Meet the interns: Vanessa Otten

What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?

When I saw for the first time what abortion does to pre-born children, I knew I had to do something about it. Looking at the graphics and hearing shocking statistics showed me how real this problem is and that I needed to be part of the change. No longer could I let my neighbours choose abortion for their child. My continual motivation comes from the testimonies I hear from women in crisis pregnancies. The reality of their choices and the life that sits on the line inspires me to make abortion unthinkable. 

When did you first come into contact with CCBR?

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The first time I heard about CCBR was through a friend who had done the internship. Shortly after, Jonathan Van Maren did a pro-life presentation to our community. After hearing this presentation I joined Niagara Against Abortion and ever since then, CCBR has become a very common term. 

What made you choose this organization? 

I chose to become part of this organization mainly because I agree with its method and mission. The use of abortion victim photography is very effective and I respect the loving approach they use in conversation. 

If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be?

There have definitely been some challenges in joining the pro-life movement. Because pro-life activism is a controversial topic I find it challenging to share my interest and passion for this work with others outside of my direct community. 

What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer? 

I hope to expand my conversation skills and learn effective ways to converse with people who have differing opinions. 

What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?

There have been SO MANY great experiences in my pro-life work! One time in particular sticks out in my mind as an amazing experience. It was a conversation I had at “Choice” Chain. I was speaking with a scientist who labeled himself as “very pro-choice.” Through a incredibly interesting conversation, his mind completely changed. At the end of the conversation he gave me a hearty handshake and said he really appreciated our conversation. 

Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?

In history, dating far back to the Bible times, I am inspired by the apostles who went out with the message of salvation though Jesus. Although their message was not always well received by their hearers they pressed on with courage. I am inspired to share truth and reality with my fellow citizens just as those men did. 

If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?

I would be an orange sea turtle. 

You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?

Ice cream!