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Written by: Anastasia Pearse

Hopefully most of us haven’t had an occasion where we’ve needed a lifeguard to save the day – that is, to save our lives. But even without such personal experience, we know one thing to be true about lifeguards: if someone calls out in need of help, the lifeguard won’t call back to confirm his or her identity; a lifeguard won’t be checking IDs or going through a list of questions before mounting a rescue to decide if the person’s life is worth saving. Lifeguards are there to save our lives – without exception.  

We also demonstrate the urgency and importance of saving lives when we clear the road for an  ambulance; we know that there are lives at stake, so we indirectly assist those who are directly assisting the vulnerable – without exception. So many of our societal norms and laws are geared towards protecting the lives of the vulnerable. But unfortunately those of us in the pro-life movement know that there is a gaping exception: how society treats pre-born children.

We’ve seen the inconsistencies in the way people act when it comes to the abortion issue, and we’ve heard the many exceptions that are raised. We’ve been confronted with students who are animal rights activists, students who are involved in the blood donor club, medical students, students who volunteer at the local food bank; students who are dedicating their time to saving the lives of others but who speak out against saving those who are most vulnerable in our society – the pre-born. We’ve heard people state they are pro-life, except for the case of rape. Or if the child will have a disability. Or if they will be born into poverty. So many people pride themselves on their dedication to saving the lives of others. But they have exceptions.

As pro-lifers, we see that there are no exceptions when it comes to saving the lives of innocent human beings. We see the dignity of every human being, and so work to uphold and protect them – without exception. This does not end with the pre-born, but also extends to the lives of all who are vulnerable in our society, and to each and every person we speak to on a daily basis. By our words and actions, we need to affirm their value and worth – without exception.

But sometimes exceptions creep in when it comes to our own pro-life activism. How many times have we put conditions on when or where or how we participate in pro-life activities? We will help at the pro-life Outreach Table, except if it’s in a public space where our classmates  may see us. We will attend a pro-life lecture, except if there’s a paper to complete that we’ve been procrastinating on. We will go to a club meeting, except if our friends are having a movie night that we’d prefer to go to. We act as pro-lifers, except when it does not fit into our schedules or comfort zone.

We want you to be pro-life – without exception. To help you be exceptional pro-lifer student leaders who can overcome these exceptions, we are excited to announce our 2015 NCLN Symposium: Without Exception. The Symposium will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to defend the lives of pre-born children, in spite of the exceptions people may pose to you. It will prepare you to have productive conversations that affirm the dignity of those we speak to – even when we disagree with them. It will give you the strategies, leadership skills, and motivation you need to overcome those exceptions we place on our own pro-life outreach. So join us for an amazing, life-changing weekend! Applications open June 22nd!

As the summer moves forward, consider how you can make a commitment to being an exceptional pro-lifer. Continue to educate yourself on the pro-life position so you can show how each and every human life deserves the right to life. Challenge yourself to fully engage and give yourself to those difficult conversations so you can show those you speak with that their life has value and dignity.  Make a commitment to participate fully in the activities of your pro-life club so you can work alongside your team to share the message on your campus.

We challenge you to be pro-life. Without exception.

For more information about the 2015 Symposium, click here.

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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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