Pre-Born Human Rights

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” – Psalm 139:13-14

Since R v Morgentaler in 1988 abortion has been legal in Canada, and since the Canadian government has not created any new legislation protecting the unborn, Canada remains one of the only countries in the world without any abortion laws at all. WeNeedaLaw.ca is an organization started by ARPA Canada to focus efforts on this vacuum. Find a link to their website below for more on our efforts.

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16 Jan 2018 LN feature: Liberals block pro-life organizations from Canada Summer Jobs Program

Tabitha Ewert, Articling Student On the feature this week, an analysis of the legal principles underlying the federal government’s decision to change the eligibility criteria for the Canada Summer Jobs Program. The analysis comes from Tabitha Ewert, who’s completing a year of articling as a law student with ARPA and WeNeedaLAW. --- LN: So the Canada Summer Jobs Program - right around Christmas time - they came out with a new criterion for the application. There's some history here. Last year, there were three pro-life groups that were denied funding; they went to court....

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16 Jan 2018 Governing Liberals block pro-life organizations from accessing Canada Summer Jobs Program funding

Jonathon Van Maren, Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform Blaise Alleyn, Toronto Right to Life Association Tabitha Ewert, Articling Student There's been a major development in a federal policy on student employment funding. Shortly before they went home for Christmas, Members of Parliament were briefed on changes to the rules for the Canada Summer Jobs program for 2018. The biggest change is that any organization looking for government subsidies to hire students this summer will need to sign on to an attestation which says: "Both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights...

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16 Jan 2018 Abortion becoming an issue in provincial party leadership campaigns

Scott Hayward, co-founder of Right Now The pro-life group "Right Now" is out with some suggested ranked ballots for political party leadership races. In Saskatchewan, members of the governing Saskatchewan Party will be voting on January 27th to replace their retiring leader, Brad Wall, while in BC, members of the provincial Liberal Party will vote next month on a replacement for Christy Clark, who lost a provincial election last year. Right Now surveyed the contenders in both leadership races. In Saskatchewan, they ranked Ken Cheveldayoff as the candidate most in line with...

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12 Jan 2018 More information on the Canada Summer Jobs program: does it really block pro-life organizations?

ARPA Canada has received some questions about the Canada Summer Jobs program and about our statement that "The Government is intentionally seeking to prevent organizations that hold pro-life views - even if they do not do pro-life advocacy - to receive funding." Specifically how does this statement line up with Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent comments as reported in the National Post. The following is ARPA’s response: To start, our opinion is that the government intended to prevent certain groups from receiving funding, but its attestation requirement is having a wider effect. There are a lot of...

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12 Dec 2017 Flowers for politicians

MP Rachael Harder Marc Slingerland The Southern Alberta chapter of ARPA put together a novel engagement strategy earlier this fall involving local politicians. For every business day in October - every day that offices were open - members of the ARPA chapter visited the constituency offices of MP Rachael Harder and the three provincial MLA’s for the area – two from the NDP and one from the opposition United Conservative Party. And on each of those visits, they delivered some flowers and a card, thanking the members for their service. Marc Slingerland helped...

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28 Nov 2017 ARPA’s new policy report on In Vitro Fertilization

ARPA Canada lawyer, John Sikkema ARPA is out with a new "Respectfully Submitted" Policy Report. This one deals with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Lawyer John Sikkema says there's still considerable debate about the ethics of the practice itself, but the report doesn't address that issue. He says the report acknowledges the fact that there are ethical discussions underway about the very practice of IVF, but doesn’t address that issue directly. Rather, he says, it deals with policy issues that flow out of the fact that IVF is going on. “The ethical...

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22 Nov 2017 Improving Canadian laws to promote the equality of in vitro embryos

Reproductive medicine has changed drastically in the past decades with the development of technology that allows for in vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF is the assisted fertilization of a human egg cell by a human sperm cell – thus creating a new human being – outside of the female body. Now more than ever there are more avenues to treat childlessness and to start a family. The medical assistance in the creation of human life involves serious questions of medical ethics, particularly in the way we treat life from its beginning....

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27 Oct 2017 Safe Access Zone Legislation is Unconstitutional: ARPA Canada Speaks to Committee

**UPDATE: Bill 163 passed in Ontario, regardless of our opposition** Ontario’s “Safe Access” legislation (Bill 163) proposes to ban all disapproval of abortion around abortion clinics, hospitals and pharmacies. The Standing Committee on General Government at Queen’s Park in Toronto studied the bill on October 19. The Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) on the committee heard from a variety of organizations on both sides of the issue and I was grateful for the opportunity to present ARPA Canada’s concerns. For more information on what “safe access” legislation is, you can read our...

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25 Oct 2017 Press Release: Ontario Government censors one side of abortion debate

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada October 25, 2017 Ontario Government censors one side of abortion debate Today the Ontario Liberals – with the help of all Opposition parties – passed Bill 163 by a vote of 86-1. This new law creates "safe access zones", also known as bubble zones, around abortion providers, prohibiting the expression of any dissenting view on abortion. “Censoring speech in certain areas, simply because you may not agree with that speech, is unconstitutional and violates free expression in the public square,” said Tabitha...

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24 Oct 2017 Banning pro-life info around abortion clinics

ARPA made a presentation last week to the Ontario Legislature's Standing Committee on General Government. The topic was Bill 163 - Ontario's pending "bubble zone" legislation that would prohibit demonstrations outside abortion clinics in the province. The presentation was made by ARPA articling law student Tabitha Ewert, and she started by referencing this spring's court victory on Ontario's ban on the publication of abortion statistics. Here’s a partial transcript of what she said: The court found in that case that censoring of such data was an unconstitutional violation of free expression. In essence,...

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