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University of Toronto Students for Life: Amnesty International’s War on Life

This post was written for University of Toronto Students for Life by matthewcram412. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Particularly after our Maternal Health lecture and hearing the horror stories about life and motherhood in the Third World, I find it more and more important to look out at the world and find organisations that are genuinely doing good for the world at large, organisations that take life seriously and try to help even the poorest and most downtrodden in the world. This is why I was so disappointed reading this article. Amnesty International, the hugely influential non-profit humanitarian charity, has gone a step further in its war on life. This is not exactly new news – Amnesty came out in 2004 for abortion – but in the last week it has been using all of its influence to send demands to Third World countries that they rid themselves of all abortion laws and make the process more accessible to women. It has been doing this by sending out petitions to the governments of Peru and Indonesia demanding that they strike down their already comparatively liberal abortion laws. All this having happened since last week! This is part of a long tradition which has been attempted throughout the Third World. Pressuring countries into institutionalizing the unborn as property rather than human beings.
Needless to say I am appalled at the stance of Amnesty International. How can an organisation who’s motto is “to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.” be so blind to the fact that the unborn are, in fact, some of the individuals that most need to be defended in society, because they don’t have a voice? Or how can Amnesty International forget that abortion is in fact harmful to the very women they are trying to defend, both physically and emotionally, causing long-term damage such as breast cancer? It is no surprise that when they do attempt to explain their actions, they cite the fraudulent argument that standing up for abortion increase maternal health by decreasing maternal deaths. All this despite the research of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation saying that this is just not true. More than this however is the underlying belief that somehow abortion will make society better for the people who live in it or that it is somehow a human right instead of the violation of one. To say that I am disappointed in Amnesty is an understatement, and it goes to show that even those organisations that seem to have the best intentions in all other areas are blind to the simple scientific fact that the unborn is just as much a human person as anyone else. I can only hope that Amnesty International will abandon its attempts to force a dehumanising stance on the unborn, and refocus its efforts on those who really need their help, inside and outside the womb.


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

University of Toronto Students for Life: Media Coverage of Carleton Arrests

This post was written for University of Toronto Students for Life by matthewcram412. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Just a thought, folks. Has anyone else been following the media coverage of the shameful arrest of peaceful pro-life protesters at Carleton University? Today an article came out in the National Post’s Holy Post section that I thought was interesting. Although it didn’t really focus on the insanity of arresting a group of peaceful protesters for “trespassing” on their own campus, which they paid thousands of dollars every year to attend, or why pro-life protests should be required to host their protests in a small auditorium off the beaten track (no doubt the Carleton Student Union’s next move would have been to move them in a basement behind a locked door). However, it was a fairly thoughtful piece about the use of graphic images in the pro-life movement, specifically the GAP protest style, and whether by using it they were doing more harm than good. This got me thinking about how the other major newspapers are framing the issue. After all this is a big story, right? Students get arrested on campus for protesting. If this had been a protest against the war or other human rights causes, arrests would be all over the newspapers, right? I should have known better. In my scouring of the Internet, I found a short story piece by the Ottawa Citizen… and nothing else. I scanned the major news outlets in Canada, the CBC, the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, The Globe And Mail… not a single one had picked up the story. A full three days after the Carleton University students were arrested and, besides the National Post, the greatest source of news on this issue is an independent blog associated with the Vancouver Sun. Not a single major news outlet thinks it’s in the best interest of Canadians to know that a group of protesters have been arrested by their university in blatant violation of their right to free speech. In fact, here is a fun piece of trivia for you: what is the first thing that comes up when you type in “student arrested for protest Canada”. That’s right, we do. In the whole country our humble blog is the first thing to come up on what should be a huge media story. I don’t know whether to be flattered or horrified. My dearest wish is that somehow I am wrong, that by the time I post this I will be made a fool of a media storm sweeping down to express outrage at the violation of these protesters’ rights. However, given my experience in the movement, I’m not holding my breath.


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

University of Toronto Students for Life: Protester Arrested in Britain

This post was written for University of Toronto Students for Life by matthewcram412. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

We as a group often complain that we have it rough in Canada. After all we are one of the only countries in the world without an abortion law. Our friends give us weird looks when we tell them we are pro life and while protesting we get glared at or shouted at sometimes. And we only have to look to our neighbours in Calgary to see as a club how close we are to the brink. Well there is another example, a little farther away to see how good we have it in Canada. No I am not talking about the courageous struggles in some hellish third world country or the trial of someone bravely fighting against the one child policy in China, but in the United Kingdom where this story went relatively unnoticed about a week ago.

Pro-life campaigners say their freedom of speech has been denied after being arrested for holding banner of aborted foetus.

Now at first I thought that this couldn’t be accurate. It is no secret pro life advocates sometimes get carried away and I thought we were dealing with an equivalent of the bubble situation, and although it is disgusting to arrest people for protesting abortion it is not entirely without precedent. As it turns out this was much worse. The two protesters were holding a banner featuring an aborted unborn child.

When officers ask Mr Stephenson and Miss Sloane to take down their banner, they did so – but immediately replaced it with a near-identical banner of a ten-week-old foetus. At that point the duo were arrested and taken to a police station until the early hours of the morning. In a month’s time they will be told if they face prosecution for causing ‘harassment, alarm or distress’.”

Harassment alarm and distress, well if we can be charged with these things merely for protesting abortion what is next. Is sidewalk counseling illegal because it is to harassment to tell her that her child is alive? What if during our protests we see an expectant mother and alarm her with the truth. We may as well pack up the whole movement. I am rarely a patriot but this case does make me glad to say I am a Canadian. Although we have to wonder how long it is before this disturbing European trend makes it over here.


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

University of Toronto Students for Life: Abortion doctor convicted of one of his many murders

This post was written for University of Toronto Students for Life by matthewcram412. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

This story aired in the Boston Globe yesterday. It basically tells the story of an abortion doctor in the United States who through criminal incompetence killed one of his patients. The woman of course was young, the victim of extreme poverty and abuse. Abortion was the latest in a long line of degrading parts of her life and the doctor, not having the basic equipment to make the abortion safe even for the mother, tried to cover up his crime immediately. I honestly don’t know what disgusts me most about this crime. The paper, as expected, perpetrated the myth that abortion is somehow just another medical procedure. The article does not mention the word abortion until well through it, and of course never once mentioned the other life involved in the tragedy. Indeed, if one hadn’t read the title of the article or the ominous line “she was 13 weeks pregnant”, one would almost have the impression that she was coming in to get her tonsils out. One of the arguments I get most often as a pro-lifer is the argument of making abortion safe. Aside from the fact that it is impossible to make anything designed to kill a person entirely safe, I can only hope that this opens up people’s eyes to the fact that no abortion is safe. Even in a country where abortion is legal on demand, you still sometimes get the same treatment as you might get in a back alley. How horrible that it took this monstrous loss of life to finally get this man off the streets, even if it is only for a few months (I have no doubt that if it had not been for the controversy around the abortion issue, he would have got much more time than 9 months), but I wonder how many others out there are like him, Or how many people leave abortion clinics with illnesses that don’t show up right away, like breast cancer or infertility, which the medical community in its zeal to defend “abortion rights” refused to warn people of? Abortion hurts the lives of everyone it touches, from the millions of voiceless victims to the mothers and the families. For every physical scar abortion leaves on all of its victims, there are a thousand emotional ones. This woman and her baby are the latest victim of something that kills millions every year.


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