Most Devastating Sign Is the Damage in the Church

Since shortly after the election of Pope Francis there has been a steady stream of population control pushers speaking at the Vatican including even Paul Ehrlich, the father of the population control movement. The head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Sciences, Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, who ran most of those conferences, is himself a population control advocate saying on camera at one such Vatican conference that limiting births was an obligation of the Church.

Pope Francis himself, on January 19, 2015 while speaking of "responsible" parenthood, cautioned against Catholics being “like rabbits.” 

Moreover, when Pope Francis was asked about “avoiding pregnancy” in areas at risk of Zika virus transmission, he said unlike abortion “On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil.” “In certain cases, as in this one, (Zika) it was clear,” he said. Asked for clarification, the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis was approving use of contraceptives and condoms in grave cases. 

Contraception Brands with the Guilt of a Grave Sin

Pope Pius XI said, “Any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin.”

“With our anti-natalist culture we are also depriving young married couples of the few years they have to beget children,” said Westen.  “That short space of some twenty years flies by -- as we know once we reach middle age. So many young people realize today only after it is too late the joy of having children, of having many children.” 

“God is indeed the author of life. It is indeed a command to be fruitful and multiply. It is also a blessing,” he concluded.  

LifeSiteNews is pleased to provide Westen's full talk below. 

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The aftermath of the rejection of God’s command to be fruitful and multiply

By John-Henry Westen

Many parents of large families are criticized publicly both in demeaning jokes and public admonishments for having too many children. Often these public criticisms come from women, and I believe it is related to guilt.

That guilt is present because it is not only divine but natural law which recognizes in the heart of man that the primary end of marriage is the begetting of children.

Guilt, when it doesn’t lead to repentance and reformation leads to condemnation of those who live according to divine and natural law. Those who obey the law are a living witness to the truth and thus a reproach without words to those who flout the law of God.

In the Apocalypse Ch. 11 we read of the two witnesses:

“After they finish their witness for some three years the Anti-Christ kills them. 8And their bodies shall lie in the streets of the great city, … and they of the tribes, and peoples, and tongues, and nations, shall see their bodies for three days and a half: and they shall not allow their bodies to be buried. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over their deaths, and make merry: and shall send gifts one to another, because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt upon the earth.”

Mothers and Fathers of large families should not wonder why they receive such animosity from some quarters for their mere presence. They are walking billboards of openness to life which torment the consciences of those who reject God’s blessing and command to be fruitful and multiply.

It was indeed the very first command God gave to man at his creation.

In Genesis 1:28 we read: “And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth.”

God is the author of life. As the Scriptures teach, He “opens the womb.”

Joshua 24:3-4: “Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan, and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac; and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. …”

Ruth 4:13: “So Bo’az took Ruth and she became his wife; … and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son.”

As every Christian pro-lifer knows, Scripture describes God as the primary creator: “Thy hands fashioned and made me” (Job 10:8); “… the LORD who made you, who formed you from the womb …” (Is 44:2; cf. 44:24).

This constant teaching of the Church is what lead to one of the greatest compliments to motherhood ever penned. Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty, the great apostle against communism wrote:

"The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral—a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body. Even the angels have not been given such a grace! What is more glorious than this: to be a mother."

Man looks for various goods happiness, peace, joy, fulfillment, friendship, kinship, intimacy, freedom from poverty, and health.

But the rejection of God’s first command to mankind results in the loss of all of these goods, just as the result of the first sin by our parents resulted in the loss of the garden of Paradise.

It was the first command and blessing. It was repeated after the flood to Noah and his children. It was the constant blessing for the ancient Jews.

The Holy Bible indicates that God hates contraception. As the encyclical Casti Connubi says, God “regards with greatest detestation this horrible crime and at times has punished it with death. As St. Augustine notes, "Intercourse even with one's legitimate wife is unlawful and wicked where the conception of the offspring is prevented. Onan, the son of Juda, did this and the Lord killed him for it."

The rejection of God’s command to be fruitful and multiply in our current age can be seen as the heart of the attack on marriage and the family. The late Cardinal Caffarra revealed at our Rome Life Forum last year that this attack is the fulfillment of Our Lady of Fatima’s prophecy of the “final battle between Our Lord and the Reign of Satan”.

The most significant decline in the birth rate did not begin as most think in the 60s, the decent began in 1930 with the promotion of the condom. It was the precursor to the sexual revolution, which was given the definitive spark with the pill. And it was directly correlated with a unprecedented rise in divorce rates.

Humanae Vitae warned of many of the consequences of the acceptance of contraception in ways which make it look like a prophetic document today.

The encyclical warned of four resulting trends: a general lowering of moral standards throughout society; a rise in infidelity; a lessening of respect for women by men; and the coercive use of reproductive technologies by governments.

A general lowering of moral standards is painfully obvious today. 

Pope Paul VI warned: “Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires...”

You often hear that ‘it’s not so bad now, things were worse in the past.’ Empirically however, that is not true.

There are more people who view pornography on TV, the internet and movies today then there were people alive in 1917 when Our Lady warned that more people go to hell for sins of the flesh than any other reason.

Despite the claims of Planned Parenthood, consistent findings over the last three decades show that contraception increases rather than decreases abortion. And there are more deaths by abortion in the last 50 years than deaths by war in the history of the world.

And for the proof of Pope Paul VI’s prediction on the coercive use of reproductive technology by governments I will quote from a recent April 18 article in the extremely liberal Washington Post.

Washington Post, April 18, 2018: 

Nothing like this has happened in human history. A combination of cultural preferences, government decree and modern medical technology in the world’s two largest countries has created a gender imbalance on a continental scale. Men outnumber women by 70 million in China and India.

The consequences of having too many men, now coming of age, are far-reaching: Beyond an epidemic of loneliness, the imbalance distorts labor markets, drives up savings rates in China and drives down consumption, artificially inflates certain property values, and parallels increases in violent crime, trafficking or prostitution in a growing number of locations.

Those consequences are not confined to China and India, but reach deep into their Asian neighbors and distort the economies of Europe and the Americas, as well. Barely recognized, the ramifications of too many men are only starting to come into sight.

“In the future, there will be millions of men who can’t marry, and that could pose a very big risk to society,” warns Li Shuzhuo, a leading demographer at Xi’an Jiaotong University.

Out of China’s population of 1.4 billion, there are nearly 34 million more males than females — the equivalent of almost the entire population of California, or Poland, who will never find wives and only rarely have sex.” 

In India the problem is worse with an excess of 37 million males. It is the same as the whole population of Canada, all men, with no women at all.

If you’re wonder how the liberal Washington Post got away with writing such a thing, it was the headline “TOO MANY MEN”.

Even apart from the warnings of Humanae Vitae, the aftermath of contraception’s proliferation are devastating.

The side effects of contraception are today well known.

Hormonal contraception increases users’ risk of blood clots, hair loss, brain shrinkage, hardening of the arteries, weight gain, decreased libido, and negative effects on mood, self-control, and energy level and increased infertility. There is an increased suicide risk, and cervical cancer risk, and of course a recognized increased risk of breast cancer. 

One of the less obvious effects is loneliness

The German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported that gerontology researchers have linked the epidemic of loneliness among the elderly to a contraceptive mentality:

“...the fact that more and more people are opting not to have children threatens to worsen the isolation experienced by older people. Indeed, childlessness significantly increases the risk of loneliness.” [German Center of Gerontology] director Clemens Tesch-Römer.

In Germany over 20% of people aged over 70 have regular contact with only one person or none. Over two million Germans aged over 80 live alone. “One in four receives a visit less than once a month from friends and acquaintances, and nearly one in 10 is not visited by anyone anymore,” Der Spiegel reported in 2013.

According to the New York Times, four thousand elderly Japanese now die alone every week. Every year there are news stories in Japan of people who die alone in their homes. Often their deaths go unnoticed and unremarked for weeks or months, rent and utility payments silently flowing out of the deceased’s bank accounts, until finally neighbors complain about a bad smell.

There is now a Japanese business whose business is to clean apartments after the corpses of “lonelies” are discovered in them.

In Britain the issue of loneliness is so serious, said to affect nine million people in the UK, that the government has appointed a Minister for loneliness.  

Islamic take over

“If you want to see the face of Europe in 100 years, barring a miracle, look to the faces of young Muslim immigrants.” Thus said Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput at a 2017 Napa Institute conference.

“Islam has a future because Islam believes in children,” he said. 

Writer William Kilpatrick points out that a number of observers of the European scene project that large parts of Europe will be Islamic already within three or four decades. “And if you were to wander by mistake into the no-go zones that surround Paris, you would think that the “faces of young Muslim immigrants” is already the face of Europe,” he said.

Same Sex ‘Marriage’

The main argument behind the U.S. Supreme Court 2015 decision that legalized same-sex “marriage.” 

Claiming that the institution of marriage has “evolved over time,” Justice Kennedy wrote that the essence of the marital bond is a sharing of intimacy, which does not require partners of opposite sexes. He argued that the plaintiffs in the Obergefell case were not undermining the institution of marriage, but showing their respect for that institution by seeking to participate in it. 

Justice Kennedy explicitly rejected the notion that marriage is intrinsically oriented to procreation, writing: “An ability, desire, or promise to procreate is not and has not been a prerequisite for a valid marriage in any state.”” With the stress on the end or good of union, we are seeing these sorts of results, so it only confirms me in stressing the procreative end as the proprium of marriage. 

Killing businesses

The famous USA Toys "R" Us' company announced this year that it will be closing all its stores.

They explained in a recent filing: "Most of our end-customers are newborns and children," and "as a result, our revenues are dependent on the birth rates in countries where we operate."

In that same filing, Toys "R" Us continued: "In recent years, many countries' birth rates have dropped or stagnated…A continued and significant decline in the number of newborns and children in these countries could have a material adverse effect on our operating results."

But in the case of Toy’s R Us it seems a poetic justice. For years, Toys "R" Us donated to Planned Parenthood -- they were literally donating money to put themselves out of business.

In the USA Planned Parenthood alone kills some 300,000 of Toys "R" Us' own target demographic. 

The worst sign is the damage in the Church

Since shortly after the election of Pope Francis there has been a steady stream of population control pushers speaking at the Vatican including even Paul Ehrlich, the father of the population control movement. The head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Sciences, Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, who ran most of those conferences, is himself a population control advocate saying on camera at one such Vatican conference that limiting births was an obligation of the Church.

Pope Francis himself, on January 19, 2015 while speaking of "responsible" parenthood, cautioned against Catholics being “like rabbits.” 

Moreover, when Pope Francis was asked about “avoiding pregnancy” in areas at risk of Zika virus transmission, he said unlike abortion “On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil.” “In certain cases, as in this one, (Zika) it was clear,” he said. Asked for clarification, the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis was approving use of contraceptives and condoms in grave cases. 

Condemnation of Lambeth

Compare that to the strength of the Catholic Church’s response when the Anglican Church at the Lambeth conference gave a very tentative and shy approval to contraception.

When the Anglicans first approved of contraception in 1930 at the Lambeth Conference, it was done with words and sentiments very similar to the justifications for second marriage (without annulment) provided in Amoris Laetitia.

At Lambeth, the Anglican leadership didn’t just plainly say contraception was now permitted. They pointed to hard cases and employed many heart-rending justifications to get to what was the first breach against openness to life in the Christian world.

“Where there is clearly felt moral obligation to limit or avoid parenthood, the method must be decided on Christian principles,” said the Lambeth resolution.

It continued: 

“The primary and obvious method is complete abstinence from intercourse (as far as may be necessary) in a life of discipline and self-control lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless in those cases where there is such a clearly felt moral obligation to limit or avoid parenthood, and where there is a morally sound reason for avoiding complete abstinence, the Conference agrees that other methods may be used, provided that this is done in the light of the same Christian principles. The Conference records its strong condemnation of the use of any methods of conception control from motives of selfishness, luxury, or mere convenience.”

Despite all of the Christian-sounding justifications presented at the Lambeth Conference, the Catholic Church at the time pronounced its judgment on the Anglican decision in Pope Pius XI's encyclical Casti Connubii.

Pope Pius XI lambasted the Lambeth Conference approval of contraception. Even though he didn’t name the Anglicans he made it eminently clear to whom he was referring.

In paragraph 56 of Casti Connubii, the Pope described the Lambeth decision as “openly departing from the uninterrupted Christian tradition” for “another doctrine” which constitutes “moral ruin.”

The decision “defiled” the chastity of marriage with a “foul stain,” he said.

Pope Pius’ conclusion on this point bears repeating for all of us to hear, even more urgently than was necessary in his own time.

He said: “any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin.”

Conclusion

Finally, with our anti-natalist culture we are also depriving young married couples of the few years they have to beget children. That short space of some twenty years flies by -- as we know once we reach middle age. So many young people realize today only after it is too late the joy of having children, of having many children. 

God is indeed the author of life. It is indeed a command to be fruitful and multiply. It is also a blessing.

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Parents petition Doug Ford to repeal Wynne’s ‘explicit’ sex-ed by September

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TORONTO, June 11, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – A pro-family organization in Ontario has launched an online petition asking Premier-elect Doug Ford to repeal Kathleen Wynne’s “radical” sex-ed curriculum in time for the upcoming new school year.

“I am asking you to repeal Kathleen Wynne’s radical sex ed curriculum by the start of the new school year on Tuesday, September 4, 2018,” states the petition created by Campaign Life Coalition (CLC). 

The petition is already circulating rapidly amongst parents in all parts of Ontario. It has garnered 1,800 signatures as of this writing. CLC plans to hand-deliver the petitions to Doug Ford.

“The voting public has given Premier Ford a huge and very clear mandate to implement all of his campaign promises,” said Jim Hughes, CLC’s National President. 

“That includes repealing Kathleen Wynne’s radical sex-ed curriculum - one of his key pledges – which helped deliver a crushing victory against the Wynne Liberals,” he added.

“During the leadership race, Mr. Ford told Campaign Life Coalition that he would make repealing and replacing the Wynne/Levin sex program “an early priority” in his administration,” said Jeff Gunnarson, CLC’s Vice-President.  

“The day after the election, Ford repeated his repeal pledge, but didn’t 100% commit to doing so by the start of the 2018/2019 school year. Parents are calling on the Premier-elect to repeal the sex-ed curriculum no later than the first day of school on Tuesday, September 4th, and we aim to ensure he does,” he added.

States the petition to Ford: “I am counting on you, Premier Ford, to not let another school day go by where our innocent children are subjected to ideological Liberal indoctrination and anti-scientific theories, such as the radical notion that being a boy or a girl is unconnected to one’s biological reality.”

“Defend our parental rights. Protect our children from explicit, age-inappropriate topics like anal sex and masturbation. Repeal the sex curriculum by September,” it states. 

The petition can be found here

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Globalist George Soros laments Trump’s victory: ‘everything…has gone wrong’

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ZURICH, Switzerland, June 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The winds of American and global politics are currently blowing against him, left-wing mega-donor George Soros admitted in a new interview.

“Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong,” the billionaire financier acknowledged Saturday in an interview with the Washington Post. Chief among Soros’ defeats is the victory of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, despite Soros donating $9 million to pro-Clinton super PACs in the 2016 election cycle and more than $25 million to Democrats overall.

“Apparently, I was living in my own bubble,” Soros said, admitting he didn’t expect Trump -- a controversial businessman and celebrity who had never sought political office before -- to win the presidency.

Also counting against him were Great Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union that same year and the fact that his involvement in political campaigns around the world has often become a liability for his own causes.

While he continues to find himself on the winning side of key battles, such as Ireland’s legalization of abortion or the Alabama special election that sent pro-abortion Doug Jones to the Senate, he has also lost battles, such as the Hungarian prime minister election and district attorney elections in California.

Conservatives often frame Soros as a malevolent influence on elections, using his fortune to impose leftist ideology all over the world. “It makes it very difficult for me to speak effectively,” he admitted.

But despite claiming to have often been “taken out of context,” Soros continues to spend his millions on a wide range of left-wing causes such as abortion, euthanasia, and population control, as well as same-sex “marriage,” transgenderism, and more.

Further, he has every intention of continuing to do so. His New York-based Open Society Foundations spends $940 million annually in 100 different countries, including $150 million per year funding the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the leading abortion provider Planned Parenthood, and other liberal groups.

Soros says he intends to spend at least $15 million to elect Democrats in this fall’s midterm elections. He is also involved in the “Win Justice” PAC, an alliance of Planned Parenthood and other liberal groups that plans to spend $30 million to mobilize young, female, and minority voters in Senate battleground races.

Promoting abortion-on-demand in America and abroad has been an area of particular emphasis for Soros. According to the Media Research Center, he has donated more than $21 million to Planned Parenthood since 2000, and gave last year’s so-called Women’s March on Washington almost $90 million via donations to more than 100 partnered organizations such as NARAL and the National Abortion Federation.

Abortion policy is also one of the areas in which the effect of Trump’s election has been the most pronounced.

Pro-life activists have cheered Trump for pursuing a wide range of pro-life policies, including reinstating and expanding the Mexico City policy barring overseas abortion funding, signing a law letting states defund abortion providers, appointing a record number of federal judges, taking executive actions to protect religious liberty, and most recently disqualifying abortion providers from Title X family planning subsidies.

The Trump administration has also called on Congress to fully defund Planned Parenthood and ban late-term abortions, actively resisted pro-abortion bias at the United Nations, and opened a Justice Department investigation into Planned Parenthood for selling and allegedly profiting off organs from aborted babies.

But while George Soros recognizes his own role in his various setbacks, ultimately he claims the pushback as a badge of honor.

“When I look at the enemies I have all over the world, I must be doing something right,” Soros told the Post, vowing to “redouble my efforts” to bring about is vision for the world.

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Cardinal Dolan rebukes liberal Jesuit: We must end abortion, and not with contraception

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June 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The outgoing U.S. bishops’ pro-life chief Cardinal Timothy Dolan has said that the pro-life movement absolutely must make abortion illegal, rebuking Jesuit Father Thomas Reese’s recent suggestion that pro-lifers give up on that and promote contraception instead.

“Besides supporting programs to help mothers and children, the pro-life movement also has to support birth control as a means of avoiding unwanted pregnancies. Planned pregnancies do not get aborted; many unplanned pregnancies do,” the Jesuit wrote after Ireland voted to legalize abortion.

Contraception is the “lesser of two evils,” Reese argued.

“The contraceptive mandate of the Obama administration will do more to reduce the number of abortions than all of the legislative gimmicks of Republican legislators,” the elderly Jesuit wrote. “If European Catholic institutions can pay money into national health programs that perform abortions, then American Catholic employers can pay for insurance programs that pay for birth control.”

“If abortion is never going to be illegal, pro-lifers must consider voting for candidates, even pro-choice Democrats,” Reese wrote, claiming that Democrats “will reduce the number of abortions by supporting programs that help mothers and their children.”

Dolan, the archbishop of New York, responded:

One of Reese’s most troubling assertions is that contraception should be used to reduce abortions. In addition to rejecting the church’s teaching that contraception is itself morally flawed, and the fact that it can be medically harmful to women, his reasoning is questionable.

In reality, more than half of women seeking abortion were actually using contraception during the month they became pregnant, and studies have shown that once contraception is more widely available, abortion rates may actually rise!

Another reality is that some contraceptive drugs and devices may work by preventing the newly conceived embryo from implanting in the womb and surviving. It is difficult to claim that we can reduce abortions by promoting drugs that may sometimes induce an early abortion.

There is a host of evidence that suggests left-wing, big government policies do not reduce abortions. Rather, pro-life laws are very effective at cutting abortion numbers, as social scientist and professor Dr. Michael New has documented extensively.

Reese suggested that “increasing the minimum wage” and government handouts might be the best solution to child killing.  

Reese’s article did not give credit to the thousands of non-government pro-life programs, resources, and organizations that help moms facing unplanned pregnancies.

“Pro-life voters must choose between Republican rhetoric and Democratic results,” Reese wrote.

The Democratic party’s 2016 platform advocated for taxpayer-funded abortions at home and abroad, overturning any state and federal restrictions on abortion, and called abortion “core” to people’s “health and well-being.”

It’s an “unnecessary dichotomy” to say the pro-life movement should give up “all efforts to legally protect unborn human life, and work only to reduce the number of abortions” through left-wing programs, Cardinal Dolan responded. “Catholic tradition and basic human rights teach us that every human being has an inalienable right to life that must be recognized and protected in law. While the law is not the only means of protecting life, it plays a key and decisive role in affecting both human behavior and thinking. We cannot give up!”

Dolan said he does agree with “some” of Reese’s suggestions for reducing abortions, but overall the Jesuit’s strategy is a “capitulation to the abortion culture, and a grave weakening of the powerful pro-life witness.”

Dolan also dismantled Reese’s claim that because certain polls indicate support for abortion, pro-life activists should essentially give up.

“Reese would rightly be disappointed, as would I, if pro-immigration reformers were to give up because polls discourage them,” Dolan noted. “We would lament if anti-capital punishment advocates in some states were to surrender because of polls showing their fellow citizens were not on their side. I expect he would laudably urge them to persevere. Why not pro-lifers?”

Reese also admitted, “while I would be happy to see Planned Parenthood put out of business, closing clinics that provide health care and birth control to women before replacements are up and running is irresponsible and counterproductive.”

Planned Parenthood, in addition to aborting over 300,000 babies annually, offers transgender hormones to minors and adults, encourages minors to look at pornography and try “pooping” on each other as part of “sexual exploration,” and has been caught covering up and ignoring sex trafficking and sex abuse.

Most Planned Parenthood facilities do not offer any prenatal care, and will only perform an ultrasound if it’s part of an abortion.

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June 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Father James Martin, the Jesuit priest who uses his large social media following to advocate for the Catholic Church to embrace homosexuality, has accepted the Vatican’s invitation to speak at the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin.

Martin’s presentation is titled “Exploring how Parishes can support those families with members who identify as LGBTI+,” in what may be the first instance of the Vatican seemingly denying the reality that there are only two genders.

The World Meeting of Families is a massive Vatican-sanctioned Catholic conference scheduled to take place in Dublin in August 2018. Pope Francis is speaking at it, just as he spoke at the Philadelphia Meeting in 2015. The gathering’s 2018 theme is Amoris Laetitia.

At 11:00 a.m. Irish time on Monday, the Holy See Press Office published the pope’s Ireland schedule along with what it called “Highlights from the Pastoral Programme for the 9th World Meeting of Families in Dublin.” Martin’s talk was included on that list.

Father Martin “causes scandal wherever he goes,” Austin Ruse, president of the Center for Family and Human Rights, told LifeSiteNews. “It is deeply disappointing but not at all surprising he was invited to this event.”

“He says he does not challenge Church teaching, yet he says homosexuality is not disordered but merely differently ordered,” continued Ruse. “My hope is that faithful Catholics in Ireland will strenuously object to his appearance. He undermines the great work of groups like Courage and he confuses young men who may be same-sex attracted.”

Father Martin wrote on Facebook today that he was “delighted to share some news that has been in the works for some time.”

“At the invitation of the Vatican's Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, and the Archdiocese of Dublin, I'll be speaking at the World Meeting of Families #WMOF2018 in August, as part of the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland, on how the church can welcome families with LGBT members,” he wrote. “The invitation sends a clear and powerful message from the Vatican to LGBT Catholics, their parents and their families: you belong and you are welcome.”

“The message [of the World Meeting of Families] to L.G.B.T. Catholics seems straightforward: you're an important part of the church,” Martin told America magazine. “I’m tremendously grateful for this invitation, not so much for what it says about my own ministry or writing but what it says to L.G.B.T. Catholics, a group of people who have for so long felt excluded. I hope they see this invitation, which had to be approved by the Vatican, as an unmistakable sign of welcome from the church.”

 

Archbishops Diarmuid Martin of Dublin and Eamon Martin of Armagh, who are neither related to each other nor Father Martin, held a press briefing today on the pope’s newly-released itinerary for his Ireland visit. Archbishop Eamon Martin is the Primate of All Ireland. His office did not immediately return a request for comment on Father Martin’s inclusion on the program.

The Vatican appointed Father Martin as a communications consultant in 2017. After Father Martin accepted an award from the dissident pro-gay group New Ways Ministry, he published a book on how the Church should be more accepting of the homosexual lifestyle. Four U.S. Catholic bishops have endorsed it.

Although Father Martin has won the praise of liberal bishops like Cardinal Blase Cupich and Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the head of the Vatican’s liturgy office, Cardinal Robert Sarah, has publicly rebuked the Jesuit for his errant views. Cardinal Sarah labeled Martin “one of the most outspoken critics of the church’s message with regard to sexuality.”

Father Martin says language about homosexual activity and inclinations (not people) being “disordered” needs to be removed from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He supports gay men kissing each other during the sign of peace at Mass, says that a Catholic attending a same-sex “wedding” is like attending a Jewish wedding, and suggests that his critics are secretly gay themselves.

His record of pro-gay activism is lengthy and ranges from his many speeches and media appearances promoting homosexuality to his retweeting of a complaint that priests can’t “bless” gay unions to suggesting that the Church is full of “homophobia” and “marginalizes” the same-sex attracted.

Father Martin says homosexual priests should “come out” about their sexual proclivities, but has publicly declined to say whether he himself is gay.

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June 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Netflix has released a brief preview for a cross-dressing themed superhero cartoon. It will debut later this year on the popular streaming platform.

“During the day, they work in a department store and deal with their uptight bitchy boss,” reads the official synopsis for “Super Drags,” the upcoming show. “By night, they tighten up their corsets and transform into the baddest SUPER DRAGS in town, ready to combat shade and rescue the world's glitter from the evil villains. Get ready, because the SUPER DRAGS are going deeper than you think.”

The 38-second trailer (content advisory for suggestive imagery) offers few details, but depicts the stylized lead characters suiting up, with the camera focusing on their chests and behinds. The only dialogue is a decidedly-male “huh?” coming from a character in a green dress, blonde wig, and heavy eyeliner and lipstick.

The five-episode series is the brainchild of Anderson Mahanski, Fernando Mendonça, and Paulo Lescaut of Brazilian animation studio Combo Studios, the Brazilian website CosmoNerd reports.

“We are thrilled that our first Brazilian animation will present our audiences with the daring, scandalous and fabulous world of Super Drags!” Netflix director of original international content Chris Sanagustin said according to Animation Magazine. “Netflix is fortunate to invest in great animation talent from Brazil, bringing the vibrant trait of Combo and the acidic mood of our producers to the beautiful and the canvases from every corner.”

“Thanks to Netflix we can take the Brazilian animation and mainly the LGBTQ representativeness to the 190 countries that have access to the service,” the show’s executive producer Marcelo Pereira added.

RELATED: Say goodbye to Netflix to protect your mind and soul

In a similar yet more extreme vein, a cartoon called “Drag Tots,” about baby drag queens and featuring the voice of drag icon RuPaul, is in the works for RuPaul’s LGBT streaming service WOW Presents Plus.

There’s no word yet on an age rating or target audience for “Super Drags.” Netflix features a number of adult cartoons such as “Big Mouth,” which has come under fire for featuring graphic depictions of pubescent characters exploring their sexual curiosity. 

But while “Big Mouth” and others carry a TV-MA rating, and Netflix’s parental controls allow parents to limit the content their kids can access by rating, the company also promotes vulgar sexual messages via “Bill Nye Saves the World,” which it suggests is acceptable for children as young as middle school via its TV-14 rating.

Regardless of such concerns, pro-LGBT advocates are embracing the cartoon.

“Our bodies are ready” for “Super Drags,” Pride.com’s Taylor Henderson writes. “I am SHAKING,” PopSugar’s Ryan Roschke declares. The trailer “does not give much away,” Nick Duffy of PinkNews says, “but we are hyped.”

The show “looks to combine everything we love in this world,” SyFy channel blogger Courtney Enlow writes. “This is truly a perfect gift to kick off Pride month.”

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DUBLIN, Ireland, June 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The head of the Irish government has declared that doctors will not be able to completely avoid facilitating abortions once the procedure is finally legalized.

Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar said Monday that while general practitioners (GPs) will be free to “conscientiously object” to directly facilitating abortion procedures, they will not be allowed to avoid referring patients who seek one to a willing doctor.

Refusing to provide abortion referrals would be akin to telling women, “you're on your own, love,” Varadkar declared, according to RTE. That, he said, was no longer tolerable after Irish citizens voted last month to repeal the Eighth Amendment recognizing a preborn right to life.

The comments are the latest indication that Ireland’s upcoming abortion regime will be far more radical than what repeal supporters advertised during the campaign.

At the heart of their argument was a government proposal to legalize elective first-trimester abortions, with later abortions supposedly limited to medical emergencies or fatal fetal abnormalities. Many pro-abortion advocates, including Varadkar, framed legalization as a moderate step necessary to serve rape victims and pregnant women in life-threatening medical emergencies.

However, pro-lifers warned that the plan’s “health exceptions” were broad enough to legalize many late-term abortions for non-emergencies, and that it would lead to exterminating disabled or otherwise imperfect children. They have also challenged the premise that abortion is necessary to save women’s lives, noting that Ireland has one of the world’s lowest maternal mortality rates.

Since the vote, the Irish government has made additional moves confirming that the incoming abortion laws will be far from moderate. Health Minister Simon Harris has called for abortions to be covered at taxpayer expense, and for “exclusion zones” to restrict pro-lifers protesting, praying, or sidewalk counseling outside of facilities that perform abortions.

“Forcing a doctor to take part in that goes against everything they have been trained to do,” Pro-Life Campaign spokeswoman Cora Sherlock declared in response to the latest news.

“It is unreasonable to force doctors who disagree with ending life to partake in it in any way. This is neither particular nor strange in a democracy,” she continued.

Varadkar’s comments come as the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) is calling for the finalized abortion law to include an “opt-in” provision ensuring that only physicians who support abortion will have to be involved.

The Taoiseach has previously endorsed an opt-in for performing abortions, leading NAGP president Dr. Maitiu O’Tuathail to welcome “clarification” from Varadkar on conscience protections in light of his comments about abortion referrals.

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Twitter CEO apologizes for eating at Chick-fil-A, says he forgot its Christian ‘background’

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June 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The head of Twitter apologized over the weekend for having dinner at Chick-fil-A as a private citizen, in response to liberal outrage over the restaurant chain’s Christian values.

On Saturday evening, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted a screenshot showing he had eaten at a Los Angeles Chick-fil-a location:

Chick-fil-a is famously operated on the Christian principles of its national leadership, including closing on Sundays, listing “to glorify God” as part of its corporate purpose, and its active charitable arm. In recent years, liberals have attempted to boycott the chain due to CEO Dan Cathy’s stated opposition to same-sex “marriage” and the company’s donations to social conservative groups such as Family Research Council and Focus on the Family.

Many homosexual employees and customers have testified that Chick-fil-A’s principles have never translated to mistreating them, and the protests have failed to stem the company’s popularity or expansion. Nevertheless, a variety of left-wing pundits, artists, and others pounced on Dorsey for boosting Chick-fil-A during LGBT “Pride Month”:

Other followers agreed with his original tweet and defended Dorsey’s decision to frequent the chain, but on Sunday the CEO apologized, saying he had “completely forgot[ten] about their background”:

In response, various observers criticized Dorsey both for caving to what many called the “Twitter mob,” and for suggesting Chick-fil-A’s “background” was something ugly:

While the overwhelming majority of the responses were in that vein, a few left-wing Twitter users deemed Dorsey’s statement of regret insufficient:

Dorsey is the latest in a long line of both public and private figures to be publicly shamed for associating with ideas, individuals, or groups opposed by the LGBT lobby. Earlier this month, the workout company ChrossFit fired Indianapolis affiliate owner Brandon Lowe and knowledge officer Russell Berger because Lowe had canceled a “pride” event at his gym and Berger had publicly supported him for opposing “sin.”

However, in Dorsey’s case it may be true that he simply forgot Chick-fil-A’s conservative Christianity, and would have boycotted it had he remembered. He has advertised his personal support LGBT “pride” since at least 2013, and in 2015 he declared that “if you refuse LGBT's business, we don't want your business.”

In April, Dorsey endorsed as a “great read” an article declaring that the Republican Party were “the bad guys on the wrong side of history” akin to the slaveholding South, who must be “beaten, and badly” by a Democratic supermajority that must dominate American politics for at least a generation.

To many, Dorsey’s endorsement was seen as additional confirmation of partisan intent behind evidence that Twitter discriminates against conservative voices on its officially-neutral platform. The company has attempted to block a number of pro-life advertisements and allows left-wing groups such as the pro-homosexual GLAAD to advise it on “trust and safety” issues. In addition, Twitter insiders have been caught on video admitting that they “shadow-ban” conservative users, and have admitted to Congress to censoring hashtags of interest to conservatives during the 2016 election. 

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VIRGINIA, June 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A man running to represent Virginia in Congress who admits he is a pedophile wants to make adult-child sex, including incest, legal.

Convicted felon Nathan Larson is competing in the primary of Virginia’s 10th district as a Libertarian (the party says he’s been expelled). In addition to admitting to the Huffington Post that he is a pedophile, Larson is supportive of assisted suicide, white supremacy, and the legalization of child pornography.

He advocates for “legalizing early marriage” and ending age limits to holding office or voting.

“Since young women begin to enter their years of peak beauty and fertility before age 18, it is unreasonable and unrealistic to expect that they wait till that age before having sex and children,” Larson’s campaign manifesto says.

On May 31, the Huffington Post published an interview with Larson in which he confirmed he is a pedophile and ran online sites for pedophiles:

When asked whether he’s a pedophile or just writes about pedophilia, he said, “It’s a mix of both. When people go over the top there’s a grain of truth to what they say.”

Asked whether there was a “grain of truth” in his essay about father-daughter incest and another about raping his ex-wife repeatedly, he said yes, offering that plenty of women have rape fantasies.

On one of those sites, Larson wrote about his desire to “bang” his daughter, of whom he does not have custody; he’s also written “numerous posts endorsing child rape and other forms of sexual abuse,” the Huffington Post noted.

Larson confirmed to the Huffington Post that he wrote on one of those sites, “After sex with kids is legalized, parents (or other guardians) will still be gatekeepers to some extent, and a lot of them will want to bang their own kids and not share with others.”

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Another website Larson ran advocated for “convicted or potential sex offenders to be able to kill themselves at clinics legally, according to cached images,” the Washington Post reported.

“Many of the other issues I mention above also are relevant to suicide rights,” Larson wrote in his manifesto. “Legalizing barbiturates, heavy machine guns, etc. makes available reliable and peaceful means of suicide for those who need them.”

His ex-wife committed suicide several years ago. When she was still alive, Larson raped her.

The felony of which Larson is convicted is threatening to kill the President of the United States. The threat was made in 2008, and the Washington Post reports it was against either former President Bush or Obama. Larson will be able to vote for himself thanks to former Governor Terry McAuliffe, who restored voting rights for felons.

In his campaign manifesto, archived on the web from his now-gone campaign website, Larson praised Adolf Hitler and detailed his support of white supremacy and Nazi ideology.

“At the end of the day, though, it is in the best interests of all races that whites defeat the Jews in the fight for supremacy in America,” he wrote.

The incumbent in Virginia’s 10th district is moderate Republican Barbara Comstock. She faces an uphill battle against whoever wins the Democratic primary tomorrow, as her district has swerved to the left.

Larson told the Washington Post he had collected the 1,000 signatures necessary to get on the ballot, but it does not appear he has filed a report with the Federal Election Committee, meaning he has raised little or no money.

Last week, news resurfaced that Disney hired a convicted pedophile to work on a kids’ TV show in 2006. The live-action talking-dog comedy Show Dogs was pulled from theaters last month after parents complained it groomed kids to submit to pedophiles. Academy Award-winning Call Me By Your Name, though, received much praise last year even though it was about man-boy sex.

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Mom who almost aborted baby asks U.K. High Court to strike down ban on pro-life vigils

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LONDON, June 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – London’s High Court heard legal arguments on Thursday in a challenge to the so-called “buffer zone” imposed by a London Borough in response to peaceful pro-life vigils at an abortion facility in Ealing, West London. 

In April 2018, the London Borough of Ealing became the first U.K. Local Authority to enforce what is termed a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for the area around an abortion facility in Ealing. The stated purpose of this sanction was “to protect women from distress and intimidation” on their way into the abortion centre. 

Ealing council had unanimously approved the PSPO having been convinced by abortion providers, such as the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, and their supporters that such “zones” are necessary. During the public consultation prior to the decision being made, the picture painted was of the peaceful protest outside the facility consisting of “groups” approaching women as they entered there and then either showing them explicit pictures of abortions or calling them names. Some advocating for the “buffer zones” maintained that the very act of peaceful protest outside an abortion facility was an act of intimidation to women. 

Following the passing of this first PSPO in England, other English local councils, with yet more encouragement from various abortion providers and their advocates, are also considering following Ealing Council’s lead. Therefore, today’s hearing at the High Court is seen by many as a test case with any outcome closely monitored by other councils. It is expected that if the court upholds Ealing’s current legal order then other similar “zones” could be introduced elsewhere in Britain. 

The High Court challenge to the Ealing decision to impose a “buffer zone” around the Ealing abortion facility has been brought by Alina Dulgheriu of the Be Here For Me campaign. In 2011, she changed her mind about having an abortion after meeting a pro-life witness outside an abortion facility. As result of that meeting, she received practical and financial help, to say nothing of much needed moral support, and went through with her pregnancy. Today she has a six-year-old daughter. One of the other consequences of this life-changing meeting was Dulgheriu became active in the pro-life movement. She regularly attends vigils outside abortion facilities organised by such groups as the Good Counsel Network. 

Alasdair Henderson, the lawyer representing Dulgheriu, told the court that the ban on the vigil being within 100 metres of the abortion facility should be struck down, as its effect upon the continued witness of pro-life groups was “inherently disproportionate”. He said it particularly affected the pro-life witness of women such as Dulgheriu, whose actions amounted to little more than “two or three people waiting outside [such facilities] quietly offering leaflets and praying”.

Henderson went on to say that Ealing Council’s PSPO had “wide ramifications for freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and other issues”. He urged the court to declare the PSPO unlawful, invalid and an unjustified interference under the European Convention on Human Rights.

In response to the claims from lawyers representing Ealing Council that women were being “intimidated” by pro-life vigils, Henderson stated that those giving witness outside an abortion facility “are pro-life, their sole means of achieving that is to offer help and support to women considering abortion." He added: "Not only do [pro-life groups] condemn active harassment or intimidation [but] they emphatically deny they have done anything approaching it [as] such behaviour would be entirely counter-productive to what they want to do."

The court also heard that pro-life vigils have been taking place outside the Ealing abortion facility for over 20 years. In that period it has not increased in size. Also, during that time, there has not been an arrest or a prosecution for any offence. 

Judgement was reserved to an as-yet unconfirmed date.

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SYDNEY, June 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Minister for Women Tanya Davies was one of just eighteen members of the New South Wales Parliament to vote against a measure restricting pro-life witness in the vicinity of abortion facilities in a contentious overnight vote last week.

The bill passed with 61 votes in favor around 1:20 AM Friday morning, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports, after several hours of debate. It makes it a crime punishable by jail time to film people entering or exiting abortion facilities, or engage in conduct the law deems “harassment” or “intimidation,” within 150 meters of an abortion facility

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro were among the law’s supporters. 

However, while the bill passed overwhelmingly, pro-abortion voices have singled out Davies and Minister for Family and Community Services (and former sex discrimination minister) Pru Goward for opposing it.

Davies said that the bill would take away real “choice” from women. 

“These volunteers care deeply about the women. They offer support and information that they know will not always necessarily be provided within the abortion clinic,” Davies argued, challenging the premise that harassment will be the only form of interaction targeted. “They are providing the other pieces of information that some women choose to accept. They don’t force their views onto these women. They are offering simply another choice to those women. 

“Yet this bill will criminalize that offer of choice and the sharing of information,” she added.

 Davies is pro-life, while Goward said she is a "strong supporter" of abortion but still had to oppose the bill because of her “visceral” commitment to free speech. Censorship "often begins gently and sensitively,” she warned.

Their stand received numerous bitter denunciations from pro-abortion lawmakers and pundits, not only calling for them to lose their jobs but labeling them traitors to their own sex.

"I honestly cannot believe that the Minister for Women would vote against women's safety,” an unidentified government “backbencher,” told ABC. “Un-f*cking believable.” Another said people should “seriously question if [Davies’] position is tenable.”

News.com.au reporter Alexis Carey called the two ladies’ defense of pro-life speech an “act of betrayal so shocking it’s almost laughable,” an indication of “dodgy morals” for which Davies in particular should “immediately” resign.

However, Davies and Goward weren’t the only ones to oppose the bill.

Multicultural Affairs and Disability Services Minister Ray Williams, said he could "never ever" back legislation to potentially imprison someone for "counselling, speaking or praying,” while Liberal MP Alister Henskens predicted it would inflame protests rather than quell them by “creat[ing] a new context for civil protest."

"This legislation goes further than a simple change of law establishing a 150m exclusion zone," Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said after the vote. "It is a direct attack on freedom of religion, speech and association."

Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, and the Northern Territory already have similar laws on the books, though Victoria and Tasmania’s are currently facing legal challenge. The NSW law is expected to face a lawsuit as well.

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The successful applicant will be tasked with finding and writing top-notch shareable content that will inspire readers to engage in the battle for life, family, and faith. He or she must be a highly motivated journalist with at least two years of experience writing, editing, and publishing for online, social media conscious publications. 

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PHOENIX, Arizona, June 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – With religious liberty advocates divided on the significance of Jack Phillips’ recent Supreme Court victory for future cases, another ruling has just bolstered the fears of pessimists.

Last Monday, the United States’ highest court ruled 7-2 that Colorado discriminated against the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner’s religious beliefs while trying to force him to provide a cake for a same-sex “wedding.” But on Thursday, the Arizona Court of Appeals upheld a Phoenix city ordinance forcing a local wedding invitation business to serve gay unions.

Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski own Brush & Nib Studio, a small business founded on Christian values. They say they willingly serve any customer regardless of sexuality, but draw the line at being forced to produce custom messages endorsing events that violate their beliefs.

“It’s not about who walks in the door. It’s about what message they’re asked to create,” Alliance Defense Fund attorney Jonathan Scruggs, who represented the duo, explained Thursday.

Despite that fact, the judges ruled that the case was “one of a blanket refusal of service to the LGBTQ community,” so the studio’s services were not “entitled to First Amendment free speech protections.”

“We have previously found that eliminating discrimination constitutes a compelling interest...antidiscrimination ordinances are not aimed at the suppression of speech, but at the elimination of discriminatory conduct,” Judge Lawrence Winthrop wrote. 

If Duka and Koski “want to operate their for-profit business as a public accommodation, they cannot discriminate against potential patrons based on sexual orientation,” he added, again disregarding the distinction between gay individuals and events endorsing homosexuality.

“Artists shouldn’t be forced under threat of fines and jail time to create artwork contrary to their core convictions,” Scruggs responded. “The court’s decision allows the government to compel two artists who happily serve everyone to convey a message about marriage they disagree with.” ADF plans to appeal the ruling to the Arizona Supreme Court.

The setback comes just days after Duka and Koski said they were “thrilled” by the Masterpiece ruling, according to Scruggs. However, the appeals court cited the very same ruling in its decision against them.

In Masterpiece, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that “clear and impermissible hostility toward [Phillips’] sincere religious beliefs” in public statements by Colorado officials were the deciding factor in determining that the state discriminated, but expressly allowed that the same government actions might be constitutional if pursued without expressing religious animus.

Accordingly, Winthrop ruled that there was “no evidence in the record to support any suggestion that Phoenix’s adoption of (the ordinance) or its interpretation as it relates to Brush & Nib, has been anything other than neutral toward and respectful of their sincerely-expressed religious beliefs.”

“In light of these cases and consistent with the United States Supreme Court’s decisions, we recognize that a law allowing appellants to refuse service to customers based on sexual orientation would constitute a ‘grave and continuing harm,'” he concluded.

The latest ruling undermines reassurances from pundits such as National Review’s David French, who called skeptical conservatives “killjoys” for warning that the ruling’s positive consequences would be limited. “Religious-liberty attorneys are hunting through the records of other cases for similar statements,” he wrote, arguing that many cases currently pending contain clear examples of open hostility to religion.

However, while judges may well rule as French predicts in such cases, many regulators are likely to heed Kennedy’s opinion and speak with greater restraint in public, in hopes that courts will ultimately side with Kennedy’s declaration that government has the power to protect the “dignity of gay persons who are, or wish to be, married.”

Other conservative legal experts, including Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz and Williams College political science professor Darel Paul, are doubtful the Masterpiece majority would side with religious liberty in such a case. 

“Only profound naïveté can spin the majority decision as a victory for religious liberty,” Paul wrote. “In light of the failure of a proposed state [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] to pass the state House of Representatives in each of the past three years, the chances of Phillips’s being allowed to persist in his practices is slim.”

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