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Nova Scotia would be ‘worst place in Canada’ for homeschoolers if gvmt heeds new report

Patrick Craine
Patrick Craine

HALIFAX, Nov. 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Nova Scotia would become the “worst” jurisdiction in Canada for homeschooling if the government adopts a set of recommendations calling for increased oversight of families, says a homeschooling leader.

In his fall report, Auditor General Jacques Lapointe says the province’s Department of Education is “failing in its responsibility” to homeschooled students, and “has no way of knowing with any degree of certainty whether all these children are being educated properly, or at all.”

He called for increased monitoring and evaluation of homeschooled students, including “independent assessments,” and recommended the Department of Education make use of health records to ensure children are being registered when they reach school age.

But Paul Faris, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association, says the report indicates Lapointe is “completely ignorant” of the research on homeschooling and is trying to fit it into a public school model.

“Nova Scotia already has a higher than average amount of regulation,” he said. “If this report went through, Nova Scotia would be the worst place in Canada to home educate.”

Currently, Nova Scotia requires a report from homeschoolers at the beginning of the year describing the projected program and then a progress report at the end of the year. In Ontario, on the other hand, parents simply notify the government that they are homeschooling, and the government must presume that they are providing satisfactory instruction.

Education Minister Ramona Jennex, in an interview with LifeSiteNews, said she had not had a chance to read the Attorney General’s report but that the Department is “open” to the recommendations and will be reviewing it.

“One of the most important things is, as you know, parents have a right to make decisions about their children’s education,” she said. “It’s incumbent on us to ensure that we’re working together in collaboration with homeschoolers as we go through the recommendations of the Auditor General.”

Regarding the independent assessments, she said homeschoolers “would probably appreciate having assessments provided or worked with so that they know where their children are in terms of the outcomes that they need to be successful.”

But she added that it’s “too preliminary” to say whether such assessments would be mandatory. “I don’t look at the assessments as being punitive, I look at them as being supportive,” she said.

She also said the government has no intention of preventing parents from teaching controversial moral beliefs, such as Christian teaching on homosexuality, as had been discussed in Alberta. “That’s not on our agenda.”

Faris, however, said independent assessments are a “terrible idea” because it would probably mean bringing children into school to write public school tests. “People homeschool because their children are not doing well often on public school tests and public school curriculum,” he said. “There’s no point in testing someone on curriculum they’re not studying, right?”

He said there’s no research suggesting that increased monitoring and evaluation are indicators of success for homeschooling. “The reason people home educate is because they want to get away from more evaluation and more curriculum focus,” said Faris.

Homeschooling works because the strong relationship between parent and child allows them to tailor the program, he said. “What he’s looking at is standardization and evaluation. And if he succeeds, which I hope he doesn’t, it will make homeschooling less successful.”

“Even aside from that, homeschooling’s already doing better than public education,” Faris added. “We know that the failure rate amongst homeschooled students is lower than in the public school system, so why are they focusing on homeschooling? And why are they using methods of accountability from the public school system, which has a higher failure rate?”

Contact Information:

Education Minister Ramona Jennex
Phone: (902) 681-3741
Fax: (902) 681-6261
E-mail: [email protected]

Premier Darrell Dexter
Telephone: 902-424-6600
Fax: 902-424-7648
Toll-free Message Line: 1-800-267-1993
E-mail Address: [email protected]

Stephen McNeil, Liberal Leader
Phone: (902) 825-2093
Toll Free: 1-800-317-8533
Fax: 825-6306
E-mail: [email protected]

Jamie Baillie, Progressive Conservative Leader
Phone: (902) 597-1998
E-mail: [email protected]

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Hillary Clinton: ‘I’m proud to stand with Planned Parenthood’

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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Seven days after calling videos of Planned Parenthood officials harvesting fetal parts "disturbing," leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is throwing her support behind the embattled abortion giant.

In an ad released on Monday, just hours before the U.S. Senate failed to defund Planned Parenthood, Clinton called such legislative efforts "a full-on assault on women's health."

She also described Planned Parenthood as "the nation's leader in providing reproductive health care."

“Unfortunately, these attacks aren’t new," Clinton said. "They’re more of the same. We have seen them in Wisconsin, where Governor Walker defunded Planned Parenthood and left women across the state stranded with nowhere else to turn. We have seen them in Florida, where Jeb Bush funneled millions of dollars into abstinence-only programs while gutting funds for crucial family planning programs. And we have seen them in Texas, where Governor [Rick] Perry drastically cut funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings."

"And then [Perry] signed legislation that forced health centers across the state to close their doors in an attempt to wipe out access to safe and legal abortion all together,” Clinton said.

Walker boasted of defunding Planned Parenthood at a Republican presidential candidate in New Hampshire last night.

As governor of Florida, Bush put millions of dollars towards pro-life pregnancy care clinics, which are pro-life alternatives to abortion clinics.

The measures Perry signed in 2013 banned most abortions after 20 weeks' gestation, forced abortion centers to upgrade to the same level as ambulatory surgical centers, and required abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

However, according to Clinton, defunding America's largest abortion company is "cutting people off from the health care provider they know and trust."

“When they attack women’s health, they attack America’s health," Clinton said. "And it’s wrong. And we are not going to let them get away with it."

"We are not going back. We are going to fight back," she vowed.

She concluded, "I’m proud to stand with Planned Parenthood."

Her video came between the releases of undercover video footage revealing Planned Parenthood's work in harvesting the organs of aborted babies and turning them over to research firms for a fee.

Clinton has long supported abortion-on-demand, saying earlier this year that religious beliefs opposed to abortion "must be changed."

Last year, she said it was "a bedrock truth" that "you cannot make progress on gender equality or broader human development, without safeguarding women’s reproductive health and rights."

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Bobby Jindal cancels Planned Parenthood funding in wake of body parts scandal

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BATON ROUGE, LA, August 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The state of Louisiana has canceled its contract with the state's two Planned Parenthood centers.

Louisiana governor and 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal said that the decision came because of new videos showing illegal activity by top Planned Parenthood officials.

“In recent weeks, it has been shocking to see reports of the alleged activities taking place at Planned Parenthood facilities across the country. Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life,” he said. “It has become clear that this is not an organization that is worthy of receiving public assistance from the state.”

Jindal, who had ordered the state to investigate Planned Parenthood for potential felony violations following the release of the first video, canceled the contract because of its "at will" provision. That means that "either party can choose to cancel the contract at will after providing written notice,” according to a press release from the governor's office. “Governor Jindal and DHH decided to give the required 30-day notice to terminate the Planned Parenthood Medicaid provider contract because Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the State of Louisiana in regards to respecting human life."

"Pending the ongoing investigation, DHH [the Dept. of Health and Hospitals] reserves the right to amend the cancellation notice and terminate the provider agreement immediately should cause be determined," it states.

This action is just the latest by the pro-life governor, who last year signed a law requiring all abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Louisiana has been named the number one pro-life state by Americans United for Life for six years in a row.

A Planned Parenthood official told the left-wing blog Talking Points Memo that no Planned Parenthood facilities provide abortions, although the abortion provider hopes to build a facility to do so.

Gov. Jindal also halted the building that 8,000-square foot abortion megaplex, scheduled to be built in New Orleans, following the release of the first video.

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This one shot from the latest PP sting video might be the most disturbing thing you see all year

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I’m about to show you something that, if you're alive and have a heartbeat, will deeply disturb you, and then make you hopping mad.

I warn you, it’s graphic. But everybody needs to see this. Because this is the truth. And even if the truth is difficult, and gruesome, and challenging, it must be known.

This morning the Center for Medical Progress released the latest in their series of undercover sting videos exposing the fact that Planned Parenthood is harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies.

The first part is plenty disturbing, as director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, discusses how she “diversifies” Planned Parenthood's “revenue stream” by selling aborted baby parts, and how their abortionists can modify the abortion procedure (Note: totally illegal) to obtain “intact” fetuses.

But then the camera moves into the lab, where workers are actually involved in dissecting and dismembering aborted babies to get the useful body parts.

Describing their “last case” of the day, one of the workers tells an actor posing as someone interested in purchasing fetal body parts, that “it was a twin” at about 20 weeks gestation.

The camera then pans over to a dish, filled with what Planned Parenthood describes as “tissue.” One of the workers uses tweezers to pick up the intestines, and boasts about how sometimes “the organs come out really, really well.”

And that’s when I saw it. A little, beautiful, perfectly formed hand, gently clenched in a fist – a hand attached to an arm that had been torn from its owner's body, and thrown in a dish swimming with body parts.

...And then I saw the foot. And the other foot.

I wish I could say I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. But I could, because I know what Planned Parenthood does. But there’s a difference between believing, and seeing.

And that’s why these photos must be shared as far and wide as possible.

After that, it gets even worse, as the man behind the camera uses his tweezers to pick up and inspect an arm and hand...and then the leg...and then another leg.

Yes, it is horrifying that Planned Parenthood is apparently lying about the fact that it makes a tidy profit off trafficking in the body parts of aborted babies.

But the worst thing of all is that Planned Parenthood has body parts to sell in the first place. That Planned Parenthood is daily, constantly, aborting babies that have hands, and feet, and hearts, and lungs.

The worst part is that every time Planned Parenthood sells a body part, it is because they have killed a baby, a human being like you and me – a human being that had the right to live, and love, and be, a baby whose life was summarily snuffed out, and turned into a “revenue stream.”

The worst part is that year after year, decade after decade, we let Planned Parenthood get away with the canard that they are only aborting "blobs of tissue," or "products of pregnancy" - as if we don't all know perfectly well what the product of a pregnancy is: a baby. 

I say, enough is enough. Shut Planned Parenthood down, now!

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