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Jul
30
2015
Breaking News - Health Canada Approves Abortion Pill

This article is from WeNeedALaw:

Join us in calling on the Health Minister to do the right thing and veto abortion pill. 

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of a by decision made public by Health Canada today which, if left unchallenged and unchanged, will have devastating consequences on pre-born children and their mothers. 

Health Canada has approved the introduction of the infamous abortion drug RU-486 for use in Canada. 

“Today’s decision establishes an expansion of access to abortion and is not welcome news for pre-born children in Canada,” said Mike Schouten of WeNeedaLAW.ca. “This will undoubtedly add to the over 100,000 lives already lost to abortion every year while also trivializing the purposeful destruction of human life when it is most vulnerable.”

Mifepristone, otherwise known as RU-486, is a drug that interferes with the hormones necessary to sustain pregnancy. When taken by a pregnant woman in the first trimester of pregnancy, it will cause her to miscarry, resulting in the death of the child.

“That Health Canada has now approved RU-486 through the proverbial backdoor is contrary to democratic principles that should allow for an abortion discussion” said Schouten.  Read More and send a letter to oppose RU-486

Jul
29
2015
URGENT - CPSS Consultation in Saskatchewan

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) is currently conducting a consultation on a new policy on Conscientious Objection. Three interested organizations have submitted a letter, legal brief, and proposed revisions to the policy to outline their concerns and to have input in this consultation process; these three participating organizations are:

Canadian Physicians for Life
Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians' Societies
Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada


The deadline for submissions is August 7th.

You can e-mail the CPSS here.

Or you can phone the CPSS by calling (306) 244-7355

Suggested comment:

"I support the revisions to your Conscientious Objection policy as proposed by CPL, CFCPS and CMDS. There is no reason to take away conscience protection to ensure patient access."

NOTE: Remember to include your name, and to pray for the success of this endeavour. 

Please take a minute to ask the CPSS to support the amendments of these three interested organizations. Your expression of support will help!

BACKGROUNDER:

The documents submitted to the CPSS by the three interested organization are available for review by clicking on the individual links below:

letter
proposed revisions
legal brief

The major concerns are:

1. The draft policy requires physicians to "make arrangements" for the patient to see another physician for information about a controversial procedure, or for the procedure itself (abortion, contraception, etc). Making arrangements has the same moral implications as a referral. Future councils could interpret the phrase "make arrangements" to be the same as referral.

2. The draft policy requires physicians to perform controversial procedures in certain circumstances. Reference to the "well being" of the patient has led to concerns that the policy might be used to force physicians to perform euthanasia.

3. Whatever parameters are agreed upon in this policy are likely to follow through to any future “assisted death” policy, should euthanasia become legalized.  

If you would like to visit the CPSS web page, click here and see "CPSS Consultation - Round 2" on the right side of their homepage.

We very much appreciate your timely attention to this important initiative to protect the conscience rights of medical professionals.  If you do make a submission to the CPSS, please also send a copy to us by using our e-mailing link here.

Jul
14
2015
Planned Parenthood sells Aborted Babies' body parts
 
 

Money Goes In, Aborted Baby Parts Go Out: Planned Parenthood's Illegal Secret Human Tissue Trade

July 13, 2015

Los Angeles, CA - The results of a bold three-year undercover journalism investigation study, released today, expose a national scandal involving the widespread secret and illegal selling of aborted baby body parts for profit by Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion supplier.

In addition, evidence reveals that Planned Parenthood's preferred method of obtaining the intact fetal organs that bring the most profit is the outlawed Partial Birth Abortion method done under ultrasound guidance.

 In every step of the body parts trade, public money is involved.

Project leader for this in-depth undercover investigation, known as the Human Capital Project, is David Daleiden of the The Center for Medical Progress.

"Planned Parenthood's criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to the very highest levels of their organization. Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business," stated Daleiden.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman serves on the Board of Daleiden's Center for Medical Progress. During this investigation, Newman advised Daleiden, providing consultation services and material support.

"Abortionists use ultrasound like a butcher uses scales to sell meat by the pound for profit," said Newman.

 A video released today shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Senior Director of Medical Services, describing how abortion procedures are altered - not for the safety of women - but to get the most marketable body parts, including intact livers, hearts, and heads, which are highly sought by those who procure human body tissue for research.

As head of PPFA's Medical Services Department, Nucatola has overseen medical practice at all Planned Parenthood locations since 2009. She also trains new Planned Parenthood abortion doctors and performs abortions herself at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles up to 24 weeks.

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards is also seen in the video praising Nucatola's work to facilitate connections for fetal tissue collection.

Evidence further shows that Planned Parenthood has gone to great lengths to keep the public from ever knowing about their illicit human body-parts trade, understanding that if news were to leak, it could spell doom for the abortion giant.

The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2).

For more information, videos, and documentation from the Human Capital project, visit centerformedicalprogress.org.

 

May
13
2015
Response to SMA and Health Minister Dustin Duncan on Parent Consent

Just in case none of the media reports this, here is a news release that was given to all media in Saskatchewan!

Response to SMA and Health Minister Dustin Duncan regarding Parent Consent 

 In response to misinformation being shared in regards to our efforts to build support for a parental consent provision as it relates to adolescent abortion

Mike Schouten, spokesperson for the Parental Consent campaign has issued the following statement:

In several interviews Health Minister Dustin Duncan states that abortion is medically necessary. This is correct, but no court - at any level - has excluded the possibility of governments (provincial or federal) from regulating abortion. In fact, in the most famous case dealing with abortion, R. v. Morgentaler, the Supreme Court was nearly emphatic that while the abortion regulations at the time were found to be unconstitutional Parliament had a duty to enact new laws that were both constitutional and protected the fetus at some point.

According to the Constitution Act (1867) there is a division of powers between the federal and provincial governments. Section 92(16) of the Act confers on Provincial Legislatures the power to make laws in relation to "all matters of merely local or private nature in the province." Similarly, paragraph 7 of that same section of the Act authorizes provinces to make laws in relation to "the establishment, maintenance, and management of hospitals, charities, etc." This specifically authorizes the provinces to establish and regulate hospitals, and to regulate hospital-based health care services.  

The comments from outgoing Saskatchewan Medical Association president, Dr. Dalibor Slavic are also troubling, but actually strengthen our argument in favour of parental consent for adolescent abortion. For a respected doctor to assert that abortion is provided "if she [a young girl] thinks as someone that is of age" is seemingly ignorant of what actually transpires in the days and moments leading up to the moment of stepping into the doctor's office. 

 The reality is due to the incomplete brain development of adolescents, pregnancy related decisions are likely to be made in a state of stress, emotion, and exhaustion. According to The teen brain: Still under construction an adolescent has a less-developed prefrontal cortex than an adult, one of the "key ways the brain doesn't look like that of an adult until the early 20's". Adolescent brains show marked differences in areas of impulse control and planning for the future, both critical to making an informed decision on parenthood, and capacities that are similarly unavailable in the peers they may turn to for help and advice. 

It is unfortunate that many choice-focused individuals and organizations take a fundamentally flawed approach to the issue of parental consent for abortion. They frame the problem as, “Choice and bodily autonomy at all costs and anyone who opposes that opposes women’s rights.”  I believe that this “at all costs” approach harms the very women it sets out to protect when it is applied to adolescents making decisions on whether to continue a pregnancy. 

Parental consent does not equal parental control – it is about responsibility and care. The term consent implicitly states that the decision belongs to the adolescent. Her parents can share their reasoning and attempt to influence her decision, but the main goal is to provide support for pregnant adolescents regardless of the outcome of their pregnancy.  Whether they choose abortion, adoption, or active motherhood, support is crucial to their success and well-being.  A parental consent law makes it clear that society supports young women as well as the lives they may carry, and is working to enhance their well-being now and across their lifespan. 

For further comment or media requests please contact Lorraine at 306.352.3840

Colette Stang, President

Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association

May
12
2015
Regina March for Life 2015 a success

Close to 250 people participated in the annual March for LIfe in Regina on May 7th.  The theme this year was: Parental Consent WILL Save Babies.

Despite cooler weather, people's spirits were high and hopeful.  We recognized several MLAs in the crowd who are pro-life supporters.

After the successful March for Life and the media coverage we received (which for the most part was good), we KNOW that we will be successful in getting the Parental Consent bill introduced in the Saskatchewan Legislature.  All we need are more, corageous MLAs who are willing to stand in the Legislature and present and speak out in support of the petitions.

The parental consent initiative has come a long way PLUS now, we have finally had coverage by: 

  • CBC (although focused on a negative twist, this was great coverage, which helps to make waves, which helps people to be informed...)
  • CTV Regina (again, focused on NDP criticizing Mr Ottenbreit)
  • Global News - good for Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit for being identified as a member of the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association - THAT is the kind of courage we need from our MLAs.
  • Regina Leader Post - This story tells us we have to work HARDER at petitioning and lobbying Minister Dustin Duncan because the Leader Post reports the petition "has no impact anyway" because the Minister will not make any changes to abortion laws in Saskatchewan.
We know the news coverage did not support Parental Consent but we know that it helped us to get that much-needed coverage and we HAVE to keep that going.
Apr
23
2015
Politicians cannot use the law to hide things they do not want the citizens to know about
 
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On the same day that the Associated for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada and Pat Maloney initiated legal proceedings against the Government of Ontario for censoring all abortion related information, a group of over one hundred and twenty volunteers laid out 100,000 pink and blue flags on the south-east lawn of Queen’s Park in Toronto. 

“The 100,000 small pink and blue flags represent the approximately 100,000 human lives ended by abortion every year in Canada. Every flag is a testament to a little girl or boy who was denied a welcome into our nation,” said Mike Schouten, director for WeNeedaLAW.ca. 

“We believe there are still over 100,000 abortions per year in Canada. But, since 2010, we can no longer confirm this number because the Ontario government now hides the statistics,” said Schouten. 

Pat Maloney, an Ottawa blogger who writes about abortion related issues in Ontario, found out about the censorship when read more...
 
Apr
22
2015
ARPA CANADA TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT LEGAL ACTION

TORONTO – In an afternoon press conference in the Queen’s Park Press Gallery, the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada will provide details on a constitutional challenge they filed earlier in the day. Niki Pennings, spokesperson for WeNeedaLAW.ca, will also be speaking about why WeNeedaLAW.ca has placed 100,000 pink and blue flags on the lawn in Queen’s Park.

“The 100,000 flags represent the approximately 100,000+ human lives that are ended by abortion every year in Canada,” said Ms. Pennings. “The courts have consistently spoken to the responsibility of government to enact laws that protect pre-born human rights and the Ontario government is not exempt from this responsibility.”

Over one hundred and fifty volunteers helped place the 100,000 pink and blue flags at Queen’s Park. The flags cover the entire south-east lawn. 

As for the constitutional challenge, André Schutten, lawyer for ARPA Canada would only say that, “The court action we are initiating is about justice. Justice requires accountability. Each victim of abortion is a human being. Not only does every victim need to be accounted for, but public policy itself should be open to evaluation and scrutiny by the taxpayer and voter.”

The flag display will be set up until 4:00pm.

What:
 ARPA Canada Press Conference
When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Where: Queen’s Park Press Gallery 
Time: 2:00 PM

Apr
13
2015
NEWS RELEASE - SPLA Convention being held in Saskatoon

Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association Convention, SASKATOON

 by Marcy Millette

Saskatoon Alliance for Life will host the 2015 Provincial Convention for Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association at St. Mary’s Parish Hall on April 24-25th.  Alliance for Life has chosen the theme, “Mother and Child, Love Them Both”. 

Keynote speaker, Dr. Deborah Zeni, will address the chosen theme with her summary of “Complications, Abortion’s Impact on Women”, printed by deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research. Some of the concerns addressed in the book include: Abortion and the link to breast cancer, greater suicide rates, increased risks of prematurity in subsequent pregnancies and future fertility problems. The negative impact of induced abortion on women has been validated by the British Medical Journal, the American Journal of Medical Quality and numerous other sources found on the deVeber site, www.deveber.org/summary

Speaker, Travon Clifton, will tell her story, “Conceived in Rape – the Exceptional Life”. Clifton is a pro-life speaker with “Save the 1”, an organization whose mission is to educate everyone on why all pre-born children should be protected by law and accepted by society, without exception and without compromise. Clifton has been a widely-sought pro-life speaker on Family Talk radio (Dr. James Dobson), Students for Life events, Black History Month and Equipped for Life of Evangel Ministries in Detroit, MI. 

Shawna Sparrow, Teen-Aid Saskatchewan, will unfold her latest project, “Protecting your Child in the Digital Age”. Sparrow offers workshops for parents with topics ranging from, Building Character and Values to Research on Dating Rules and Helping your Teen Practice Chastity. 

Shancelle Hildebrandt shares her adoption story, “No Greater Love, No Greater Gift”. Animated and entertaining, Hildebrandt convinces her audiences on the value of adoption as a viable answer to unplanned pregnancy. 

Mike Schouten, Director of We Need A Law, will highlight SPLA’s newest campaign promoting Parental Consent Legislation. Schouten has been published many times in the National Post, Vancouver Sun, and the Calgary Herald  as well as interviewed by CBC News, CPAC and various radio talk shows across the country. The Convention, “Mother and Child, Love Them Both”, promises to both inspire and motivate delegates for continued pro-life action in this province.  Register online at www.saskprolife.com or call 306-373-3096 fmi. Childcare is provided.

Apr
01
2015
40 Days for Life Canada - A report from Campaign Life Coalition

by Wanda Hartlin, Co-ordinator - 40 Days for Life, Ottawa

Our Montreal counterparts, did begin a Winter/Spring campaign. As in Ottawa, we are under the umbrella of Campaign Life Coalition, the Montreal campaign is under the umbrella of our Montreal office called, Campagne Quebec-Vie. Soon after beginning their 40 Days for Life campaign, the office staff of Campagne  Quebec-Vie was served legal documentation petitioning the Quebec Superior Court to forbid them to hold a vigil at the Morgentaler facility. So they moved their vigil to another abortion facility, Femina, and within a week were again served legal documents by a bailiff ordering them to refrain from praying in front of Femina.

A temporary injunction (aka a "bubble zone") was issued with the intention of bringing about a permanent injunction forbidding pro-lifers and sidewalk counsellors from being within a one block radius of these facilities. 

Brian Jenkins, co-ordinator of the Montreal campaign writes, " . . . the judge would only be available to hear our arguments for both instances on June 16, 2015. In the interim, we ask you to keep us and our lawyer, Mr. Robert Reynolds, in your prayers. We are diligently preparing our arguments."

Ottawa does not have a bubble zone. Very few Canadian cities do. I only know of Toronto and our neighbouring city, Gatineau, that have bubble zones. Montreal may soon be numbered with these few. As Brian asked, please keep Campagne Quebec-Vie and their court battle in your prayers.

Mar
27
2015
Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons defer decision on refusing care on religious grounds

Members of Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons want more time for decision

CBC News Posted: Mar 26, 2015 11:26 AM CT Last Updated: Mar 26, 2015 2:27 PM CT

Members of Saskatchewan's College of Physicians and Surgeons have deferred voting on a controversial topic.

At this month's meeting, the College's council was reviewing a draft policy that dealt with doctors refusing care based on ethical or religious grounds. That includes refusing to provide care on abortions, genetic testing and blood transfusions.

The draft policy would not force doctors to perform any medical procedures, except in emergency, life-threatening situations. It would, however, force them to refer patients to another doctor or nurse practitioner for more advice on the topic.

The policy also notes that, "physicians must not promote their own moral or religious beliefs when interacting with a patient."

Doctors at the meeting said they hadn't had enough time to review the policy, which was first drafted in January, then revised.

The motion, unsurprisingly, sparked considerable debate at the council table among doctors.

"This is a very serious topic," said Bryan Salte, associate registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. "There are people who feel very strongly about this. And there are people who feel very strongly about this from both perspectives."

Salte said the College received thousands of pieces of mail on the subject.

"If you look at the consultation information, you will see physicians who say you're infringing my rights, you have no right to do this, I have a charter right, and I cannot be compelled to do what you want me to do," he said. "There are others who said this doesn't go far enough, and it is simply unacceptable for physicians to not provide birth control, and every physician who is in that environment has to."

A similar policy in Ontario is currently the focus of a charter challenge by the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians' Societies.

Ontario lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos said offering a referral to another doctor violates his clients' religious rights. He also said a policy like this would drive doctors from the medical field.

"The physicians and the upcoming physicians in the medical schools will be faced with one of two options," he said. "They either comply with the policy, and they make a referral for a procedure or a pharmaceutical to which they object on moral or religious grounds, which would mean they violate their religious beliefs or their conscience, or secondly, they don't comply with the policy, and they choose not to violate their religious beliefs and they face disciplinary action from the college."

Saskatchewan's draft policy will be reviewed at the College's meeting on Saturday. It will then be circulated to members and voted on at the its next meeting in June (corrected).

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