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StatsCan confirms again: 491 babies who died after failed abortions were *born alive*

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February 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Pro-life media reported in the fall on shocking data from StatsCan suggesting 491 babies had died after they were born alive following failed abortions between 2000 and 2009.

After three months of silence from Canada’s major media outlets, the story exploded into the mainstream on Thursday after three MPs called for an RCMP investigation into possible homicides.

And, of course, along with the greater attention comes greater scrutiny.

Since LifeSiteNews.com first reported the StatsCan data in November some have suggested these 491 deaths include stillbirths, because the medical code indicating their cause of death (P96.4) does indeed include stillbirths.

The criticism came despite StatsCan’s statement to us, reported in the original story, that the deaths with that code on the particular data table in question (CANSIM table 102-0536) are live births.

And the concern only heightened yesterday when the Globe and Mail, Canada’s so-called “newspaper of record,” reported that the 491 deaths included stillbirths: 

Statistics Canada said the 491 cases that it counted during the 10-year period referred to matters where “the cause of death or stillbirth is an abortion.”

…Statistics Canada added it also included stillbirths when “the aborted fetus is born dead but meets the provincial requirements [birth weight and/or gestational age].”

I contacted the reporter, Daniel Leblanc, alerting him to the information we received from StatsCan in November, and he informed me that the statement he received yesterday was different.

So, I went to StatsCan again, and here’s what Senior Analyst Owen Phillips told me about the statement they made to Mr. Leblanc:

This statement failed to make the clarification that the 491 deaths identified from CANSIM table 102-0536 are all live births where the underlying cause of death is P96.4: data on stillbirths are stored separately from those on deaths, and Statistics Canada does not produce a standard table of stillbirths by underlying cause. (Emphasis added.)

All they sent Mr. Leblanc was a description of code P96.4, which includes stillbirths, without the clarification that the relevant table does not include stillbirths.

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As far I can tell Mr. Leblanc was the only mainstream reporter to ask StatsCan about this data yesterday, so kudos to him for doing his due diligence. Unfortunately, it appears the federal stats agency fell short this time around. Let's hope the Globe and Mail issues a correction.

In the end, the point is that all of these babies were born alive, and thus fall under the Criminal Code’s protections against homicide. We are not dealing with abortion, but suspected cases of infanticide that ought to be investigated as homicides.

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Vatican’s ‘climate change’ light show skipped the most endangered species of all – the unborn child

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December 8, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – I just watched the rather spectacular light show at the Vatican featuring some of the most dazzling graphics imaginable broadcast onto the façade and dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.  It’s hard to criticize something with so much artistry and beauty. It was a parade of the most endangered species and habitats on the planet in bright color and an impressive sound track to accompany it.

One of the big problems, of course, is that it’s an inappropriate venue for such a show. Just as you wouldn’t store coloring books in the tabernacle or use a chalice to drink your coffee, the façade of a Church consecrated to the worship of God is not the place for a – albeit beautiful – work of political advocacy.

Even if we ignore the difficulty of mixing the sacred with the profane and we turn to the message itself, how could the Catholic Church countenance a display of the world’s endangered animals and habitats and fail to include the most endangered of all – the unborn child?  The habitat of the womb, which was revered as a sacred place of nourishment and care, has become one of the most deadly places on the planet. Wanton dismemberment of innocent human beings takes place by the tens of millions around the globe each year.

STORY: Vatican, World Bank partner to launch Year of Mercy with St. Peter’s ‘climate change’ light show

But those endangered lives, and that habitat, does not fit within the agenda of the Vatican’s partners in the climate change push.  The World Bank, the major financial backer of the venture, is actually on the other side, pushing for the extinction of the right to life for unborn children and to make the habitat of the womb forever hostile to the inviolable protection for God’s children being knit together in the wombs of their mothers.

As the Year of Mercy launches with this show, it makes me wonder if we’re testing God’s mercy rather than celebrating it.



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Watch for yourself: Video of Pope Francis’ remarks on condoms

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December 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – LifeSiteNews’ publication of a news story detailing Pope Francis’ statements on the plane returning from Africa on November 30 has caused much reaction. I will admit it’s hard to believe the pope actually said what he did. I had the same reaction when I saw his comments to the Lutheran Church in Rome about communion. I would have found it hard to believe if I couldn’t watch the video myself.

Some reaction to our coverage suggested that we used faulty translation and did not put the Pope’s words into context. Therefore we’ve put together the video of the Pope’s remarks on the plane about condoms with the official Vatican English translations (Vatican Information Service) at the bottom of the video. In those instances where the Vatican omitted translation we’ve supplied the missing words.

Therefore you can see for yourself what the pope said, in the context given by the Vatican. We stand by our earlier coverage.

STORY: Pope Francis attacks ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics, dismisses condom ban as unimportant

The Vatican’s own rendition says, “A South African correspondent commented on the devastation caused by AIDS in Africa, where the epidemic continues, and where prevention is still the key. He asked the Pope whether or not it was time to change the Church's position on the use of condoms.”

Here is the full text of the Pope’s response as rendered by the Vatican Information Service:

The question seems to me to be too narrow, or rather a partial question. Yes, it is one of the methods; the morality of the Church finds itself before a perplexity: it is the fifth or the sixth commandment, defending life, or that the sexual relationship must be open to life? … This questions makes me think about what they did to Jesus once. 'Tell me Master, is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?'. It is obligatory to heal! … But malnutrition, the exploitation of people, slave labour, the lack of drinking water: these are the problems. Let us not ask if we can use this sticking plaster or another for a small wound. The great wound is social injustice, the injustice of the environment, the injustice that I have mentioned such as exploitation and malnutrition. … I do not like to make reference to such specific cases when people die for lack of water or hunger, because of their habitat. … When everyone has been healed, when there are no longer these tragic diseases caused by mankind, either by social injustice or to earn more money. … Then we can ask the question, 'is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?'. Why do they continue the production and trafficking of weapons? Wars are the greatest cause of mortality. … I would say, do not think about whether or not it is lawful to heal on the Sabbath. I would like to say to humanity: ensure justice, and when everyone is healed, when there is no more injustice in this world, we can talk about the Sabbath.

Please see the video for the full remarks:



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VIDEO: Pope says ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics do ‘great harm’ which ‘must be combated’

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December 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- LifeSiteNews’ publication of a news story detailing the Pope Francis’ statements on the plane returning from Africa on November 30 has caused much reaction. I will admit it’s hard to believe the pope actually said what he did. I had the same reaction when I saw his comments to the Lutheran Church in Rome about Communion. I would have found it hard to believe if I couldn’t watch the video myself.

Some reaction to our coverage suggested that we used faulty translation and did not put the pope’s words into context. Therefore we’ve put together the video of the pope’s remarks on the plane about fundamentalist Catholics with the official Vatican English translations (Vatican Information Service) at the bottom of the video. In those instances where the Vatican omitted translation we’ve supplied the missing words.

Therefore you can see for yourself what the pope said, in the context given by the Vatican. We stand by our earlier coverage.

The Vatican’s own rendition says, “A French journalist asked whether, faced with the danger of fundamentalism, religious leaders should intervene in the political arena.”  As part of his response, according to the Vatican, the pope said, “Fundamentalism is a sickness that we find in all religions.” He added, “Among Catholics there are many, not a few, many, who believe to hold the absolute truth and they go ahead by harming others with slander and defamation, and they do great harm…  And it must be combated.”

Please see the video for the full remarks:



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