Go Life: U of A Campus Pro-Life: Go Life: Alive and Kicking!

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Hello everyone! It’s been a while since this website has been updated, but that’s why I’m here. After a period of inactivity, Go Life is now back on campus, and we’re ready to take the university by storm. Things are winding down for this semester, but if you are interested in keeping up to date or you want to get involved with the club, you can either get in touch with us at prolife.ualberta@gmail.com, or you can join our group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ualbertaprolife/

We will be holding weekly club meetings next semester, in addition to hosting other events and projects. Hopefully we will see you there!

- Amberlee


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Queen's Alive: Love is the Solution

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     In June there was a free vote in Quebec for bill 52 titled “An Act respecting end-of-life care.” The bill states the specific requirements for one to receive “aid in dying”—permission for a physician to administer life-ending drugs to an “end of life” patient. Votes were in favour. The bill was deemed a matter of criminal code (federal level) instead of health care (provincial) and so could not take effect. But the conversation is thick in the air and the Supreme Court is now hearing cases for the legalization of assisted suicide. End of life matters are so much more visible than unborn matters. People are sympathetic because they can see the pain individuals are in. With the same mentality as those who would advise a woman to abort a child with a positive Down Syndrome diagnosis, so too people wish the sick, the dying, the suffering to be able to escape the pain into death. It seems that there is much fear in suffering, in aging. There will always be suffering in the world. But that doesn’t mean that there can’t be good in that suffering. I want to live in a world where we solve problems instead of killing people.

     In our pursuit for the protection of life from conception to natural death it seems difficult to discuss “assisted dying.” Seeing someone at the end of their life—suffering—causes much emotional pain. But killing to end pain is such a heart breaking ‘solution.’ To those of us who have had pain in our lives we know that it isn’t about ending our life to stop the pain but receiving love and support from loved ones and health care professionals. Improving how people are treated and viewed is the solution. Love is the solution.

     We know there is hope. We know that as we improve palliative care, as we seek to comfort and love the sick and dying, that fewer people desire euthanasia. If people who are treated properly don’t desire euthanasia then the problem can’t be that ‘aid in dying’ isn’t available but that people feel useless, unloved, and burdensome. As we seek to uphold the dignity of life from conception to natural death we must not forget those on the other side of the spectrum. Their lives are being threatened. Instead of killing people let us seek to heal them with all the love and respect we can give. 

- by Ashley Vandermeer

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Youth Protecting Youth: PRESS RELEASE: PRO-LIFE STUDENT GROUP AT CENTER OF ONGOING LAWSUIT HOSTS DEBATE ON ABORTION

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On Friday, November 14th, Youth Protecting Youth (YPY), the pro-life club at the University of Victoria (UVic), will be hosting a debate on abortion. Despite repeated attempts to shut the club and its activities down, the club remains committed to fostering an open dialogue on abortion.

 “We realize students at UVic have varying opinions on the issue of abortion” stated Kimberley Van Der Pijl, co-president of the club, “Given the divisiveness and controversy surrounding the abortion issue, we believe that a debate is an ideal opportunity to have a respectful dialogue on our campus about it.”

 Professor Eike-Henner Kluge from the UVic’s Department of Philosophy will be debating in favour of abortion and Stephanie Gray will argue that abortion is a human rights violation. These same two speakers debated in October 2009 when YPY hosted a debate that had to be repeated twice to accommodate the number of students that came to listen.

 The club has faced discrimination on campus in past year, and had to sue their own student society in 2010 when they were banned from campus following the 2009 debate. They are currently at the center of another lawsuit initiated by former club member Cameron Cote, who is once again asking that YPY be given the same rights and opportunities as any other club on campus. In addition to the ongoing lawsuit, the club had to deal with immature opposition from their own peers; in September some students dumped a bag of used kitty litter on YPY’s info table, and stole part of their display.

 “Abortion is a relevant issue for our age demographic,” stated Van Der Pijl, “and universities are where we should engage and dialogue on important issues like this – even, or maybe especially, when they’re controversial issues.”

The debate will take place at UVic on Friday November 14 at 3:30 in David Strong C103

 For Further Information:

Kimberley Van Der Pijl

youthprotectingyouth@gmail.com

www.youthprotectingyouth.com


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Youth Protecting Youth: Don’t Let Debate Scare You

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By Cana Donovan

YPY POSTER (1)

I didn’t apply to university because I wanted to hear things I already knew. I applied because I knew I had a lot to learn. I applied because I knew a university campus was a place where my views and opinions would be challenged and examined. And they have been. I am astonished by students on this campus who can’t bear to have their ideas challenged. Shouldn’t new, or different ideas be approached with an open mind, rather than silenced? As a pro-lifer, I am excited to welcome a scholarly debate about abortion on UVic’s campus. All the activism that Youth Protecting Youth does is aimed at creating open dialogue about an issue that often leaves a trail of pain in its wake. Our wish is that students are encouraged to talk about something that is usually hidden from view, despite its relevance. I’m always happy to have a respectful conversation with those whom I disagree with. I don’t worry that someone will have the chance to lay out the pro-choice ideology, and I do not see Dr. Kluge’s generous gift of his time to engage in debate as a threat to my worldview.

There’s been an impressive number of level-headed students who recognize that debate should be welcomed at a university campus, who ultimately wish to learn, with an open mind and heart. Sadly, these students tend to get overrun by those who do see a balanced representation of both sides as a threat. If a person is entirely secure in their personal ideology, then a respectful conversation should pose no problem to them. In fact, allowing the other side time to speak can do nothing but reveal the flaws in their reasoning. When people are so desperate to hinder pro-lifers from speaking at all, it reveals an inner insecurity: that, if allowed to speak, the pro-life position may actually hold water. It’s the equivalent of two children fighting and when one child realizes they’re losing the argument, they slap their hands over their ears and shout “La-la-la, I can’t hear you! Only in this case, the “children” are university students, adults, bearing angry signs, and with words a lot more vicious than “la-la-la.” It took less than one day of advertising for the debate before our club members were threatened with lynching, which was somehow put forth as the action of the progressive and the tolerant.

A university should be a place where a wide range of issues can be debated. The event that will be held November 14th seeks to foster an intelligent, informed, and open campus-wide debate. Children may throw as many tantrums as they like, in the end, there’s no space for them on a university campus.


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Brock Life-line Blog                         : “To be prochoice about abortion is to be proabortion”

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16.a) “I’m personally against abortion, but I’m still prochoice. Its a legal alternative, and we don’t have the right to keep it from anyone. Everyone’s free to believe what they want, but we shouldn’t try to impose it on others.”

In response to this statement we answer:

” Some people have the illusion that being personally opposed to abortion while believing others should be free to choose it is some kind of compromise between the proabortion and profile position. It isn’t. Pro choice people vote the same as pro abortion people. Both oppose legal protection for the innocent unborn. Both are willing for children to die by abortion and must take responsibility for the killing of those babies even if they do not participate directly.”

it is a matter of principle, regardless if you would do it or not. It is like the pro slavery and against slavery, yet some would argue that it is morally wrong, but they believed that those who owned slaves should have the right to do so. Does that change the fact that those individuals were tortured and abused? Did that contribute to the change in the laws? No. The reality is that when we acknowledge that something is morally wrong, we cannot simply think that it only applies for ourselves and our moral compass. The reality does not change, and the unborn continue to be killed in their mothers womb every day. I cannot say that something is wrong for me, yet sit and watch others do it because they think is morally right. I have to stand for what I think is right. We cannot compromise the truth, because it is not relative concept. This is what made the difference in the issues of slavery, and the holocaust in WWII.


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Queen's Alive: The Best Gift the Giver Could Give

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       Imagine a world without pain, a world without fear, hunger, worry, or illness - a seemingly perfect world. This is the society of "The Giver"... So, how can we reach this “ideal” in our own society? It seems we've begun to apply the same methods referenced in the book and movie. They take out pain, choice, fear and illness, along with dignity, love and a full life.

       First and foremost, there is the problem of pain. So many things cause pain, but we can hide or avoid them, at least until we pass that pain onto someone else. For the pain we can't displace to others, we can keep it hidden so that we don't have to deal with that bothersome "compassion" that makes us feel others’ pain as if it were our own. We have gotten pretty good at this already: hiding the blood from abortions so that mothers are numb to the reality that their children are dead, hiding the truth of post-abortion effects and hiding graphic images - all like the Elders, who hid the community from the true nature of things. Through the manipulation of language, it is quite easy to be indifferent to injustices; for example, using "product of conception", "fetus", and "abortion" instead of "baby" and "murder". We just can't let people like Jonas realize that "[our society] hadn’t eliminated murder, [we] had brought it home. [We] had just called it by a different name.”
Another issue is choice. We all value the ability to choose. To get rid of the responsibility that comes along with choice, we first have to get rid of that notion of 'wrong' that's so objective. Therefore the assumption is made that all choices are good choices. Sometimes this means the freedom to choose is valued more than life itself. But what could be more valuable than life itself?

       The other task we must accomplish if we want a world like that in “The Giver” is to take away fear - that unpleasant emotion indicating that we could experience pain. We have become experts in suppressing and ignoring fear instead of sharing that burden with others. In the film, the Giver must take on all the painful memories, just as we leave the post-abortion mothers to hold all her suffering without support. For instance, imagine a mother who wants to keep her baby but has run out of savings, lost her job, and is homeless. Of course she wants what is good for her child, but she is afraid…and left alone in her fear (adapted real examples from http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/09/my-year-as-an-abortion-doula.html). We need to get rid of this fear, so we get rid of the pregnancy.

       Difference causes discrimination, envy, abnormalities - so the end goal is to get to Sameness, as they do in the story. Illness, one cause of difference, is quite easy to eliminate: just don't allow fetal abnormalities to reach birth. The defective old and young are just removed in the book. This would be much more difficult if love existed in “The Giver”. Blood families are separated to prevent the mother from loving her child, or seeing that the child loves her back – just as mothers in our society are told to abort before they meet their babies. Society avoids the risk of realizing that the pain is worth the "love" that is being removed. That raw, true love that means you must feel fear and pain for someone else. That love that accepts no lies - society's widespread lies regarding the "products of conception" as opposed to a human being, and the lies of philosophy that strip that human of dignity.

       In the end there is no way to completely rid our society of fighters and defenders of life over choice. There will always be people like Jonas who know deep down that "for Gabriel there would have been no life at all. So there had not really been a choice." (pg. 174) There will always be people like Fiona (in the movie) who know something is "stolen", not lost…"something more" - more than the poverty, pain, fear, and fleeting pleasures that were eliminated in “The Giver”. It seems a society like this cannot exist for long, so life-advocates just have to fight and wait like the Giver. We need to wait until people experience love themselves, remember or learn the truth, remember that death isn't simply Elsewhere, and that people and pain can't simply be forgotten…these ideas weren't accepted "back and back and back".

       Jonas learned to love by seeing and experiencing love himself. Then he was compelled to sacrifice himself, accepting the pain he and others would feel so that the community could know the happiness and goodness that a full life brings. You need pain to appreciate pleasure. Death is only tragic if life is precious and full. A full life is one that respects the dignity of others' lives as really "something more". The moral of the story is that a full life - dignity and love and life - is the best gift the Giver could give.

- by Jonathan Conte

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U of G Life Choice: Dear UofGuelph, You’re Not As Pro-Choice As You Think You Are…

This post was written for U of G Life Choice by alexsibiga. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

When I started my university experience at Guelph, I wasn’t sure what to expect of this school. Orientation week was when Guelph made its first real impression on me, and one thing really struck me when this school was trying to win me over; I was told that my new university had actually been voted in the past as the “Most Caring University“. I thought that was pretty cool, and as the semester rolled on I realized my school definitely lived up to its title. Guelph cares. With so many support services for mental health, physical health, sexual health, financial help, gender equality, minorities and disabilities of all kinds, Guelph truly takes on the identity of being an all-around loving institution.

Wow, I live in the ideal university world, right? Well actually, in all its efforts to care, the University of Guelph seems to lack support services in one particular area… services for women with an unplanned pregnancy.

Let me ask you- what does a student need when she finds herself with an unplanned pregnancy? Support, information, and options, right?

Well, I don’t think the University of Guelph offers enough of these things…particularly the third thing.

Woah, wait Alex… you’re pro-life, you don’t believe in options! Guelph on the other hand, is pro-choice. They support all the options and offer all the options. 

Do they? Or do they offer just one?

Looking through the uoguelph website and researching what someone looking for pregnancy options would find, and here’s what I discovered:

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Hmm. Interesting how our school says “there are many places you can go for comfort and support where you will be given information to help you reach the decision that is right for you…” but the only decision that’s mentioned is abortion, and the friendly reminder that abortion is free.

What about the option to go through with the pregnancy? The option of parenthood? Or adoption? Yes maybe these options aren’t free and aren’t easy, but is it really pro-choice to not mention them?

Last year, our Life Choice club went to the school’s Wellness Centre with the idea of implementing a care package program through them: diapers, baby blankets, and other little things all packed in a diaper bag and completely funded by Life Choice, to give to any woman who comes to them pregnant and who’s not going to have an abortion. Surprisingly enough, the care packages weren’t accepted because that would go against the Wellness Centre’s “Choice Model“. Offering care packages could be considered a reward or a bribe for women to keep their babies, which would go against their un-pressuring philosophy.

“No no, it’s your choice. I won’t tell you what to do or push any diaper bags on you, but I’ll just kindly remind you that abortion is free.”

Does anyone else smell a double standard…?

The Sisters of Life, a group of women who have devoted their entire lives to help pregnant and post-abortive women say that the main reason women choose abortion is fear- fear that they can’t do it, fear that they don’t have what they need, fear that abortion is their only choice.

Guelph, I know you care, I see that in so much of what you do. Please recognize what is lacking. Don’t point a pregnant woman in the direction of an abortion. Don’t make her feel that it is her only option. Give her HOPE. If there is even one woman out there who chooses abortion because she doesn’t think she has a choice, don’t you care to prevent that? Shouldn’t this change?

Offering pregnant women on campus more resources that don’t point them to abortion, or to places that’ll profit from talking them into an abortion, is the mission of the Life Choice club this year. This Tuesday we’re having a bake sale to raise money for Michael House, an organization that offers shelter and support to pregnant and parenting women. There is help and support for the students on campus who will become mothers- they just need to know about it. I feel like this is a mission that both pro-choice and pro-life people can fight for together.

Motherhood is scary. And I don’t think any of our mothers would tell us it was easy, yet they all believed that it would be worth it. Because of that, we now live. A woman needs to be believed in, so don’t be so quick to tell her abortion is free putting that single choice in her mind as though she’s not strong enough to consider or do anything else. She is. She is strong and good and has the heart and the courage to be an amazing mom whatever circumstance she happens to be in. She is beautiful, supported and capable. And it’s your job to make sure she knows that.

So don’t take away that choice.

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