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Tory MP says party nixed statement on abortion motion

A Conservative MP wants the Speaker to rule on who controls the precious few minutes MPs have to make members' statements after he says he was denied the chance last week to talk about his motion against sex-selective abortion.

Mark Warawa, who is trying to bring a motion before the House condemning abortion based on sex, says he wanted to make a statement before question period, but his own party interfered.

The motion, M-408, was ruled non-voteable by a small committee of MPs last Thursday, despite a non-partisan analyst from the Library of Parliament telling them it qualified to go to the House for debate.

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All Saskatchewan doctors must refer for abortions: draft policy

Saskatchewan pro-life doctors will soon be forced to act against their consciences and required to refer patients who want treatments such as abortion to other doctors. And if no other doctor is available, doctors could be required to do abortions provided they are technically competent.

So says a draft policy of the Saskatchewan Physicians and Surgeons that the organization's ruling council approved in principle on January 16. It will vote again to enshrine the document in the professional code of ethics at its meetings on March 26 and 27, and provides member doctors just until March 6 to give feedback.

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Health Canada may push back abortion drug decision until after federal election

Abortion activists campaigning to have Health Canada approve a foreign-made abortion drug that allows a pregnant mother to kill and then expel her pre-born child are disappointed that a decision has been put off until sometime next fall.

The National Abortion Federation, an umbrella group representing abortion facilities in the U.S. and Canada, leaked to CBC News that Health Canada has requested additional information from Linepharma International, the France-based drug company submitting the application. This means the decision, expected to have come mid-January, will be many months from now.

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BREAKING: U.S. House votes to permanently prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding abortions

Today, January 24, 2017, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R.7 by a vote of 238 to 183, making the Hyde Amendment permanent. The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions through Medicaid.

"We are a pro-life Congress," said House Speaker Paul Ryan in a statement. "Today we renewed our commitment to the Hyde Amendment with the passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. I want to thank Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) for his tireless commitment to this cause. This legislation protects the conscience of American taxpayers by ensuring that not a single dollar of their hard-earned money goes to fund abortions. As hundreds of thousands of Americans flock to Washington for the March for Life, we must never forget that defending all of our people - especially the defenseless - must be our top priority if we want to be a good and moral nation."

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Nationwide ban on abortions after 20 weeks introduced in House

As many as 18,000 children are aborted annually late in pregnancy in the U.S., but such babies will be protected by law if two Republican Congressmen have their way.

Trent Franks, R-AZ, and Marsha Blackburn, R-TN, introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R.36) in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. The bill institutes a national ban on all abortions on babies who are 20 weeks or older, in order to prevent fetal pain.

"More than 18,000 'very late term' abortions are performed every year on perfectly healthy unborn babies in America," Franks said, adding that the babies are "torturously killed without even basic anesthesia."

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