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B.C. MLA wants bigger abortion-clinic ‘bubble zones’ in wake of local 40 Days for Life campaign

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VIEW ROYAL, British Columbia, October 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A local British Columbian pro-life group, turning up the pressure on Vancouver Island’s abortuary during the 40 Days for Life campaign, has caused a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) to campaign for a bigger “bubble zone” around provincial abortion clinics, from 50 to 60 metres.

Maurine Karagianis, NDP MLA for Esquimalt-Royal Roads, has accused the pro-lifers of “verbal assault” and “emotional assault” on women “seeking services” at the Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic, which is directed by abortionist Dr. Konia Trouton.

“(Clinic staff) are very concerned about the really aggressive nature of the protestors,” she told Victoria News, adding that the “clinic is asking for the bubble zone to be increased so that they can push some of those protestors further back.”

Steve Weatherbe, President of Choose Life Victoria, is calling Karagianis’s claims “just bogus”.

“It’s just Karagianis interpreting our presence as assaultive,” he told LifeSiteNews.com.

Karagianis, who was re-elected in May, is the opposition critic for Women’s Issues and Child Care.

Choose Life Victoria is on day 29 of 40 Days for Life, a campaign to end abortion through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil at abortion clinics, and community outreach.

Weatherbe said his group is always careful about how it interacts with people.

“We’re very careful — in our signage and what we do when people engage us in conversation — to be very passive, generous, charitable, and mild.”

But Karagianis believes that she has a valid case for a larger bubble zone. According to Victoria News, West Shore RCMP allegedly received a call about a member of the pro-life group entering the abortion clinic on October 10.

Weatherbe confirmed that a new member of the pro-life group did enter the abortuary to ask questions about the kinds of services provided, but that the woman did not violate the bubble zone ordinance since it is not illegal for a woman to seek information about what services a business provides.

“There are certain things you can’t do inside the bubble zone, and one of them isn’t that you can’t go and ask questions of the staff,” he said.

West Shore RCMP told LifeSiteNews that it did not have a record of the incident, and even if it did, it would not allow for its release.

Weatherbe said that Karagianis’ is trying to silence opposition to abortion.

“Her intention — her side will say anything — is to get us out of there because they want to create a moral vacuum around the clinic. They want a place where nobody questions what’s going on,” he said.

“They want [the abortion clinic] to continue going on as it did for tens years before we came on the scene. They want it to continue on as a place where nobody even knows [the clinic] exists so that the people of View Royal can go on complacently passing by everyday a place that kills a thousand babies a year.”

B.C.’s “bubble zone” law was passed in 1995, seven years after the 1988 Morgentaler decision where the Supreme Court decriminalized abortion, stripping away the few remaining legal protections offered to unborn babies. The law forced pro-life demonstrators away from abortion clinics. Violators can be fined up to $5000 and six months in jail, with greater penalties for subsequent offences.

B.C.’s Appeal Court upheld the bubble-zone law in 2008, with Justice Catherine Ryan ruling at that time that the “object of the Act is to protect vulnerable women and those who provide for their care to have safe, unimpeded access to health care services.” A further appeal was dismissed in April.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority has written a letter supporting Karagianis’ efforts to have the bubble zone increased, according to Victoria News. But View Royal City Council, however, has come out in opposition to the MLA’s efforts, since it says it has not received complaints from the clinic or its patients.

“So while it’s an interesting suggestion from our MLA, I think we probably need to hear other input, other concerns, favour for this,” said Counselor John Rogers to Vancouver Times.

Weatherbe said he is pleased that City Council is not supporting Karagianis’ initiative, and that it appears to him that Council “realizes the importance of free speech, fairness, and due process in a pluralistic democracy.”

Weatherbe said that pro-abortion citizens who vulgarly oppose his group’s peaceful and legal pro-life efforts should be the ones receiving the attention for their indecent and offensive behavior.

Weatherbe has witnessed residents living near the abortion clinic hurling abusive language at pro-lifers peacefully and prayerfully witnessing to life.

He related how one woman opened an apartment door nearby and exposed herself nude to the group. Another time this same woman appeared wearing a noose around her neck calling out that the group’s activities would make her commit suicide.

Horse manure and food scraps have been dumped where the pro-lifers witness in an effort to compel them to leave the area. Obscene chalked messages aimed at the pro-lifers have been written in the same area.

Weatherbe is discussing with his group how to best proceed. The current bubble zone law already puts his group across the street from the abortion clinic. If the zone area is increased, the group will be forced to place itself much further down the street, out of view of the clinic.

“We’re against this of course because then we wouldn’t have any impact on people going into the clinic, we wouldn’t be able to give those women a chance to reflect upon and question their own actions before they go in and get this quickie [abortion] operation,” he said.

“The whole thing is about creating a morality free zone.”

Contact info:

Mayor Graham Hill
View Royal Town Hall
45 View Royal Avenue, Victoria BC V9B 1A6
Phone: (250) 479-6800
Email: [email protected]

Maurine Karagianis, Esquimalt-Royal Roads MLA
A5-100 Aldersmith Place, Victoria, BC V9A 7M8
Phone: (250) 479 8326
Email: [email protected]



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Prof. Robert Spaemann, a close friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, says Amoris Laetitia directly contradicts St. John Paul II’s teaching.
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Pope’s exhortation is a ‘breach’ with Catholic Tradition: leading German philosopher

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April 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A prominent Catholic philosopher and close friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said Thursday that Pope Francis’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia is a “breach” with Catholic tradition and directly contradicts the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II in his exhortation Familiaris Consortio.

"If the pope is not willing to make a correction, it is up to another pontificate to officially put things back into order."

Professor Robert Spaemann told the Catholic News Agency’s German branch that changing the Church’s sacramental practice would be “a breach with its essential anthropological and theological teaching on human marriage and sexuality.”

“It is clear to every thinking person who knows the texts that are important in this context that [with Amoris Laetitia] there is a breach” with the Church’s Tradition, Spaemann said.

The professor’s remarks were translated by Dr. Maike Hickson in an article at OnePeterFive.

In Familiaris Consortio, Pope St. John Paul II upheld the Church’s longstanding approach to the question of admitting to the Sacraments remarried divorcees, by writing:

…the Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church's teaching about the indissolubility of marriage.

Footnote 351 of Amoris Laetitia seemingly contradicts the above passage by asserting that in certain cases, integrating back into the Church the divorced and remarried and others in “irregular” situations “can include the help of the sacraments.”  The footnote then mentions both Confession and the Eucharist.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Maria Santissima in Astana, Kazakhstan criticized Amoris Laetitia for its lack of clarity on the subject.  “Analyzing some of the affirmations of AL with an honest understanding, as they are in their own context, one finds that there is a difficulty in interpreting them according to the traditional doctrine of the Church,” wrote Schneider.

Spaemann also condemned the exhortation’s seeming embrace of “situation ethics” as opposed to universal norms and its call to not judge people’s actions that directly contradict the Church’s sexual ethics.

“When it comes to sexual relations which are in objective contradiction to the Christian order of life, I would like to know from the pope after which time period and under which conditions such an objectively sinful behavior becomes a conduct which is pleasing to God,” said Spaemann. 

By turning “chaos into principle” with “one stroke of a pen,” Pope Francis is leading the Church “into the direction of schism,” Spaemann said—and he warned that such a schism would not be “at the periphery, but in the middle of the Church.” 

Spaemann also warned that Amoris Laetitia may be used to bully faithful priests. He wrote:

Each individual cardinal, as well as each bishop and each priest is now called to preserve in his field of authority the Catholic Sacramental Order and to confess it publicly. If the pope is not willing to make a correction, it is up to another pontificate to officially put things back into order.

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The Institute for Family Health, a federally qualified health center, has been running an abortion facility in apparent violation of federal law.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A federally qualified health center (FQHC) apparently performed abortions, although nearly all federal funds are forbidden from being used for that purpose, sources tell LifeSiteNews. Now, pro-life congressmen are demanding further investigations into the use of U.S. taxpayer funds to promote abortion-on-demand.

The issue came to light when a federal inspector general's report found that six Americorps volunteers had been acting as "abortion doulas," giving emotional support to women who chose to have abortions.

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) allowed the volunteers – who received tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars – to support abortions that took place inside a New York abortion facility run by the Institute for Family Health (IFH).

Americorps “volunteers” illegally supporting abortion at taxpayer expense is an ongoing problem. But there's more to the story.

The IFH proudly advertises itself as a federally qualified health center (FQHC). Federal dollars are restricted from underwriting most abortion at FQHCs, in line with the Hyde Amendment. This does not hold true for the Affordable Care Act, conventionally known as ObamaCare.

To ease qualms raised by pro-life Democrat Bart Stupak and others, on March 24, 2010, Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13535. It states that “the Hyde [Amendment] language shall apply to the authorization and appropriations of funds for Community Health Centers...I hereby direct the Secretary of HHS to ensure that program administrators and recipients of federal funds are aware of and comply with the limitations on abortion services imposed on CHCs by existing law.”

Pro-life groups warned at the time that an executive order was insufficient to prevent taxpayer funding of abortion, and the law itself had to be amended – or defeated.

Stupak, who voted for ObamaCare before retiring from Congress, later said he was “perplexed and disappointed” by President Obama's “double cross” during the law's implementation.

Pro-life experts today say Congress must investigate whether the law is being violated and, if so, if the offense is isolated to IFH.

"For years the Obama administration has claimed that the Affordable Care Act and federally-funded health centers do not subsidize abortion, and the president finally signed additional provisions, passed last year by Congress, to ensure that community health centers do not use federal funds to support abortion,” said Arina Grossu, the director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council. “Now we learn that CNCS is violating the law by helping women obtain abortions.”

“This blatant violation of federal law by CNCS and AmeriCorps demands that Congress investigate government-funded community health centers,” Grossu said. “It's time for this administration to stop foisting its radical abortion agenda on the American people and using their tax dollars to do so.” 

Pro-life advocates have long said that there is no need to fund Planned Parenthood, because federal women's health dollars could be reappropriated to FQHCs, which do not perform abortion.

There are 9,170 federally qualified health centers compared to about 700 Planned Parenthood facilities, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute. FQHCs see 21.1 million patients a year, while Planned Parenthood saw 2.8 million people, the institute reported.

The latest example of federal dollars being channeled to support abortion, the law notwithstanding, has undermined some confidence in the FQHCs.

Rep. Diane Black, a pro-life Republican from Tennessee, said, “NACHC didn’t just break the rules; they broke trust with the American people. My constituents expect that federal funding given to our community health centers will be used to protect and enhance people’s lives, not to be a willing partner in their destruction.”

At least two Congressional leaders – the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the chair of the House Health Subcommittee – have promised they will take action immediately.

“Federal law demands that taxpayer dollars are never to be spent on abortion activities. Not one penny. Period. But a disturbing report from an independent watchdog reveals that was not the case with brazen pursuits by the National Association of Community Health Centers,” said Congressmen Fred Upton and Joseph Pitts of Pennsylvania, both Republicans. “The law was violated and this shameful failure of trust will not be tolerated.”



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WICHITA, Kansas, April 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The nation's largest abortion providers, an abortion lobbying group, and an ultra-liberal political organization are demanding that Senator Ted Cruz cut ties with Operation Rescue President Troy Newman – something that only proves how effective he has been, Newman's organization says.

Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and People for the American Way are asking Cruz to fire Newman as national co-chair of the “Pro-Lifers for Cruz” coalition, claiming that Newman supports violence.

“Troy Newman’s history of violent rhetoric and harassment toward women’s health providers is truly beyond the pale,” the three say in a letter to Sen. Cruz, linking to quotations from his 2000 book, Their Blood Cries Out.

“What Planned Parenthood and their cohorts call 'violent rhetoric' is really a discussion of Old Testament Bible verses taken out of context,” said Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue and co-author of the book Their Blood Cries Out. The work establishes the sinful guilt of abortion before highlighting the mercy available in the New Testament for those who accept Jesus Christ, Sullenger said.

The letter also cites a report from the National Abortion Federation stating that abortionists have experienced an increase in “hate speech and internet harassment” since the release of CMP's undercover videos of Planned Parenthood, “which Newman was a driving force behind.”

“What they call 'harassment' is peaceful activism that is completely protected by the First Amendment,” Sullenger responded.

Newman has consistently denounced criminal action and violence of any kind during his decades in the pro-life movement, Operation Rescue said of the allegations – many of which were circulated to prevent Newman from entering Australia last year.

“Newman’s position on abortion-related violence is clear. He denounces violence against abortion providers as well as the violence perpetrated by the abortion cartel against innocent babies in the womb and their mothers,” Sullenger said.

“Attacking the messenger is the only way they have to try to discredit the hefty volume of evidence against them. This most recent attack is all about manipulating the public’s perception against those who exposed Planned Parenthood in order to deflect attention from their own crimes.”

But the three groups poured vitriolic scorn on Newman. Michael Keegan, president of People for the American Way, called Newman's role “completely unacceptable...No politician should be allowed to pander to violent anti-choice extremists without being called out.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said, "Troy Newman is an anti-choice extremist and misogynist ideologue.”

A Planned Parenthood executive said the choice proved Sen. Cruz and his vice presidential choice, Carly Fiorina, are unfit for office.

“It is not surprising to see Ted Cruz embrace this type of violent extremism -- after all this is the same man who has told malicious lies about Planned Parenthood, would criminalize abortion, and tried to shut down the government” to defund Planned Parenthood, said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “This is what the Cruz-Fiorina ticket stands for."

Sullenger dismissed their rhetoric as “a feeble attempt to hurt the presidential candidacy of Sen. Ted Cruz, who they know will seek to enforce the laws against them.”

Cruz has repeatedly stated that, if he is elected president, he will defund Planned Parenthood – before prosecuting them.

Their letter has led to a number of articles in the mainstream media, including Politico, the Huffington Post, and Glamour. The last publication, a feminist magazine aimed at young women, slammed Ted Cruz's choice of Carly Fiorina for vice president, telling its readers to “hold on to your uterus.”

“Not one of these publications bothered to reach out to Newman or Operation Rescue’s staff for their response,” Sullenger said.

This morning and afternoon, both sides of the abortion debate have used the Twitter hashtag #FireTroy to get their message across.

Sen. Cruz has not responded to the call, but the letter implies that purging Newman from the campaign would not satisfy the pro-abortion coalition. “There are a number of coalition members whose records raise serious concerns,” they say.



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