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Giving Thanks for Lives Saved

In mid-March, the pro-life club at the University of Saskatchewan hosted a pregnancy support table every day for one week. It was deliberately held one week before the university’s so-called “Pro-Choice Awareness Week.” Not only was the club a life-affirming witness on campus, but their efforts reverberated in the community. During the week, the pro-life team reached out to over 300 students: some had friends who were hurting either after abortion or a miscarriage, 1 was looking to adopt, and 3 were abortion-minded women who thought they were pregnant.

Club members were able to take one of these women to a pregnancy centre, where it was confirmed she was not pregnant. Throughout the journey she felt supported, and began to open up.

Then she told the club about “Anne.”

Anne was a friend of hers. Anne was pregnant, her baby 3 months old at the time. Anne was scheduled for an abortion the following week.

It was March 17th when one club member, Denae, became part of Anne’s story, asking friends, and friends of friends for prayer. Hundreds of people were praying for Anne and her baby. 

On March 21st Denae met Anne, planning to offer to care for the baby if Anne didn’t want to. However, upon meeting Denae, Anne shared that she had woken up on March 18th, and for no explicable reason had changed her mind about abortion.

Denae has encouraged and supported Anne throughout her pregnancy, helping her find a midwife, baby supplies, a local support program

On September 13th a little baby boy entered the world because of the club’s and Denae’s support. 

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Our NCLN staff are incredibly grateful for the self-sacrificing work of all our pro-life university students. There are many people this Thanksgiving who have even more to be thankful for because of your life-saving efforts. Thank you.
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Dialogue Series, Part 3

Poverty, Difficulty, and Suffering

Written by Clarissa Canaria

 

Over one fifth of abortions are reported to be for financial reasons (Guttmacher Institute, 2005). In my years of being a pro-life advocate, this situation has been one of the most common I have heard, with the “logic” being something along these lines:

If a woman is financially unable to take care of a child, both of them will be in poverty. And if both of them are in poverty, both of them will suffer and live difficult lives.

Some people then carry this situation further, saying:

If that’s the case, the child is more likely to be a criminal in future.

We can all agree that having financial issues and being in poverty can lead to some challenges. But the above thinking contradicts so much of what we appreciate and value in the people around us and those we admire: their courage and perseverance in overcoming difficult circumstances.

If we would not accept the killing of born people who are starving in a third-world country, a toddler who’s parents are in a financial crisis, or those living in low-income neighbourhoods because statistics show possible correlations between poverty and crime, why do we use this same reasoning to kill preborn human beings?

Our society has been inconsistent for far too long. We are encouraged to help those who are suffering, by giving of our time and resources to alleviate their pain. We commend individuals who choose to take a difficult path and who have found the strength to overcome their challenges even though it may be hard. Regardless of their background or circumstances, we provide opportunities for people to do good in this world. However, in the case of abortion we overlook these calls to action, discouraging people from taking what may be a difficult path. Promoting abortion in these cases, stating that the preborn would be better off dead, devalues the lives of those who do in fact live in these challenging situations.

I once spoke to a woman who identified herself as being adamantly pro-choice, citing these exact reasons of poverty, difficulty, and suffering to back up her perspective. After asking her similar questions about how we treat born people in difficult circumstances, she said it herself: “In an ideal world, there would be no need for an abortion.”

Killing the preborn child does not suddenly make this an ideal world. It doesn’t eliminate a mother’s financial problems nor does it remove her difficult circumstances. We can only work towards this ideal world when we as a society consistently encourage people to choose the right thing, even when it may be difficult, and help and support those who do. We do this because we know that each and every human life is worth living and has value, and this value is not dependent upon the circumstances we find ourselves in – or the state our world is in.

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So in everything that we do, let’s strive to create a world where we affirm the lives of all those around us, helping those who are facing difficulties and empowering them to overcome their challenges.

 
That’s something we can all agree on.

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Baggy Clothes and Baby Bumps: Day 1 of our Campus Campaign

by Anastasia Pearse, NCLN Western Campus Coordinator

She has to wear baggy clothes on campus, she told us. Because, as a pregnant student, she feels the stigma and felt embarrassed by the looks she received whenever her clothes revealed her growing belly.YNRL

She had stopped by our event with her boyfriend, intrigued by the images of the campaign that featured a young mom, her baby, and the title You’ll Never Regret Loving This Much. They were immediately interested in the community support for pregnant women that we mentioned; they hadn’t yet heard about the kind of resources that crisis pregnancy centres and organizations like Birthright can offer. That’s when they told us that they were pregnant.

They weren’t the only pregnant students we encountered yesterday at Simon Fraser University. We also met a student whose wife is 6 months pregnant. He was able to speak with a volunteer from a resource centre and will now be able to get the support he needs. Who knows how many other students we reached through our conversations and distribution of resources! Students drawn to the campaign also wanted to contribute, adding donations to a fund that will go towards supporting pregnant women in the community.

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This event at SFU with SFU Lifeline is only one part of a campus tour NCLN has coordinated for British Columbia campuses this week. The resources feature information about what support exists in the community and are from LifeCanada’s You’ll Never Regret Loving This Much campaign. Through this partnership with LifeCanada, we are getting this critical information to the demographic that needs it so desperately. The campaign also features young moms sharing their personal stories of choosing life, even under difficult circumstances, in public places on campus.

Day 1 of this campaign revealed, yet again, why pro-life clubs are so essential on our campuses: we need to ensure that students get the information and support that they need – information and contacts we were able to provide to the pregnant students we encountered yesterday (and many more). We can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has in store!

For more information on the other campuses this campaign will be visiting, click here.

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#LifeWeek on BC Campuses!

YNRLFrom March 17-19th, four campuses in BC will be promoting Life Canada’s You’ll Never Regret Loving this Much campaign, bringing in young women who will share real life stories that outline the reality of the hardships young pregnant women endure, but also the joy in the decision to choose life for their child. These women will be sharing their stories throughout the day in an open area on campus, being a public witness to the cause; we will also be distributing resources that outline the positive alternatives to abortion and show that there are resources available to support parents. Through this outreach we plan to engage thousands of students, reaching a demographic that needs to hear this message the most.

TUESDAY MARCH 17th
Simon Fraser University – Burnaby
9:00-3:00, Convo Mall
Join the Facebook event here.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 18th
University of the Fraser Valley – Abbotsford
9:00-3:00, on the Green
Click here for the Facebook event.

Columbia Bible College – Abbotsford
6:30pm, Clearwood Room
Click here for the Facebook event

THURSDAY MARCH 19th
Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Surrey
9:00-3:00, Main Courtyard
As part of their LifeWeek events, Trinity Western University will be hosting, “Echoes of the Holocaust” with Stephanie Gray at 7pm in Block Hall on Wednesday, March 18th.

She will be discussing how abortion is a modern day genocide. Come out to be challenged and inspired by her compelling words! Join the Facebook event here.

 

Support these students by donating to NCLN and by attending these events in your area!

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Adoption Campaign Launches

An adoption campaign has launched, providing information and resources for women who may be facing an unexpected pregnancy.

As the website mentions,

“How many women in Canada choose adoption? Over 60% of pregnancies result in the woman choosing to parent and 40% end in abortion, but only 2% of all pregnancies will lead to an adoption. The unfortunate truth is that many people have not heard about the many positive results of adoption, and don’t know about the help that is available for mothers-to-be who go through the adoption process.”

This campaign features:

The campaign also debunks myths about adoption, demonstrating that adoption is not abandonment, deception or an unbearable sacrifice.

Anastasia Bowles, the project director, in an interview for Lifesitenews.com stated:

“Birth parents deserve all of the information available about this choice [adoption],” said project director, Anastasia Bowles. “They need to know that times have changed. They need to know that open adoption — where the birth parents select the adoptive families and negotiate future contact and involvement — is common practice today. They need to know that there is help for them and there are people who will support them.”

“We hope to change attitudes with this campaign,” Bowles added, saying that adoption is a “difficult, but heroic, choice.” She lamented the fact that in the past “adoptions were secret, shame-filled proceedings,” and that “adoptees and adoptive parents often suffer due to painful misconceptions and negative stereotypes.”

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