Meet the interns: Miguel Cumming

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

A reverence for life's beauty, instilled while being raised in a family of nine, is what drives me to be pro-life. Living in so large a family taught me, despite myself, to understand the unique and infinite (that is, never fully grasped) value that every individual holds. This profound appreciation for life is precisely what inspires me to defend it. 

When did you first come into contact with CCBR?

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This past September, my first year of university. They collaborated with our Students for Life Club in organizing pro-life activism.

What made you choose this organization?

The effectiveness of their civil activism. The human rights approach to abortion spearheaded by CCBR, unashamedly bannering the corpses of abortion-victims, strikes people out of their apathy in a way that no other could hope to accomplish. 

What do you hope to learn from CCBR this summer?

The experience of being a professional human rights activist. 

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

Witnessing the sacrifice of professional pro-life activists. These men and women stake so much of their livelihoods just to fight for the pre-born. Aspirations to wealth and prestige are essentially renounced. Social scorn and a certain poverty are basically assumed. And to me, white martyrs are as worthy as their red counterparts.  

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

Francis of Assisi. A great reformer of thirteenth century whose reparation of society was accomplished entirely by the conversion of people, by his dialogue with them. Furthermore his attitude is one I greatly admire. That is his confidence, nay, audaciousness in action stems not from certitude in himself but from an unshakeable faith in his cause.    

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

A golden lion.

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

Ice cream, unquestionably.