Blog Archives: 2014

It gets better

By Justina Van Maren

Canada's Ethicist Vultures

By Jonathon Van Maren

Philosophy professors rarely make the news, so Udo Schuklenk of Queen’s University must be pleased. His recent suggestion that in some cases, parents should be permitted to kill “deeply suffering newborns,” is getting much attention. And not just “deeply suffering” in regards to having parents willing to kill them, either. Schuklenk is talking about “euthanizing” little human beings who are not, in his view, compatible with life.

Some headlines are exceptional for what they do not say. For example, the National Post’s headline on Sunday: “End-of-life debate turns to newborns: ‘Postnatal abortion’ morally acceptable in some cases, ethicist says.”

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Where are all the angry parents?

By Justina Van Maren

I have a question for Ontario today. Where are all the angry parents? The CCBR’s projects have often been criticized and the loudest, angriest complaint is one that I’ve written about previously: “What about the children?” The use of pictures is stealing the innocence of our children, they declare. As I’ve said before, we care about the innocence of children. We care about the innocence, the lives of all children. But sometimes I wonder about other people.

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Abortion activists didn't get what they want in New Brunswick

By Jonathon Van Maren

After a few months of hedging, Brian Gallant has made moves to liberalize New Brunswick’s abortion regime. Both sides of the debate seem to be reacting in a rather exaggerated fashion, with pro-lifers painting unrealistic doomsday scenarios and abortion activists hailing this as a huge victory, rather than the symbolic victory it actually is. Here’s four things to consider about the Gallant’s move:

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A few observations on abortion access in Canada

By Jonathon Van Maren

Abortion access grim in English Canada,” warns the headline of a November 20 article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The grimness being referred to here, however, is not the macabre spectre of dismembered Canadian fetuses in clinic dumpsters. It is, according to a fairly new report on abortion access in Canada, about the apparently alarming lack of such clinics and their accompanying dumpsters in certain areas of Canada. After reading through the report, a few observations:

Over half of Canada’s abortion clinics are in Quebec.

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Crimes to die for

By Justina Van Maren

A couple of days ago, while I was holding my friend’s baby daughter, my mind kept straying back to Quasimodo. That’s right, Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a haunting novel portraying a dark, twisted world of love, lust, and sacrifice. Whose heart does not go out to Quasimodo, the deformed hunchback with a pure heart, hated by the world because of his ugliness? He loved, but was not loved in return, he was repulsed and rejected time after time. Quasimodo hardly could have lived any differently, but he was condemned for something which he had no control over.

One Clinic At A Time: A Review of Abortion Free

By Jonathon Van Maren

Troy Newman starts off his new book (written with colleague Cheryl Sullenger) with a confession: “I like it—no, I love it—when abortion clinics close. When the news hits that another abortion clinic has shut down or that some abortionist has been stripped of his medical license, my senior policy adviser, coauthor, and friend Cheryl Sullenger and I break out the old standard ‘Another One Bites the Dust.’”

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Love without truth is a lie

By Justina Van Maren 

I was nervous when I first took to the streets to discuss the issue of abortion with people. I studied the arguments. I read Scott Klusendorf’s Pro-Life 101 three times. I went on CCBR’s Pro-life Classroom and watched all of the videos, some of them more than once. I practiced on my classmates at school and on my family at home. I was told that I was ready. And in many ways, I was. I was as ready as I could be.

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The True Face of the Movement: Pro-Choice is No Choice

By Maaike Rosendal

When the campus pro-life club at McMaster University in Hamilton asked me to speak at a public pro-life event, I didn’t expect the audience to be sympathetic to our cause. It didn’t come as a surprise then when, on my way to the presentation venue, a friend texted that about 20 to 25 protesters with signs were already lining the hallway leading to the room. My colleagues and I greeted them as we entered the building—some nodded, some looked away.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: McMaster Students Shout Down Anti-Abortion Speaker

Between 20 and 25 students shouted down an anti-abortion speaker Thursday night at McMaster University, disrupting the presentation, stealing a box of books and DVDs, and chanting until the police arrived.

The lecture was organized by McMaster Lifeline, a student organization dedicated to raising awareness about the abortion issue, and featured Maaike Rosendal, a speaker with the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform ( Pro-choice students apparently took issue with the fact that a speaker with anti-abortion views would be allowed to speak, and responded with various chants and signs featuring slogans like, “Pro-sex. Pro-child. Pro-woman. Pro-abortion.”

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