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UAlberta Pro-Life: Summer Activism!

This post was written for UAlberta Pro-Life by campusprolife. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Happy summer, everyone! We’ve revamped the club website, and we have some exciting pro-life activism opportunities going on this summer. Our activism schedule will be less regular during the summer months, but if you are interested in receiving training in pro-life apologetics and/or in participating in one of our “Choice” Chain projects, please get in touch with us at prolife.ualberta@gmail.com, and we’ll let you know when something is happening in the Edmonton area.

Another way to stay engaged this summer is to attend The Wilberforce Project’s AGM in Spruce Grove, where renowned pro-life advocate Stephanie Gray will be speaking live. Registration is closing soon, so don’t delay if you’re interested in going!

If you are looking for other ways to get involved, or you are not in Edmonton area this summer, consider signing up at the No2Trudeau Campaign’s website to find out ways you can get involved with this nation-wide campaign to expose Justin Trudeau’s extreme stance on abortion. As someone who is personally involved with the campaign this summer, I highly recommend finding a way to support the work that is happening across Canada this summer. (We’re also happy to answer any questions you have about the campaign as well.)

Keep on fighting injustice, and hopefully we’ll see you when meetings resume in the fall!

– Amberlee

 


Read the comments at the UAlberta Pro-Life website.

Go Life: U of A Campus Pro-Life: Still Alive, We Promise

This post was written for Go Life: U of A Campus Pro-Life by campusprolife. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Hey! So, it turns out that we’re rather bad for neglecting this website. Sorry about that. However, we are still very much alive and active, and we do send out update emails and event/meeting notices on a regular basis! If you want to keep up to date with us, you can:

1.) email us at prolife.ualberta@gmail.com and ask to be added to our mailing list.

2.) join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ualbertaprolife/ (p.s. this is currently the most reliable way to stay up to date)

or

3.) follow us on Twitter @UAlbertaProLife

Hopefully this clears up some issues!

– Amberlee


Read the comments at the Go Life: U of A Campus Pro-Life website.

U of G Life Choice: “Are you seeing what I’m seeing?” A Perceptual Controversy (not about a dress)

This post was written for U of G Life Choice by alexsibiga. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

There are a couple of experiences that I’m fairly certain I’ll never have in my life. For instance, I’m fairly certain I’ll never go to Utah, or eat pickled eggs, or try bog snorkelling. Not to say those experiences are bad…I’m sure they’re all great, but I will probably never try them.

Another thing I thought I’d never do was the very thing I spent my whole reading week doing…

I spent my reading week using abortion victim photography to talk to people about abortion. 

Yeah, I still can’t really believe I did that. 

Using abortion victim photography as a method of changing people’s minds about abortion was something I knew people did, but I used to think it was an overall a bad idea. I thought it was too in-your-face, and I thought it’d make more people angry than change minds. Don’t get me wrong, I was all about ending abortion, but my idea of an effective method was to: (a) be kind to people, (b) address the topic of abortion with pro-choicers only when it came up (which as you can imagine was almost never), and (c) hope to somehow passively change everyone’s mind about the issue! Believe it or not, in the several years I’ve considered myself pro-life, this tactic hasn’t gotten me very far. 

Last September was the first time I heard someone talk about using abortion victim photography and the incredible effect they’d seen. I was definitely surprised and amazed to hear countless stories about people actually changing their minds after seeing the images and having a conversation. Hearing her story made me change MY mind, in the sense that I saw that this method did work. But I was still convinced I would never do it myself.

After that September though, I couldn’t silence a little voice in my head that chanted, “Do it, do it, Alex, you should do it.” Eventually I gave in to that adament voice, and there I was, off to Orlando, Florida to spend a week in front of a huge display of very sad abortion victim photography asking passersby what they thought about abortion.

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A conversation with a girl who was extremely saddened from looking at our display.

That experience, which I never thought I would have, was one of the most powerful experiences of my life. I realized how necessary it is to talk to people about this, and how one image and one conversation could change someone so much. 

I had so many challenging, interesting, sometimes heated, often deep, and surprising conversations with people during those few days we spent at the University of Central Florida. The images really got people reacting and thinking. Some people saw the images and changed their minds completely about abortion, while others didn’t. Actually, one thing that surprised me was hearing just how differently some people saw the images. 

“What do you think of the display?” I would ask someone. 

“It’s fine. Those aren’t human.” 

That always caught me off guard. “Wait,” I wanted to say, “You don’t see a human in that picture? Are we looking at the same picture..?”

And you know, some of us see humans, some of us don’t. Some of us see blue and black, some of us see white and gold. How is that possible?

If you don’t understand that reference I just made, I’m super impressed that you’ve gotten away with not getting involved in the most random heated controversy on the internet, and forgive me as I pull you out from under your rock. This is what I’m talking about: 

What colours do you see?

Three days ago the world got into this ridiculously huge debate about the colour of a single dress. While half the world saw blue and black when looking at an image of this dress, the other half saw white and gold. The crazy part is that people are looking at the SAME thing! 

Now while determining the actual colour of this dress isn’t an ethical dilemma, the abortion debate IS, and one way or another, a grave injustice is going on. We all need to figure out if abortion is okay or not okay because one of two unacceptable things is currently happening:

  1. Abortion IS okay and pro-lifers are doing women a grave injustice by stealing their rights to their own bodies… OR
  2. Abortion is NOT okay and is ending the life of an innocent human being. Our nation is not only accepting this violation of human rights, but is also fully funding it through tax dollars.

Now, if the former is true, then I’m in the wrong and I’d appreciate if someone shared with me the truth. It’d be a tough pill to swallow, but hopefully I’d be honest enough with myself to admit I’m wrong and thank that someone for setting me straight.  

Yet I realized that’s why using images is so necessary- they get the conversation started. I used them to share how I see the pictures and hear how other people see the pictures, trying to get them to see that there is only one answer. Because in the case of the mysterious dress, there is in fact a right answer (the dress is actually blue and black, believe it or not…weird…) and so it is with the abortion debate. There is a right and a wrong here, and it was incredible to witness people come to see that. Many people did end up admitting, “I never saw it that way before. Abortion is wrong,” or at least, “I see where you’re coming from, I have to think about this more.”

And I know it’s not a pleasant experience, admitting being wrong, especially after being so sure of the contrary, but you know, discovering truth and admitting you’re wrong is one of those experiences that comes with being human.

So, after it all, I’m really grateful for the experience that I was so sure I would never have. It was hard but so so good. When two people look and that same thing but see something different, and that difference costs lives, that difference desperately needs to be challenged.

And we need not be afraid of that challenge. We just need to be willing to experience it.

Read the comments at the U of G Life Choice website.

U of G Life Choice: Remembering to Listen, Learn, and Challenge Ourselves as Pro-Life Activists

This post was written for U of G Life Choice by alexsibiga. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

- Brianne Gayfer, January 2015 –

I have over two years of experience, to date, being somewhat of a pro-life activist. As an extremely shy individual, I have pled my case mainly online, in blog form. Through countless discussions and debates with many people on the pro-choice side I have had my views on abortion stretched and reshaped over and over. I am still pro-life. Perhaps even more pro-life than I ever was before, but I think I have also gained a huge amount of understanding and compassion for both the pro-choice activists and the women who have wrestled with the choice to have an abortion.

Growing up I think I really believed that women who had abortions were evil and people who were pro-choice were crazy baby-haters, which is not all that surprising coming from a background where everyone I knew pretty much believed the same things I did. So I guess what I want to say here, to all pro-lifers, is that one of the most important things we can do for this movement is to start listening to the other side. Maybe once we start listening, we can engage in discussions that actually allow both sides to learn and grow. Both those for and against abortion so often speak defensively or in anger and I think that comes from a place of both sides desperately fearing what will happen if they are shut down

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Talking to many people on the pro-choice side, I’ve discovered something I didn’t really understand before: they are genuinely trying to help women in the best way they know how. I’ve spoken to too many young women coerced into abortions, because of a society that often presents abortion as not only A choice, but the BEST choice or, worse, the ONLY choice. If we can talk to each we’ll hopefully realize that we agree on some things – pro-choice advocates say that what they want for women is choices, but when abortion is presented as the only viable choice, no one wins. We don’t win, because a life is lost. Pro-choice doesn’t win, because there are no choices.

I think there needs to be more times that we can come together – both to support the other choices that women have (or should have) other than abortion, and just to talk. It is good to have people around you who agree with you, who can build you up and fuel you to stay strong in your beliefs, but it isn’t enough. To grow, to understand even your own position as a pro-life advocate, you need to engage with those who don’t agree. Not antagonistically, but earnestly listening, so that when your time comes to speak you can reply in a way that shows that you have taken the time to understand where they are coming from and you are not just arguing with your own preconceptions of what a pro-choice advocate believes.

Read the comments at the U of G Life Choice website.

U of G Life Choice: The Trap

This post was written for U of G Life Choice by alexsibiga. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

I’m convinced no one ever wants to have an abortion. Honestly, it doesn’t sound like a particularly pleasant procedure to have. I can’t imagine any woman upon finding out she’s pregnant thinking, “yippee! I get to have an abortion! This is going to rock!” I’d bet that’s not how it works. Putting aside for a moment the fact that it ends a human life, an invasive operation that involves picking apart a little fetus inside you just sounds awful. Abortion is awful. And while some people would say abortion is necessary, a human right, an important medical procedure, I really don’t think anyone would say it’s great. Abortion is not great.

Last semester was quite a busy one for our club at Guelph. One event we hosted was called Silent No More, a campaign where women came in and shared their regrets about their abortion experiences. The morning of this event we advertised in our university centre by surveying students and asking them what they thought about the abortion experience, and whether they thought regret was a common and big issue for women. One girl whom I chatted with answered my questions with wariness, cautious not to agree with me or my pro-life views. When I asked her if she thought all women who get an abortion actually want one, she answered with a quote:

“No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg.”

Funny enough, it turns out she was quoting Frederica Mathewes-Green, the former vice-president of Feminists for Life of America. I didn’t know that at the time, and I’m guessing neither did she. Her quote did get me thinking though. The point she was trying to make was that yes, abortion sucks, but it needs to be available to women who find themselves trapped in a pregnancy they see no other way out of. Women don’t want to have abortions, but they have them because they feel like they must in order to survive.

To continue with the animal trap analogy, if one third of the women in our country were getting caught in bear traps and gnawing off their own legs, is the appropriate response of our society to provide them with the tools? Make it free and support them without judgement as they remove their own limbs and go on with life never the same? Hopefully everyone else sees that there should be a more positive solution here. We have to ask ourselves, “is there any way we can help free these women from these traps without cutting off their legs? What do they need, and how can we help them?”

Maybe making abortion more available to a scared pregnant woman isn’t the most helpful thing to do. If knowing that there are services, resources, and support available changes a pregnant woman’s decision to go through with her pregnancy, then isn’t that saying something? If a women chooses abortion because she feels she has no other option, then it’s not actually a choice. This might sound contradictory to say, but I think our campuses needs to be more pro-choice, providing not only for the needs of women who choose abortions, but also for the unique needs of women who choose life, because honestly…I bet that’s not easy.

So to the student who shared with me that quote—if you’re right, then we need change. If women have abortions for the same reasons an entrapped animal gnaws off its own leg, why don’t we do something about that? Women deserve better than this single ‘choice’ that they’re trapped with. Being pregnant ISN’T the bear trap; being pregnant and thinking abortion is the only option is the trap. Being pregnant and alone is the trap. An animal that gnaws off its leg is truly hopeless, but if someone was there to remove the trap, there’s hope in that. There’s life in that.

Can’t we offer that to women?

What if that would change things?

[If you’re pregnant and unsure of the resources and support that’s available for you in Guelph, email us at uoglifechoice@gmail.com or visit the following sites: http://michaelhouse.ca/ http://www.beginningsguelph.ca/ ]

Read the comments at the U of G Life Choice website.

Go Life: U of A Campus Pro-Life: Information Session!

This post was written for Go Life: U of A Campus Pro-Life by campusprolife. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and are smoothly readjusting to your classes and such. We will be kicking off the winter semester with an Information Session on Thursday, January 15th at 5:30pm in Room LB-13 of the Coutts Library (education building). This meeting will be similar to the very first meeting we had in September. Join us for an informative presentation, pizza, and awesome conversation! All are welcome to attend.

I look forward to seeing you thursday!
-Kianna

Read the comments at the Go Life: U of A Campus Pro-Life website.

Go Life: U of A Campus Pro-Life: Go Life: Alive and Kicking!

This post was written for Go Life: U of A Campus Pro-Life by campusprolife. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since this website has been updated, but that’s why I’m here. After a period of inactivity, Go Life is now back on campus, and we’re ready to take the university by storm. Things are winding down for this semester, but if you are interested in keeping up to date or you want to get involved with the club, you can either get in touch with us at prolife.ualberta@gmail.com, or you can join our group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ualbertaprolife/

We will be holding weekly club meetings next semester, in addition to hosting other events and projects. Hopefully we will see you there!

- Amberlee


Read the comments at the Go Life: U of A Campus Pro-Life website.