Kelowna's place for pro life news and updates.
Victoria March for Life a Success.
Bolstered by the presence of literally hundreds of high school students, the March for Life in Victoria was once again a resounding success. The youthful and exuberant crowd marched down Government Street in downtown Victoria from Centennial Square to the Legislature, which was not in session due the provincial election campaign. The theme of the 2013 was stop the gendercide, and featured Mike Schouten of weneedalaw and Natalie Hudson-Sonnen from Life Canada. Notably absent at this year's March for Life was a contingent from the Silent no More Awareness Campaign. There were also no signs of the graphic images of aborted babies at the March.
Go here for some great photos of the 2013 March for Life in Victoria.
Two British Men Fight for "Right to Die."
Two paralyzed men have turned to the courts to challenge Britain's prohibition on assisted suicide. Both men have decided that their lives are intorlerable, but are unable to end them themselves. They want someone to help them commit suicide, but don't want the accomplices to be in trouble with the law for doing so. The cases come at a time when legislation to legalize the practice of assisted suicide is being introduced in Parliament. Recently, a court determined that the responsibility to change the law belongs to Parliament and not the courts. Go here for more at Fox News.
Abortionist Convicted of Murder.
Now there's a headline many in the pro life movement never thought they would never read, but it's true. Kermit Gosnell has been convicted of 3 counts of murdering babies after they were born alive during late-term abortions (his conviction is likely the first of many, because as society comes to the realization that abortion is murder, more and more abortionists will be held accountable. Indeed, when legalized unborn child killing is a thing of the past, all abortionists will be recorded in history as murderers). Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of one adult woman. The jury now must decide between life in prison and the death penalty for Gosnell. Go here for more at the New York Times.
Kelowna Candidates Mostly Silent on Pro Life Issues.
With the BC election just days away, many in the Kelowna area are wondering where their candidates stand on the issue of life. In response, The Kelowna Right to Life Society sent questionnaires to all the candidates in the three Kelowna ridings. Candidates were asked where they stand on issues related to abortion and assisted suicide, and were told that no replies would be considered as "NO" answers. Kelowna-Westside Conservative candidate Brian Guillou was the only candidate who sent back the questionnaire by the deadline of Friday morning. Guillou scored 100% pro life. Fellow Conservative candidate for Kelowna-Mission, Mike McLoughlin, responded by attaching a similar questionnaire from Campaign Life Coalition. McLoughlin answered pro life to all questions on that survey, except on the issue of tax-payer funding of abortion. He explained that he does not support defunding of abortion because public opinion supports tax-payer funding of it; thus, he would not support a movement to defund abortion in BC.
Go here to read the questionnaires and the candidates' responses.
Pro Abort Defends Infanticide on TV.
Pro lifers rightly argue that there is no morally significant difference between abortion and infanticide. Now, with the Kermit Gosnell case and Live Action's new undercover operation, pro aborts are being put in the unpleasant position of having to defend infanticide. Live Action's President Lila Rose has gone into "clinics" and secretly taped various abortionists admitting they do nothing to save children born alive during late-term abortion procedures. In some cases, they admit to actually putting babies into jars of solution in order to stop any twitching or breathing motions. All these inconvenient truths are forcing the hands of pro abortionists and making them walk a tightrope between defending abortion and condemning infanticide. Go here to watch a truly astounding effort to defend the indefensible.
Fox News Airing 1 Hour Gosnell Documentary.
The Fox News Channel is airing a 1-hour special report on the horror that is the Kermit Gosnell case. The show is called, "See No Evil: The Kermit Gosnell Case" and is set to air Friday May 3rd at 6:00 pm PST. For the most part, the mainstream media in the U.S. has decided to ignore the Gosnell case, even though it can be described as one of the most disturbing mass murder cases in American history. Gosnell killed tens of thousands of children in womb and probably hundreds if not thousands outside the womb over a span of more than 3 decades. Go here for a preview of the Fox News special report.
Ethical Stem Cells Save The Life of Little Girl.
Doctors in the U.S. have saved the life of a little girl using her own stem cells to create a new trachea. Little Hannah Warren was born without a windpipe, and was destined to die a very early death until one doctor dedicated himself to saving her. He used her own stem cells, cells from her own bone marrow, along with tissue from her ribcage and plastic materials to build and implant an artificial windpipe into her. It is hoped that Hannah will eventually live a relatively normal life with the ability to do most of the things other children can do. Go here for more on this amazing case.
BC Bubble Zone Law Withstands Legal Challenge.
In 1995 in response to abortion clinic protests in Vancouver, the BC legislature passed Bill 48 creating "no protest" zones 50 metres around certain clinics in BC. The law's intention is to protect women who use the clinics to have their children killed from harassment, intimidation, and possible violence at the hands of those trying to stop the killings going on inside. Pro lifers have long seen these "bubble zones" as violations of their rights to freedom of speech and expression and have challenged them in the courts, but to no avail. Most recently, BC pro lifers Sissy Von Dehn and Donald Spratt have found themselves on the losing end of a unanimous decision upholding the bubble zone law. Go here for more.
New Abortion Legislation Proposed in Ireland.
The Irish government is proposing legislation that it says will clarify the current situation surrounding abortion in that country. Currently, Ireland and Malta are the only two European nations that do not condone the practice of unborn child sacrifice. This new legislation comes after the death of a woman who died during a miscarriage in an Irish hospital and seeks to clarify under what conditions an abortion would be permitted to save the life of the mother. A point of contention arises when a woman threatens suicide if she is denied an abortion, a situation the Supreme Court ruled on some years ago. Go here for more at the National Post.
Mother of "Gosnelled" Baby Speaks Out.
The mother of one of the thousands upon thousands of babies dismembered at the hands of Kermit Gosnell is speaking out. Desiree Hawkins is a 20 year old woman who had an abortion at Gosnell's "clinic" 4 years ago. She was 23 weeks pregnant at the time and, for some diabolical reason Gosnell, decided to keep the feet of her slaughtered child as one of his trophies. Hawkins was shocked when investigators contacted her to tell her that one of the feet discovered belonged to her dead child, and decided to speak out in the hopes of preventing this from happening to others. Go here for more.
Florida Senate 1, Planned Parenthood 0.
Should it be alright for medical personal to do nothing to help a child struggling for life? Should it be legal to stand by and watch such a child die, or even purposely end his life prematurely? Planned Parenthood of Florida seems to think so, but luckily for children fortunate enough to survive an abortion attempt on their lives, the Florida Senate does not. In fact, new legislation drafted to ensure such children receive life-saving medical care has passed the Florida Senate unanimously and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. Go here for more.
One Person's "Right to Die" Endangers Others' Right to Live?
Advocates of legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia routinely argue that choosing when and how to die is personal right that has few if any implications for others. They accept the notion that one's personal wishes ought to take precedence over all other concerns (similar thinking lends itself to the issue of abortion, wherein "my body, my choice" is the golden rule). Susan Martinuk at the Calgary Herald makes the point that legalizing assisted suicide is a slippery slope that will eventually threaten the right to life of those who don't want to die just yet. Go here to read Martinuk's editorial.