uOttawa Students For Life: Jan 24 – The Abortion Debate: A Scientific and Philosophical Review

This post was written for uOttawa Students For Life by uOttawa Students For Life. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

This Thursday, January 24, Stephanie Gray will be presenting The Abortion Debate: A Scientific and Philosophical Review in Ottawa. The event starts at 7:30 pm and is at Dominican College, 96 Empress Avenue. Thanks go to Saint Paul Students for Life for organizing it. This is a great opportunity to hear an experienced speaker lay out the arguments surrounding abortion clearly and cohesively. See you there!

Read the comments at the uOttawa Students For Life website.

Saving Babies on Campus

By Amber Miller

Amber Miller works for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical ReformThis post was originally published by CCBR at unmaskingchoice.ca.  It has been posted here with the permission of CCBR.

Before I understood and appreciated the eminence of having a vision, my days of “pro-life activism” were spent organizing meetings for my high school’s pro-life club. At the time, I considered myself to be a kind of pro-life “leader” in my school. This, of course, was before a speaker asked me: “What do we wish to accomplish as pro-life club?” And: “Were our projects bringing us closer to our goal?” Overwhelmed and embarrassed, I realized that I had spent four years doing projects that I didn’t even know were effective. In addition, I failed to inspire the other students because I didn’t see how I could make a difference outside the tiny parameters of the club I founded.

After graduating from high school, I joined McMaster University’s pro-life club, Lifeline. This group definitely had the structure my high school club had lacked, and thus accomplished more. Last February, Lifeline hosted a debate with Stephanie Gray. Watching her present for the first time, I remember being highly impressed with her professionalism and conviction. I wondered what her “club” was like. This summer, I got the exhilarating opportunity to find out. On the New Abortion Caravan, I realized that in order to EndtheKilling of pre-born children, pro-life organizations (and indeed the movement as a whole) need a unified vision for what we hope to accomplish. It is not enough to simply “be” pro-life. Each of us must make the conscious decision to “do” pro-life, and do it well.

As a former student, I understand the difficulties that come with doing part-time pro-life work while focusing on your studies. From scrambling for school supplies to cramming for exams, school in itself is a full time job. Does that mean that you can’t make positive change in the pro-life movement until you graduate or retire? No! It means that, because you’re time is divided, the time you set aside for pro-life work should be spent doing the most effective projects possible. As you get your club organized for the school year, I challenge you to ask yourself:

  • What are our strengths as a club? What are our weaknesses?
  • What are our long-term goals?
  • What short-term projects will help us accomplish these goals? Are they feesable?
  • What other pro-life organizations could we benefit from networking with?
  • What challenges have we faced in the past?
  • How can we invite and keep committed members this year?

One project I would recommend is “Choice” Chain: a relatively inexpensive, simple to execute project that can be taken virtually anywhere. Perhaps, instead of hosting a 2 hour after-school meeting every month, dedicate your lunch hour to doing “Choice” Chain in front of your school. Show those who are most susceptible to the lie of “choice” what abortion really looks like. Sound scary? So is the mass murder of our generation. If these tactics work (which they certainly do), then why not make the most of them for the greatest impact?

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Too Close to Home

By Rebecca Richmond, NCLN Executive Director

Toronto has grown on me, I’ll concede, but this small town girl still dislikes the big crowds, achingly slow streetcars, and noisy post-game Euro Cup celebrations. Yet, I’ve never worried much about rates of crime and violence in Canada’s biggest city. I usually feel safe; reports of violence seemed to happen far from my part of town – until recently. It started with the gunman opening fire in the Eaton Centre food court. Following close on its heels was the College Street shooting, just across the street from where I frequently get gelato. All of a sudden, violence was too close to home.

A shooting anywhere is horrific. The loss of life anywhere is tragic. Yet, unless we’re connected to the people or place, it can be easy to disregard or ignore what is happening. It always has been. Throughout history, human society has been all too happy to focus on our lives and our problems and ignore the victims of great injustices. From slavery to the Holocaust to domestic abuse, people have looked the other way, allowing evil to destroy innocent lives. In Canada today, a shooting will be front page news, while the slaughter of 100,000 preborn children annually will be called a “woman’s right” and is paid for with our tax dollars.

This slaughter will continue as long as our fellow Canadians continue to ignore and avoid the issue.

So we can’t let them avoid it. And we can’t let them forget the victims.

On campuses and on street corners, the pro-life message must be proclaimed. In classrooms and in offices, abortion must be discussed and debated. In Parliament and in the courts, justice for all human beings must be upheld, regardless of age, development, environment or degree of dependency.

The New Abortion Caravan showed Canadians the truth about abortion and what it does to the most vulnerable and innocent in our society. The staff of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, along with student interns and volunteers, were on sidewalks with Choice Chain, in communities with presentations, on streets with trucks, and in neighbourhoods with postcards throughout the month long tour. They engaged the culture.

I don’t think any pro-lifer would disagree with the need to saturate our culture with the truth about abortion. But with the Caravan now on its way home, we must look to our own lives and activities, whether on campus or in our community: how often do we stand up and speak out? What sacrifices do we make regularly? It is essential that we, too, saturate Canada with the pro-life message so that no one can ignore abortion or pretend that ‘choice’ doesn’t kill.

What will it take to make us realize how close the violence really is to our own lives? Abortion does impact all of us and this violence is occurring in our very own communities. It is time for Canadians of all ages and all walks of life to turn pro-life convictions into pro-life actions. It is time to end abortion.


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uOttawa Students For Life: New Abortion Caravan Hits Ottawa

This post was written for uOttawa Students For Life by uOttawa Students For Life. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

The New Abortion Caravan is now in Ottawa. On Saturday, June 30th, they took graphic images of the reality of abortion and an infant-sized coffin to 24 Sussex Drive in memory of Canada’s millions of aborted children. Look for them near Parliament Hill on Canada Day, and don’t forget to head to their presentation at 7:30pm on Monday, July 2nd at Greenbelt Baptist Church, 839 Shefford Rd, to hear Stephanie Gray and Jonathan Van Maren speak on How We Will End the Killing in Our Lifetime. This Canada Day weekend, let’s commit to working toward making sure all Canadians, big and small, get to enjoy this beautiful country.

Check out Part 2 of the video posted last week on minds being changed:

Read the comments at the uOttawa Students For Life website.

uOttawa Students For Life: New Abortion Caravan Coming To Ottawa

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A week from today, on July 2nd, the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform’s New Abortion Caravan will be in Ottawa for the last stage of its cross-country trip. Stephanie Gray and Jonathan Van Maren will be giving a talk from 7:30pm – 9:15pm titled “Abortion: How we will EndtheKilling in our Lifetime” at Greenbelt Baptist Church, 839 Shefford Rd. All are welcome at this event that is sure to be highly informative and inspiring!

Check out this video for a taste of what the New Abortion Caravan has been accomplishing:

Read the comments at the uOttawa Students For Life website.

uOttawa Students For Life: Moving Speech by Ruth Lobo Shaw & M-312

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Think there ought to be legal protection for preborn babies? The 2nd hour of debate on Motion 312 happens tomorrow, June 7th, and the vote is on on June 13th. See weneedalaw.ca and whenamIhuman.com for simple ways to take action. ***UPDATE: The 2nd hour of debate and vote will take place in September. Keep up your pro-life efforts in the meantime!

Read the comments at the uOttawa Students For Life website.

The New Abortion Caravan

Coming soon to a neighbourhood near you:

Press release here.

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