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Introducing Josie, NCLN’s Western Summer Intern

Josie is a summer student with NCLN in our Vancouver office.  Her posts will be appearing throughout the summer.  Her first post appeared last week and focused on the Carter decision.

By Josie Wichrowski, Summer Intern

I am so delighted and honored to be NCLN’s new summer intern and to be working with them on an important cause: defending life and training young people to be pro-life leaders.

 

As a 4th year Communications major at Simon Fraser University, I have always dreamed that I can make a difference and change society for the better. I wondered what kind of message I wanted to communicate to the public on issues that mattered. NCLN has answered that question for me this summer and I couldn’t be happier!

 

 

Photo: Josie, Anastasia, & guest speaker Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson at the Focus on Life Gala

During my membership at Capilano University’s Heart Beat Club, I met NCLN for the first time when I received pro-life apologetics training from, Renée Schmitz, NCLN’s Western Campus Coordinator at the time. It was really NCLN that gave me the tools and knowledge I needed to know how to defend life on campus.

Having now become NCLN’s summer intern, I am learning even more tools and skills to help me be an even more effective leader on campus. NCLN’s current Western Campus Coordinator, Anastasia Pearse, has graciously taken me under her wing and will continue to guide me throughout the next 12 weeks of my internship.

Already I have been exposed to so many new life-affirming initiatives as I attended the 14th Annual Signal Hill Focus on Life Gala, followed by the launch of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform’s Abortion Caravan in downtown Vancouver. More recently I traveled to Ontario for a week long NCLN training session. There I met some of the most incredible people working at NCLN, and I know it has impacted my growth as a pro-life activist. Apart from learning who the people behind NCLN are, I was also educated on tactics that matter; I not only learned how to run a club, recruit members and retain them effectively, I also learned how to be an effective leader. I know I will be using these new found skills when I return to campus in the fall!

NCLN is true to their word as they work towards “Building a New Generation of Pro-Life Leaders”. I look forward to the rest of the summer and fall where I hope to see the change in people’s hearts and minds as we work towards making our life-affirming message heard on Canadian campuses.

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A Sad Decision Made in BC Courts

Josie Wichrowski is a summer intern with NCLN in our Western Office.  On Friday she was present at the B.C. Supreme Court for the ruling on the Carter Case.  The following is her reflection on the decision.

By Josie Wichrowski, NCLN Summer Intern

I was present at the BC Supreme Court yesterday where the decision was made to make an exception to the law, giving Gloria Taylor the right to be euthanized in Canada; this is the first step to legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada.

It was a particularly tense and important moment to be a part of and, whether you were present or not, you are all impacted by the outcome of the case. If this decision is upheld in the Supreme Court and sent to parliament, it will become a part of our constitutional law and it will affect all Canadians.

As a pro-life student who works hard to show my peers that all human life has value, I am appalled by this decision. On campus we want to instill life-affirming values amongst the future doctors, teachers, politicians, and other professionals of our country; but while we are working hard to affirm these values, our very own B.C. Court has just made a judgement that undermines them.

If a “right” to euthanasia and assisted suicide become law, it will only pave the way for more injustices to occur such as increased rates of suicide among those struggling with depression as well as seniors being pressured to accept euthanasia to avoid being a burden to their families. Unfortunately senior abuse is a reality that already happens in Canada, and euthanasia and assisted suicide would only worsen this. Such examples have been documented in jurisdictions such as Oregon and the Netherlands where assisted suicide and euthanasia are legal.

Is this what we want Canada to become, a country where we permit people to abuse others who are vulnerable and kill those in pain? The solution to suffering is not to eliminate the sufferer, but rather to alleviate the individual’s suffering.

Dr. Will Johnston, chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) and Dr. Margaret Cottle, vice-president, both spoke to media officials and conveyed how deeply disappointed they were in the court’s decision.

Dr. Cottle is a practicing palliative care physician in Vancouver and said if this law is drafted, it will be nearly impossible to prevent other forms of assisted suicide. As she stated, in her profession, “Only 30% of Canadian patients have access to palliative care. Whereas 70% of Canadians don’t…Are we therefore going to go to the drastic position of killing people?” She concludes, “This is a sad day in Canada and for my profession.”

The next question to ask is, is this decision binding for the rest of Canada? It certainly creates a dangerous precedent. What we do know is that an appeal must be made to the Court, and we need to get involved and do what we can to let our fellow Canadians know that we oppose the BC Supreme Court’s Decision. Please write a letter today to your local newspaper and media outlets, outlining your opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide, and the many harms that will result if these are legalized. For talking points, visit http://www.epcbc.ca/p/talking-points_06.html

Please contact Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, asking him to stay the Carter decision and appeal it to the BC Court of Appeal: mcu@justice.gc.ca.

Your voice is crucial to overturning this decision, as we show Canadians and politicians the abuses that would result. We must encourage the EPC as they work to appeal this motion, and discourage Parliament from crafting any law that would support euthanasia and/or assisted suicide. Such a law would have implications on all of us when we are faced with end of life decisions, both for ourselves and those we care for. It is at these moments when people are most vulnerable that we must not be making judgments on whether their life is worth living, but rather be affirming their value and right to life.

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