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Youth Protecting Youth: Why I Do “Choice” Chain

This post was written for Youth Protecting Youth by YPY Info Officer. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

As president of Youth Protecting Youth I am often asked why I do what I do. Why do I spend so much time preparing for club meetings when other people in a similar position would be studying for their mid-terms? Why do I bother designing posters and writing blog posts to articulate the pro-life message? And why do I organize events like “Choice” Chain on campus, when it creates so much controversy?

Sometimes I answer these questions with some explanation about how every day in Canada approximately 266 pre-born children are killed by abortion, and how these pre-born children are genetically unique individuals. Often I’ll include an explanation as to why there is no ethically significant factor that makes a pre-born child any less valuable than a born child, and sometimes I’ll simply say that my taxes pay for abortions, and that because of this I should be doing something every day to save these children.

Although these answers resonate with some people, I have started to respond differently. Now, when people ask why I do “Choice” Chain, I say that I do it because they are valuable, regardless of what I think of them, what they think of themselves or what they are capable of doing. I do it because you are valuable, even if your human rights , which depend on your right to life, are undermined. If I am to stand for anybody’s human rights, then I must stand for everybody’s human rights.

- Cam Côté


Read the comments at the Youth Protecting Youth website.

University of Toronto Students for Life: Become a Pro-Life Jedi Master: Advanced Apologetics Training Available Online

This post was written for University of Toronto Students for Life by Blaise Alleyne. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Brett Kunkle says it better than I could:

Last week Alan posted an excellent resource on answering pro-life objections.  This week Scott Klusendorf, founder and president of Life Training Institute and pro-life Jedi Master, makes available a 2569 page PDF of his teaching notes on abortion.  Read it and you’ll be prepared to make an intelligent case for life.

Advanced pro-life apologetics training from Scott Klusendorf is something you don’t want to miss. As a side note, Toronto Right to Life is bringing him to town in the Spring as part of its lecture series. I’ll be sure to spread the word.


Read the comments at the University of Toronto Students for Life website.

Youth Protecting Youth: Who inspires you?

This post was written for Youth Protecting Youth by ypyvicepresident. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

I was recently given a wonderful opportunity: I got to meet Nick Vujicic, a 27-year-old motivational speaker from Australia. To date, he has traveled to 32 countries and spoken to millions of people about his story and his faith.

What makes this man so inspirational? He was born without arms or legs. His parents didn’t expect this while his mother was pregnant – they found out when he was born. I encourage you to learn more about his story. This man has overcome so many obstacles and has dedicated his life to helping others.

But what is this doing on the pro-life club’s blog? The unfortunate reality of our society is that when a woman is pregnant and prenatal testing reveals that the baby may have some sort of disability, there is significant pressure for her to choose abortion. After meeting Nick Vujicic we met a woman whose young daughter was born without arms. Doctors encouraged her to have an abortion, but she chose not to. Her daughter is two years old now, and she’s a wonderful little girl.

Many times in discussions of abortion people have said to me “What about babies that are going to be born with disabilities? Isn’t it better to spare them from such a difficult life?” I ask you: Would someone be justified in killing Nick Vujicic because he has no arms or legs and faces many challenges in his life because of this? Of course not! Would someone be justified in killing a toddler born without arms because she will face many obstacles as she grows up? Of course not! Would someone be justified in killing a newborn baby because of his or her differences or disabilities? Of course not! So why would we kill an unborn human being for these reasons?

This brings us back to the fundamental question in the abortion debate: what are the unborn? As American apologist Gregory Koukl says, “If the unborn are not human, no justification for elective abortion is necessary. But if the unborn are human, no justification for elective abortion is adequate.” Biologically, from the moment of fertilization, there exists a unique individual of the human species – a human being.

Our value is determined by what we are (human beings), not by what our capabilities are. We don’t have to look too hard to find examples of people who inspire us precisely because they have overcome significant challenges in their life. Who inspires you?


Read the comments at the Youth Protecting Youth website.

Youth Protecting Youth: Keep it up YPY-ers!

This post was written for Youth Protecting Youth by ypyvicepresident. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

For many of our club members, the summer term has started. Maybe that means summer courses. Maybe that means working. Regardless, our pro-life work cannot stop just because we’re on a break from school. My challenge to you is to not shy away from the situations, even if they may seem awkward, that give you the opportunity to share the pro-life message with people.

Sometimes it just happens in conversation that the topic of involvement in the pro-life club or positions on life issues in general arises. We need to be ready at all times to articulate the pro-life message, and answer the questions people may have.

So what is that message? Simply put, it is that all human beings, born and unborn, have inherent value and dignity, and that killing human beings is morally wrong. One must then be ready to answer all sorts of other questions that come up, but the answer generally boils down to “Would we kill a born person for this reason? No? Then why should we accept the killing of the unborn for that reason?” It all comes back to the fact that the unborn are human, just like you and me.

If you need to brush up on your pro-life apologetics, check out

  • http://www.caseforlife.com/ – a website devoted to clearly and concisely laying out the pro-life position on abortion.
  • The section entitled “The Case Against Abortion” at www.abort73.com – the case is laid out point by point with considerable detail and many references.
  • The section entitled “Defending the Pro-Life View” at www.unmaskingchoice.ca – conveniently laid out in a question and answer format.

Read the comments at the Youth Protecting Youth website.