Joe Borowski may not be a familiar name to the younger set of pro-lifers today, but it is safe to bet that his contributions to the pro-life movement have not been forgotten by the older generation. In the 1980’s he came closer than anyone else in challenging the laws surrounding abortion in Canada in and achieving pro-life legislation. His biographer, Lianne Laurence, even described his attempt as “the most sensational trial [in Canada] since Louis Riel was sentenced to hang for treason nearly a century ago.”
June 20, 2012
“I survived an abortion,” the woman standing in front of me said, looking at my sign. I am one of the summer interns for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, and for the last two weeks we have been travelling across the country on The New Abortion Caravan. Dozens of people have given us amazing testimonies, dozens have turned pro-life, but I had never heard this story before.
June 6, 2012
In the face of our cross country abortion debate game-changer, The New Abortion Caravan, abortion advocates finally got something right: our campaign is a trigger to a trauma, but not a trauma in and of itself. In a Facebook message by the pro-abortion group "Radical Handmaids," their post of news coverage of our project was prefaced with this: "TRIGGER WARNING."
May 26, 2012
“Without a belief in the dignity of man, without indignation against arbitrarily created human suffering, there can be no democratic principles.” This statement was written by a woman named Cairine Wilson, Canada’s first female senator. Appointed to the Senate in 1930 at the age of 45, Wilson already had had an extensive history in politics, having married a Liberal MP and headed various lobby groups.
April 23, 2012
Some time ago, I attended a pro-life activism training day led by Ruth (Lobo) Shaw of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, and at the end of the day she led us in a “Choice” Chain. I was surprised by this at first, and a little nervous about participating. For all the pro-life activism I have been involved with over the years, I have never used graphic images. Ruth trained us very well, especially with a hands-on session in acting out the various scenarios we would most likely encounter on the streets. In fact, when
April 20, 2012
In the history of the 20th Century, there are few events quite as infamous as the 1937 Rape of Nanking. Iris Chang’s 1997 book The Rape of the Nanking exposed and immortalized the horrific events that few Westerners had even heard of, writing a story that seemed to be relentless in its pain and despair. The Rape of Nanking seems to be a story without hope, without redemption, and without any glimmer of selfless humanity. However, there were those who fought to stop the evil. One of them was a woman named Minnie Vautrin.
April 12, 2012
Sometimes we have the idea, perhaps subconsciously, that heroes are a rare sort of breed. We mistakenly think that only truly exceptional people can be a hero. We think of someone like Mother Teresa, Oskar Schindler, or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., people who everyone knows about and admires. Of course, these people have done admirable and courageous things. However, what many of us fail to realize is that everyone has the capability of being a hero.
March 29, 2012
“I can’t stop while there are lives to be saved.” This statement has been uttered from the lips of countless heroes throughout history, heroes who realized that their fellow human beings had inherent dignity, and that this dignity translated into a corresponding responsibility to reach out to their neighbour whenever circumstances allowed it. Sometimes, the situation demanded that people rise above the circumstances. And sometimes, they did.
March 23, 2012
She was arrested at the age of 33 and sentenced to death. Posters proclaiming her execution were circulated around her city. She read them with her own eyes is celebrated as a hero today, but during WWII she was a threat to the Nazis.
March 9, 2012
I first heard of Raoul Wallenberg when I was visiting Israel in the summer of 2008. I had just spent a gut-wrenching morning inside Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial. It was very dark inside the museum, since the halls are made of concrete and designed to emulate the sewers beneath the Warsaw Ghetto. From the museum, I wandered out into the sunlit Garden of the Righteous, where Gentiles who worked to save Jews from the Holocaust were dedicated “righteous among the nations” and invited to plant a tree. I saw many familiar names, such as Oskar Schindler and Corrie ten Boom.