Meet the interns: Nicole Harink
What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?
My greatest motivation to join the pro-life movement has been the heartbreaking stories of girls, just like me, caught in situations that lead to abortions. Many of the women having abortion are so young, with barely any idea of what an abortion is, or the physical and emotional burden it will forever have on their lives. Not only do abortions kill millions of babies every year, they also hurt millions of women, who, whether they realize it or not, will never be the same. What motivates me is knowledge that we stand for the truth, and that the truth always wins.
When did you first come into contact with CCBR?
I first heard about CCBR from Devorah Gilman when she spoke in our community with some of her colleagues.
If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be?
Fear of the unknown; the fear of meeting strange people and being in situations with no idea what to say. Joining the pro-life movement full time during the summer will probably include “unknowns,” but I am excited for the experience.
What do you hope to learn from CCBR this summer?
I hope to learn how to defend our pro-life message with love and compassion, and how to effectively discuss what we believe.
What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?
The 2016 Ottawa March for Life has been my best pro-life experience. It was an amazing to see how large the pro-life voice really is, and how much the opposition needs to hear our message.
Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?
William Wilberforce is the person who inspires me the most to make a change and stand up for what’s right. He too fought against a practice widely accepted by the mainstream population and government. Wilberforce fought for what he believed in, and with God’s help, slavery was abolished.
If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?
I think I would be a lion, with a wild mane. Minus the roar though . . .
You’ll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one’s important: ice cream or slushies?
Definitely ice cream!
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