U of G Life Choice: The Road Ahead

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

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You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. - Rosa Parks 

A little over a week ago I spent a weekend in a place that seemed too good to be true, a made-up land perhaps…actually as more time passes, the more I feel as though I did just dream up the whole thing.

This Oz that I am talking about is the NCLN Symposium- a pro-life conference put on by pro-life power-houses to train and equip members of pro-life clubs on university campuses all across Canada. This was a place where everyone around was, in fact, pro-life and shared the belief that abortion is wrong.

Woah, right?

It was such a great and unusual experience being surrounded by people who feel the same way as I do about abortion and have the same passion as I do to end it. I was in a place where I could openly share how sad I am for the pain abortion causes women, or how angry I am at abortion clinics and their coercive ways used to make ridiculous profit, or how frustrated I am at our culture’s double standard when it comes to human rights. I could share these views openly and everyone agreed and shared similar opinions!  Seriously, not used to that.

Being a pro-lifer at a university such as Guelph’s, I’ve gotten pretty accustomed to being part of the minority who thinks the littlest of us should have the right to live and that the best solution for an unplanned pregnancy ISN’T to “undo” it. I am pretty aware that this isn’t the general consensus at school. With not a single pregnant student in sight and a Planned Parenthood ad in the section of our survival guides that’s supposed to tell us where to go if pregnant, it seems the culture around me is more pro-abortion than anything…

So as you could imagine, it was a breath of fresh air being at this symposium. I wasn’t in Kansas- I mean Guelph, anymore, and a big part of me wanted to stay there forever. That would be counter-productive though… if you want to change the world, you can’t only surround yourself with people who agree with you. So now we’re back to school, but I’ve taken a lot from the weekend with me, and I hope to hang on to all I’ve learned like a life vest in this stormy pro-abortion sea!

There are three specific things that struck me:

We are human rights activists. There’s a significant group in our population who do not have the rights that they deserve, that we all deserve- the right to live, and this is no different from the other major human rights violations in the past. When some people were considered slaves, it was perfectly legal to deny them their rights to freedom. The law said these humans were not persons. Many people accepted that this was how their society had to run. But then there were those few loud and bold individuals who stood up for them. Those human rights activists took on the struggle and fought the unconquerable battle until it was conquered. It’s no different now. We are human rights activists fighting for what will one day end, and when our grandchildren live in a world where, like slavery now, abortion is unthinkable, and they ask us if we did anything about it, we won’t have to be ashamed about our indifference or our silence.

Being Pro-life is an action. Okay so I’ve always thought abortion was wrong, but sometimes I just didn’t think about it, and sometimes I felt like it was just too big of an issue for me to be able to do anything…so I didn’t do anything. I justified this by telling myself that I know it’s wrong, I would never have one, and that’s as far as being pro-life needs to go. What’s wrong with this picture is that being an inactive pro-lifer is believing abortion is killing human beings but letting it go on! I know it’s a huge battle to fight, but we’re 100% sure to lose if we fight with apathy and inaction. The Pro-Life Movement is gaining momentum and everyone has something to offer it! We need social media masterminds, prayer warriors, convincing conversationalists, generous funders, maternal support super heroes, and SO much more. Preborn infants can’t speak or act. But we can. And we must.

Finally, Be courageous and have hope, change is ACTUALLY possible. The biggest thing I got out of the weekend was HOPE. It’s so easy to get discouraged and think that no one will ever change their mind about abortion, but I learned that hearts and minds are being changed across Canada. Through logical, loving, and honest dialogue many people are realizing the injustice. The CCBR, Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, is an incredible and gutsy organization that goes out to the streets with the very real images of abortion victims. As alarming as that sounds, a lot of people take those images to heart. Of course people get angry at the display, but then they talk with the CCBR members and come to the conclusion that abortion is in fact taking the life of a person. These conversations aren’t heated debates, like so many of our discussions about abortion end up being; these conversations are rooted in love for all life, and THAT is what changes things. I know this yellow brick road pro-lifers have to walk is not an easy one, but take courage and love those who are pro-choice, because it’s that courage and that love which WILL change hearts and save lives.

I’m writing all of this not just for you to read and hopefully be inspired, but for myself also. I feel as though the fire I have for this cause is blazing and ready to take on the world, but I know being at university is like placing this fire in a blizzard. This battle is so incredibly tough. Discouragement and apathy are sure to take a swing at me this year, but when they do, I hope to read this and remember that we can’t stop because we’re tired, or because it’s hard. We can only stop on the day every heart and mind believes the truth, and the land of Oz- the land that respects all human life, won’t be somewhere over the rainbow, but right here at home.

And there’s no place like home.

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

Saint Paul Students for Life: Weekly Rosary for the Protection of Life

This post was written for Saint Paul Students for Life by srmarylouisepd. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

rosaryOn Wednesday 12th of March 2014, we will return to the practice of praying the Rosary weekly for the Protection of Life. This will take place at 8.20 a.m in the small chapel which is located as you enter the main chapel, to your rights. For those of you who participated last year, it is not the former Guigues chapel! Why not make this special commitment for Lent and join with us! All are welcome.

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University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life: Coming Soon: “It’s A Girl!” Screening

This post was written for University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life by UofM Students for Culture of Life. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

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Friday, March 7, 2013 | 7pm | University of Manitoba @ Hanley Hall, St. Paul’s College 
*Free Admission*

Watch the exclusive trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISme5-9orR0

In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide”.

Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members.

The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old traditions and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls.

Shot on location in India and China, It’s A Girl reveals this issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women.

This documentary film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.

http://www.itsagirlmovie.com/
http://defendgirls.ca/
Facebook: facebook.com/defendgirls
Twitter: @defendgirls


Read the comments at the University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life website.

Brandon University Students for Life: Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth at BU

This post was written for Brandon University Students for Life by catherine. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

image_4Conservative MP from the Kitchener Centre, Stephen Woodworth spoke to approximately 25 students at Brandon University on Monday, January 21. Mr. Woodworth spoke on the topic of why the legal recognition of the equal worth and dignity of every human being should be re-established in Canada. He briefly explained the misconceptions of Motion 312, which was the Private Members bill he introduced in 2012. “Motion 312 isn’t about abortion,” Mr. Woodworth stated before explaining his motion sought the formation of a committee from the House of Commons to be appointed to review Subsection of 223(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Subsection 223(1) states that a child becomes a human being only at the moment of complete birth, Mr. Woodworth stated the revision of this 400 year old law is necessary because modern medicine has since disproven the law. To read the full motion click here

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Following his 45 minute presentation Mr. Woodworth answered questions from students. While the topic of Mr. Woodworth’s presentation and Motion 312 were not on abortion, the majority of questions became abortion focused with many questions being situational in nature. “The event has since sparked discussion on and off campus which is great to see!” Said BUSL president Catherine Dubois, “This is the purpose of our club, in a nut shell, so it is great to engage with other students with varying opinions and get conversations started.”

 

 

 

Read the comments at the Brandon University Students for Life website.

University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life: Tomorrow!: Abortion, A Medical Procedure

This post was written for University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life by UofM Students for Culture of Life. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

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The University of Manitoba, Students for a Culture of Life, will be hosting yet another lecture series.

This lecture series will be answering and exploring the following question…
What is abortion – simply a medical procedure that ends a pregnancy? While technically this is true, describing abortion in such a way does absolutely nothing to portray the violent way preborn children are murdered daily. Come out and have your eyes opened to some unpleasant but important truths.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Larry Rados who is an emergency physician working in Winnipeg at misericordia urgent care. He is also a lecturer in the department of family medicine at the university of Manitoba. Over the past several years, Dr. Rados has had the opportunity to give presentations on various pro-life topics throughout the province. He has served as the Vice President for Manitoba physicians for life. In 2007 he was presented with the Joe Borowski award by the Winnipeg League For Life for his efforts in promoting a culture of life. Dr. Rados lives in Winnipeg with his wife, Jacquie and their four children.

This talk will be held at the University of Manitoba in the University Centre, Room 217 (GSA lounge) on Thursday, Dec. 5th, 2013.

 

 


Read the comments at the University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life website.

Brandon University Students for Life: Day of Silent Solidarity

This post was written for Brandon University Students for Life by catherine. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

BUSL members capped off the week with an all-day long Day of Silent Solidarity for the Unborn. The day started with laughter as students began to cover themselves with “life tags” and all members wore “Right to Life” across their backs in the custom red duct tape, before giving up the “right” to speak for the day in solidarity with all those who have been silenced by abortion. 20131122_103316 As  students went about their day to day activities, many found it difficult not to speak, be it a simple greeting, asking a question or conversing with friends, but instead BUSL members passed out and/or left cards around campus stating “Why I am Silent”. These informative cards, which were later removed from campus after complaint that they were offensive, had fetal development facts on one side with abortion statistics on the other. When not in class BUSL executive members sat in the mingling area, a campus hotspot, and had curious students approach them. In their silent witness and through the informative cards some students chose to create their own “life tags”; taking with them a greater respect for human life and informative cards to pass out. 20131122_103241Today evidenced that is it not necessarily how or what you say that can make the biggest difference, but what you chose to do instead to create a change. Let the change start with you!  

Click here for “Why I am Silent” cards or to visit the Day of Silent Solidarity Website.

Read the comments at the Brandon University Students for Life website.

UBC Lifeline: Discourse. An open forum discussion on the issue of abortion.

This post was written for UBC Lifeline by ubclifeline. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

UBC Lifeline invites you to…

Discourse.

an open forum discussion on the issue of abortion

Tuesday, November 26th from 5pm – 7pm in Henry Angus 350.

This will be our wrap-up event for the semester. We encourage everyone to attend, regardless of your opinion on this controversial issue, in order to facilitate a successful dialogue. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

In the days leading up to the event, members of UBC Lifeline will be conducting a survey of students’ awareness and opinions on abortion in Canada. Results of this poll will be discussed on Tuesday and we hope to delve further into the issues of legislation and transparency. If you are visiting this website after completing the survey and talking to UBC Lifeline club members in the SUB, we hope to see you on Tuesday so we can continue our discussion. If you are unable to attend, we invite you to explore our website and corresponding links to find more information and think further about the issue.

Read the comments at the UBC Lifeline website.

University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life: Tree of Life Donation Drive – Kick off Nov 22

This post was written for University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life by UofM Students for Culture of Life. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

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Generic-page-001The University of Manitoba, Students for a Culture of Life will be hosting a Donation Drive to support women who are in Crisis Pregnancies.

-THE KICK OFF-

The kick off for the donation drive will be on
Friday, November 22 from 12:00pm-1:00pm
This event will consist of live music, a short talk, and encouragment to donate money/items.

Featuring music by AML

All proceeds go to support women in crisis pregnancies

-DONATION DRIVE-

The Tree of Life Donation Drive runs until December 20, 2013 to which all proceeds will be made to support local pregnant women in form of kitchenware, household items, personal items and infant necessities.

Suggested items:
*Diapers for 3-5 months
*”Good Start” baby formula
*warm clothes for babies.
* Dishes
* Glasses
* Cutlery
* Bakeware
* Cooking utensils
* Coffee maker
* Toaster
* Pots and pans
* Diapers and baby wipes
* Baby clothes
* Bibs, receiving blankets, quilts
* Personal items for moms such as body lotion, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, makeup, body wash, soap
* Casual maternity clothes
* nursing bras
* nursing pads
* maxi pads
* Baby slings
* Strollers, Cribs (purchased after 1989)
* Household items such as utensils, glassware, cookware, baking supplies, casserole dishes etc.
* Laundry baskets, wastepaper baskets
* hangers
* blank calendars for current or next year
* clock radios
* fans, heaters

DONATION DROP-OFF PLACES:

1. Christ the King Chapel in St. Paul’s College, UofM Fort Garry Campus, between 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday

2. Hull’s Family Bookstore located at 372 Graham Ave. @ Carlton Street

3. Stephanchew Church Goods located at 337 William Ave.

If these options are also not possible for you, please contact us at uofmscl@gmail.com to make other arrangements.

Cheques and monetary donations may be left at the UMSU office as well, to be placed in our mailbox, no. 52. They can also be mailed to us using the address:

University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life
Mailbox no. 52
101 University Centre
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Please help us support those who have chosen life! We greatly thank them for making a beautiful decision. Viva la vida!


Read the comments at the University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life website.