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Cardinal Ouellet Clarifies: Church Still Asks States ‘To Penalize the Practice of Abortion’

By Patrick B. Craine To sign a petition in support of Cardinal Ouellet, click here. OTTAWA, Ontario, May 27, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, has emphasized the Catholic Church’s teaching that abortion is not only morally evil but that it also must be prohibited by law. According to Catholic teaching, abortion is “considered a crime, a moral crime and a legal crime, too, and the Church is asking the states to penalize the practice of abortion,” said the cardinal. Ouellet made the remarks to Deborah Gyapong of Canadian Catholic News on […]
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Filipino D&P Partner Scrubs Statements Opposing Country’s Bishops from Website

By Patrick B. Craine BANGKOK, Thailand, May 27, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Thailand-based partner of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P), recently exposed for its promotion of a “reproductive health” (RH) bill in the Philippines that has been opposed by the country’s bishops, has scrubbed its site of references to the bill. At the same time, Focus on the Global South (FGS), which is based in Bangkok but operates in the Philippines and India, has left up several articles with openly pro-abortion and pro-contraception statements. The organization has admitted in the past that a significant part of its funding […]
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Statistics Canada Predicts Seniors Will Soon Outnumber Children

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski OTTAWA, May 27, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Demography Division of Statistics Canada has predicted that the number of seniors will surpass the number of children aged 14 or under for the first time ever sometime between 2015 and 2021. The population projections for 2009 to 2036, released by the federal agency yesterday, say that Canada's population will age rapidly until 2031, by which time the entire baby boom generation would have turned 65. Thereafter it would continue aging, but at a less rapid pace. “Projections show that seniors would account for between 23% and 25% of […]
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G8 Abortion Push Weakened as Study Finds Newborn Mortality at All-Time Low

May 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new report released yesterday demonstrates that worldwide mortality for children under age 5 has dropped at a rate faster than expected and shows that child mortality is falling in every region of the world – a 35% reduction since 1990. The same prestigious institute that reported a significant drop in maternal mortality last month, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, today reported great progress in saving the lives of young children around the world. The Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PNCI) believes that the study will help lawmakers globally […]
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Cardinal Ouellet and Ottawa Archbishop: “The Abortion Debate is on”

By Patrick B. Craine To sign a petition in support of Cardinal Ouellet, click here. QUEBEC CITY, Quebec, May 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – “The abortion debate is on and we must not be afraid of it,” declared Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, in a press conference today, jointly hosted with Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa. The cardinal hosted the press conference following the overwhelming and hostile reaction from media and politicians to his comments at a pro-life conference in Quebec City last weekend, in which he stressed the Church’s teaching against abortion in all cases, […]
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Quebec Debate on Euthanasia Opens to General Public

By Patrick B. Craine QUEBEC CITY, Quebec, May 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The public end-of-life debate that the Quebec government launched in December is now being opened to the general public. The Quebec National Assembly’s special commission on “dying with dignity” released a consultation document at a press conference yesterday after having heard from legal, medical, ethical, and philosophical experts in February and March.  They will be travelling to eleven major cities in the province to consult with interested parties, and have set up an online questionnaire. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are prohibited under Canada’s Criminal Code, which is under […]
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Researchers Argue Homosexuals Should be Allowed to Give Blood

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski OTTAWA, May 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two Canadian researchers have published an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) saying that the federal ban on homosexual men donating blood is “outdated and discriminatory.” Mark Wainberg, director of the McGill University AIDS Centre at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital, and Dr. Norbert Gilmore argue in their article that it's time for the lifetime ban to be lifted. They say that the test to detect HIV in blood is much improved since the 1980s when the ban was first introduced, and that the ban was “hypocritical” because there […]
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Cardinal Ouellet “Buoyant” Amidst Attacks over Abortion Comments

By Patrick B. Craine To sign a petition in support of Cardinal Ouellet, click here. OTTAWA, Ontario, May 25, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite the beating he took in  the Quebec and national media last week, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, archbishop of Quebec City and primate of Canada, is “buoyant, joyful, brimming with love,” reports journalist Deborah Gyapong. Cardinal Ouellet was attacked by the mainstream press, politicians, and even some clergy after he made comments just over a week ago in which he affirmed the teaching of the Catholic Church against abortion in all cases, including rape. “The child is not responsible […]
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Canadian PM Harper Opposes Law Protecting Women from Coercive Abortions

By Patrick B. Craine OTTAWA, Ontario, May 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today openly opposed a bill seeking to protect women from being coerced into abortions. The prime minister said he doesn't want any new legislation on abortion and will vote against any attempts to bring in an abortion law, reports CTV. “I generally don't comment on private member's legislation,” Harper told reporters in Niagara Falls.  “But I have been clear: I will oppose any attempt to create a new abortion law.” Harper's comments followed the unanimous passage on Wednesday of a motion from the Quebec […]
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Woman Who Suffered Rape and Abortion as Teen:  Thank You Cardinal Ouellet

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski and John Jalsevac To sign a petition in support of Cardinal Ouellet, click here. OTTAWA, May 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Angelina Steenstra may seem like one of the likeliest candidates on earth to be offended by Cardinal Marc Ouellet’s much-criticized statements, made earlier this week at a pro-life conference in Quebec City, that abortion is wrong in all cases, even in the case of rape. As a teenager Steenstra was the victim of a traumatic date rape that resulted in an unwanted pregnancy – a situation that led her to choose an abortion. But this week Steenstra […]
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