Life Tag

12 Jun 2018 There are some things money shouldn’t buy, like babies

by Nick Suk (ARPA intern) Children are gifts from God, not products to procure or commodities to purchase. Procreation should take place within marriage, not through the deliberate fracturing of natural relationships. This biblical foundation is violated when a third party becomes part of the procreation process, either as a genetic parent (gamete seller or donor) or as a surrogate mother. These are live issues in Canada today. MP Anthony Housefather has tabled Bill C-404 to decriminalize commercial surrogacy and the sale of gametes. The intent of the bill is to increase the...

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06 Jun 2018 Health Canada wants your input as they develop a palliative care framework

Health Canada is conducting a consultation on palliative care. This is an excellent opportunity for us to provide input which will help them develop a framework on palliative care. We encourage you to participate by sharing the value of palliative care and how it can be promoted. This is a chance to have your voice heard! There are two ways you can participate: Online discussion Health Canada has set up a discussion page where you can leave a reply for each topic. They are putting up a new topic every couple of...

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30 May 2018 New bill would allow commercialization of human reproduction

Take Action: Send an EasyMail letter to share your concerns with your MP Bill C-404, “An Act to amend the Assisted Human Reproduction Act”, was introduced yesterday by Liberal MP Anthony Housefather. If the bill passes, it will decriminalize commercial surrogacy and the sale of human gametes (sperm and eggs). This will allow women to enter commercial contracts to bear children for others in exchange for money. It will also allow paying people for their eggs or sperm. The bill is short and simple and would do nothing to regulate these practices, except to specify that gamete...

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29 May 2018 Billboards on Abortion

ARPA's pro-life arm, We Need a Law, is getting set to launch a cross-country billboard campaign on the issue of abortion legislation. Director Mike Schouten says this is part of a larger strategy that's been underway for the past year to introduce an “International Standards” abortion law. He says there's a real need to promote awareness around this issue. “The number one response we get (to this proposed new law), whether it's from every day Canadians, legislators, or (their staff members), is 'Really? Canada has no laws whatsoever?' And polls...

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12 Apr 2018 The euthanasia of elderly couple demonstrates the practice continues to spiral out of control in Canada

by Lighthouse News The deaths of an elderly couple in Toronto late last month has raised serious questions over how far Canada’s legal and medical system has gone to accommodate euthanasia, more euphemistically called, “Medical Assistance in Dying” (MAiD). On March 27th, George and Shirley Brickenden were euthanized as they lay side-by-side in their bed at a Toronto-area retirement home.  Mr. and Mrs. Brickenden were both in their 90s. Three of their children sat at the foot of their bed while two doctors simultaneously administered the lethal injections that killed them. The Brickendens...

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22 Mar 2018 March for Life 2018

The National March for Life will be held in Ottawa on Thursday, May 10, 2018, and across the country there will be six other provincial marches (click here for a listing). Reformed Prayer Services will be held in both Victoria, prior to the provincial march in BC, and in Ottawa, prior to the national march. We hope to see you at one of these prayer services, details are below. Following each prayer service there will be bagged lunches for all those who pre-register. After the prayer service, head to the provincial Legislature (Victoria)...

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20 Feb 2018 Must doctors facilitate euthanasia? Appeal to Ontario’s highest court

Larry Worthen, Executive Director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society There is going to be an appeal of a January 31st Ontario Superior Court ruling on conscience rights for doctors and other health care professionals. In that ruling, the court acknowledged that doctors rights to freedom of religion were violated by a policy imposed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario; a policy that required so-called "effective referral" for patients who wanted so-called "Medical Assistance in Dying." However, the court said, those rights were trumped by the rights of...

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07 Feb 2018 Help us bring better palliative care to Ontario

MPP Sam Oosterhoff Member of Provincial Parliament Sam Oosterhoff put forward the Compassionate Care Act (Bill 3) in the Ontario legislature last fall. Currently the bill has passed second reading and has been referred to committee. The Compassionate Care Act is a step to ensure that palliative care is an option for more Ontarians. It requires the Minister of Health and Long-term Care to develop a provincial framework to identify the value of palliative care and what it will take to promote it as an option in Ontario’s health care system through...

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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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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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