Thursday, December 27, 2012

Life issues dominate news in 2012

Troubling year for euthanasia and religious freedom, but abortion debate leaps into national headlines
Approximately 20,000 pro-life advocates participated in the annual National
March for Life Rally in Ottawa May 13. The debate on abortion was major news
throughout 2012. Photo by Chris Wattie / Reuters / CNS.
The B.C. Catholic has a national year in review story by Canadian Catholic News' Ottawa reporter Deborah Gyapong:
The year 2012 brought troubling news concerning religious freedom, social justice, and euthanasia in Canada, but on abortion there are signs the public is increasingly engaged in debate.

The issue leapt from specialty newspapers and websites to the mainstream media throughout 2012, despite continued attempts by the Conservative government to shut it down. The National March for Life was larger than ever, with organizers counting nearly 20,000 participants, among them many Catholic bishops and MPs.

The year kicked off with backbencher Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth’s announcement he was considering way to have Parliament study the 400-year old definition of a human being in the Criminal Code. His Motion 312 became the subject of a social media campaign, many petitions and letters and garnered much news coverage.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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