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Andrea Mrozek

Program Director, Cardus Family

Andrea Mrozek is program director at Cardus Family.

Andrea writes and speaks about education, child care, women’s issues and how family life affects the economy, and vice versa. She has authored a number of influential pieces including Private Choices, Public Costs: How Failing Families Cost Us All about the national public costs of family breakdown and The Cost of a Free Lunch: The Real Costs of the Pascal Early Learning Plan for Ontario, which accurately pegged the cost of all-day kindergarten in advance of the provincial government assessment.

Fidel Castro Didn't 'Succeed' Alone

Fidel Castro, the Cuban dictator, haunts me still. He haunted me during his life. He haunts me post-mortem as I read about the injustices he spread. There can be no dispute: Castro ruled Cuba as a tyr...
12/06/2016 04:06 EST
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The Truth Behind Planned Parenthood Canada's Disappearing Donations

Planned Parenthood supports abortion, yes, but this is not newly divisive. So, what could it be? Why specifically now would Planned Parenthood donations diminish? This a question they would rather let fade into obscurity -- A group calling themselves the Center for Medical Progress began releasing an investigative sting operation into the practices of Planned Parenthood south of the border. Two actors posing as buyers of organs for research purposes got undercover video allegedly showing that Planned Parenthood in the USA engages in the sale of fetal hearts, livers, kidneys and heads ("calvarium") for profit.
09/09/2015 05:38 EDT
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We Need to Talk to People With Different Opinions

The childcare issue tends to bring out moments of aggressive and illogical emotion. Thankfully, my running partner never suggested that I actually harbour anti-woman sentiments, or any such nonsense of the variety politicians bandy about with regularity. She simply asked reasonable questions. Ironically, in a world increasingly fixated on diversity, we shy away from diverse discussions.
08/05/2015 12:31 EDT
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We Need to Talk to People With Different Opinions

The childcare issue tends to bring out moments of aggressive and illogical emotion. Thankfully, my running partner never suggested that I actually harbour anti-woman sentiments, or any such nonsense of the variety politicians bandy about with regularity. She simply asked reasonable questions. Ironically, in a world increasingly fixated on diversity, we shy away from diverse discussions.
08/05/2015 12:31 EDT
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Birth Control Does Not Advance Women's Rights

Most calls for the Pill to be made more broadly accessible--ideally free and without a prescription--all share the same subtext. Denying access to the Pill isn't merely denying health care, it's denying women's rights. Yet this is not about the right to get the Pill but rather, the right to not get pregnant.
07/10/2015 12:28 EDT
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The Debate About #CropTopDay Has Big Implications for Women's Rights

Whether or not young people today are even aware, the sexual revolution is the backdrop and the impetus for the thinking that undergirds the protest. The present tension over dress codes shows us something. While one segment of society now feels that any limits on women with bare skin in public are unacceptable, others still think some fashion choices simply aren't appropriate.
06/09/2015 05:53 EDT
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Doctors Should Not Be Forced to Prescribe the Pill

There have been complaints about the three Ottawa doctors who won't prescribe the birth control pill. They don't prescribe it partly out of religious conviction, but also because they believe it's bad medicine. Research shows plenty of evidence against the pill. If conscience is overturned and doctors who disagree are forced to prescribe it, this will ironically mean the provision of inferior care. Using hearts and minds together is what conscience protection allows for. Does anyone actually want anything less in their doctor?
07/31/2014 12:48 EDT
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Justin Trudeau Proves Pro-Choice Is Anti-Choice

As a pro-life woman, it is certainly heartening to see the lack of receptivity to Justin Trudeau's position that pro-life candidates need not apply to be nominees for the Liberal Party. There has not been much (any?) support for this bold declaration that freedom of speech and conscience ought to be denied Liberal nominees. His position sounds extreme. But is it? In my opinion, Mr. Trudeau's remarks are a logical extension of pro-choice philosophy. In spite of the rhetoric, being pro-choice is not actually always in favour of choice. I'm not talking about the woman here; I'm talking about the developing human in the womb.
05/09/2014 05:58 EDT
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Why I'm Against Legalizing Prostitution

The only difference between me and a woman who prostitutes herself is that the seeds that would have launched me onto a path of prostitution were not watered. In short, "the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being," as the Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote.
12/21/2013 02:59 EST
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What Mothers Want

One educated mother, an Ottawa-based engineer on maternity leave, explained: "If there was some magical guarantee that I could quit my job now, and in five years still get back into my profession, I would leave the workforce until all our children are in school, no question."
10/07/2013 01:51 EDT