California is heating up again about same sex marriage especially since a Judge recently struck down the ban against same sex marriage.
“Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. See Source Here
Abortion rights activist Dr. Henry Morgentaler dies at 90
In an interview with The Canadian Press in 2004, Morgentaler said his five-year stay in the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau prepared him for his showdown with Canada’s legal system.
A Polish Jew, he survived the Auschwitz death camp (where he was tattooed with No. 95077). Both of his parents, however, died at the hands of the Nazis.
Morgentaler’s comments about abortion also sparked controversy, as he pointed many times to what he saw as one of the root causes of Adolf Hitler’s death machine — unwanted children who were fighting back against a family that abused them.
“By fighting for reproductive freedom, and making it possible, I have made a contribution to a safer and more caring society where people have a greater opportunity to realize their full potential,” he said in 2005, shortly after receiving his honorary doctor of law degree from the University of Western Ontario in London.
“Well-loved children grow into adults who do not build concentration camps, do not rape and do not murder,” he said.
Controversy arose again when he was named to the Order of Canada in July 2008.
Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada said she was “ecstatic” at the honour, adding that Morgentaler is “the epitome of what the Order of Canada is looking for because of his sacrifice and his dedication.”
At the same time, the Archbishop of Toronto, Rev. Thomas Collins, referred to Morgentaler’s Order of Canada appointment as “tragic.” He said Morgentaler has caused “great evil and great suffering, and the destruction of the most defenceless.”
The controversy surrounding Morgentaler made him a celebrity as his story yielded countless media profiles and a few television movies.
Morgentaler trained more than 100 doctors to perform abortions and opened 20 clinics across the country and there are no longer hordes of protesters outside his clinics.
“It’s because of the debate people have changed their minds. Now they have the additional knowledge and experience that women no longer die as a result of abortions,” Morgentaler said in the earlier interview.
“We’ve come to a situation where women accept [abortion on demand] as part of their rights.” See Source Here