Pre-Born Human Rights

25 Jul 2017 Conference wrestles with origin of human rights and whether they apply to pre-born humans

WeNeedaLaw.ca Director, Mike Schouten Two ARPA staff members were in Winnipeg earlier this month for what was billed as the Understanding and Answering Summit on Human Rights, sponsored by Ravi Zacharias Ministries. WeNeedaLaw.ca Director Mike Schouten was there, and he says one of the highlights was a debate in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights between a Christian – Dr. Andy Bannister – and an atheist – Dr. Christopher DiCarlo – on the source and origin of human rights. “Whenever I watch these debates, and listen to them, I always have a...

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25 Jul 2017 Canada’s foreign policy is now “feminist” and prioritizes abortion over basic needs

Tabitha Ewert, Articling Student Chrystia Freeland, MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs Douglas Crosby, Bishop for the Hamilton Archdiocese The federal government has fundamentally changed the criteria it uses in determining how to allocate foreign aid to developing countries. Last month, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland unveiled a policy which expressly says that foreign aid will be delivered through a "feminist lens", with a special emphasis on the provision of abortion services. The decision is coming under increasing criticism. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released a letter to the minister earlier this...

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11 Jul 2017 LN Feature: Using logic in the abortion debate

Stephanie Gray Stephanie Gray is an international speaker on the abortion/pro-life issue. Along with Jojo Ruba, she’s the co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform in Calgary, and while she’s no longer formally with that organization, she still spends a lot of time presenting the pro-life cause to a wide variety of audiences. She started speaking publicly about the abortion issue at the age of 18, and she’s given more than 800 pro-life presentations across North America. Recently, one of those presentations caught our eye here at Lighthouse News. LN: You...

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11 Jul 2017 Another attempted closure of a flag display

WeNeedaLaw.ca Director, Mike Schouten We Need a Law hosted a couple of pro-life flag displays over the Canada Day long weekend. One of them was in Ponoka, Alberta, and it involved a bit of controversy. As organizers were setting the display, crews from the town came along and removed a banner they had hung on a fence adjacent to the major highway that runs through the community. When organizers confronted the city workers over the action, they were told that the Town Hall had received complaints about the event. Once the...

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27 Jun 2017 The Politics of Google

Stephanie Gray A noted Vancouver pro-life activist was recently invited to give a so-called “Google Talk” at the company’s headquarters in California. Stephanie Gray made an almost hour-long presentation to a group of employees. That speech is available on YouTube. Gray says even though her pro-life position is driven by her Catholic faith, she made a conscious decision not to reference any religious or moral arguments in her presentation, preferring instead to use a “Socratic” method to make her points. “Of course, we do need to evangelize the culture, but I...

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20 Jun 2017 “Canada’s past was pro-life. Canada’s present is pro-choice. Canada’s future is up to us.” Pro-life group launches speaking tour for Canada’s 150th birthday

Jonathon Van Maren, Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform There's a national education tour coming up this summer on pro-life apologetics. It's put together by the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. The Centre's Jonathon Van Maren says there are about a dozen stops planned for Ontario and Alberta between now and mid-August. He says the tour will include training in pro-life apologetics and strategy, but essentially the over-riding theme of all of the stops will focus on Canada’s 150th birthday. He says pro-lifers have two legacies to choose from: "Canada’s past was...

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20 Jun 2017 Pro-life activist publishes argument in National Post for free votes on abortion in the House of Commons

Anna Nienhuis, Policy & Research Coordinator, We Need a LAW Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer got a reminder last week of his commitment to allow his MPs to bring forward private members' bills on controversial conscience issues like abortion. We Need a Law researcher Anna Nienhuis had a piece published in one of Canada’s leading newspapers, the National Post. She says it was partly written to drive home the point about those private members’ bills, but it had a broader focus. "The article also wanted to focus on (the fact) that...

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13 Jun 2017 ARPA Canada wins abortion censorship case

Pro-life blogger, Patricia Maloney A big win for ARPA in a legal battle over abortion statistics, and who should have access to them. A judge has struck down a section of Ontario's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act which bars the release of that information. The ruling came down late Friday afternoon. ARPA's Director of Law and Policy, André Schutten, says the ruling found that the Ontario government was “wrong” and in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms when they passed an absolute ban on accessing information...

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06 Jun 2017 LN Feature: It’s Andrew Scheer – Now What?

- Scott Hayward, co-founder of Right Now WeNeedaLaw.ca Director, Mike Schouten On the feature this week, two interviews about the election of Mr. Andrew Scheer as Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Scheer won the post at a leadership convention in Toronto on May 27th - in a preferential ballot that went to 13 counts. In the end, he beat out Quebec libertarian candidate Maxime Bernier. Scheer got just under 51% of the points in the Party's riding by riding distribution system; Bernier ended up with just over 49%. Since the win, Scheer has...

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06 Jun 2017 Bubble zone legislation in Ontario

André Schutten, Director of Law and Policy - ARPA Canada The Ontario government has signaled that it plans to introduce a new law later this year to specifically ban protests outside all abortion clinics in the province. A so-called "bubble zone" is already in effect for the Morgentaler abortion clinic in Toronto due to a special court injunction, but there have been complaints about the actions of some protestors outside a clinic in Ottawa, so the government is moving to make the ban province-wide. ARPA's Director of Law and Policy, André Schutten,...

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