Friday February 18, 2000

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Leaked Bill To Homosexual Groups Before House

OTTAWA, Feb 18 ( – Official Opposition Critic for Families, Reform MP Eric Lowther, accused the Liberal government Wednesday of breaking parliamentary law by providing a copy of Bill C-23, the same-sex partner benefits legislation, to a homosexual activist group prior to introducing it in the House of Commons. Lowther notes that while the Bill was tabled in the House at noon on Feb. 11, he possesses an email sent out by John Fisher, president of Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere (EGALE), with an analysis of the bill, which was distributed over an hour prior to the bill’s first reading in the House. A very similar scenario occurred with the recent fast-tracking of Ontario’s Bill 5 which also altered numerous provincial statutes in one bill. Homosexual activists were in on the government’s strategy and present in the legislature for the extraordinarily swift passage of the Ontario Bill.

Derek Lee, Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government, responded to the charge by suggesting that Fisher might have made an educated guess on the legislation since his was one of the groups the government consulted while preparing it. Lowther retorted that the in-depth analysis provided in the email, including “comments on the terminology used in the bill” and “comments on sections of the bill that were included and parts that were omitted,” showed clearly that Fisher had a copy of the bill.

Lowther asked for the email to be tabled in the House of Commons as evidence for his case. The Speaker of the House must receive unanimous consent to do so from those Members present at the time; some Members rejected the request, preventing the document from being accepted by the House. The Speaker said she would consider accepting the document and get back to Lowther at a later date.

(a copy of EGALE’s analysis is available from LifeSite News on request)

See the exchange in the Hansard at:…


First Debate on Same-Sex Legislation

OTTAWA, Feb 18 ( – On Tuesday, the Liberal government stunned many MP’s in the House by beginning debate on the omnibus same-sex legislation only introduced three days before. In their speeches, MP’s from three parties noted that this hasty call for debate was irresponsible especially since the bill requires amendments to 68 laws, thus requiring several weeks of research for a proper evaluation of all of the proposed law’s ramifications.

Interestingly, after she gave her introductory speech on the legislation, Justice Minister Anne McLellan left the House not waiting for any rebuttals. Official Opposition Critic for Families Eric Lowther gave the Reform response to the legislation calling for it to include a definition of marriage as the exclusive union between a man and a woman. He also stressed that if benefits were to be extended to other dependent relationships, the basis for those benefits should not be private sexual intimacies (as the bill now proposes) but simply relationships of dependence that could include for instance a daughter living with and taking care of her elderly mother.

In an act of principled courage, Liberal MP John McKay stood in the House to speak out in opposition to the bill. “I find myself in somewhat of an unusualposition, being opposed to this bill while being on the government side,” he said. The Liberal Member said he was against the bill since it did not define marriage traditionally, and did not provide support for all relationships of dependency. He also expressed concern over the forced restriction on debate. Of note, he said “we are told that we will have about two weeks in which to put the legislation through the House.”

During the debate the gay MP Svend Robinson noted for his homosexual activism spoke for the NDP in favour of the bill. The BQ also supported the bill. Speaking for the Progressive Conservatives, Peter McKay took issue with the attempt of the government to ram through the legislation without time for ample debate and has officially “reserved” decision on the bill. However, in response to the Reform suggestion to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman exclusively, the PC MP said he was against the idea of “defining family in rigid, exclusive and exclusionary terms.”

See the full debate in Hansard at:…


Asks for Cash Only

VANCOUVER, Feb 28 ( – Evidence that a well-known BC abortionist may be extra-billing vulnerable, abortion-bound women, has resulted in a call for an immediate investigation by the authorities.

Campaign Life Coalition BC has demanded the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Medical Services Plan of BC launch an immediate independent probe of the circumstances surrounding this case. The details of the case were revealed in the latest (Feb 28) issue of The Report Magazine and involve a teen mother, her partner and Vancouver Abortion Dr. Lorena Kanke.

The mother, seeking an abortion, was informed she would need to pay an additional $250 cash, over and above her medical plan coverage, before the abortion would be committed. “This “Extra Billing” amounts to nothing less than exploitation of vulnerable women.” said John Hof of Campaign Life Coalition BC. “Dr. Kanke and other late term abortionists know they basically hold their patients hostage. They have a captive audience that won’t complain. Not one of their patients will go running to the authorities saying they have been ripped-off.”

The mother went to the newsmagazine with her story after she changed her mind about having the abortion. The decision to forego the abortion was made more difficult by the fact that a sign in the waiting room said she would have to pay $150 if she cancelled her appointment without two days’ notice.

For more see The Report at:


LONG ISLAND, NY, Feb 18 ( – Choices Women’s Medical Center, has been closed temporarily after authorities discovered that the clinic performed “hasty” abortions, lacked the required equipment and infection control, failed to properly screen and monitor employees and did not have enough nurses. The abortuary was fined $20,000 and closed until it could rectify the situation.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that the abortuary reopened Friday only to close again when it was discovered that the building’s certificate of occupancy does not allow medical procedures. An investigation into the center’s Medicaid billing practices is also underway.

Choices gained notoriety recently when reports indicated that its now fired medical director Dr. Allan Zarkin had, while working at a hospital, carved his initials into a patient’s stomach.

See the LifeSite coverage on Zarkin at:


DELHI, Feb 18 ( – The Indian government announced Tuesday a new population control program targeting the poor. Health and Family Welfare Minister, N.T. Shanmugam said the programme offers 16 “incentives” for sterilization and other population reduction schemes. The BBC reports that “incentives for sterilization carry a great deal of negative weight in India, where people still remember forced vasectomy schemes brought in during the 1970s by the son of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.”

The Times of India notes that the incentives include, “Couples below the poverty line who undergo sterilization after two children will be eligible for health insurance plan.”

Of note, India is one of the 13 countries targeted specifically for depopulation in the NSSM 200 document which outlines US foreign policy. NSSM 200 states that population growth in the developing world threatens U.S. security in four basic ways: First, certain large nations stand to gain significant political power and influence as a result of their growing populations; second, the United States and its western allies have a vital interest in strategic materials which have to be imported from less-developed countries; third, societies with high birthrates have large numbers of young people, who are more likely than older people to challenge global power structures; fourth, population growth in relatively-disadvantaged countries jeopardizes U.S. investments.

See the Times and BBC reports at:…

See NSSM 200 in handy Acrobat format with section links at


Pro-Life E-News distributed a report indicating that New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith is investigating an Overland Park abortuary from which companies removed and marketed tissue from aborted babies for experimentation.,local/37743d34.216…

A personal note included with pro-life literature sent to an abortionist has led to harassment charges against a Bettendorf firefighter and his fiancée. The note read “Thought you might what (sic) a free picture of your baby .. Baby Killer”.…

A Montana judge has ordered a woman convicted of endangering her unborn child by taking drugs not to get pregnant for ten years. As part of her sentence, Dawn Marie Spinkle was instructed by District Judge Dorothy McCarter on Wednesday to take a pregnancy test every two months. If she tests positive, the judge said Sprinkle could be jailed.,1037,500169385…

Several Ohio lawmakers yesterday called for the immediate closing of 18 unlicensed, free- standing abortuaries, including four in Akron.

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