Thursday, July 31, 2014

Provinces Can Fill Legal Vacuum Surrounding Abortions

If the Federal government refuses to touch the subject, the provinces can step in:
The Constitution Act (1867) lays out the division of powers between federal and provincial governments.

Section 92 (16) 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 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.

There is a lot of room for provincial legislatures to step up. For example, there are no laws stipulating that women seeking an abortion need to be properly informed on the physical and psychological risks accompanying abortion. Similarly, no health jurisdiction in our country has parental consent for abortion legislation.

A few weeks ago, my 16-year-old daughter was asked to come in for a night shift at the retail outlet she works at. In order for her to do that, my wife and I had to give our written consent. We didn’t have a problem with this — it provided a measure of respect for and deference to our parental responsibilities. In contrast, if our daughter found herself in an unplanned pregnancy, she could quite easily be pressured to think abortion was the only solution for her and to abort her pre-born child without our knowledge.
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Note the stark contrast in how we treat our daughters when it comes to tattooing and employment standards compared to the current legal vacuum regarding abortion — a decision for which there is also permanent ramifications.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. We know that standard informed consent rules, which apply to plastic surgeons, don't apply to abortion providers. And it was just a few years ago when Quebec government initiative to apply basic health and safety standards to abortion facilities, was met with fierce resistance from the abortion industry.

Yes, they argued that they shouldn't be required to have a sterile operating room to do abortions, they claimed that these requirements were excessive and that, if enforced, they could drive abortion facilities out of business. Quebec did back down from these requirements back in 2009. But a government that's truly concerned about human life can do just that - drive these butchers out of business.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day


It's Canada Day, a great occasion to be proud of our nation.
Many of us are too polite or quiet to say it.

Some would be immediately apologetic for an expression of swelling national pride, which would be in keeping with a recent study that shows we're amongst the most apologetic on the planet.

But we'll say it anyway. Canada is the best country in the world.

Period.
Also, check out 20 homegrown celebrities who make us proud to be Canadian. Have a happy Canada Day and make sure you don't miss the fireworks :)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Pope Francis: Don't Substitute Pets For Kids

An amazing message from the Pope:
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Monday (June 2) warned married couples against substituting cats and dogs for children — a move that he said leads to the “bitterness of loneliness” in old age.
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“You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside, you can be carefree,” the pope said.

“It might be better — more comfortable — to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog. Is this true or not? Have you seen it?

“Then, in the end this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness.“
Well said! It's about time someone finally spoke up against the culture of selfishness that praises childlessness and ridicules parenthood.

Monday, May 19, 2014

New Brunswick March For Life - Videos (Part 1)

Opening prayer by Pastor Perry Edwards (Sovereign Grace Baptist Church), followed by Peter Ryan's speech:
There were about 800 of us - a record turnout, almost twice compared to the past years.

Marie Claire Muzzerall-Gautreau shares her experience of being a teenage single mother. She is introduced by Beth Crouchman, president of the NB Right to Life.

The theme of this year's March for Life was - Women and Children First. Peter Ryan elaborates on that in his speech:

Some music by Evangeline Inman:

New Brunswick March For Life - Videos (Part 2)

A rather passionate speech by Ann O'Keefe:

A few words from the Archbishop Valéry Vienneau:

There were plenty of MLAs present; some say - as many as 23 of them - which is too, a record number. Here are 2 speeches: By Bill Fraser, a Liberal MLA for Miramichi-Bay du Vin and by Jody Carr, a PC MLA for Oromocto.
P.S. Please excuse the blurry and shaky picture. When the MLAs began to speak, camera men from the mainstream media rushed to the scene, so we had quite a hard time not to bump into one another.

Finally, here are the speeches by Marion Fogan from the Catholic Women's League and Armand LeBlanc from the Knights of Columbus:

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Pro-Aborts Have Targeted New Brunswick For Take-Down.

From an e-mail release:
Dear friends and key contacts in New Brunswick and beyond,

It was not a good day for New Brunswick today.

First, the likely true head of the “take New Brunswick down” campaign revealed herself. The Telegraph-Journal here published an opinion piece entitled “On abortion, New Brunswick must change” by one Vicky Saporta. She is identified as “the president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation of Canada.” Coincidentally, she is president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation of the U.S.

Shortly after the April 10 news report that the Morgentaler Clinic here would close, I circulated a memo to the media here, expressing my strong suspicion that not only was the “closing” news a ploy, but that a propaganda campaign against NB policy was being orchestrated from Washington DC – headquarters of the NAF. My suspicions are now greatly strengthened.

We are dealing above all with Ms. Saporta and the money /power of the North American abortion industry. They have targeted New Brunswick for take-down. It is highly likely that Ms. Saporta is running the show.

And quite a show it is!! There is a tremendous barrage of pro-abortion propaganda in the media here the last two weeks. And politicians have been getting in line to dance to the tune. Today (another reason it’s a bad day), the Liberal Party of New Brunswick – the same party that under Premiers Frank McKenna and Shawn Graham strongly opposed Morgentaler – approved at its policy convention a resolution in favor of “better abortion access.” We all know that’s only code language for killing babies on demand. Current Liberal leader Brian Gallant seems to be falling all over himself currying favor with the pro-abortion crowd. There is a real danger he will be Premier of New Brunswick by September. What happens to NB’s policy on abortion then?

For me it is reminiscent of the media hoopla in Ireland following the death of that young pregnant woman from India. The media reported that as death from an abortion denied, and a huge media campaign ensued. The campaign was based on a lie- she did not die from an abortion denied. But hysteria was whipped up, rallies were held, and politicians caved, with the result Ireland changed its law in favor of abortion, establishing a legal precedent that will tend relentlessly toward abortion on demand.

Is the Morgentaler establishment here really going to close? In all likelihood, that too is a lie, calculated (very cleverly) to arouse hysteria and send shock waves leading to everything people like Vicky Saporta really want – full abortion on demand, fully funded, in both hospitals and private clinics. That’s the game. That’s the dice they’ve rolled in announcing the clinic closing.

At this point the tide of “public opinion” is running strongly in their favor. They are winning. I say “public opinion” meaning not what New Brunswickers really think – which no doubt has not changed that dramatically in a couple weeks: most people oppose abortion on demand, and funding the Morg. Clinic. I mean perceived public opinion, that mood that is in the air as shaped largely by the chattering classes of the media and academia.

Now we can all pooh-pooh that kind of opinion as being a big fat pile of the devil’s manure. But surely we’ve been paying attention to the history of abortion the last few decades. We should know the power of evil and deception is not to be sneezed at. It can take a country down, institutionally – as it has Canada. It can take a province down – as it has almost everywhere. It can take New Brunswick down. And if we go down, it will right away be on PEI’s doorstep.

I hope you know me enough to know: I am not throwing in the white flag! I am just soberly saying where things stand. We are up against quite a tidal wave, and It’s not diminishing.

In the last two weeks we’ve seen the university community at both St. Thomas U. (petition in favor of clinic funding) and University of New Brunswick (op-ed from many UNB professors) chime in for abortion. We’ve had editorials in three daily papers for abortion. The Fredericton Daily Gleaner has been heavily slanted in news coverage. We’ve had the Acadian daily publish numerous pro-abortion commentaries, and not a thing pro-life. CBC has been relentlessly one-sided, including in its Maritime-wide coverage. The Telegraph-Journal has been somewhat balanced, but published a horrible op-ed by Heather Mallick (similar to Ms. Saporta’s). We’ve had the leaders of the Liberal, NDP and Green Party come out for abortion. NDP members federally have gotten involved. A pro-abortion rally was held at the Legislature last week. Today rallies were held in Ottawa and Montreal (while they seemed not amount to much in numbers, that did not stop CBC Newsworld from reporting “Canadians rally for abortion rights”). We fully expect Ms. Saporta has other tricks up her sleeve.

We are not silent or inactive by any means. We have had some commentary published, including my own. Various letters to the editor have been good (but nowhere near as many as we need). We have mobilized our own petition. We have gotten hundreds of email sent in to the government. Our supporters have been praying hard. A letter of support from 100+ Canadians was sent to our government. We are planning our biggest ever March for Life soon. We are hearing from numerous pro-lifers here we’ve never heard from before. And so on. Nevertheless, it’s quite the battle.

The government is largely silent. They are nervous. They do not like all the pressure. They need much, much support and prayer in order to hold firm. We don’t like to think of them caving. But we should not assume it cannot happen.

I ask for continuing prayer for Premier David Alward. And just as I called for prayer about the pro-abortion rally at the Legislature – which was less successful than anticipated – I am calling for prayer (spiritual battle) concerning Ms. Saporta. She and her cohort are out to get New Brunswick. May they fail. May the abortuary indeed close. May our province hold firm for life. May the blood of innocents be spared. May God’s purposes be realized.

Thanks to everyone for everything you do for life and for the care I know you have for our precarious situation here now.

Yours for life,
Peter Ryan

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Turning Lights On - Celebrating Human Achievement

As always on the last Saturday of March - a few videos by Ezra Levant, explaining why so called "earth hour" is not just stupid - it's evil:
As for all the eco-freaks that choose to turn off the lights for the sake of "mother gaia", as well as all those who blindly follow the trend just because friends and neighbors tell them to, hopefully they don't forget to turn off their thermostats.

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Catholic Response To "23 Things To Do..."

Here's a brilliant response to the ill-famous essay known as "23 things to do instead of getting engaged". While the author of the latter believes that there may be things that are "more fun" than family and marriage (and showers the audience with ideas to mess their lives), Joy Kubik presents a Catholic alternative to those perverted advices:
1. Get a passport. Married people aren’t exempted from getting passports. My sister-in-law, engaged before she was 23, took a road trip across the US and then went to Europe the following summer with her husband.

2. Find your thing. I haven’t lost anything I didn’t intend to lose. I have a collection of paintings, embroidery, stories, and pictures of cakes that I’ve made AFTER I was married.

3. Make out with a stranger. After marriage, the only person in the world you will want to kiss is your spouse. Can kissing my husband be my new “thing”?
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7. Get a tattoo, it’s more permanent than marriage. Make a vow to God, it’s more permanent than a tattoo.

8. Explore a new religion. Visit the Holy Land. Far too many of us operate on bad interpretations of the Catholic Church’s teachings and are sorely misguided. The major news outlets make a huge profit on these errors, so they’re invested in spinning the truth.

9. Start a small business. I’m one of many self-employed young mothers, and I have been for the last five years. The flexibility is great for family life.
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11. Date two people at once. I’ve never been so bored that I felt the need to create drama, like dating two people at once. We don’t even own cable; there’s never a dull moment in a household of small children.
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15. Disappoint your parents. As a parent now, I can reassure you, you’ve already accomplished this by age 5.
Well said, Joy. Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

From A Child To A King: Stop Euthanasia

Right to life - it's so simple that even kids get it. For grown-ups, however, politics trumps common sense. That's why Québec's euthanasia Bill 52 is going to a final vote this week.

Friday, January 31, 2014

"The woman they took away had a sheet over her face"

Pro-aborts often substitute the word "abortion" with "health", claiming that what they stand for is not mere abortion, but "reproductive health" or even "women's health". Here's what these euphemisms really mean:
The reason I am writing you today is, that for the second time in a few months, I witnessed an ambulance and a paramedic car come with the emergency lights on to attend to someone from the abortuary. The first time I saw this months ago, I had a camera that had a video camera on it, and when I took it out to take a video of the emergency vehicles I was subjected to a barrage of cursing and abusive yelling by the people who work there as well as the security guard. The woman they took away had a sheet over her face and I do not know if that was to cover her identity or because it was cold or if she had died.
Considering that abortion facilities are typically not bound by the uniform health standards (and fiercely resist any attempt to apply these standards to them when such attempts are even made,) these scenes are nothing extraordinary.