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Transgender rights legislation coming 'very shortly'

The Liberal government is set to announce next week that it will propose legislation that would give legal and human rights protections to transgender people, following through on a pledge made during the federal election campaign.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is celebrated annually on May 17 to mark the World Health Organization's decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

The special day was created in 2004 to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and those who don't conform to socially defined sexual and gender norms.

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Target CEO Defends Pro-Transgender Policy, Stocks Crash Down Another $2 Billion

"We're going to continue to embrace our belief in diversity and inclusion, just how important that is to our company," CEO Brian Cornell said in a May 11 appearance on CNBC's "Squawk Box" business show. "But we're also going to make sure our focus on safety is unwavering," he added.

To mollify the public angered by his removal of single-sex restrooms and changing rooms, the company will add family bathrooms to all of its stores, he said.

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MPs blast euthanasia bill for ambiguity, no conscience rights, but Trudeau gvmt digs in

Conservative and New Democrat MPs slammed the Liberals' Bill C-14 during a second reading debate Friday that was dominated by criticism of the bill's lack of conscience rights protection, ambiguous language, and failure to conform to the Supreme Court's Carter decision.

Liberal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Health Minister Jane Philpott defended the bill, giving no sign that they would support an amendment to protect conscience rights.

Wilson-Raybould said the Canadian Medical Association endorsed the bill without raising questions about conscience rights, while Philpott noted that "we need to make sure conscience rights are protected, but we also know that Canadians need to have access to this care."

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Liberals rejecting nearly all amendments to euthanasia bill at committee hearings

The Liberal-dominated justice committee rejected any substantive amendments to the government's controversial euthanasia bill Monday in the first day of its clause-by-clause study of Bill C-14, leaving the draft legislation essentially unchanged.

After considering about 40 amendments, the committee accepted only two minor changes, one from a Conservative and one from a Liberal, according to the Canadian Press.

It shot down amendments impartially, rejecting NDP, Green and Bloc proposals that sought to widen eligibility criteria for euthanasia and assisted suicide, and Conservative amendments seeking to narrow that criteria and tighten the bill's ambiguous language.

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Ontario doctor quits medicine in face of conscience threats from euthanasia

An Ontario medical doctor providing palliative care for the sick and the elderly over the past three years has decided to forego renewing her license due to a new regulatory policy that forces doctors unwilling to euthanize patients to refer them to a doctor who will.

"I'm not going to be told what my moral conscience should be," Dr. Nancy Naylor told LifeSiteNews. "I believe that it is wrong to make anyone go against their conscience, be it doctors' or anyone else. I'm not going to break my Hippocratic Oath (of using my art only to heal and not to cause death)."

Dr. Naylor, who has been a family physician for 37 years and who has worked exclusively in palliative care for the past three years, said she has no wish to stop, but she will not be told that she must go against her moral conscience to provide what the new regulations call a "standard of care."

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Lobbying Senate against euthanasia bill is urgent, say leaders

Anti-euthanasia activists are urging Canadians to step-up their lobbying efforts against the Liberal government's controversial euthanasia bill as it is examined in committee.

That means contacting not only their own MPs, but members of the House of Common justice committee.

And perhaps most importantly, it means contacting members of the Senate legal and constitutional committee, says Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

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Experts rebut Trudeau gvmt's claim that euthanasia bill protects doctors' conscience rights

Despite Liberal Health Minister Jane Philpott's assurance that under legislation introduced Thursday "no health care provider will be required to provide medical assistance in dying," critics say the law requires medical practitioners to take part in the process that leads to a patient's assisted suicide or euthanasia.

And they raise the alarm that Bill C-14 contains no protection for conscience rights for healthcare workers who object to any involvement in killing a patient by medical means.

"It doesn't say doctors have conscience rights," points out Alex Schadenberg, executive director for the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. "It doesn't say anything about it."

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Court orders dad to start treating his 11-year-old daughter as a boy

Faced with two estranged parents in utter disagreement about their daughter's wish to be a boy, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge has appointed the child a legal guardian to protect her interests.

The father not only wants his daughter to cease taking hormone blockers but also to cease all contact with transgender activists or transgender-friendly therapists.

Though the case is about whether the 11-year-old can give informed consent to such serious medical treatment, which is intended to delay the onset of female puberty, the judge appears to have already conceded the point by referring to the girl by her preferred, male, initials, J.K., and accepting her male self-identification.

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Health minister 'hypocritical' for denouncing sex-selection abortion: Campaign Life Coalition

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins' denunciation of sex-selection abortion in the wake of a study that suggests Indian-born women in the province are aborting their daughters in the second trimester of pregnancy is "hypocrisy," says Campaign Life Coalition Youth Coordinator Christina Alaimo.

"It's hypocrisy because when they denounce sex-selection abortion, they're saying it is wrong to kill a child because it's a girl, so they're recognizing they're ending the life of a human being that has a determined sex," noted Alaimo, who has a master's degree in science, specializing in healthcare ethics.

"What they’re saying, if they don't denounce all abortion, is that it's bad to kill a child for that reason, but it's okay to kill a child for other reasons."

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Protests against 'perverted' sex-ed to sweep Ontario

"We say NO to irresponsible sex-ed!"

That's the message the Canadian Families Alliance (CFA) is calling upon parents and concerned citizens to spread throughout Ontario during a day of protest planned for Saturday, May 14.

The parental rights coalition is organizing simultaneous "Car Rallies" in every electoral district across Ontario.

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How can dogmatic pro-choicers reconcile their defence of woman's right to choose, but not of a girl's right to live?

There is something about aborting a fetus because she is a girl, as opposed to aborting a fetus for any of the other innumerable reasons women decide to terminate a pregnancy, that makes many people - including the staunchest of pro-choice advocates - acutely uncomfortable. Part of it, I think, has to do with the way that we think of the fetus. It is much harder to think of that baby as just a clump of cells when we know that she has a sex - something we obviously can't ignore when we're talking about sex-selective abortion.

But more than that, I think what distinguishes sex-selective abortion from abortion for nearly any other reason is that it is driven entirely by who that child is, or will become. Usually when we talk about abortion, the focus is the woman and her choices. In Canada, women can choose to terminate a pregnancy for any reason: some feel they are too young, or too old, or not suitably financially secure, or would prefer to focus on their careers, or simply don't feel like having a child or being pregnant - now or ever. In all these cases, the woman's quality of life is the deciding factor' not the baby's, and there is some consensus that it's better to end the pregnancy than bring an unwanted child to term. In cases of sex-selective abortion, the decision has nothing to do with the mother's quality of life, and everything to do with who the mother wants that child to be.

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Euthanasia bill passes second reading 235 to 75 after Trudeau Liberals shut down debate

The Liberals' controversial euthanasia bill resoundingly passed second reading Wednesday night by a 235 to 75 vote after the government passed a "guillotine" motion to close debate on the draft legislation after only two-and-a-half days.

The bill will now go to the House justice committee for study and possible amendments, before returning to the House for third and final reading.

Winnipeg Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette was the lone member of his party to vote against his government's bill, which has drawn fire from both pro and anti-euthanasia advocates. His decision to vote against shutting down debate drew him high praise from all three Opposition parties.

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'Pro-choice' dad rips top abortion activist: the only 'choice' she pushes is abortion

A self-described "pro-choice" dad has torn strips off of leading Canadian abortion activist Joyce Arthur after she denounced a bill aimed at protecting pregnant women from violence. The recently introduced bill is named "Cassie and Molly's Law" in honor of the dad's mate and preborn daughter brutally murdered in 2014.

When Jeff Durham began canvassing last year for an amendment to the Criminal Code so that the murderer of a pregnant woman would be charged with two deaths, not just one, he had no idea that his biggest opposition would come from a "pro-choice" advocate whom he had thought would be his biggest ally in fighting to protect a woman's "choice" to become a mom.

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Liberals, NDP blast bill to penalize attackers for harm to unborn child

A private members' bill called Cassie and Molly's Law adding penalties for assaults on pregnant women that injure or kill their unborn children was condemned by the Liberal government and NDP opposition for threatening women's access to abortion during an hour of debate in Parliament Monday.

Bill 225, "An Act to amend the Criminal Code (injuring or causing the death of a preborn child while committing an offence)," is named after Cassie Kraake and her unborn child Molly, both killed in an unprovoked 2014 assault in Windsor, Ontario. According to its sponsor, Saskatchewan Conservative MP Cathay Wagantall, "Cassie and Molly's law will create a legal mechanism that enhances the safety of Canadian women and recognizes the safety of their family."

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Indiana Becomes Second State to Ban Abortions Based on Down Syndrome

Indiana has become the second state in the nation, following North Dakota, to ban abortions on babies who are diagnosed in the womb as having Down syndrome. Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill today to protect unborn babies from being aborted simply because of a disability, race or sex.

Pence signed House Bill 1337, which would ban abortion doctors from knowingly aborting an unborn baby solely because of a genetic disability such as Down syndrome, the unborn baby's race or sex. The bill also has several other abortion-related measures, including a requirement that aborted or miscarried babies' bodies be cremated or buried and another requirement that abortionists who have hospital admitting privileges renew them annually. The burial/cremation requirement backs up a law passed in 2015 by Gov. Pence requiring that aborted babies' bodies be disposed of in a humane way.

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