From 2006-April to June
Background information on many aspects of abortion is found in individual essays, e.g.
abortion methods, and
post abortion syndrome. Information about the use of
stem cells is elsewhere.
|2006-APR-03: US: Dissention in the Constitution Party about abortion:
The Constitution Party is an extreme-right wing national political party with
affiliates in individual states. The Constitution Party of Nevada is
reported to have deviated from the national party's stance on Abortion. The
Nevada group would allow abortions that were induced by rape or incest. Some
news reports have indicated that Howard Phillips, the founder of the party,
"has in some sense acquiesced in this ideological deviation to avoid
losing the Nevada State Constitution Party, one of the most vibrant state
affiliates the national organization has."
The steering committee of their affiliate in Oregon will hold a meeting on
MAY-20 to decide whether they should separate from the national body over the
abortion issue and proceed as an independent state party. Their chairperson
wrote: "We continue to function as the Constitution Party of Oregon. And yes,
we still do visualize abortionists on trial."
|2006-MAY-12: Canada: Pro-life demonstration in
Ottawa, ON: Several thousand demonstrators converged on Parliament
Hill, Ottawa, Canada for their annual March for Life. They agitated
for a new federal law to limit abortion access. Canada may be the only
country in the world that does not have a law controlling abortion access.
However an unnamed source in the prime minister's office said: "We have
no intention of raising the abortion issue." 3|
|2006-MAY-23: HI: Anti-abortion aerial
banners prohibited: The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, which
opposes abortion access, attempted to have its anti-abortion banners towed
by airplanes over Waikiki Beach, HI as part of its Airborne
Reproductive Choice Campaign. The banners
include graphic pictures of late-term aborted fetuses. They had been
displayed in several other states, but were prevented from flying them in
Honolulu because of a city ordinance that prohibits all aerial advertising.
The Center launched a lawsuit but lost at the federal trial court.
Circuit Judge Margaret McKeown wrote that the "preservation of the visual
beauty of Honolulu's coastal and scenic areas is of paramount importance"
to the state's economy. The Center lost again at a
federal appeals court. The appeals court defined the airspace above Waikiki
beach as a "nonpublic forum" -- a place that does not have a
longstanding tradition of having been used for free-speech expression. Thus,
the constitutionality of the city bylaw was judged on the basis of them
being reasonable and viewpoint-neutral. 4|
|2006-MAY 21 (week of): Canada: Amnesty
International section supports decriminalization of abortion: The
Canadian section of Amnesty International -- a pioneer in the field of human
rights around the world -- voted to support:|
|the decriminalization of abortion,
|access to abortion if needed to save the
life of the pregnant woman, and|
|access to women who have become pregnant
through rape or incest. |
Alex Neve, the Canadian Secretary-General of AI
"Obviously this is a very difficult issue,
even in a social justice organization. We have members with a variety of
religious beliefs. But in recent years, we have been doing work on
violence against women, including mass rape from Bosnia to Rwanda. We
felt it was wrong and irresponsible as an organization, to have a policy
vacuum, on women's rights.
Other AI sections, like Britain and New
Zealand, have taken a more liberal stance.
Olivia Ward of the Toronto Star reports
"Anti-abortion organizations and some
church groups who support Amnesty, have been outraged by the prospect
that it would include abortion in its human rights campaigns. They have
told Amnesty that it would lose members by pursuing the issue."
Mary Ellen Douglas of the Canadian Campaign
Life Coalition said:
"It is unbelievable that a group that
concerns itself with human rights as its stated goal should not consider
the rights of three million little Canadians killed [by abortion] since
- "Blackie," "The Constitution Party's Prolonged Journey in the Political
Wilderness by Mark Dankof," The Columnist Guild, 2006-MAY-03, at:
- Bob Ekstron, "Will Not Downsize Pro-Life Position," Constitution
Party of Oregon, 2006-MAY-03, at:
- "Demonstrators urge Tories to reopen abortion issue, but PMO says it's
not on," Canadian Press, 2006-MAY-12, at:
- "SF Court upholds Honolulu's aerial advertising ban," Bay City News
Wire, 2006-MAY-23, at:
- Olivia Ward, "Abortion on rights agenda: Canadian division of Amnesty
backs decriminalization," Toronto Star, 2006-MAY-30, Page A12, at:
Copyright © 2006 by the Ontario Consultants on Religious
Latest update: 2006-MAY-31
Author: B.A. Robinson