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07 Feb 2018 Treating peaceful pro-life persuasion as hate speech

  by John Sikkema  A new law took effect in Ontario this month. It is now an offence, punishable by punitive fines and prison, to “attempt to advise or persuade” someone to refrain from having an abortion, or to “attempt to inform a person concerning issues related to abortion services”, or to “attempt to perform an act of disapproval [of abortion]” in any way, if the attempt is made within 50m (or up to 150m) of an abortion clinic. ‘Access zones’ can also be created around hospitals and pharmacies by regulation, up...

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29 Jan 2018 Abortion on demand: what has it done for women?

Anna Nienhuis, Policy & Research Coordinator, We Need a LAW We Need a Law research assistant Anna Nienhuis had an op-ed published in the Vancouver Sun last weekend marking the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada’s “Morgentaler Decision” on abortion. The anniversary was this past Sunday, January 28th. The 1988 decision is infamous for eradicating all legal limits on abortion in Canada, albeit with the expectation that Parliament would have written a new law to replace the flawed law struck down by the court. The article, titled 30 years after...

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22 Jan 2018 Abortion rights coalition comes out against Liberals plan to block pro-life organizations from accessing summer job grants

The federal government is being urged by yet another voice to modify their controversial "attestation" policy in the application process for the Canada Summer Jobs program.  Just before Christmas, the government unveiled a requirement that all businesses and organizations who wanted funds from the program would have to affirm their support for Charter rights, including the notion of "reproductive rights" which included unrestricted abortion. The requirement sparked a storm of protest from pro-life groups and other faith-based organizations which use the funding to provide services ranging from refugee resettlement to summer camp...

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during the 2017 Invictus Games opening ceremonies in Toronto, Canada Sept. 23, 2017. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

17 Jan 2018 Update: Government blocks pro-life organizations from Canada Summer Jobs grant

UPDATE: The Liberal government recently has tried to minimize the damage, due to the backlash against the new attestation requirement. In our opinion, however, the government's explanations do not change the meaning of the attestation, and we will continue to push for its removal. Employment Minister Patty Hajdu tried to assure churches and other religious organizations that they could, in fact, make the attestation. She argued that the attestation only requires that an organization’s “core mandate” respect reproductive rights. She has not explained what that means. Is it the mission statement of the...

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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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19 Dec 2017 LN Feature: 2017: A Year in Review

André Schutten, Director of Law and Policy - ARPA Canada LN: Mark, let's start with you. Let's start with a broad overview of some of the organizational highlights we've seen in the past year. Give me some of those highlights. MP: Yeah. I could touch on our first-ever God and Government Youth Conference, the big legal win we had against the Province of Ontario in the FIPPA case; maybe the Bibles that went to every federal and provincial (elected) government official in our land. Those were big developments, and there was many...

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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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Tabitha Ewert Bubble Zone Bill Committee Presentation

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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