Our sidewalk counsellor, Brian Jenkins
On Tuesday, February 10, at 3 pm, a bailiff came to our Montreal, QC offices, in order to deposit a legal document (60-70 pages in length, containing 17 pages of argumentation, 19 supporting documents, and 11 affidavits) convoking our organisation, Campagne Québec-Vie / Quebec Life Coalition, and Brian Jenkins, our sidewalk counsellor, to court.
The four plaintiffs - the Morgentaler and Femina abortion facilities, and the owners of the buildings that house them - do not want us to continue the life-saving sidewalk counselling work that we do in downtown Montreal. They are petitioning the courts for a temporary injunction (aka a "bubble zone"), and are also requesting to argue for a permanent injunction against any pro-life presence within a city-block radius of the abortion facilities.
We have decided to fight this unwarranted suppression of our right to inform women of the dangers of, and alternatives to, abortion. To buy some time to prepare a rebuttal of their arguments, we have agreed to a provisional temporary injunction against us, lasting until March 10, which is the date for the hearing where we will challenge the temporary injunction.
Please help us fight this injunction, by pledging as much as you can. We have retained the services of a competent, 100% pro-life lawyer. We need to pay him, plus we need funding for the March 10 hearing which will, among other expenses, possibly require us to lodge and to pay the travel expenses of expert witnesses. We also need to build up our reserves to neutralize any eventual attempt to instate a permanent injunction against pro-life sidewalk counselling in that part of Montreal.
Do not let abortionists silence the only voice that charitably warns women entering Montreal abortion facilities about the harm abortion causes to women, to men, and to unborn babies.
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Isabelle and Ward O'Connor of the Vivere Group offer questions to ponder about Quebec's new Euthanasia legislation.
1. Do euthanasia and palliative care go together?
The palliative care philosophy is based on respect for the natural process of death. Matching induced death by euthanasia ("medical aid in dying") with palliative care in a "continuum of end of life care" is it logical? Doing so risks creating conflict and confusion. This is the view of, among others, le Réseau de soins palliatifs du Québec (RSPQ), as recorded in its deposition regarding the subject legislation. The RSPQ affirms that "Euthanasia is not a treatment." Further, it is important to know that the Fédération du Mouvement Albatros of Québec (FMAQ) adopted unanimously a resolution in support of the RSPQ position.
2. Is End of Life Care Legislation valid?
It is important to know that induced death, either by euthanasia or assisted suicide, is a crime in Canada, although the authors and promoters of the legislation on end-of-life care categorically deny that "medical aid in dying" means "euthanasia", hoping that their semantic game will evade Canada’s Criminal Code. You should know that Canada’s Attorney General announced that he will challenge the
validity of this legislation, pending the Supreme Court of Canada ruling in the case Carter-Taylor case heard October 5, 2014, with a decision expected within six months – i.e., no later than April 2015. The Carter-Taylor case challenges the validity of criminalizing death induced by euthanasia or assisted suicide.
3. Would government induced death jeopardize the right to personal security?
Consent and intent are difficult to prove, and the weak, vulnerable, disabled, elderly, depressed, illiterate or otherwise physically or mentally vulnerable are very easy to manipulate. Their consent can also be difficult to interpret. Substituted consent is another important issue, appearing in the Quebec law (Articles 47, 48, 55) as does presumed consent (Articles 57 and 58 ). The mistreatment of these large segments of the population, especially from relatives and institutions, being widely and well documented, as are discrimination and other social exclusionary pressures of exclusion, is such a precarious secure environment in our health care facilities acceptable?
The Quebec legislation in no way restricts euthanasia for people diagnosed with terminal illness. It is applicable to anyone with a chronic degenerative disease, whether that person is dying or not.
In addition, each year in Quebec, more than 350,000 medical errors are reported, the vast majority of which are injection errors (Ménard report). As euthanasia is done via an injection, do not the number of medical errors argue against the practice of euthanasia?
Finally, the end-of-life care legislation leaves it to the physician to ensure that consent to euthanasia is not the result of undue pressures arising from different sources. What training in psychology and police detection methods will the doctor receive for this purpose? What budget he will have to conduct the needed investigation? Abuse is both pernicious and very clever thing to detect for he seeks to detect it.1 reaction
Blessed New Year greetings,
I trust that in 2015, God will richly bless you and your loved ones as he has with us here at the Quebec Life Coalition.
First, many of you have remembered us with your prayers and financial support. Thank you.
Second, on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, we were blessed to welcome a few distinguished guests to our office.
These had come from across the country – Quebec City, Toronto and one as far away as Smithers, BC. No surprise, we discussed the fate of the unborn and how best to act to protect them, from a political perspective.
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE PARTY
Among these guests was Mr. Rod Taylor, newly elected leader of the Christian Heritage Party.
2015 is an election year. The Federal Conservative Party was elected in 2011 - May 2, 2011, with a majority government. The next federal election will be no later than October 19, 2015 – “the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year following the polling day for the last general election.” It may be sooner.
As the Quebec Life Coalition works to promote the Culture of Life, the political process is an important tool for championing the plight of the unborn. So several of us gathered on this winter afternoon are considering becoming candidates for the Christian Heritage Party in the next election.
WHY THE CHRISTIAN HERITAGE PARTY?
The CHP is the only pro-life federal party in Canada.
Justin Trudeau, leader of the Federal Liberals, made headlines this past May 2014 stating that anyone vying to become a liberal party candidate in a federal election MUST be pro-abortion.
The Bloc Québécois and the NDP likewise endorse the pro-abortion position.
Finally, what about the party of Stephen Harper? Haven't a few of its elected members - Stephen Woodworth, Mark Warawa, among others, presented pro-life motions in the House of Commons? Hasn't the federal conservatives subtly promoted internationally right to life measures for developing countries?
On the surface it appears that the federal conservatives are the voice for the unborn.
Yet, Mr. Harper has time and time again refused to open debate on the rights of the unborn. As such Canada is the only democratic nation in the world without any law protecting unborn children for the full nine month term. In fact, Canada shares this distinction with only two other nations worldwide - China and North Korea; a infamous fellowship if ever there was one.
So, we respectfully ask your support, in both prayer and financially, as we plan to run and/or support candidates in the forthcoming election. We wish that the voice of the unborn be heard loudly and clearly not only by the Conservative Party of Canada but also by all citizens of our ridings.
May the seven of us gathered on this January day be attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as we deliberate on what exactly is our role in the year ahead.
May our Lord bless all those considering becoming candidates in the next federal election with a wisdom to speak up, debate, and defend the right of the unborn.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
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In 2001, drug trials for the abortion inducing drug RU-486 was halted after protests and the death of a woman from septic shock.
Renewed efforts to make this drug available in Canada began this past November. At this time, the Canadian Medical Association Journal featured an article critical of the lack of surgical abortion facilities in rural Canada, a slight that can be alleviated via chemical abortions such as RU-486.
Then Society of Family Planning chimed in, announcing that based on a 2012 survey, increasing availability to chemical abortions would save women from travelling and from undergoing surgical abortions, and would increase accessibility to abortion services.
Yesterday, the Journal de Montréal, in two separate features, sung a similar tune. Isabelle Maher and Lise Ravary argued separately that since this abortifacient is available in well over 60 countries, why then is it not available in Canada?
What these articles fail to note is the harm that RU-486 has had on women. According to the Campaign Life Coalition, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports that there have been 14 deaths associated with this drug. Further, the FDA notes that there have been 2000 cases of adverse side effects including hospitalization, significant blood loss, severe infection and blood transfusions.
Corroborating much of this information about RU-486 is a fact sheet published by the group Real Choices Australia. Based on a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists study, the fact sheet notes the extent of excessive bleeding, the pain, and other adverse effects after using this abortifacient.
Let's pray that Health Canada does not give in to this new wave of pressure, but rather contributes to ensuring the health integrity of women.
p.s. See a couple of recent stories on this topic. First, the National Post published a letter by Mike Schouten entitled "Another skipped abortion debate." Also, the CBC reports that Health Canada will delay its decision until the Fall 2015 as additional information is sought from the manufacturer - "Abortion drug decision pushed back by Health Canada."Be the first to comment.
Here's a beautiful story of a mom who decided to give the life growing inside of her a chance rather than choose abortion as she was advised.
Jessy Girard was alarmed when she noticed that she was losing amniotic fluid at 23 week of her pregnancy. Advised to abort, she refused, believing that had she abandoned her child, she would then regret this decision for the rest of her life.
Her courage was rewarded this past February 18, 2014, when she gave birth to Léthicia at 28 weeks.
Jessy and her miracle baby is seen here (photo courtesy of the Journal de Québec). Read the full story here.
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