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Brock Students For Life                              : Michael Coren: Journalist for Life

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Michael Coren, host of Sun News Media’s “The Arena,” will be speaking at Brock University next Wednesday, March 7, 2012 on the pro-life movement in the media. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear commentary on abortion and free speech from one of Canada’s forefront media personalities.

The talk will be held in TH 247 (next to the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre) at 8pm. Admission is free.


Read the comments at the Brock Students For Life                               website.

Brock Students For Life                              : Blog Relocation!

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Hello! We have relocated our blog to Tumblr! You can find the new blog here. You can find old posts from this blog on Tumblr as well as links to our Twitter and Facebook pages. This blog will be deleted shortly but we look forward to your readership and comments on our new blog!


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Brock Students For Life                              : Stephanie Gray “Echoes of the Holocaust”

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Stephanie Gray

On Friday, March 11, 2011, Brock Students For Life will be hosting Stephanie Gray from the Canadian Centre For Bio-Ethical Reform to do a public presentation entitled “Echoes of the Holocaust.”

While no two atrocities are identical, comparisons—that identify
similarities—can often be made. When a reporter who covered the crisis in
Bosnia in the 1990’s asked Walter Reich, director of the Holocaust
Memorial Museum, if the phrase “echoes of the holocaust” was appropriate
to describe what was going on, Reich replied, “Yes, very loud echoes.” Do
we continue to experience “echoes of the holocaust” today? Is the claim
that abortion is comparable to the holocaust accurate or appalling?

This talk is geared to help audiences understand the historical roots of
genocide and why abortion fits into the same pattern. This includes
looking at how different societies systematically dehumanized people and
eliminated them in the belief that they were achieving a social good. The
topic will also cover how the same bad thinking informs the abortion
debate today. By critically examining arguments for legal abortion, the
audience will be exposed to solid reasoning why the pre-born must be
protected just like born people.

The talk will take place at Brock University from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in
Academic South Room 203. “Echoes of the Holocaust” is a free event
open to the public though donations will be kindly accepted.


Read the comments at the Brock Students For Life                               website.

Brock Students For Life                              : The “Pridgen Precedent:’ The Charter Does Apply to Universities

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As posted by Rebecca Richmond on the National Campus Life Network webpage.

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By Rebecca Richmond, Executive Director

Yesterday’s ruling by Madam Justice J. Strekaf in Pridgen v. University of Calgary did not concern abortion or pro-life university students.  But I still cheered when I heard the news that Keith and Steven Pridgen had won their case.

Why?  Because the ruling clearly states that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms does protect the freedom of speech of students on their university campus.

As Justice Strekaf said,

“I am satisfied that the University is not a Charter free zone.  The Charter does apply in respect of the disciplinary proceedings taken by the University against the Applicants [Keith and Steven Pridgen]….While the University is free to construct policies dealing with student behaviour which may ultimately impact access to the post-secondary system, the manner in which those policies are interpreted and applied must not offend the rights provided under the Charter.”

For more information on the specifics of the Pridgen’s case, see the Calgary Herald’s article.

The ruling is good news for the Pridgens.  It’s great news, as well, for pro-life students across Canada who have faced, or will face, discrimination from university administrations and student unions because of their pro-life message.

University administrations and student unions should take note of this ruling – especially the University of Calgary and Carleton University, which seem to have a particularly hard time respecting free speech rights of students, at least when it comes to pro-life students.  Justice Strekaf’s ruling sets a clear precedent.  Students do have free speech rights on campus and they have the law on their side.


Read the comments at the Brock Students For Life                               website.

Brock Students For Life: What Else Is At Stake?

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By Margaret Stephenson

After 5 students were arrested at Carleton while setting up a pro-life display on campus it seems that our knee-jerk reaction is to denounce the university administration for censoring pro-life rhetoric on campus.

Such censorship should be condemned.

A clear message was sent by Carleton University’s administration: abortion is taboo. Don’t mention it. Don’t talk about it. Don’t protest it. And for heaven’s sake don’t show pictures of it!

But something else is going on here, something that bloggers, on-lookers, and protest-participants decried immediately. Carleton University infringed upon the students’ right to exercise their freedom of speech.

I first heard news of the arrests from my sister (president of uOttawa Students for Life) on Monday morning, just before 10am. I was shocked but not surprised. After all, I had just spent the weekend talking about such incidents with a group of incredible pro-life students from across Canada (where I had the privilege to meet 2 of the brave students arrested). But how frustrating to be in St Catharines, dependent upon sporadic text messages for news from the “front,” instead of in Ottawa! 

I couldn’t help but talk to nearly everyone about the arrests. The first friend I encountered on campus got an earful about the goings-on at Carleton. Much to my annoyance (profound annoyance) her support for the students vanished as soon as I mentioned it was a pro-life protest. …so then does the content of the speech/expression determine whether or not it may be freely spoken/displayed?  Or do we live under a stable, democratic, constitutional monarchy that provides for the freedom of expression?

Today Michael Coren invited his panelists to discuss just that question on his TV show. It’s worth a watch: http://www.ctstv.com/michaelcoren/


Read the comments at the Brock Students For Life website.