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Action Items

Along with the following items  from the Students for Life at Ryerson website, we encourage you to write to the students and encourage them. You can reach them at: ryersonstudentsforlife@gmail.com

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From sflryerson.ncln.ca

Action Items: What you Can Do to Help

  1. Write to the Ryerson student union executive members  and ask them politely to reverse their decision and give our club equal treatment to other groups on campus.
  2. Write to Sheldon Levy, the university president, and ask him to protect our right to freedom of expression by allowing our club to book space on campus. pres@ryerson.ca
  3. Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @SFLryerson. Use social media to share our story and tweet at the student union and administration.

If you are a Ryerson student (or a prospective student or alumnus!) and you want to help:

  1. Contact us at ryersonstudentsforlife@gmail.com to get involved with the club.
  2. Submit a complaint to the president of the Student Union, Rajean Hoilettpresident@rsuonline.ca, about how their decision impacts you as a student, prospective student, or alumnus.
  3. Contact the president of the university, Sheldon Levy pres@ryerson.ca, and ask him to protect the reputation of the university and stand up for students by allowing the club to book space on campus.
  4. Write a letter to the campus newspapers explaining your concerns. news@theeyeopener.com and sonian@ryerson.ca

 

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“Pro-Choice (before it was cool)” ??

“Pro-Choice (before it was cool)” is apparently an Ontario NDP slogan (according to this brochure picked up by one of the University of Toronto Students for Life leaders today).

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Of course the brochure doesn’t describe what that ‘cool’ ‘choice’ really is – the killing of an innocent human being.

It seems to be a reaction to the Liberals under Justin Trudeau, as they have moved – both federally and provincially – to adopt a hard line on supporting abortion. It’s horrific to think that our politicians are actually competing, in a sense, to have the most extreme position in support of abortion… Because support of the status quo on abortion in Canada is support for abortion on demand, at any stage of pregnancy, with no restrictions and no debate. This makes Canada one of the only countries in the world to have no abortion legislation (along with North Korea and China).

Canada needs a change and NCLN will continue to build and support campus leaders who are having an impact on campuses across the country.

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14 Highlights from 2014!

Wnew year memehat an amazing year we’ve had! We’d like to thank all our students, staff, and supporters for being part of what has been a blessed year of life-affirming, life-saving work at NCLN!

We’d like to share with you some highlights from the last 12 months of campus outreach in Canada (not in any particular order):

Some Personal Highlights:

  • Central Campus Coordinator Clarissa Luluquisin – now Mrs. Clarissa Canaria – got married on May 10th.
  • NCLN Board members and former staff Theresa Gilbert and Sarah Hall gave birth to baby boys.
  • Western Campus Coordinator, Anastasia Pearse, graduated from Trinity Western University with a Masters degree in Leadership in November.

Campus Movement Highlights:

    • Students run successful clubs tables during both the winter and fall semesters, sometimes dealing with red tape because of groundless complaints lodged against them (Waterloo, Niagara), sometimes facing protesters (York), and sometimes having vandals throw used kitty litter at them and steal their fetal models (UVic).
    • SNMAC Tours reach thousands of students in B.C. and Ontario with the message of hope and healing
    • To mark the 26th anniversary of the R. v. Morgentaler decision, NCLN teamed up with Campaign Life Coalition for a social media campaign to raise awareness of the anniversary and of the opposition of today’s youth to the status quo on abortion. The #SurvivedMorgentaler campaign resonated with students and other young Canadians and reached thousands of people via social media.
    • NCLN took an active part in the #No2Niki social media campaign, after MP Niki Ashton introduced a motion that would declare that access to abortion is a “fundamental question of equality and human rights, both in Canada and around the world.” Through videos, Twitter, and many letters to politicians, the campaign gained traction. The NDP did not end up putting the motion to a vote after all.
    • Students participated in their local March for Life, as well as dinners hosted by NCLN in Victoria and Ottawa. NCLN staff in Ottawa performed a parody about clubs based on the movie Frozen. Even those unable to attend in person were able to support the March through social media, as part of the #WhyWeMarch campaign.
    • NCLN’s first ever Summer Semester engaged students in B.C. and Ontario in training and activism through the summer months. This also included the popular #CommodityCulture events, featuring presentations on the linkages between abortion, pornography, and rape culture on Canadian campuses.
    • The 2014 Symposium motivated students to become a generation of patriots as students were encouraged to build their pro-life leadership skills and move our culture from one of apathy to action.
    • Abortion Debates, coordinated with NCLN, attracted students across Canada. In Ontario students hosted debates between Maaike Rosendal of CCBR and a late-term abortionists. In B.C. debates between Stephanie Gray and pro-choice opponents even garnered international attention thanks to protesters trying to shut down the debate at the University of Victoria.

Our staff and board at NCLN are looking forward to what 2015 will bring!

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#AbortionIsNotHealthCare

By Rebecca Richmond 
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Recently the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) bemoaned inequalities in abortion access in Canada and today, recently elected Premier Brian Gallant announced a change in regulations that would improve access to abortion in New Brunswick, fulfilling his election promise to do so. Both the Premier and the CMAJ refer to reproductive “care”, “services”, and “health procedures”, and neither question what this “care”, “services”, and “health procedures” actually consists of.
As someone who grew up in a rural area, I know that access to health care is a concern. My town has a great hospital, but anything requiring surgery or even delivering babies required a bit of a drive or a ride in the helicopter. So for the more vulnerable members of rural communities, access to health care is a real legitimate concern and certainly a legitimate election issue.
I am all for improving access to important medical services and health care generally in Canada and in New Brunswick specifically. But both the Canadian Medical Association and the Premier of New Brunswick should remember that the reality shrouded by words like “reproductive services” and “termination of pregnancy” is the killing of a human being. Abortion might be a ‘procedure’ or ‘service’, but it constitutes lethal violence against the smallest and most vulnerable Canadians.
So, to the Canadian Medical Association and to Premier Gallant we say, please do improve access to health care, but #AbortionIsNotHealthCare
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National Child Day 2014

Child-DayThese words, taken from the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child, are so contradictory to the unrestricted access to abortion in our country. How can this be? More people like you need to speak up for the rights of those who cannot speak for themselves.

Today is National Child Day in Canada. Challenge yourself to speak to at least one person today about the need for our country to protect the youngest of our kind. For it is only in sharing the truth in our words and actions that we can hope to bring light where there is darkness.

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McMaster Students Shout Down Anti-Abortion Speaker

McMaster Lifeline held an event on campus: “Abortion: Reproductive or Human Rights?” presented by Maaike Rosendal of The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Though it was protested and interrupted with yelling and chants, we want to give a big congratulations and thank you to McMaster Lifeline, Maaike, and those who respectfully attended and engaged in the discussion, for being willing to bring such an important message to campus.

What is a university, unless a place to respectfully share and discuss ideas and opinions? Needless to say, the pro-choice position embarrassed themselves that night.

See below for CCBR‘s official press release regarding the incident:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: McMaster Students Shout Down Anti-Abortion Speaker

Between 20 and 25 students shouted down an anti-abortion speaker Thursday night at McMaster University, disrupting the presentation, stealing a box of books and DVDs, and chanting until the police arrived.

The lecture was organized by McMaster Lifeline, a student organization dedicated to raising awareness about the abortion issue, and featured Maaike Rosendal, a speaker with the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (www.endthekilling.ca). Pro-choice students apparently took issue with the fact that a speaker with anti-abortion views would be allowed to speak, and responded w10525987_303306069874813_8279273968683516785_nith various chants and signs featuring slogans like, “Pro-sex. Pro-child. Pro-woman. Pro-abortion.”

Audience members expressed irritation that the presentation was disrupted. The popular Facebook Page “Stuff McMaster Professors Say” posted the following statement: “Professors, TAs, and students alike attended this meeting simply wanting to learn more about the prolife view yet people got into unnecessary fights, violating their right to the freedom of speech. The presenters still went on but what they did gave a bad name for prochoicers and the University of McMaster… People in university hold different views from you. That doesn’t mean you should attack people. That doesn’t mean you should silence people. Grow up.”

“It’s a shame that pro-choice students think the only way they can win this debate is by silencing it,” Maaike Rosendal of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform noted, “We are more than happy to engage in dialogue, but at too many universities abortion supporters simply want to shout us down and shut us down.”

The McMaster incident follows on the heels of similar incidents at McGill University, the University of Waterloo, and Brock University. After the police arrived, they ensured the rights of all were respected and the presentation was able to proceed.

Find video footage of the incident here.

For more information, contact Maaike Rosendal at 1-403-360-2376.

Source: http://www.unmaskingchoice.ca/blog/2014/11/10/immediate-release-mcmaster-students-shout-down-anti-abortion-speaker

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Brittany Maynard: In Sickness & In Health

Written by Kathleen Dunn

We are so sad to hear the news that Brittany Maynard took her own life on Saturday, November 1st, after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family, and we hope that they find hope and healing after this traumatic experience. We are also so sad to see a precedent set by the actions of Brittany and her family. In the face of suffering, our response should not be to give up and put an end a life that is so valuable.

brittany Full story can be read here. 

No matter the state of suffering or hardship, our first and only intention should be to alleviate the suffering as much as we can and show our loved ones that they are valuable and have a purpose in this world, even through their illness.

In light of Brittany’s suicide, we want to encourage all of our students to go out of their way to show love and hope to all those around them. Treasure each life in front of you as if it were your very own. Take your club to visit hospices and homes for the elderly. The present moment can always welcome joy and hope, no matter what the future holds. Be a loving presence to those who may not have friends and family to hold their hand or hear their voice. May no one ever lose sight of their own value and purpose on account of our reluctance to reach outside of ourselves and touch the heart of another. Though we cannot reverse the actions of Brittany, we can do much to ensure that life and love prevail where death and fear overwhelm.

Related & helpful articles: 
– The Danger of Assisted Suicide Laws
– Seminarian with Terminal Brain Cancer Response to Brittany Maynard

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ABORTION DEBATED ON BC CAMPUS AS STUDENTS REACT TO JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S STATEMENTS ON ABORTION

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Vancouver, B.C.  On Tuesday October 28thSFU Lifeline will be hosting a debate on the legality of abortion, organized by university students who cite Justin Trudeau‘s abortion comments as a motivating factor for the events.

“We actually wanted and invited Mr. Trudeau to participate in the debates,” stated Emily Mraz, a third year student at Simon Fraser University and president of the pro-life club, SFU Lifeline. “He has made strong statements about a woman’s ‘right to choose.’ Seeing as the university is considered to be a marketplace of ideas, we believe it is an appropriate venue for him to defend his position and engage in discussion on the issue.” Unfortunately Mr. Trudeau’s secretary stated that he was not available to participate.

Mr. Trudeau has stated that abortion is “not for any government to legislate.” Pro-Life students on university campuses beg to differ, citing it as the government’s duty to protect all human beings in Canada, including the 300 pre-born humans who are killed every day in our Country through abortion.

Stephanie Gray, an international pro-life speaker and author, will be representing the position that there should be laws against abortion – countering Trudeau’s claim that the government should have nothing to do with abortion; this follows her statement that abortion is a violation of the human rights of pre-born human beings. Umer Altaf, president of the SFU Debate Society, will be representing the position that there should not be laws against abortion, defending abortion as a woman’s choice.

“Our universities are places where ideas should be shared and contentious issues discussed,” states Anastasia Pearse, Western Campus Coordinator for the National Campus Life Network, a national pro-life student organization.  “The most recent CIHI stats reveals that over a quarter of abortions are performed on university–aged students. If this is a choice young women are making, it is important that they consider what precisely they are choosing and know what abortion alternatives exist.”

The debate will be held at SFU Burnaby on Tuesday, October 28th at 5:30pm in C9001.

For further information contact:

Emily Mraz: sfulifeline@gmail.com

Anastasia Pearse: westerncanada@ncln.ca

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