Tuesday, April 28, 2009
She can stay, for now
Faces possible honour killing if deported to Pakistan
By TOM GODFREY, SUN MEDIA
Last Updated: 28th April 2009, 3:01am
An ecstatic Roohi Tabassum wept yesterday after learning a federal court judge stopped her removal from Canada just hours before she was to be deported to face her ex-husband and possible death by honour killing in Pakistan.
"I feel alive that I can now carry on with my new life," Tabassum said yesterday. "This is one of the best days of my life."
Tabassum, 44, was to be driven to the U.S. border today at Niagara Falls and turned over to U.S. immigration officials. She entered Canada from the U.S. in 2001 and filed a failed refugee claim. She faced deportation from the U.S. to Pakistan.
"I am crying because I am so happy," she said. "No one can imagine how great I feel not to be facing death for once."
Tabassum claimed she couldn't return to Pakistan because her ex-husband, Faisal Javed, threatened to kill her.
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He was angered because she works in a salon where she styles men's hair, she said, and also suspected she had a boyfriend, which she denies.
Madame Justice Anne Mactavish said Tabassum would likely be deported back to Pakistan from the U.S., where she has no status.
"The applicant has established that she will suffer irreparable harm" if she is removed from Canada," Mactavish ruled.
She allowed Tabassum to remain in Canada until a pre-removal appeal can take place, which can take about nine months.
Her lawyer Max Berger told court that 1,200 to 1,500 women were killed in 2007 from honour killings in Pakistan, according to U.S. Department of State statistics.
"Honour killings continue to be a problem with women in Pakistan," he said. "Cases go unreported because women are reluctant to press charges because of a stigma involved."
The case has caught the attention of hundreds of Toronto Sun readers and those who saw her video on torontosun.com.
Meanwhile, in Parliament yesterday NDP MP Irene Mathyssen demanded that Immigration Minister Jason Kenney halt the deportation.
"She is begging for her life," Mathyssen told the House of Commons. "Will the minister ensure that Roohi is not deported?"
Kenney said he "would be happy to review the case as it relates to an apparent application on humanitarian and compassionate grounds."
Please thank Mr. Godfrey!
Monday, April 27, 2009
But woman who fears husband's wrath may yet be sent to her death
Posted: April 27, 2009
11:17 pm Eastern
By Drew Zahn
This afternoon, a judge placed a temporary stay on deporting a Pakistani woman who feared her husband would kill her if she were reunited with him.
Roohi Tabassum has been a refugee living for years in Mississauga, Ontario, making a living as a hairdresser, while filing for permanent refugee residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Her husband, Faisal Javed, however, has been living in Dubai and has been sending her written death threats, saying she has dishonored him by touching the hair of both men and women at the salon where she works.
"If I go back I will be killed, and because of me, some of my relatives will be in trouble too," Tabassum told the Toronto Star. "I don't want to go to Pakistan."
Tabassum showed the Star letters, purportedly from her husband, threatening her with an "honor killing" if she were deported.
One, from 2006, states, "Nobody here is in your favor. I am also very combative to you. If you are here, I could not leave you alive."
Another from 2007 states, "I will finish you myself."
A video of Tabassum's story, produced by the Toronto Sun, can be seen below:
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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Storm over embryo 'bank' which could be used as a body repair kit
By Beezy Marsh and Jo Macfarlane
Last updated at 11:04 PM on 25th April 2009
Couples could be allowed to store embryos in order to use them to create new body parts or cure diseases.
Government legal and ethical experts are to discuss whether families can ‘bank’ embryos not just for procreation but also for use by doctors to create personalised treatments for parents and their children.
Now, embryos – the first stage of life after an egg has been successfully fertilised – can be stored for up to five years but only for procreation.
But a huge ethical debate is set to erupt as the Government’s fertility watchdog, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), moves closer to endorsing new developments in medical science.
It will debate whether embryos could be stored to harvest important stem cells that have the ability to turn into any tissue type in the body.
'Spare parts': Government legal and ethical experts are to discuss whether families can 'bank' embryos for the creation of personalised treatments for parents and their children
Research on using the cells is still in its infancy, but it is thought that within ten years it could lead to cures for degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and some forms of cancer.
The embryos could also be used to grow new organs and bodily ‘spare parts’.
Scientists have already successfully transplanted a windpipe grown from a patient’s own adult stem cells.
However, storing embryonic cells is controversial as they allow the creation of embryos for a purpose other than new life. It means couples could have IVF simply to create a body-repair kit.
A US company is already offering this service, which it has described as an ‘investment’ for the future.
The HFEA will discuss the issue in July – and if it rules in favour of the proposals, they will automatically become policy.
Paul Tully, general secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said: ‘These proposals widen the scope for abuse of embryos. Commercial companies will inevitably seek to exploit people’s fears about degenerative diseases.
'This is about the commercialisation of human embryos, which is dehumanising.’
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Sunday, April 26, 2009
MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH
Vote protects unborn beginning at conception
'Victory serves as example to other nations'
Posted: April 24, 2009
12:10 am Eastern
By Bob Unruh
The Dominican Republic
Lawmakers working on a new constitution for the Dominican Republic have voted overwhelmingly to protect life, specifying in the document that "the right to life is inviolable from conception until death."
The vote yesterday was 167-32 in the national legislature, which was responding to pressure from international pro-abortion groups seeking to expand their business operations into the Caribbean island nation.
"A true respect for human life is protecting it from the beginning, the Dominican Republic is ahead of America in building a society where all human life is truly respected," said Ignacio Reyes, director of Live Action San Jose.
His group was among several that sent representatives to the nation over the past month to explain the full impact of abortion.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
SEBELIUS CONFIRMATION COULD BE TODAY; OPPOSITION GROWING; CALL NOW
Sebelius may be confirmed as early as today! Call your senators NOW!
The Senate Finance Committee earlier today narrowly voted to confirm Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to Secretary of Health and Human Services by a vote of 11-8. The vote reflects the growing opposition to Sebelius in light of new revelations about her deep financial ties to the abortion industry and notorious abortionist George Tiller in particular.
There is growing momentum against this nomination among Senate members and we need YOU to light up the Senate switchboards. We can stop this by acting NOW!
Please call your senators at 202-224-312.
Urge them to oppose this radical nomination. Kathleen Sebelius is a threat to our nation’s healthcare.
Gov. Sebelius lied to the Senate Finance Committee when she testified she received $12,450 over an eight-year period from infamous late-term abortionist, George Tiller.
In reality, Gov. Sebelius received over $35,000 in personal and PAC contributions from Tiller and another $200,000 he donated to ProKanDo, a political action committee dedicated to defeating Sebelius’ pro-life gubernatorial opponent.
Kathleen Sebelius is radically wedded to the pro-abortion industry. She must be stopped and we need YOU TO STOP HER! CALL NOW!
Please contact Sebelius' home state senators - Sen. Brownback's and Sen. Roberts' offices. Ask them to stand up against this nomination and stop Sebelius by invoking senatorial courtesy!
U.S. Senator Sam Brownback - Phone: (202) 224-6521
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts - Phone: (202) 224-4774
Sincerely, in the Lord who IS Life,
President, American Life League
Monday, April 20, 2009
WHERE ARE THE FEMINISTS????
Has anyone ever heard a peep out of the NOW
gang or any leading feminists on the despicable
treatment of women by Islam?
Turning a blind eye to some insane notion of
"honor killing"???? How depraved are we?
WOMEN SPEAK OUT AGAINST THIS TRAVESTY, or do you
think you're immune from this barbarism?
Thanks to the Toronto Sun media for this Youtube about Roohi's desperate plight!!
Please check out Jillstanek.com and Andrewlongman.com for the latest contact information on how you might help stop this insanity!!
Monday, April 13, 2009
“It’s inappropriate to appoint someone who pretends to be a Catholic but rejects the fundamental teachings of the Church,” said C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Massachusetts Catholic Action League."
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We pray the same standard will be applied to the upcoming Notre Dame graduation speaker!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
"I think you can all imagine their joy and what a happy moment that was for them," McColl said outside of the Phillips home in Underhill. "They're all just so happy and relieved. Andrea wanted me to tell the nation that all of your prayers and good wishes have paid off because Capt. Phillips is safe."
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And yet heroic Captain Phillips says he's just a byline: "The real heroes are the Navy Seals!"
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Eternal Father, strong to save
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave
Who bidst the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep
O, hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea
O, Trinity of love and power
Our brethern shield in danger's hour
From rock and tempest, fire and FOE
Protect them whereso'er they go
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad praise from air, from land and sea
(from the Navy Hymn)
Friday, April 10, 2009
Freedom of Conscience is Fundamental to American
As Concerned Women for America reminds us:
No one should be forced to participate in an immoral act.
Conscientious objectors are exempt from combat. Physicians opposed to the death penalty are not forced to administer lethal injections.
Doctors should not be forced to do procedures they believe are immoral.
Today a few of us tried to raise awareness of the potential recision of the current conscience clause for Christian medical professionals. We went to St. Anthony's Hospital in Denver.
Sadly, we were asked to leave. Chased off the property. I guess our signs saying "Protect conscience rights" were too strong for the hospital staff to take.
We went to the sidewalk out front and a security guard came again to tell us that we had to go across the street with our message. Fortunately, we knew we were on city sidewalks and had every right to exercise our
1st Amendment rights.
Do you fear for the country we are leaving our children and grandchildren?
Visit Freedom to Care and act!
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Refugee fears death in Pakistan
AARON HARRIS/TORONTO STAR
Roohi Tabassum, 44, shown in her lawyer's office April 6, 2009, says she will be killed by her husband if she is deported to Pakistan, booked for this month.
Hairdresser says husband overseas has threatened to 'finish' her if she's deported to her native land
April 07, 2009
Roohi Tabassum had nothing when she arrived in Canada eight years ago as a refugee from Pakistan.
But since then, Tabassum, 44, has built a life in this country. She cuts hair at a salon. She bought a house in Mississauga. She calls Canada her home.
But at the end of the month, the life Tabassum struggled to build for so long is in danger of ending. An unsuccessful refugee claimant, she faces a deportation order to Pakistan that could, she says, be a death sentence.
Tabassum says her husband, Faisal Javed, currently living in Dubai, has sent her written threats saying she has dishonoured him by working at a salon where she touches the hair of men and women.
Tabassum also says her husband suspects she has a boyfriend after a friend's husband answered her phone one night when her husband called from Dubai.
"If I go back I will be killed and because of me, some of my relatives will be in trouble too," Tabassum said through tears in an interview.
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Call the Canadian embassy in Washington D.C. and tell them:
DO NOT DEPORT Roohi Tabassum
DO NOT DEPORT Roohi Tabassum
DO NOT DEPORT Roohi Tabassum
Canadian Embassy - Washington
501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Tel: 1 (202) 682-1740
Fax: 1 (202) 682-7726
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
"I Admire Margaret Sanger Enormously" -- Hillary Clinton Awarded by Planned Parenthood
"The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.
"Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race."
Margaret Sanger. Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.
"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
Margaret Sanger's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.