Dear Friends of Life,
Please respond negatively to the The Calgary Herald survey on assisted suicide.
You will find the the poll under the heading "The Question of the Day," on the right hand side of the page, mid-way down.
The question reads: Are you in favour of Canada legalizing assisted dying?
Please VOTE NO. The NOs were ahead but only marginally.
Dear Friends of Life,
I would like to begin by thanking you for your on-going support - both in prayer and financially, of this pro-life work, particularly to those who responded to QLC President Georges Buscemi’s urgent appeal of this past month. Your donations have allowed us to maintain our current staffing levels, and for this we are grateful.
Earlier this month, I experienced the proverbial “Day that I will long be remembered,” a day filled with experiences typical of why we at the Quebec Life Coalition exist.
In reverse chronological order, I would like to share these with you. First, in late afternoon I learned that Bill 52, the so called “Medical aid in dying” legislation became law. MNAs voted 96-22 in favour of permitting physicians and medical staff, for the task will befall the nurses whom the doctors will ultimately coerce, to euthanize our fellow citizens.
We had laboured long with other groups both within and outside of Quebec to thwart the bill’s passage. In February of this year, we had won a minor victory as an election call had gutted its implementation. Yet the new legislature picked up where the old left off. We will continue to fight!
Earlier that same day, I was at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital witnessing another drama in this battle for life, one involving life at its earliest stage. In the pediatric wing, I sat in wonder as technician and doctor performed an ultrasound on a five-month pregnant friend. For thirty minutes, I watched spellbound the unborn child resting in the mother’s womb.
Yet, during this scene of nascent life, death’s shadows crept in on two occasions. First, as the medical staff cautiously used its instruments to examine the child, mother and father asked whether the child was “perfect’” if there were any signs of trisomy.
On hearing this, I felt uncomfortable, wondering silently “What if there are? and “Does it matter?”
The technician’s response was negative, but had it come back Yes, what would be the child’s fate? Would it be loved?
No sooner had I gained some modicum of composure that I was startled a second time.
The staff adroitly moved the sonic probe over my friend’s abdomen gradually revealing on the video monitor the clitoral lips: it’s a girl.
The joy was obviously subdued. Mother said that she had hoped for a boy yet quickly reconciled herself. Father, on the other hand, remained unreconciled; His displeasure was palpable. Eventually, he asked “Could you be wrong?” His sullenness remained as we left the hospital and walked along Côte-des-Neiges, until we parted company.
Our expectations about life and how fragile it is were more evident from an experience earlier in the day. I had traveled to the hospital from the Morgentaler mill on Saint Joseph Blvd. There I had witnessed upwards to a dozen young ladies enter the building during my hour-long prayer vigil. That is, a dozen terminations of life over a sixty minute period in a mill open 8 hours per day, 5 days per week.
Is the battle to form a civilization of love a losing one? Amid these victories of death, you’d think so.
Yet, a different answer emerges from an event earlier on the same day. I began this day, as every other one, with the Eucharist. Here, I participate in the greatest act of sacrifice done anywhere by anyone, for all time. I witness the ultimate sign of victory, victory of life over death, of love over hate.
I then carry this victory with me and share it with those whom I meet.
Regardless of the arrival of euthanasia legislation, of the visceral reactions of parents, of the tens of women who present themselves daily at the Morgentaler mill, Christ has shown us the way to victory, to our salvation.
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Cor 15:55
Once again, thank you for your on-going support - both in prayer and financially, of our pro-life efforts on behalf of the unborn and the vulnerable.
Outreach Coordinator, Quebec Life Coalition
A workshop on post-abortion healing will be offered this coming October, 2014, and registration for the twelve available spots is underway.
The faith-based association Centre Regina Pacis is coordinating a five-day retreat set to run from Sunday, October 5 through to Thursday, October 9, 2014.
The setting will be at the Marian shrine in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Qc - Notre-Dame-du-Cap.
The facilitator, Dr. Benedetta Foa, an Italian national, has led similar workshops in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovenia, and will be flown in for this event.
The registration fee for the workshop is $300. An additional $300 will cover lodging at the shrine, breakfast included. A cafeteria is available on site for the additional meals. (The registration charge for medical doctors is $400.)
To receive further information or to register, contact either:
The workshop will be in the language of the majority with translators provided for the others.
A registration form is available here.
Quebec liberal party leader Philippe Couillard has promised to bring back the euthanasia bill from where it left off at the dissolution of parliament. But for this to be possible, there must be 100% unanimity among members of the parliament so as to override the disciplinary regulations which invalidates any bill not passed before the dissolution of parliament. Articles 47 and 48 of the Rules of the National Assembly are very clear about this.
The only way to override these articles is to amend the regulation, which requires the unanimous consent of the members of parliament.
Hence the importance of contacting your MNA now. Just one member is able to derail the return of Bill 52 on euthanasia and compel the National Assembly to start all over again should they wish to revisit this legislation--which they emphatically should not, unless they were to separate the palliative care part from the unwanted and dangerous euthanasia part.
Also, we need to know where YOUR MP stands on the issue of euthanasia. So please contact him or her! To find their number you can consult the internet by typing the name of your MP in a search engine. If you have a new member, you can contact his or her party for more information about how to reach your candidate.
Click the party you are looking for contact information :
Be sure to give us answers to your MP on euthanasia. Contact Us:
Toll Free: 1-855-996-2686
Today begins a new online fundraising campaign for Quebec Life Coalition.
Our Website's audience has doubled each year since 2010, with 26,000 visits this April.
Now we are preparing a new website (preview below) that allow us to spread even more widely a Culture of Life in Quebec and around the world where we are read. But this web site, developed at a reduced rate by a pro-life programmer, will still cost us around $ 5,000.
We have about 500 regular readers (who visit at least once per week). If you are among them, we rely on you to give us at least $ 10, which would allow us to easily meet our goal of $ 5,000.
Dear reader, we are counting on you ! There isn't going to be "someone else" who will give to QLC in your place. If you visit our site, it is because we provide information that you can't find easily elsewhere.
But this work entails costs: at QLC we are 6 employees, including a full-time worker on the website.
It is you who allows us to serve Quebecers news and editorials that help build a Culture of Life. For the love of life, family, faith, help us reach our goal of $ 5,000 to create a website that will further promote our message of respect for life and the family at this crucial momentl in the history of Quebec.
It's official, we 're in an election. Prime Minister Marois finally visited the Lieutenant Governor to dissolve the National Assembly.
Fortunately, because of this Bill 52 has been effectively euthanasized. Dead -- but not buried, however. Philippe Couillard has promised to table a new version of the euthanasia bill if elected prime minister, and needless to say the Parti Quebecois will certainly present anew their cherished deadly legislation. Also, François Legaut has always been in favor of euthanasia. In this election, it is therefore not possible to vote wholeheartedly for a mainstream party -- all have strong pro-euthanasia elements--but we must instead vote for the best pro-life candidate, regardless of the party.
The Parti Québécois has imposed a party line preventing its members to vote against euthanasia. No member of the party was opposed to this and it is unlikely that a new PQ candidate would dare raise his voice on the subject. The Parti Québécois usually eliminates pro-life candidates at the nomination stage. Same for Québec Solidaire and Option nationale who have taken similar positions on the subject.
If you know of any exceptions to what appears to be the rule in these parties, thank you for sending us this information. For pro-lifers, there therefore remains lesser-known parties as well as the Liberal party, which unfortunately has among its members three prominent doctors who are supporters of euthanasia : Philippe Couillard, Yves Bolduc and Gaétan Barrette... --three candidates we must fight. In terms of the Quebec Liberal Party and the CAQ, 22 candidates (Fatima Houda- Pepin is now independent candidate) are officially against euthanasia, since these individuals voted against the adoption in principle of bill 52 :
AGAINST PL52 - 23
Pierre Arcand (PLQ) ( Mont- Royal)
Robert Dutil (PLQ) (Beauce -Sud)
Nicole Ménard ( PLQ) (Laporte )
Lawrence S. Bergman ( PLQ) ( D'Arcy McGee)
Norbert Morin (PLQ ) (Côte -du -Sud)
C. Micheline St -Laurent ( CAQ) (Montmorency )
Stéphane Billet (PLQ) (Huntingdon )
Sam Hamad (PLQ) (Louis- Hébert)
Guy Ouellette ( PLQ) (Chomedey)
Christine St -Pierre (PLQ) ( Canada )
Marguerite Blais (PLQ ) (Saint -Henri -Sainte -Anne)
Fatima Houda- Pepin (Independent ) ( Lapinière )
Pierre Paradis ( PLQ) (Brome -Missisquoi)
Lise Thériault ( PLQ) (Anjou -Louis- Riel )
Lucie Charlebois (PLQ) ( Soulanges)
Laurent Lessard ( PLQ) (Lotbinière -Frontenac )
Robert Poëti (PLQ) (Marguerite Bourgeois)
Kathleen Weil (PLQ ) (Notre- Dame -de -Grâce)
Jean D'Amour (PLQ) ( Rivières -du -Loup- Témiscouata)
Yvon Marcoux (PLQ) (Vaudreuil )
Filomena Rotiroti (PLQ) (Jeanne- Mance -Viger )
Jean- Paul Diamond ( PLQ) ( Maskinongé)
Gerry Sklavounos (PLQ) (Laurier -Dorion)
We must add to these candidates, the National Unity Party candidates who are fervently pro-life :
Christine Lavoie (Bellechasse)
Daniel Lachance ( Charlesbourg)
Gilles Noel ( St -Maurice)
Lionel Lambert ( St. Francis )
Paul Biron ( Lévis)
Do not hesitate to let us know of other pro-life candidates. It should be noted that the Liberal candidates against euthanasia also oppose the Parti Québécois "charter of values", although Fatima Houda - Pépin's positions are just as fanatical as the PQ on this subject. In addition to opposing euthanasia, the Catholic Bishops of Quebec have already declared their opposition to the charter since it attacks religious freedom under the pretext of our unspoken fight against the invasion of Islamic fundamentalism ... If the real struggle of the charter was to fight this fundamentalism , it would have been easier to do it directly, rather than squelching the voices of all religions.
Dear Friends of Life,
Blessed Lenten greetings to you and your loved ones.
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are integral elements to our Lenten observance. Dare I suggest two more: advocacy and education.
ADVOCACY - I wish to encourage you, during Lent, to acts of advocacy against an all too long provincial governmental practice of funding abortions In this mail out you will find three inserts aiding to this end.
First you will find a poster. This may be conspicuously placed so to inform your neighbours about this hideous policy.
Second, you will also find a defund abortion letter. Addressed to the provincial finance minister, we invite you to read, sign, and mail it to the Honourable Mr. Nicolas Marceau expressing your disagreement with governmental paid in full abortions.
Finally, also included herewith is a petition for you to invite friends, family, and like-minded persons to sign. Mailing this will also strengthen our position.
Remember, a unified voice has clout. No better example of this is the recent interruption of the euthanasia legislation, bill 52 – also known as Medical Aid In Dying. A vocal, unified front of physicians, non-professionals, disabled person groups, and others, both within and outside Québec, expressing disapproval for this piece of law-to-be thwarted its acceptance in the National Assembly.
(Another Lenten deed you may wish to get involved with is the April 10, 2014, day of protest. Whether meeting with your MNA on that date or gathering outside his or her local riding office, it is important to bring you our opposition to this unconscionable practice of funding abortions.
EDUCATION - In addition to advocacy, we also believe that education is fundamental to rid the blinders that are obscuring Quebecers about the harm of abortion.
To this end, we are making available a small yet powerful little booklet entitled “Sharing the Pro-Life Message.” Though published in the US and containing many facts and figures from south of the border, the booklet is helpful, nevertheless for us as it touches on generic information about the pro-life movement such as how to share the message, life in the womb, addressing pro-choice arguments, among others.
With a small financial gift, I would be delighted to mail one to you.
A second educational tool is our yearly congress.
In 2010, the Quebec City congress garnered much media attention and brought much attention to our work. Our invited guest then prelate of Quebec City, Mgr. Marc Ouellet, spoke powerfully about the sanctity of life in the womb and the inherent harm of abortion, irking the sensitivities of many within the culture of death, particularly the media.
Likewise our 2012 congress in Sherbrooke, Qc, did not go unnoticed either. Occurring during the “printemps érable” period, many disenfranchised college age youth attempted to disrupt the proceedings but were met with vigilante congress attendees, thwarting their plans.
This fall, as the leaves turn into their fabulous hues, we will meet once again and discuss how to bring colour back to the pallor that characterises much of Quebec culture. The theme remains to be determined, yet our speakers will undoubtedly discuss such topics as: abortion defunding, obstructing the euthanasia agenda, the education of our youth, among others.
There you have it: advocacy and education, two bulwarks that we at the Quebec Life Coalition foster in our efforts to maintain the values on which our province was founded and which today have been deemed “passé” by Quebec’s intelligentsia.
Thank you for your on-going support in these and other projects and have a blessed Lenten period.
Brian A. Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator
This blog post is based on the abridged version of an article originally published by the German news magazine : "Der Spiegel" (translation by Andrew Horwood):
A student from the Netherlands wanted to thank God in his doctoral thesis. Religious expressions are not allowed, said the university - and rejected the already printed work.
Can it be a sin to thank God? No, thought Jerke de Vries - until he had finished writing his doctoral thesis. The young man, a devout Christian, received his PhD in Animal Breeding Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and apparently, he felt he owed God a lot. Anyway, he felt the urgent need to mention God in the acknowledgments of his thesis: "God Almighty, I thank you, it is the most beautiful thing to be loved and respected by you," he wrote there, according to " The Press ".
That he would cause a riot, de Vries obviously did not realize. "He is a very reserved young man who just wanted to finish his dissertation. And now everyone speaks about him," says Simon Vink, spokesperson for the Wageningen University. After all, the university did not accept his thesis.
In the Netherlands, each university can decide what kind of thanksgiving and dedication is permitted. The rules are known, says Vink. "We handle this issue rigorously, and also because, at our university, many different faiths are represented." The doctor father of Jerke de Vries did not think much of these guidelines: He approved his doctoral thesis in spite of the divine thanksgiving note. By the time the doctoral committee took notice of the unauthorized sentence, de Vries had already printed more than a hundred copies.The university was adamant: With this Thanksgiving they would not recognize the dissertation, the university management said to the doctoral student. Then the Dutch press reported, countless users were discussing this case on Facebook and Twitter - and de Vries finally relented: He personally removed the pages from his thesis: "He cut them out, I think," Vink said. The fact that it had come to this is deplorable. The speaker especially blamed the supervisor of the thesis, a professor of Biosystems Engineering.
De Vries has now received his degree along with a good grade. Since a few days he can call himself a doctor. Given his lost opportunity to say thanks to God, it is certainly comforting for him to know - as a believing Christian : God sees and knows everything !
To read the original article in its entirety, please go here.
Minister Nicolas Marceau
Minister of Finance, Province of Quebec
12, Saint-Louis Street, 1st Floor
Quebec, Qc G1R 5L3
Honourable Minister Marceau,
Kindly be informed that I oppose the funding of abortions by the RAMQ. As the latter is a promoter of health and life and as a pregnancy is not a disease, I refuse to be complicit in the death of innocent and defenseless human beings by the levying of my taxes.
Are you aware that Quebec taxpayers pay at least $ 26 million annually for surgical abortions? This is not an insignificant amount and it does not include the related costs due to complications such as perforations, uterine bleeding, pelvic inflammatory disease, sepsis, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide, infertility and breast cancer. All these indirect costs can easily drive up the annual charge resulting from abortions to hundreds of millions of dollars!
Further, for $ 26 million per year, Quebec could hire 121 family doctors or 360 nurses, thereby allay the severe lack of personnel in our health care system. Or again that money could provide therapy for the 328 autistic children per year or purchase 17 MRI units. In so doing, taxpayers' money would then indeed be used to address real health care ... instead of killing babies.
So I ask you to stop funding abortions with public money.
Also, with this letter, I wish to inform you that I heartily associate myself with the campaign against the public funding of abortion launched this February 17 in Montreal (You can find all the details on this campaign WWW.CQV.QC.CA ).
Thank you for your attention,