It gets better

By Justina Van Maren

Canada's Ethicist Vultures

By Jonathon Van Maren

Philosophy professors rarely make the news, so Udo Schuklenk of Queen’s University must be pleased. His recent suggestion that in some cases, parents should be permitted to kill “deeply suffering newborns,” is getting much attention. And not just “deeply suffering” in regards to having parents willing to kill them, either. Schuklenk is talking about “euthanizing” little human beings who are not, in his view, compatible with life.

Some headlines are exceptional for what they do not say. For example, the National Post’s headline on Sunday: “End-of-life debate turns to newborns: ‘Postnatal abortion’ morally acceptable in some cases, ethicist says.”

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Jonathon Van Maren interviews Joe Scheidler on the Pro-Life and Civil Rights Movements

Joseph Scheidler was once called the “Green Beret of the Pro-Life Movement” by Pat Buchanan. He is the author of the book Closed: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion. This is his story.

Where are all the angry parents?

By Justina Van Maren

I have a question for Ontario today. Where are all the angry parents? The CCBR’s projects have often been criticized and the loudest, angriest complaint is one that I’ve written about previously: “What about the children?” The use of pictures is stealing the innocence of our children, they declare. As I’ve said before, we care about the innocence of children. We care about the innocence, the lives of all children. But sometimes I wonder about other people.

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The Bridgehead Radio: Jonathon Van Maren Interviews Lois Lowry

Jonathon interviewed Lois Lowry, an American writer credited with more than thirty children’s books and an autobiography. She has won two Newbery Medals, for Number the Stars in 1990 and The Giver in 1994. For her contribution as a children’s writer, she was a finalist in 2000 (and U.S. nominee again in 2004) for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children’s books. Her book Gooney Bird Greene won the 2002 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award. In 2007 she received the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her contribution in writing for teens.

Abortion activists didn't get what they want in New Brunswick

By Jonathon Van Maren

After a few months of hedging, Brian Gallant has made moves to liberalize New Brunswick’s abortion regime. Both sides of the debate seem to be reacting in a rather exaggerated fashion, with pro-lifers painting unrealistic doomsday scenarios and abortion activists hailing this as a huge victory, rather than the symbolic victory it actually is. Here’s four things to consider about the Gallant’s move:

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A few observations on abortion access in Canada

By Jonathon Van Maren

Abortion access grim in English Canada,” warns the headline of a November 20 article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The grimness being referred to here, however, is not the macabre spectre of dismembered Canadian fetuses in clinic dumpsters. It is, according to a fairly new report on abortion access in Canada, about the apparently alarming lack of such clinics and their accompanying dumpsters in certain areas of Canada. After reading through the report, a few observations:

Over half of Canada’s abortion clinics are in Quebec.

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Crimes to die for

By Justina Van Maren

A couple of days ago, while I was holding my friend’s baby daughter, my mind kept straying back to Quasimodo. That’s right, Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a haunting novel portraying a dark, twisted world of love, lust, and sacrifice. Whose heart does not go out to Quasimodo, the deformed hunchback with a pure heart, hated by the world because of his ugliness? He loved, but was not loved in return, he was repulsed and rejected time after time. Quasimodo hardly could have lived any differently, but he was condemned for something which he had no control over.

The Bridgehead: Jonathon Van Maren Interviews David Bereit

Jonathon interviewed David Bereit, National Director of 40 Days for Life. David became an outspoken pro-life advocate after Planned Parenthood announced plans to build an abortion clinic in his Texas town in 1998. He helped to start and build a local grassroots coalition that rallied 60 churches and thousands of people together and dramatically reduced abortions in the region. Planned Parenthood recognized the effectiveness of David’s efforts when it labeled his town “the most anti-choice place in the nation.” David led the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, Texas.

One Clinic At A Time: A Review of Abortion Free

By Jonathon Van Maren

Troy Newman starts off his new book (written with colleague Cheryl Sullenger) with a confession: “I like it—no, I love it—when abortion clinics close. When the news hits that another abortion clinic has shut down or that some abortionist has been stripped of his medical license, my senior policy adviser, coauthor, and friend Cheryl Sullenger and I break out the old standard ‘Another One Bites the Dust.’”

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