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In a few weeks Members of Parliament will vote on Motion 312, a proposal for Parliament to study the definition of a human being. The Conservative MP who tabled the motion, Stephen Woodworth of Kitchener Centre, has acknowledged that abortion is inextricably linked to this discussion. And so, as has become a “made in Canada” theme whenever the ‘a’ word is used, all manner of censorship has been invoked in order to avoid discussing the status of pre-born children. Should Motion 312 be defeated, a sigh of relief from the Prime Minister’s Office will surely be heard from coast-to-coast. But contrary to chief government whip Gordon O’Connor believing, “society has moved on”, this issue is not going away. And if the polling data in the last number of years of is any indication, more and more Canadians are uncomfortable with the status quo on unrestricted abortion and want something done about it. Canada is only one of three countries in the world with no legal protections for children in the womb; the other two are communist dictatorships. Not only do we share this deplorable distinction with North Korea and China, we are also in direct violation of international treaties and conventions we’ve signed on to.

A huge round of applause to a Hamilton area ARPA group for putting up these large billboards! What a great way to educate the public as to the reality of the status quo in Canada as well as encourage political action by advertising for WeNeedaLAW.ca....

For Immediate Release - (click here for a link to document) Surrey, BC - Last week the Privy Council Office released an updated list of the petitions regarding MP Stephen Woodworth's motion as well as WeNeedaLAW.ca's petition calling on Parliament assembled to restrict abortion to the greatest extent possible. The lengthy list received by WeNeedaLAW.ca director, Mike Schouten includes the name of the MP who presented the petition, the date it was presented, and the number of signatories affixed to each petition. "Ever since Mr. Woodworth went public with his motion we've been encouraging Canadians to fill out both of these petitions and we're very excited about the results", said Schouten. In the last session of Parliament on almost 250 occasions, MP's stood up on behalf of their constituents to present petitions in support of Motion 312 and calling Parliament to "restrict abortion to the greatest extent possible". The number of signatories to these petitions totaled nearly 19,000 different names. "That this many signatures have been gathered thus far is a clear indication that Canadians have not accepted the legislative status quo on abortion – they want Parliament to deal with the issue," said Schouten. Each petition presented requires a minimum of twenty-five signatures and undergoes scrutiny by the Privy Council Office prior to being presented in the House of Commons. 

by Jonathon Van Maren (republished with permission) The July 2012 issue of the Reader’s Digest featured an interesting article, especially for someone who spends a substantial amount of time every week debating the concept of “personhood,” and who should be shielded under its protective umbrella. The article, written by Jeff Warren, was entitled “Why Whales Are People Too.” The article argues that since whales are extremely intelligent, have an intricate way of communicating with each other as well as very sophisticated social networks, they should be regarded as “persons.” According to one marine biologist, “We are not saying that dolphins should vote or go to school—obviously this is preposterous. What we are saying is that the rights of a species should be based on their critical needs. In the case of whales, they should have the right not to be killed and tortured and confined, the right to live free in their natural environment. This is very basic stuff.” Interesting statement: “They should have the right not to be killed and tortured and confined, the right to live free in their natural environment. This is very basic stuff.” I think you can see where I’m going with this. I don’t object to the idea of whales being protected by environmental law. Whales at one point were hunted almost into extinction, a shameful abuse of the environment and a callous attitude toward the existence of these grand creatures. However, this story is another sign that the entire idea of “personhood”—which was and should be defined as all human beings—is being mangled into some meaningless term that can be applied to any group of mammals that activists desire, and removed from any group considered to be inconvenient.

We've been waiting for some time now to receive an update from the Privy Council Office regarding the number of petitions and today we recieved a lengthy document detailing the information we asked for. Petitions are an excellent way to generate discussion in the House...

The 2012 National Pro-Life Conference takes place in Toronto, Ontario from October 25 - 27. With an exciting lineup of speakers including: Margaret Somerville (Director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law), Stephen Woodworth (Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Centre), and Charmaine Yoest (President...

ABORTION-RELATED ARTICLES   1. How shocking sex-selective abortion data may finally yield a Canadian abortion law http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/04/17/jonathan-kay-how-shocking-new-sex-selective-abortion-data-may-finally-yield-a-canadian-abortion-law/ -Jonathan Kay, National Post (April 17, 2012) 2. Canada needs proper, open debate on abortion policy http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Canada+needs+proper+open+debate+abortion+policy/6535256/story.html - Andrew Coyne, Vancouver Sun (April 26, 2012) 3. The idea...

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