Blog Archives: 2015

From Sea to Shining Sea: 2015 in Review

By Jonathon Van Maren

As the days get shorter and darker and the year draws to a close, I’ve been busy meeting with people to talk about what the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform has accomplished in the past year. I’ve presented our strategy and accomplishments in living rooms, offices, and at one point, a barn. This is how the grassroots are built. Movements are launched out of dining rooms.

As I drove from one presentation in a small Albertan town to a coffee meeting in a small Albertan city, the sun threw gleaming thoughts of summer across the sheets of white snow. Summer seemed like yesterday.

It’s been a crazy year.

Something we can agree on: Personhood is not the issue

By: Justina Van Maren

Perhaps you’ve heard someone say: “they’ve scratched the bottom of the barrel so hard they’ve got splinters under their finger nails.” That’s how I felt reading Tara Mulder’s article: Ancient Medicine and Fetal Personhood

One easy way to spread the truth about abortion

By Jonathon Van Maren

Some time ago after a pro-life presentation, I swung by the Macs down the street from my house with a friend. My friend asked the cashier, a middle-aged Indian fellow, what he thought about abortion. Pro-choice, was the answer. It’s the woman’s decision at the end of the day.

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So this week, I took one of our “Choice” cards, which depict a first trimester aborted fetus, and went back to the Macs.

“Here,” I offered. “We talked about abortion awhile ago. Images like this helped me understand that we’re talking about a real human being and real violence.”

He took the card, eyes widening. He didn’t say a word for close to a minute, except to murmur, “Wow. Wow.” Like so many other Canadians, he’d never seen what abortion does to a human being in the womb. Like so many other Canadians, his illusions were shattered when he did.

beINSPIRED: Stanislawa Lesczynska

By: Alanna Gomez

In the late stages of my current pregnancy, I’ve been spending more and more time with my midwives. They are supportive, encouraging and I always appreciate their advice and expertise. Looking forward to when I have to give birth, I am secure in the knowledge that they will be there and be prepared to help with whatever happens. In all likelihood, they will preside over a fairly normal and healthy birth experience. Once in a while though, I do reflect on the fact that not everyone is as fortunate as me in this regard. One of those times was when a friend shared with me the story of Stanislawa Leszczynska, a Polish midwife who delivered babies in Auschwitz.

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Christians have abortions, too

By Jonathon Van Maren

One of the most predominant challenges for pro-life activists has always been a simple one: Most Christians do not take abortion seriously. While those of us who work in the pro-life movement know that abortions take place with chilling frequency within Christian schools, churches, and organizations, many Christians feel as if this is a problem “out there.” Some church leaders, of course, know that abortions take place—it’s why many are so reticent to allow pro-life speakers to present to their congregants in the first place. It’s too controversial, we often hear. It’s why so often, they seem more likely to emphasize that forgiveness for abortion exists while neglecting to warn about the horrific reality of what abortion is in the first place.

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Do restrictions on abortion access really make a difference?

By Justina Van Maren

The Pro-Choice Dictionary: A Satire

By Jonathon Van Maren

Abortion—A procedure very similar to brushing your teeth, by which an irritant is removed, making you feel happy.

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Abortion Clinic—A wonderful health care facility in which medical professionals can dispense with the results of irresponsible sex by vacuuming out the uterus.

Abortionist—A feticide technician unburdened by the technicalities of the Hippocratic Oath and the respect of his colleagues.

Abortus—A term invented to refer to the aborted fetus to avoid recognizing his or her humanity.

Argument—A conversation in which words come together to form coherent points and counterpoints. Something pro-choice people should avoid in favor of protest. [See: chanting, pot-clanging, illiterate sign-making.]

Perspective at "Choice" Chain

By Justina Van Maren

Some days, you’re tired. Some days you wake up and you wonder if anything is really worth it. After all, the Liberals have a majority government and more people watch soccer games than bother to come to a pro-life event and learn how they can end the greatest genocide of all time; people just don’t care. Some days you wonder if you really care or if praying about abortion, slipping “choice” cards in bathroom stalls, and setting up pro-life club meetings have just become mundane habit. And then you do “Choice” Chain.

We have work to do

By Cameron Cote

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