The importance of using effective pro-life apologetics is nearly universally acknowledged within the pro-life movement. Being equipped to respond to pro-choice arguments enables us to be influential advocates on behalf of the pre-born. However, we at the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform don’t rely on pro-life apologetics alone. Our two-pronged approach as part of the educational arm of the pro-life movement includes the use of abortion victim photography (AVP).
Earlier this week, I headed out with some of the volunteers from a local pro-life community group to participate in the group’s first high-school “Choice” Chain. It was the first time this particular school had been confronted with a “Choice” Chain display, and the reaction, as always, was mixed.
A crowd of students quickly gathered around our signs, and while some students were angry, many had serious questions they wanted to ask.
“What about rape?” one girl asked me.
“That’s right!” another student exclaimed.
One of the most important things you can do to help end the killing is know the answers to important questions. The pro-choice movement has cleverly cloaked the reality of abortion with pleasant words such as “choice”, and as a result, being pro-choice in many ways has become synonymous with being compassionate. Knowing the best way to convey the pro-life position can give you the confidence you need to stand up for your pro-life convictions whenever the opportunity arrises.
While doing pro-life outreach, we are usually reaching out to the people walking by us, trying to engage them in conversation. We stand in one place, holding onto our signs and making eye-contact with passers-by. However, one person on the team is responsible for safety, watching out for potential trouble, and holding onto a video camera in order to document any issues that come up.
As the Liberal government continues to think of ways to hinder pro-life activities, it is easy to become discouraged. In Ontario, the provincial government is responding to the peaceful efforts of the 40 Days for Life Campaign by proposing bubble zones around clinics. Those who stand on the sidewalk outside of clinics and hospitals that perform abortions praying and offering life affirming options are, apparently, just too threatening.
Every day, pro-life Canadians must struggle with the fact that 300 precious pre-born children will be shredded by suction machines and forceps across the country. The abortion issue seems so monstrous that at times we may end up feeling helpless. For some of us, we struggle with wondering what we can do, and if we can actually make a difference to those around us. We may not have a lot of time or resources to share, and so we resign ourselves to the idea that the pro-life movement has no place for us.
It’s here. The arrival of the abortion pill Mifegymiso in several Canadian clinics has been greeted with cries of “at long last!” from the abortion industry and its ardent supporters. The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada’s Facebook page has been posting about it for ages, hailing its virtues and cursing any cautionary measures Health Canada put in place. The restrictions on the drug were called “humiliating” and “degrading,” coupled, of course, with the oh-so-tiring accusation that no one “trusts women.”
I like to think that I don’t have a one track mind, but when it comes to social issues I might be just a little bit guilty. When at least a few hours of your day are focused on engaging the abortion issue in some way it’s pretty much inevitable that any connections that can be drawn between it and other issues will be drawn. Awhile ago, euthanasia was one of the issues I was thinking about, and other than the idea of the value and inherent dignity of human life at all stages, I wasn’t drawing any connections. And then suddenly it struck me. What about pregnant women?