Catholic Schools Told They Can’t Teach Abortion is Wrong

International   |   Jim Hughes   |   Oct 14, 2012   |   1:04PM   |   Ottawa, Canada

On Wednesday, Ontario’s Minister of Education rocked Ontario taxpayers, sending a shockwave across Canada, and even beyond our borders, with an announcement that can only be described as “totalitarian”.

Laurel Broten, Minister of Education told reporters that under its new anti-bullying law, Bill 13, The Accepting Schools Act, Catholic schools would no longer be permitted to teach that abortion is wrong!

A transcript of the remarks from Premier McGuinty’s office to LifeSiteNews quoted Minister Broten:

“We do not allow and we’re very clear with the passage of Bill 13 that Catholic teachings cannot be taught in our schools that violates human rights and which brings a lack of acceptance to participation in schools,” she said.

“I don’t think that there is a contrast or a conflict between choosing a Catholic education for your children and supporting a woman’s right to choose,” she added.

Asked for clarification she said again: “Bill 13 has in it a clear indication of ensuring that our schools are safe, accepting places for all our students. That includes of LGBTQ students. That includes young girls in our school. Bill 13 is about tackling misogyny, taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take.”

Dr. & Mrs. Lukenda, we have never seen a government assault on religious freedom like what Minister Broten is promising.

We jumped into action immediately. We contacted all Ontario bishops, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Papal Nuncio to offer assistance. Moreover we are launching a political campaign to put a halt to this outrage.



Already Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins has affirmed that Catholic schools are protected in their pro-life teaching by Section 93 of the Canadian Constitution.

Please help Campaign Life Coalition fight this unprecedented threat! Please sign our petition to the legislature demanding that the Minister’s statement is condemned and Bill 13 retracted.

We must show the McGuinty Government that they cannot get away with this denial of religious freedom, this attack on life and family. With your generous support we will launch a massive campaign and defeat this insane proposal.

LifeNews Note: Jim Hughes is the president of Campaign Life Coalition, a Canadian pro-life organization.