OTTAWA, February 26, 2004 ( – In one of the more bitterly disappointing hits for the pro-life movement in Canada, the representative of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, told the Senate Committee during final hearings on the deeply flawed stem cell Bill C-6 that the organization was taking a neutral stand on the bill.

With all major pro-life groups in Canada arrayed against the legislation, the political arm of the pro-life movement in Canada, Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), was denied an opportunity to present before the committee since Senate clerks assumed the CCCB would present the same position.

The bill, as pro-life MPs in the House of Commons have stressed incessantly for over two years, is fatally flawed. Campaign Life Coalition, which has invested enormous time and resources over the past few years to research the complex legislation, has also concluded that the bill’s deep flaws require that it be defeated or at least substantially amended. The national organization, which is internationally respected for the quality of its work, has widely publicized its conclusions and has intensely lobbied Canadian politicians for many months to either defeat or substantially change the bill.  See the rest of this important LifeSite Special Report at


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