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Justice aborted for Linda Gibbons

Posted in Pro-Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by saynsumthn

Posted in the Toronto Sun: By BRIAN LILLEY, QMI Agency
September 1, 2010 2:00am

Justice is supposed to be blind. Too bad she ain’t.

Consider the differing treatment given to protesters arrested at the G20 summit and anti-abortion protester Linda Gibbons.

At the G20, more than 1,000 people were arrested, more than 800 of those jailed and, last week, more than 300 of them were given a mass court appearance. Some even had their charges dropped. All but those who were considered violent and dangerous were released on bail.

Then there is Linda Gibbons.

Gibbons has spent most of the last two decades protesting against abortion and for her efforts has been locked up for eight out of the last 16 years.

Her crime? Breaking a temporary injunction issued in 1994 prohibiting abortion protests outside the doors of Toronto’s Scott Clinic.

In essence Gibbons has spent more time behind bars than some murderers for getting too close to a private abortion clinic while walking on a public sidewalk.

It has shades of the changes brought in by Ontario’s Dalton McGuinty government that told police they could arrest anyone that got too close to the G20 summit.

But unlike anti-globalization protesters, university activists and union leaders with a cause — defending the rights of Linda Gibbons is not fashionable.

Gibbons and her lawyer head back to court Thursday. Daniel Santoro will seek to have the charges against his client thrown out and the temporary injunction issued by the NDP government of Bob Rae quashed. If Santoro is unsuccessful, he says his client will face a maximum penalty of six months in prison for disobeying a court order.
She’s already been in jail for 19 months.

Santoro calls the injunction unjust and a violation of his client’s Charter protected right to free expression.

He also questions how a “temporary injunction” can last this long.

The 62-year-old great-grandmother could actually be free right now but will not sign an agreement saying she will stop protesting outside of the Scott Clinic. Based on her history, if she were released she would be right back at it.

Other activists are much the same.

When Jaggi Singh, an anti-globalization hero, was released in July on charges stemming back to the G20 it was on the condition he not take part in protests until his charges were dealt with.

After his release Singh told the Toronto Star, “I personally find the no-protest and no-organizing conditions to be humiliating. It’s so patently unconstitutional.”
He’s right and the same applies to Gibbons.

Ontario has no bubble-zone law that restricts free speech outside of abortion clinics. There is no permanent injunction in place for this particular clinic either. The one put in place by long-ago attorney-general Marion Boyd was supposed to be a short-term measure. It has stuck and been enforced by police ever since.

If a similar attempt to shut down free speech outside of a legislature or city hall or even a gathering of world leaders had taken place, there would be an uproar. The civil liberties groups would demand the law be overturned. There would be daily warnings about Canada turning into a police state. Opposition politicians at the federal and provincial level would demand answers.

All of that did happen when there was an attempt to shut down free speech at the G20 summits.

Why the silence in the case of Linda Gibbons?
Twitter: @brianlilley

World Health Organization moves forward with Eugenic abortion goals

Posted in Abortion, United Nations, World Health Association with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by saynsumthn

WHO chief sides with U.S. over abortion access and maternal health

By Steven Edwards, Canwest News Service April 15, 2010

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan delivers her speech at the opening of a health experts meeting at the WHO headquarters on April 12, 2010 in Geneva.

UNITED NATIONS — The head of the World Health Organization signaled Wednesday that the United States — not Canada — was on the right track over the question of supporting access to abortion services amid an international bid to improve child and maternal health.

Dr. Margaret Chan tipped her hand just minutes after sitting next to International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda at a news conference at the United Nations, where the two women and other dignitaries joined UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in announcing the launch of the world body’s new push to reduce maternal childbirth and pregnancy deaths.

Chan described abortion as a “very complex, difficult and sensitive” issue, but went on to praise U.S. President Barack Obama for his position that women have a legal right to the procedure.

Her comment contrasted the position of the Harper government, whose “signature” international initiative on maternal and children’s health initially aimed to exclude access to abortion.

“In the case of Canada, I think I respect the government and its people to decide what is their right investment — and I am sure that this is the discussion that is going on,” said Chan, director-general of WHO.

But she added: “I am very pleased to see the change in President Obama — this is really wonderful; sometimes . . . it is not easy for outside people to tell them what to do.”

Last year the Obama administration began to re-fund the UN Population Fund, which the previous Bush administration kept at arm’s length amid accusations the UN agency had ties to China’s one-child policy, which critics say involves forced abortions.

And last month, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Ottawa that any international effort to boost maternal health must include family planning services — among them access to legal, safe abortions.
David Miliband, the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, who was also in the Canadian capital, joined her in that stance.

Oda will run into Chan again Thursday, when the two are scheduled to be among a select group of 40 government, agency and foundation representatives meeting behind closed doors to launch work on a “joint action plan” on maternity and child care that UN member states will be asked to adopt at the UN’s September Summit.

UN officials say the plan seeks to find a way to meet universally agreed goals on such care among the development goals set at the 2000 Millennium Summit.

The push for the joint-action plan unfolds as Canada will this summer use its position as host of the G8 meeting to promote its maternal and children’s health care initiative. Canada is also set to host this summer the G20, which represents the leading developed and developing nations.

“Development work is a constant process, and so you don’t just set a target for one meeting,” Oda told reporters after saying in a statement that the parallel efforts by the bordering countries would be “complementary.”

She added that Canada would not insist that other G8 members agree with the Canadian government’s approach on the abortion issue, reflecting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s comments in the House of Commons recently that countries were free to make their own decisions about how to best further the overall health care cause.

“I’ve just told my colleagues that every country has experience, and we’re asking them all to focus within a framework,” Oda said. “However, they will be free and flexible to choose the best way that they will contribute to the effort.”

The UN launched its initiative amid its own embarrassment after the British medical journal Lancet reported on a study that said maternity deaths were sharply down — in contrast to a UN report Tuesday that said there had been little change.

Amid suggestions by some international commentators that the UN had deliberately camouflaged progress in order to try to maintain the flow of international aid, Ban said he “welcomed” the Lancet report, which quoted from a study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“There should not be any misunderstandings,” Ban said.

Chan, meanwhile, called the findings of both studies “estimates.”

The paper published by the Lancet said the number of women dying each year from childbirth had fallen to about 342,900 in 2008, down from 526,300 in 1980.

The UN — which says rich countries need to hand over about $20 billion a year between now an 2015 in order to meet the Millennium goals — claimed the figure remains steady at about 500,000 deaths a year.

The UN faced a similar controversy over its past claims about the number of people afflicted with the AIDS virus. Officials finally admitted they had been overestimating the numbers and donors began to downsize their financial commitments.

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Honduras Coup Regime Suspends Constitutional Rights, G20 Police State, Obama is silent

Posted in Constitution, Martial Law, New World Order, Obama with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by saynsumthn

Honduras Coup Regime Suspends Constitutional Rights, Closes Media, Threatens Brazil: Will Obama Admin Break Its Silence?

Sep 28 2009
Center for Economic and Policy Research

Washington, D.C. – The Honduran de facto regime suspended constitutional guarantees to civil liberties, including freedom of assembly and freedom of the press, for 45 days on the eve of mass protests planned to mark the three-month anniversary since the coup d’etat against President Manuel Zelaya took place. The regime has also shut down Radio Globo, a prominent independent media outlet that has covered anti-coup activities and that reportedly has a journalist inside the Brazilian embassy where Zelaya is staying, and TV station Channel 36.

After 90 days and not one word from the Obama administration on the abuses in Honduras, it looks an awful lot like a tacit endorsement of the repression by the U.S. government,” said Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Certainly the de facto regime must have gotten the idea that they have a blank check from the Obama administration for any crimes that they commit. That’s one reason they’re doing this.”

The suspension of civil liberties would last at least until just a few weeks before the scheduled November 29 elections, and is likely to further call into question the elections’ legitimacy.

The regime also issued an ultimatum to Brazil over the weekend, warning the Brazilian government that it has 10 days to decide what to do about Zelaya, and a regime spokesperson warned that since Brazil broke off diplomatic relations with the coup government, it could remove the flag and shield from the Brazilian embassy, making it a “private office.” Brazilian President Lula da Silva rejected the threats, saying that his government “doesn’t accept ultimatums from coup-plotters.”

In the three months since President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown, the coup regime has committed numerous human right abuses, including thousands of arrests and detentions, beatings, and the closing down of independent media. This has been documented, reported, and denounced by major human rights organizations throughout the world: Amnesty International, the Center for Justice and International Law, Human Rights Watch, the Inter American Commission on Human Rights and others. Some opponents of the regime have also been killed, tortured, and raped, and Honduran human rights groups have accused the government of responsibility for these crimes.

The Obama administration has not commented on any of these crimes or human rights violations.

Also, on Friday, the UN Security Council passed a resolution that “condemned acts of intimidation against the Brazilian Embassy and called upon the de facto government of Honduras to cease harassing the Brazilian Embassy and to provide all necessary utilities and services including water, electricity, food and continuity of communications. Respect and protection of the inviolability of diplomatic premises is a universally accepted principle of international relations,” according to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

This was in response to the Honduran regime’s violations of international law in its attacks on the Brazilian embassy with tear gas and other chemicals, cutting off food, water, and electricity, and other abuses.

The U.S. government has not criticized the de facto regime for its violations of international law with respect to the Brazilian embassy.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that was established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives.

For Immediate Release: September 28, 2009
Contact: Dan Beeton, 202-239-1460