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Thursday January 13, 2000


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BC PRO-LIFE HERO ACQUITTED AGAIN

VANCOUVER, Jan 13 (LSN.ca) – Mary Wagner was acquitted on two of three counts of breaking the Bubble Zone at her trial Tuesday. She was found guilty on a third count of interference with a client, and sentenced to 15 days in jail and fined $1,000.

Mary, originally charged with six counts of Bubble Zone infractions, saw the first three charges dismissed on January 6, 2000. These charges stem from the young woman’s prayerful witness outside Vancouver’s first abortion mill, Everywoman’s.

Mary stands at the door of the abortuary offering roses and assistance to abortion-bound women. The people operating the facility object to this because they lose customers and that costs them money. One rose was entered into evidence by the crown against Mary.

The judge’s decision means that Mary must serve at least 10 more days in jail (she will get one third of her sentence off for good behavior) and she should be released Friday, January 21.

(with files from CLC BC)


DEPOPULATIONIST MAURICE STRONG GETS UPGRADED ORDER OF CANADA

OTTAWA, Jan 13 (LSN.ca) – Maurice Strong, arguably one of the most influential Canadians on the international scene pushing for population control and a ‘new world order’, this week received the highest degree in the Order of Canada, that of a “Companion”. Governor General Adrienne Clarkson made the appointment Tuesday.

As advisor to both the UN Secretary General and the president of the World Bank, Strong asserts his influence pushing for radical environmentalism which has population control as its mainstay. Strong was one of the original organizers of the system of radical UN conferences which constantly advance radical global agendas. As Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, he led the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The release from the Governor General says of Strong that he is “a guide and a catalyst for the cooperative protection of our planet and its diverse life-forms.” Unfortunately, that protection for “diverse life-forms” excludes pre-born humans.

See the appointment announcement at:
https://www.gg.ca/appointments/jan2000_e.html


MP WRITES MP IN “DISGUST” OVER ATTACK ON PRO-LIFE PRIEST

OTTAWA, Jan 13 (LSN.ca) – Canada’s only independent Member of Parliament, John Nunziata (York South-Weston) released a letter today written to homosexual activist MP Svend Robinson regarding the latter’s rough treatment of a pro-life Catholic priest on Parliament Hill. LifeSite News reported on the incident last month. On one occasion Robinson took one of Fr. Tony Van Hee’s signs, and after attempting unsuccessfully to crush it, threw it over the wall behind the priest.

The following is the complete text of Mr. Nunziata’s letter:

It is with great disappointment that I find I must write to express disgust at your behaviour and actions towards Father Van Hee. I find it very disturbing, to say nothing of hypocritical, that you would be the one to trample on another citizen’s right to freedom of speech. It is quite ironic considering that you have spent the majority of your Parliamentary career as an advocate of the rights of individuals. Many have tolerated your extreme views over the years, and while I often disagree with you I have always defended your right to speak.

To challenge Father Van Hee is one thing, but to do so with violent actions is quite another matter. By your conduct you have aligned yourself with the fringe element of those who pursue results at any cost. This is not the Canadian way. Equally offensive is your choice to confront and abuse Father Van Hee on the steps of Parliament, the heart of Canadian rights and freedoms.

Our right to freedom of speech is enshrined in the Canadian Constitution and I entreat you to remember this.

I trust that you will take my views and those of other Canadians who have expressed similar sentiments to me into consideration before you contemplate any further actions towards Father Van Hee.

At the very least Svend, you owe Father Van Hee an apology for what I hope was a momentary lapse of your sense of fair play.

To see LifeSite report on the incident including an interview with Fr. Van Hee see:
https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/1999/dec/99122001.html

(with files from Canada Family Action Coalition)


CBC PROPAGANDA PROMOTES ASSISTED SUICIDE

OTTAWA, Jan 13 (LSN.ca) – Canada’s publicly funded broadcaster, CBC, aired a “propaganda piece” promoting assisted suicide on the January 11 edition of its National Magazine. “Life and Death in Oregon,” covered one man’s journey in his decision to choose legal assisted suicide in the state of Oregon, the only jurisdiction in the world where assisted suicide is legal. Alex Schadenberg, president of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of Ontario (EPCO) told LifeSite that while the program gave a pretense of presenting both sides it was in fact “propaganda piece in favour of assisted suicide.”

Schadenberg notes that the program does not give fair representation to palliative care, the true option for ‘dying with dignity.’ “Those who watched the program hoping to become informed on the contentious issue of assisted suicide would most likely go away thinking that the two options are assisted suicide or an undignified death,” said Schadenberg.

EPCO is challenging CBC to produce a program on the other side of the debate. “If the CBC National Magazine is truly interested in giving both sides of an issue then it is obligated to producing an equally compelling production of one person’s dignified death with excellent palliative care.” Good palliative care, says Schadenberg, “provides true death with dignity and doesn’t have any of the negative repercussions associated with legal assisted suicide, such as the pressure placed on disabled people to ‘choose’ assisted suicide rather than offering them excellent care.”

To contact CBC National Magazine: [email protected] CBC Audience Relations [email protected]


US NEWS ROUNDUP

Partial Birth Abortion bans in Illinois, Wisconsin and Nebraska are headed to the US Supreme Court. https://www.chicago.tribune.com/news/metro/chicago/article/0,… https://www.journalstar.com/archives/011000/neb/sto5

Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore is to introduce legislation requiring informed consent for abortion and legislation requiring a 24-hour waiting period prior to the procedure. https://www.timesdispatch.com/virginia/gilmor12.shtml

A Florida couple who underwent IVF ten years ago and has nine frozen embryos in storage is agonizing over a decision to get rid of the babies since no adoptees have worked out. https://www.kcstar.com/item/pages/home.pat,local/37742389.108…

The US Supreme Court rejected the appeal of a law banning pro-life demonstrations within 12 feet of either side of a South Carolina abortuary. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas voted to accept the case for review, but it requires four justices to take a case. https://www.greenvilleonline.com/gonews/news/5011100.htm


CORRECTIONS

The abortuary owner whose murder conviction was refused appeal at the Supreme Court practiced her trade in California, not Florida as was reported Tuesday. https://www.ocregister.com/community/abort011w.shtml

Also the correct web address for the issue of Lektrik.com (the pro-life news service cited in LifeSite News last week), whose top story featured the court testimony of an abortionist describing the gruesome procedure is https://www.lektrik.com/lp000106.htm


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