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University of Toronto Students for Life: What We Accomplished Last Semester

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

It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the school year and already in 2015! UTSFL is hopeful as we gear up for a New Year of pro-life activism. But before we get too caught up in our plans, let’s remind ourselves of the ways that we reached students, faculty, and staff with the pro-life message last semester:

We reached out to lots of students with our table at various Clubs Fairs…
 September 1       September 2
…and sold baked goods as a fundraiser for Aid to Women.

October 5

Some of us were able to attend the NCLN Symposium, which gave us the tools and wisdom to make our club as effective as possible.

September 3

We helped organize a group to participate in LifeChain…

October 1

shared the story of the life of Elliot Hartman Mooney in “99 Balloons”…
October 3                  October 2
and welcomed the Sisters of Life who taught us about Understanding the Heart of a Pregnant Woman in Crisis.

October 4

We hosted an event in which Maaike Rosendal from the CCBR taught us how to dialogue on abortion…

November 1a

and used our newly-acquired skills to speak to students about the current status of abortion law in canada (hint: there is no law).

November 1

And we finished off the year with a Christmas Social, in support of Birthright!

December 1

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Happy New Year to all! Let’s see what we can accomplish this semester!

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

University of Toronto Students for Life: September Recap and Looking Forward to October

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

UTSFL jumped into the school year head first! Since Frosh week, we have been busy planning our year and getting active on campus.

Here are some of the things that we have been up to…

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Tabling at the UTSU Clubs Fair, St Mike’s Clubs Fair, and St George Street Festival

Bake Sale in support of Aid to Women Centre

Weekly meetings on Mondays and Tuesdays

“Choice” Chain

Speaker’s Series – Club Strategies by National Campus Life Network

Weekly volunteering at Aid to Women Centre

Attending the NCLN Symposium

 

…and here is what we have planned for October…

SEPTEMBER IMAGE - NCLN Symposium

Life Chain

Weekly meetings on Mondays and Tuesdays (apologetics, planning, and social time!)

Weekly volunteering at Aid to Women Centre

Monthly activism

Speaker’s Series – Heart Apologetics by the Sisters of Life

Screening of 99 Balloons

Postering Blitz

 

If any (or all!) of these activities spark your interest or if you want to be more involved with the University of Toronto Students for Life, send us an email or sign up for our mailing list on the side bar. We look forward to standing up for life with you!

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

University of Toronto Students for Life: UTSFL at the March for Life

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

On May 8, 2014, some executive members of UTSFL were able to participate in the March for Life. We marched through downtown Ottawa, calling for Parliament to recognize and protect the right to life of all humans. March for Life 3

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

University of Toronto Students for Life: Abortion Debate

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

“Be it resolved that abortion hurts women.” On November 8, 2013, University of Toronto Students for Life hosted a debate on this topic between pro-life activist Stephanie Gray and abortionist Dr. Fraser Fellows. However, the debate soon went beyond its framework, reaching out to the audience and making us responsible to determine the future of abortion in Canada.

Stephanie Gray began the evening with a description of the ways that abortion hurts women. “Abortion hurts a woman because of what it does to her child,” she said, after showing a graphic depiction of the abortion procedure.

Dr. Fellows began his argument with the “why” behind abortion. He said that abortion is never an easy decision, and that desperation is what leads a woman to it. “To deny a woman abortion is to expose her to injury and death,” he said.

In the period of questions that followed, Dr. Fellows tried to discredit Stephanie Gray’s studies and statistics. Stephanie tried to get Dr. Fellows to admit that he is in the business of killing pre-born humans. Stephanie also touched on the issue of sex-selective abortion, which Dr. Fellows does not perform. When asked why choosing to have an abortion because one’s child is female is different from abortion for any other reason, Dr. Fellows said that society has judged sex-selective abortion to be wrong. The nuances of this remark would permeate throughout the evening.

As the debate continued, the idea of abortion laws as the responsibility of society was emphasized by both speakers. Stephanie Gray pointed out that abortion itself never eliminates the problems that drive women to have abortion. “Abortion does not un-rape a rape victim,” she said. She called for a movement to get to the heart of the motivations for abortion and to solve these issues in ways that do no harm to mother or child. Dr Fellows admitted that he is at arms length from the abortion decision process. He then made an astonishing declaration, considering his position: that every woman regrets abortion for one reason or another. Dr. Fellows told the audience that the reason he participates in debates such as these is because he does not believe that we should become complacent about the issue of abortion. He claimed that he is just providing safe access to a service that society has deemed necessary.

So we are left with a debate that went way beyond a mere discussion of the issues. It effectually presented us with two calls to action. One, gathered from Stephanie Gray’s remarks, is the responsibility to alleviate situations that lead women to abortions, such as poverty. This call includes supporting our pro-life crisis pregnancy centers and making them known in our communities. The second call, gathered from Dr. Fellow’s remarks, is much more daunting, but also more crucial. For the most part, the scientific and technical realities of abortion are no longer hidden. There is no way to debate what abortion does and how it does it. But why abortions have to occur remains a contentious issue. Therefore, it is our duty, as pro-life activists, to show people why abortions do not have to occur. It is our duty to show them why abortions should be unthinkable. It is our duty to advocate for the pre-born and to change hearts and minds. As Dr. Fellows admitted, if we want to eliminate “abortionist” from the list of medical professions, what we have to do is to change the way that society thinks of abortion once and for all.

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