By KC McLean - D'Aout, 26-Nov-2011 07:22:00
This week, CPL Board member Dr. Larry Reynolds was one of five panel members discussing euthanasia and assisted suicide on TVO's "The Agenda with Steve Paikin."
Panelists discussed the recenlty published Royal Society of Canada report that favoured the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. The panel discussion also touched on definitions of assistied suicide and euthanasia; the moral/ethical difference between suicide and assisted suicide; autonomy vs. interconnectedness of people-in-relationship; dignity therapy and depression in terminally ill people; and even where this public policy decision ought to be made (i.e. through the democratic process, not through court rulings.)
One of the items all panelists agreed on was the need for better and more palliative care.
Watch the panel here and let us know what you think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_Zkgu-xHwM&feature=youtu.be
By KC McLean - D'Aout, 15-Nov-2011 12:36:00
Here is another link to the November 11, 2011 Gray/Morales debate at the University of Ottawa. This one is higher resolution, so a bit clearer to watch than the previous link I posted.
By KC McLean - D'Aout, 14-Nov-2011 16:00:00
And so we go (slightly) West. The CPL Board decided to hold the 2012 Medical Students Forum in Winnipeg. There are very good reasons for that, which I will get into a bit later on. Not that we need to build a case justifying the choice...no, the name says it all: Exotic Winnipeg. Clearly, I've never been there. When I mentioned Winnipeg to a few people on the closing day of the 2011 MSF in Ottawa, I got the straight-faced response, not one betraying any sense of overwhelming excitement. I won't let that douse my enthusiasm! To me, Winnipeg is a wonderful, strange new land, full of potential, an adventure waiting to unfold.
The great potential really is in the body of pro-life medical students that will gather there.
You may wonder how we choose the MSF city each year. We like to go where we haven't gone before. If we've been West, we tend to look East next, but that's a flexible rule. We go where there are active pro-life medical student groups, to help support the club members, and to get their help with the Forum. We also go where there are no pro-life groups that we know of, to reach to new campuses. In short: it's arbitrary.
I will keep you posted through the year, as we confirm speakers and topics. Start watching for the official announcement and application in September, 2012.
By KC McLean - D'Aout, 14-Nov-2011 12:40:00
Someone in the audience video recorded the debate at the University of Ottawa on Friday night. You can watch it here.
By KC McLean - D'Aout, 14-Nov-2011 03:48:00
The nervous energy of the 200+ people packed into the lecture hall at U of O for kick-off debate hosted by U of O Medical Students for Life, and Medical Students for Life was met by a display of tremendous skill and class from Stephanie Gray, and what I would call a type of courage from opponent Jovan Morales.
Stephanie made a logically tight argument that physicians should not provide, or refer for, abortion, based on the personhood of the pre-born child. Jovan, while struggling at times as an admitted novice to debating, certainly deserves credit for stepping up where no one else would.
Despite some small complaints that the debate was a sham because there had not been a proper search for a more experienced debater, I should clarify here that Jovan was the only person with the nerve to debate after months of searching and inviting outspoken abortion advocates to lay out their best case. He had far more courage than any of the pro-choice "protestors" shouting disruptive profanity from the back of the lecture hall. Well, except for the few that brought their liquid courage: several were drinking alcohol openly, while holding up their signs and mouthing off. One of the audience pointed out that there was just enough heckling and bad behaviour to make things exciting.
My take-away: a whole new level of respect for Stephanie. At any time, she could have skewered Jovan to the point of humiliation by turning arguments and faulty logic back on him. Just one tug on one thread of his case, and I envisioned his presentation being unravelled. But she didn’t. Not one ad hominem attack. Not one snicker when he referred to the foetus as a “child” or a “baby,” after his opening declaration that a foetus is not a child. Stephanie gave the audience enough credit for us to evaluate that for ourselves. She stuck to her case, treated her opponent and audience with respect and grace, and remained unflustered by the shouting and verbal attacks made at her. That’s class.
Andrea Mrozek posted some pictures of the event in her blog, ProWomanProLife.
An audience member video recorded the whole debate. Link to follow when I see it's up.
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