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University of Toronto Students for Life: A Satire on a Woman’s Right to Lose

This post was written for University of Toronto Students for Life by Danny Ricci. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

My fiancee’s cousin, Leah D’Ettore, has a lot of writing talent. Here is one of her poems that I want to share (I hope she does not have this copyrighted!):

A Satire on a Woman’s Right to Lose
O, Statesman of justice and reform!
O, merciful terror of the unborn!
Justice is that which fills your life with ease;
Bull in a china shop, aiming to please;
You staunchly defend the strong from the weak
By silencing those with no voice to speak.
So your feminist polls begin to bloat
‘Cause the lives that matter are lives that vote!
 
O! Bah! Maock all those wretches who object
To your platform of murder and neglect.
Dismiss them as hateful, behind the times!
Don’t give them a chance to denounce your crimes.
 
‘But!’ you slyly cry, ‘it’s her right to choose!
And she has no right to cause her to lose
Her career, her life, her independence!’
O, hero of truth; slayer of infants!
‘Her happiness is my concern,’ you lie,
As all her chances for happiness die.
 
Hitler and Stalin – they would envy you!
Yours is a holocaust just, and cleaner too.
No chambers of gas, just hospital beds,
Where innocents to the slaughter are led.
Where, in the name of woman’s sacred right,
You will extinguish woman’s sacred light.
-          A One Time Foetus


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University of Toronto Students for Life: The importance of having a pro-life partner

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She has a good head on her shoulders. Too bad she is taken :)

The Importance of Having a Pro-Life Partner

By: Samantha Ciarlandini

Hi, my name is Samantha and I am a fourth year student at the University of Toronto. I am recently engaged to the sweetest, most charitable and loving man on the planet. My fiancée also happens to be very pro-life; a quality I came to more fully appreciate last semester while taking the introductory Bioethics class, PHL281H1. It was in my tutorial that I fully appreciated how lucky I was to have a, then boyfriend now fiancée, who is pro-life.  The first tutorial we attended was supposed to discuss Pope John Paul II’s arguments in Evangelium Vitae concerning abortion and the Sanctity of Life.  However the first question that was asked by the T.A. did not reflect the readings at all, instead he asked, “Hypothetically, let’s pretend that your girlfriend is pregnant and was Catholic, like the Pope, and wanted to keep the fetus. What would you say to persuade her to have an abortion?”

At this my eyes widened and I braced myself as male student after student started throwing out answers. One particularly offensive classmate said, “If she was irrational enough to buy into the Catholic faith no rational argument I gave would persuade her to abort…[Dramatic Pause] so I would just threaten to leave her, she couldn’t do it by herself she knows that. She would eventually come to her senses.” I was appalled.

All the students seemed to think that the question asked was easily answered so I asked another question. “Hypothetically, let’s pretend your girlfriend is pregnant, and is intending to abort, but you don’t want her to, how do you persuade her to keep the baby?” At this there was silence until the same classmate who disgusted me with his earlier answer said, “Well it’s her choice, we can’t really say anything now can we?” At those words I thanked God that the man I loved would not only support me but supports all woman’s right to choose life, he would never pressure me into killing our child. He respects women by taking a stand against abortion and against a man’s get out of jail free card. He would gladly take responsibility for his part in creating the life, instead of doing everything in his power to be rid of the consequence of his CHOICES

The guys in my class did not find it difficult to come up with ways of “persuading,” or some would say pressuring their girlfriends into having an abortion. They had not regard for her choice of Life. They did not respect that choice because it was not their preference, which is why I find it so important to have a boyfriend or a fiancée that is Pro-Life.


Read the comments at the University of Toronto Students for Life website.

University of Toronto Students for Life: What an abortion looks like

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Last Tuesday, Stephanie Gray gave a talk in Toronto and showed the audience a video of what abortion is. Below are a couple of videos showing some of the common instruments used in the abortion procedure. The last video is rather sickening as the audience is applauding the brain being sucked out of the child:


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University of Toronto Students for Life: How will pro-choicers argue this?

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This was from a while back but it is a good one from Jill Stanek. A woman in Indianapolis ate rat poison on December 23 while pregnant and investigators believe that this was intentional. The following Friday, the woman gave birth and on the following Sunday the child died due to the rat poison. The woman could face attempted feticide (isn’t abortion feticide?) or murder charges. It is not known how far along the woman was in her pregnancy when she took the rat poison. This is an interesting case for pro-choicers. They like to make the claim that women can do whatever they want with “their bodies”, which I assume can mean ingesting some rat poison if she so desires to end a pregnancy (kind of like RU-486, right?). But what do they say about a baby dying after birth caused by an action when in the womb? If there are any pro-choicers reading this blog, the comment box is open and ready for your responses.


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University of Toronto Students for Life: Pro-lifers don’t help people after birth?

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We’ve all probably heard that old canard that pro-lifers only care about the unborn but after that the mother is on her own. This article in Lifesitenews strikes that argument down well. Here are the highlights of what pro-lifers do after birth:

- 2,300 affiliates of the three largest pregnancy resource groups in the United States, Heartbeat International, CareNet, and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA)

- Over 1.9 million American women take advantage of these services each year

- These centers provide services including pre-natal care, STI testing, STI treatment, ultrasound, childbirth classes, labor coaching, midwife services, lactation consultation, nutrition consulting, social work, abstinence education, parenting classes, material assistance, and post-abortion counseling

- The Catholic Church, probably the single most influential pro-life institution in the United States, makes the largest financial, institutional and personnel commitments to charitable causes of any private source in the United States

- Pastor Bill Devlin at the Manhattan Bible Church, along with other church families, have adopted scores of babies, and taken in scores of pregnant women, including some who were both drug-addicted and HIV positive

Also check out Aid to Women, an organization that helps women going through an unplanned pregnancy. Pro-lifers do care about all life: From conception to natural death.

 


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University of Toronto Students for Life: Why oppose abortion?

This post was written for University of Toronto Students for Life by Danny Ricci. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Well, yesterday Blaise critiqued an opinion piece written in the Messenger regarding pro-lifers on campus. In that article, Blaise mentioned that the writer of the article, Samantha Dellapina, asked for our opinion on the arrests of the pro-life students at Carleton University. In addition, she asked the question, “why do you oppose abortion?”. I’m no Blaise but I will answer this question on the record for the club.

Why do you oppose abortion?

There are two premises and a conclusion to the pro-life argument. First, it is wrong to kill an innocent human being. Second, abortion results in the killing of a human being. Therefore, abortion is wrong. Pretty simple, but let’s elaborate a little bit on this.

I read the comments section yesterday and Samantha stated:

I believe a living breathing human is more important, legally, than “the unborn.”

Now, I’m not sure why “the unborn” has quotation marks but that’s not important to the point I’m making. An unborn child IS a living, breathing (though he breathes through another mechanism) human. Embryology helps pro-lifers in this case because at the moment of fertilization a new organism comes into existence, separate from the mother and father. If the two parents are human, then the zygote is human. This is just basic biology. Therefore, we cannot take away the unborn’s humanity because he is human. This is what science tells us.

Now, what science cannot tell us is whether this human being is worthy of rights under the law. This is where ethics and philosophy steps in. Is this human being, the unborn child, a human person worthy of rights or not? Most people, when arguing for abortion, attack the statement that the unborn child is a person. They can admit that the unborn child is human but not a human person.  However, looking back through history, making the distinction between human beings and persons gives you the perfect foundation for human rights abuses.

Samantha tried to make abortion into a personal choice. However, abortion is objectively wrong because it denies a person the right to life. It is the killing of an innocent human being and that is why there are pro-life students on campuses, protesting, educating and engaging with other students. It is not an anti-woman movement as pro-lifers do a lot to help out those women who find themselves in unexpected pregnancies so that they can care for their child both inside and outside of the womb. Abortion is not the compassionate way to care for a woman in need.

Therefore, abortion is wrong because an innocent human life is ended. It is not about choice, but about the rights of all human persons, including the unborn. This is why pro-lifers make a stand and this is why we are not afraid to make our voices heard.


Read the comments at the University of Toronto Students for Life website.

University of Toronto Students for Life: Want to combat poverty? Have kids!

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Ever hear the argument that abortion is necessary because there are too many darn people in the world? “Don’t you pro-lifers care about helping poor people?” is one statement that I’ve heard in the past. Well, here is a video that may put that argument to rest:


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University of Toronto Students for Life: Robert Latimer granted full parole

This post was written for University of Toronto Students for Life by Danny Ricci. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Many apologies to the readers of this blog for the lack of posts but I’m in exam mode and studying is hectic. While I try to survive pharmacy school here is a news report from CTV about the Robert Latimer case. I don’t have time at the moment to analyze it but here are a few of the points from the article:

Robert Latimer, who was convicted of second-degree murder for killing his severely disabled daughter, has been granted full parole and will be home for Christmas.

He was convicted by two sets of juries, one in 1994, and another at a retrial in 1997. He has said he did not receive a fair trial and wants Ottawa to reopen his case.

“It’s obvious they didn’t understand what was going on, and the medical stuff is hard to understand,” he told reporters outside his farm in 2008. “You’re not just going to read it and know.”

Latimer has said the carbon monoxide poisoning of Tracy at his farm near Wilkie, Sask., was a mercy killing because of her years of pain and difficult surgeries.

I wish I had the time to throw in my two cents but comments are always welcome. Check out the article and let us know what you think.

If you are also interested, Alex Schadenberg continues to do great work for the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and he posted an editorial about how the Latimer case still haunts us.


Read the comments at the University of Toronto Students for Life website.