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MP Warawa backs Woodworth’s motion 312, clarifies support for “government position” on abortion

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LANGLEY, British Columbia, 23 August, 12 ( - Conservative MP Mark Warawa (Langley, BC) has come out in support of MP Steven Woodworth’s (Kitchener-Centre) private member’s Motion 312 that would establish a special committee to examine a 400 year old portion of Canada’s Criminal Code that states that a child is not a human being until the moment of complete birth. At the same time, Warawa, who identifies himself as “pro-life” has affirmed his support for Prime Minister Harper’s position of avoiding the “issue of abortion”.

“We have right here in Canada a 400 year old definition that a person does not become a human being until the point of complete birth,” said Warawa last week in a video stating his reasons for supporting Woodworth’s motion. “Does that meet scientific evidence? Should the definition of a human being… should that begin maybe before complete birth?”

Warawa believes that the time has come for Canadians to “take a new fresh look” at the unborn child inside a mother’s womb. “Should Parliament take a look at this topic? Absolutely. I’ll be supporting that motion at the end of September.”

Warawa, who has been given a “pro-life, pro-family” rating from Campaign Life Coalition told LifeSiteNews that while he has been “pro-life for years” - even speaking at the 2010 March for Life in Ottawa - he nonetheless supports the “government position” to not introduce the “issue of abortion”.

“Canadians want us to focus on the economy,” he said, reflecting a similar statement that he made to the Langley Advance three years ago.

Warawa explained how he could both support Woodworth’s motion and Harper’s position at the same time.

“Steven Woodworth has introduced a motion as a private member. The tradition - and the Conservative Party policy - is that motions and bills of an ethical nature are dealt with by each member having a free vote. So the government has made it very clear that they won’t be introducing anything, but that is the whole purpose of a private member’s bill or a private member’s motion. That’s why we have those. So, the government has been consistent.”

But pro-life MP Brad Trost has pointed out that Harper’s “ironclad” control over Conservative MPs has effectively shut down even debates on private members’ bills and motions regarding public policy that remotely touches on the issue of abortion.

Prime Minister Harper has been adamant since being elected in 2006 that his government will oppose any attempt to debate abortion, with the result that pro-life MPs have effectively had to openly defy their leader in order to bring forward abortion-related legislation.

“This government will not open, will not permit anyone to open the abortion debate. Our position is clear,” Harper said in 2008.

Harper has already pledged to vote against Motion 312 when it comes up for a vote this September.

When Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair of the New Democrats charged that Harper allowed Woodworth’s private members motion to go forward as an attempt to signal his pro-life support to the Tories’ social conservative base, Harper replied: “Every private member can table bills and motions in this House. Party leaders don’t have any control over that. … This particular motion was deemed votable by an all-party committee of the House. I think that’s unfortunate. In my case I will be voting against the motion.”

Despite almost 20,000 people at the 2012 March for Life in the nation’s capital showing their willingness to reopen the abortion debate, Warawa senses that many Canadians remain “apathetic” on the issue of rights for the unborn but says that things are beginning to change.

He pointed out that most Canadians are shocked to discover that there are no protections under the law for the unborn at any stage of pregnancy. “Canada is why out of sync with the rest of the world and Canadians don’t realize that. Canadians make assumptions that we have protection in at least the last trimester, but we have no protection. We have the same policy as North Korea.”

In 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned Canada’s abortion law in the R. v. Morgentaler decision, leaving the matter of abortion in a legal vacuum. The Supreme Court urged Parliament at the time to pass new abortion legislation, which Parliament has yet to address. Canada having no abortion law has effectively made unborn babies ‘open season’ year round for any reason whatsoever.

“Canadians are shocked to find out that we are not meeting any international standards,” said Warawa. “So some are asking that Parliament debate the issue. I am hoping that as more and more Canadians are aware of the issue, there will be a groundswell asking Parliament to deal with this issue.”

Warawa mentioned that he was “surprised” to hear the Canadian Medical Association recently voted to support the wording of the country’s Criminal Code which states that a baby becomes a “human being” only after being born.

“I think they’ve made a decision based on politics, not based on science,” he said, adding that “the doctors have made a political decision for Canada to maintain a North Korean standard, which is shocking to Canadians when it is pointed out.”

Warawa said that if Canadians want Parliament to deal with the issue of abortion, then “there has to be a groundswell asking for that.”

“There is a sense of a groundswell beginning, but I think that if Canadians want Parliament to deal with this issue, there is going to have to be a lot more calls for this. And also Canadians calling members of Parliament across the country to support Steven Woodworth’s motion.”

“Unfortunately, I am not sensing that yet.”

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BREAKING: Europe’s top human rights court slaps down German ban on pro-life leafletting

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STRASBOURG, France, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that a German regional court violated a pro-life activist’s freedom of expression when it barred him from leafleting in front of an abortion center.

It further ruled the German court’s order that Klaus Gunter Annen not list the names of two abortion doctors on his website likewise violated the 64-year-old pro-life advocate’s right to freedom of expression.

The court’s November 26 decision is “a real moral victory,” says Gregor Puppinck, director of the Strasbourg-based European Center for Law and Justice, which intervened in Annen’s case. “It really upholds the freedom of speech for pro-life activists in Europe.”

Annen, a father of two from Weinam, a mid-sized city in the Rhine-Neckar triangle, has appealed to the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights at least two times before, Puppinck told LifeSiteNews.

“This is the first time he made it,” he said, noting that this time around, Annen had support from the ECLJ and Alliance Defense Fund and the German Pro-life Federation (BVL). “I think he got more support, better arguments and so I think this helped.”

The court also ordered the German government to pay Annen costs of 13,696.87 EUR, or 14,530 USD.

Annen started distributing pamphlets outside a German abortion center ten years ago, ECLJ stated in a press release.

His leaflets contained the names and addresses of the two abortionists at the center, declared they were doing “unlawful abortions,” and stated in smaller print that, “the abortions were allowed by the German legislators and were not subject to criminal liability.”

Annen’s leaflets also stated that, “The murder of human beings in Auschwitz was unlawful, but the morally degraded NS State allowed the murder of innocent people and did not make it subject to criminal liability.” They referred to Annen’s website,, which listed a number of abortionists, including the two at the site he was leafleting.

In 2007, a German regional court barred Annen from pamphleteering in the vicinity of the abortion center, and ordered him to drop the name of the two abortion doctors from his website.

But the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that the German courts had "failed to strike a fair balance between [Annen’s] right to freedom of expression and the doctor’s personality rights.”

The Court stated that, “there can be no doubt as to the acute sensitivity of the moral and ethical issues raised by the question of abortion or as to the importance of the public interest at stake.”

That means, stated ECLJ, that “freedom of expression in regard to abortion shall enjoy a full protection.”

ECLJ stated that the court noted Annen’s leaflets “made clear that the abortions performed in the clinic were not subject to criminal liability. Therefore, the statement that ‘unlawful abortions’ were being performed in the clinic was correct from a legal point of view.”

As for the Holocaust reference, the court stated that, “the applicant did not – at least not explicitly – equate abortion with the Holocaust.”  Rather, the reference was “a way of creating awareness of the more general fact that law might diverge from morality.”

The November 26 decision “is a quite good level of protection of freedom of speech for pro-life people,” observed Puppinck.

First, the European Court of Human Rights has permitted leafleting “in the direct proximate vicinity of the clinic, so there is no issue of zoning,” he told LifeSiteNews. “And second, the leaflets were mentioning the names of the doctors, and moreover, were mentioning the issue of the Holocaust, which made them quite strong leaflets.”

“And the court protected that.”

Annen has persevered in his pro-life awareness campaign through the years despite the restraints on his freedom.

“He did continue, and he did adapt,” Puppinck told LifeSiteNews. “He kept his freedom of speech as much as he could, but he continued to be sanctioned by the German authorities, and each time he went to the court of human rights. And this time, he won.”

ECLJ’s statement notes that “any party” has three months to appeal the November 26 decision.

However, as it stands, the European Court of Human Rights’s ruling affects “all the national courts,” noted Puppinck, and these will now “have to protect freedom of speech, recognize the freedom of speech for pro-lifers.”

“In the past, the courts have not always been very supportive of the freedom of speech of pro-life,” he said, so the ruling is “significant.”

As for Annen’s pro-life ministry, Pubbinck added: “He can continue to go and do, and I’m sure that he does, because he always did.”  

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‘Soft racism’: German Bishops’ website attributes African Catholics’ strong faith to simplemindedness

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GERMANY, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) --  The only reason the Catholic Church is growing in Africa is because the people have a “rather low level” of education and accept “simple answers to difficult questions” involving marriage and sexuality, posited an article on the official website of the German Bishops' Conference posted yesterday. The article targeted particularly Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, the Vatican's prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and ardent defender of Catholic tradition.

First Things blogger Leroy Huizenga, who translated a portion of the article, criticized the article's view as “soft racism.”

In his article, titled “The Romantic, Poor Church,” editor Björn Odendahl writes: 

So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. It grows because the educational situation there is on average at a rather low level and the people accept simple answers to difficult questions (of faith) [sic]. Answers like those that Cardinal Sarah of Guinea provides. And even the growing number of priests is a result not only of missionary power but also a result of the fact that the priesthood is one of the few possibilities for social security on the dark continent.

Huizenga said that such an article has no place on a bishops’ conference website. 

“We all know that the German Bishops' Conference is one of the most progressive in the world. But it nevertheless beggars belief that such a statement would appear on the Conference's official website, with its lazy slander of African Christians and priests as poor and uneducated (Odendahl might as well have added ‘easy to command’) and its gratuitous swipe at Cardinal Sarah,” he wrote. 

“Natürlich progressives could never be guilty of such a sin and crime, but these words sure do suggest soft racism, the racism of elite white Western paternalism,” he added. 

African prelates have gained a solid reputation for being strong defenders of Catholic sexual morality because of their unwavering orthodox input into the recently concluded Synod on the Family in Rome. 

At one point during the Synod, Cardinal Robert Sarah urged Catholic leaders to recognize as the greatest modern enemies of the family what he called the twin “demonic” “apocalyptic beasts” of “the idolatry of Western freedom” and “Islamic fundamentalism.”

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“What Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion ideologies and Islamic fanaticism are today,” he said during his speech at the Synod last month. 

But African prelates’ adherence to orthodoxy has earned them enemies, especially from the camp of Western prelates bent on forming the Catholic Church in their own image and likeness, not according to Scripture, tradition, and the teaching magisterium of the Church. 

During last year’s Synod, German Cardinal Walter Kasper went as far as stating that the voice of African Catholics in the area of Church teaching on homosexuality should simply be dismissed.

African cardinals “should not tell us too much what we have to do,” he said in an October 2014 interview with ZENIT, adding that African countries are "very different, especially about gays.” 

Earlier this month Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, instead of praising Africa for its vibrant and flourishing Catholicism, said that African prelates will one day have to look to Europe to get what he called “useful tips” on how to deal with “secularization” and “individualism.” 

The statement was criticized by one pro-family advocate as “patronizing of the worst kind” in light of the facts that numerous European churches are practically empty, vocations to the priesthood and religious life are stagnant, and the Catholic faith in Europe, especially in Belgium, is overall in decline.

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