Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform - See it. Believe it. End it. https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog en Little one, china doll https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/08/10/little-one-china-doll <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/08/10/little-one-china-doll" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px">By Maria McCann</p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Little one,</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I am so glad you are with us. I think of all the beautiful things you will do with your mother and father. Will they read stories to you? I have always loved stories.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>One of my favourite books was bittersweet: a story about an old woman who broke a precious china doll when she was a child. She told her story to another little girl, a little girl whom she babysat—and the girl went out and spent every dime she had on a new doll for her loved one. Love always seeks to heal what is broken.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I hope we can read lots of stories together, you and I.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/francesasfbj.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/francesasfbj.jpg" alt="File 4331" title="" width="332" height="480" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Little one,</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I marvel when I study your rapid development. Tiny, delicate features, like a china doll. I look at all the milestones: a heartbeat 3 weeks in. Brain waves 6 weeks in. Every major organ in place by just 8 weeks.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Why do people think that you’re not human?</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Little one,</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I study the pictures we have of you on our postcards. A fetus frozen in time in the image, but if I watch the ultrasound, I can see you squirm and kick. Tiny feet fluttering in a watery world.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Why do people think that you’re not alive?</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Little one,</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>You’re so very small and weak—too weak to fight back.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Normally, when someone is weak and helpless, we care for them even <i>more</i>. That’s how we treat objects, even—the box for a china doll will say, “Fragile. Handle with care.” &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Why do people think that you’re disposable?</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Little one,</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I will do everything I can to protect you. I will show them that you are human, and living, and precious.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Little one,</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I open the postcard and see that I’m too late. Your tiny body has already been smashed to pieces, like a china doll thrown to the ground by a child who did not know any better.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I always fought back tears when I read that story, because although the next doll was beautiful, it still could not replace the one that had been broken. The little girl could ease the pain of the woman but she could never erase the past.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Little one,</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I cry when I see the fragments of you. Your mama tells me that it haunts her to this day. She was just a scared girl at the time. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Little one,</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I realize that I can’t protect you. You’re already gone.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>But I will gather up the pieces. I will show them what was done to you so that, although you received no respect in life, you can at least receive respect in death.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>And they do change their minds when they see you. Their hearts break over your brokenness.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Little one,</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>You can never be replaced. But I can work to save your brothers and sisters—other little children, still waiting safely in their mothers’ wombs. If your Father blesses our work, other little ones can be saved. And I can cry with your mama and help her to heal. Love always seeks to heal what is broken.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Little one,</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I love you.&nbsp;</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/08/10/little-one-china-doll#comments Abortion Abortion Maria McCann Pro-Choice Pro-Life Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:58:27 +0000 jcvanmaren 5682 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Do I even make a difference? https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/08/02/do-i-even-make-difference <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/08/02/do-i-even-make-difference" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px">By Attila Varszegi</p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Another day of activism rises up before me. I’m about to go post-carding for three hours. I’ve got a stack of postcards in my hand and a print-out paper map of the area. Six years of post-secondary education and a year of being a home-body means I have exactly the level of fitness you would imagine. Having done this several times now you would think I’d be used to it, but instead my leg muscles are perpetually tight and uncomfortable. My feet get sore just thinking about post-carding. <b>Yet, here I am</b>. The van drives off. My partner heads across the street to start dropping truth in mailboxes. We’re told we can listen to music in one ear, but I usually leave my headphones off. That gives me a lot of time to think…</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/2017-08-02-photo-00000002.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/2017-08-02-photo-00000002.preview.jpg" alt="File 4329" title="" width="415" height="276" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Only three more hours to go. Woohoo!”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“I bet this is what walking the Camino feels like…”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>&nbsp;“Just remember, you’re doing this for Joshua!”&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Why does every house have so many steps leading up to the door?”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Oh man, clean your mailbox! I preferred Charlotte’s Web in book format.”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“There’s probably a spider in my hair…”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Uh oh! Please don’t eat me, doggy.”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“I wonder who lives in this house.”</span><br /><span> </span><span>“Will they see the postcard and see abortion differently?”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Do I even make a difference?”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Do I even make a difference?</b> I’m sitting on the edge of the bathtub in my little bathroom with the door closed. My roommates are going about their day on the other side of that door, but they feel a world away. I’m alone, trapped in my head fighting for survival against disappointment, failure, loneliness, and a mountain of debt. I feel the razorblade putting pressure on my wrist. My heart hurts. If I do this, how long will it take to die, for someone to notice? Would I be a burden lifted? Would I go to Hell? Would I be a coward? I don’t want to be a coward. I want to be a lion. My thoughts churn quick as my rapid heartbeat. I sit unmoving. All. Is. Still.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Ten minutes… Twenty minutes… Thirty minutes.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>It would be too messy. I pull the razorblade away and exit the bathroom.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Don’t check the time. Don’t check the time. Don’t check the time.”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Shoot! It’s only been an hour.”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“My feet are going to be nothing but stumps. They’ll call me stumpy toes.”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“What a cute mailbox! Makes me think of Disney.”</span><br /><span> </span><span>“There can be miracles, when you believe…”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Prince of Egypt isn’t even Disney, dummy.”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Aah! Angry Half-Naked Man didn’t want a post-card.”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Never mess with Angry Half-Naked Man.”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Why am I even doing this?”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“People just leaving their house. I’m gonna have to hand them the post-card.”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Oh no! It’s a mother and her child!”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Oh no! It’s a mother and her child! I’m standing by the highway holding a large sign with the image of an aborted fetus on it. An Asian lady and a small 4 or 5-year-old boy got out of a car and are walking towards me. Is she angry that her child saw the picture? I awkwardly try to angle my sign away. They walk right in front of it! She points at the sign and says something in Chinese to the boy. Together they take in the image. She looks up at me and asks, “Do you know about the one child policy in China?” I nod and she continues: “This is my third child. He was supposed to be aborted.” I’m speechless as I behold her adorable little son and picture the world without him. The two of them walk around to every single sign my group is holding. I cry softly as the reality of abortion hits me. I understand why I have to do this: a mother and her child. Before they leave I shake hands with her boy and tell him I’m so glad I got to meet him. His name is Joshua. <b>He was supposed to be aborted.</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Two and a half hours down. Saving babies one painful step at a time…”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Another barky dog! That screen door better be tougher than it looks.”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“I am a lion! I am a lion! I am a lion!”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Whoa, that garden is intense!”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“You know what else is intents? Camping. Hehe.”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“I wonder what my partner is thinking. I’m glad they’re here too.”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Dinner tonight is gonna be lit fam.”&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Did I really just think that?”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Yes! Townhouses! You get a post-card, and you, and you too! Postcards for everybody!”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Aaaaaaand they each have 7 steps leading up to the mailbox…”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Remember Joshua.”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Remember Joshua? When I looked at Joshua something clicked inside of me and I inexplicably recognized his inherent value. Joshua matters. It’s the highest good that he wasn’t killed. And if Joshua matters then I guess I matter too. There must be a reason I shouldn’t die either. <b>A friend of mine said that people first need to recognize their own value before they can recognize the value of a pre-born child. Sometimes it works the other way.</b> Like all too many people my age, I spiralled into depression and suicidal thoughts after leaving post-secondary. All meaning was gone from my life and I could barely justify pulling myself out of bed. Recognizing the value of a pre-born child helped me recognize my own value. If I die there will be one less person fighting on behalf of pre-born children. And right now, they need saving. Maybe I can save them. <b>Maybe I can even make a difference.&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:12px">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-size:12px">&nbsp;</p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/08/02/do-i-even-make-difference#comments Abortion Activism Attila Varszegi intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:41:20 +0000 jcvanmaren 5680 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Ending the killing--With Dependence https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/27/ending-killing-dependence <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/27/ending-killing-dependence" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:17px">By Colin Byl</p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>This past February, while doing the Human Rights Project in Florida, I had an interaction with a protestor that ended in a perspective shift. However, it wasn’t the pro-choicer that changed her mind, it was me—in a way that I never will forget.</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>At the University of Central Florida, I and my fellow activists stood around the abortion victim photography display, each of us reaching out our hands and hearts to students around us. Previously I had some encouraging conversations, and I said to myself: “Wow! I didn’t think I could change people’s minds, but I guess I’m better at this than I thought!”&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/19510639_1286234048141497_2669187330687614292_n.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/19510639_1286234048141497_2669187330687614292_n.preview.jpg" alt="File 4325" title="" width="415" height="454" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>I handed a pamphlet to a woman walking by and, smiling, asked her what she thought about abortion. This simple question began a one-way conversation; she unloaded her anger on me so fast that I don’t remember much of what she said. Even so, I recalled some particulars that would shift my self-centred perspective on activism. She divulged to me that she was a paediatric nurse, which, as I acknowledged, is a noble career in which to serve a community. However, she said that she worked with terminally-ill children <i>who should have been aborted</i>.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>That statement shocked me, and I could not let it go. There’s a great dissonance between being a nurse and thinking that your patients should have been killed, and yet here was a person who combined these opposites and saw no problem with it.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>She walked away in a huff to join the protestors, leaving me with a great mix of emotions. Shocked, I walked away toward an adjacent building to get myself together. I sat in a corner of the lobby area; feelings of regret and incapability for not presenting the truth effectively and the sympathy I felt towards the woman filled my mind. I looked to God through eyes flowing with tears, pleading that my encounter with this woman would have an impression on her, that she could see the value of all human life, that Christ would transform her and her passions to be God-glorifying.</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>I walked back to the display area, still emotionally raw. I saw the woman talking to Alex and Irene, and Irene—visibly and understandably frustrated—came over and ranted about this woman’s views on abortion and infanticide, about things I don’t remember anymore because I was losing control of my emotions, about things that caused me to sob uncontrollably in grief and sympathy for this confused woman. I was a total mess.</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>Irene led me from the bustling traffic of university students and sat me on a bench. She waited for me to gain control of myself, and gave me exactly what I needed: a perspective shift.</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>She said: “I couldn’t agree with you more. I feel sympathetic for these people around me, including this woman, who don’t know the truth, or who do know it but choose to remain hardened to it. But I feel much more sympathy for the babies who are being torn apart, and as long as this injustice stands, I will be out there exposing it. Many times, I feel incapable, and many times, I think of things I should have said in previous conversations. But it is precisely this that teaches us we are wholly dependent on God. We <i>are</i> incapable in ourselves, and we need to realize it. But we are more than capable through Him behind, beside, and in front of us. What do they have supporting them? A bunch of conclusions with no foundations. But we have the living God, who can use the pictures and what you said to these people, including that woman, to change hearts and minds and save lives. And we, as a pro-life team doing this hard work, cannot forget this.”</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>I will never forget what she said. It helped me to see that when doing hard things, we don’t have to do it alone. Yes, I am also referring to the people who I did activism with, but the Lord deserves all the credit for the changing of hearts and the saving of lives. Without Him, we can do nothing. Without Him, the world would triumph in their rampage of death. But with Him, the victory already has been won, and through the encouragement of each other and this reassurance of God, we will prevail.</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>The rest of my day was emotionally heavy, but God led this woman to me for a purpose. I don’t know the impact the pictures or our conversation had on her, and I don’t think I ever will. However, I am so thankful that God purposefully set her on my path to teach me the greatest lesson in pro-life activism: dependence.</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/27/ending-killing-dependence#comments Abortion Activism Colin Byl Human Rights Project intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:50:49 +0000 jcvanmaren 5676 at https://www.endthekilling.ca The lives we'll never know https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/24/lives-well-never-know <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/24/lives-well-never-know" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:14px">By Christian Naggar</p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>One of the projects that the CCBR interns participate in is standing roadside banner. The project involves holding large signs with images of aborted children on them by the side of the road, rain or shine. We seldom have a chance to engage in conversation with people driving or walking by, so, needless to say, this is not one of our favourite projects to take part in.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/12745426_232031433804447_1349026370119745808_n.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/12745426_232031433804447_1349026370119745808_n.preview.jpg" alt="File 4321" title="" width="415" height="213" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Towards the end of my first standing roadside banner, a woman and her teenaged daughter approached me. I braced myself for a verbal thrashing about how awful I was to be holding up such an image in a public place. As the woman stopped in front of my sign, however, the determined demeanour that carried her as she walked over faded into a weak and broken smile. She asked my partner and I to turn the image of the slaughtered child so that her daughter could see it. “That’s what they do, they chop up babies,” she said, almost too quietly for us to hear. The young girl looked disturbed, as anybody with a functional conscience should, and held her abdomen. The woman turned to us again, smiled, mouthed ‘thank you,’ and walked away with her arm around her child’s shoulder. </span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><br /><span>Stories like this can be far and few in between. I haven't had a testimony that powerful to share in several weeks and may not have one like it for many more. However, we continue to run projects like standing roadside banner and we continue to postcard and we continue to visit campuses where we often feel like we’re speaking to brick walls. Why do we continue to run these projects that can leave us discouraged, exasperated, and burnt out? We do so because the saved lives we hear about, while wonderful, are not the only ones that matter. I am overjoyed that I got to witness a mother stand up for her pre-born grandchild, but we must remember that she could have just as easily pointed out the images from her car as she drove by with her daughter. Both scenarios would have saved a life. We must remember that there may be hundreds of lives, perhaps even thousands, that have been saved because of the images of the broken bodies of children, lives saved that we will never know about. Saved children who will grow up, experience the joys and sorrows of life, feel love, have hope, and have children of their own. Countless generations, some of which we may pass on the street one day, will be spared death without any sort of fanfare. That is why we must labour on through minor inconveniences and annoyances: not only for the stories we hear about and celebrate, but also for the lives we’ll never know.&nbsp;</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/24/lives-well-never-know#comments Abortion Activism Christian Naggar intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:17:45 +0000 jcvanmaren 5674 at https://www.endthekilling.ca The pro-life activist's 'why' https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/11/pro-life-activists-why <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/11/pro-life-activists-why" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px">Tikvah Gilman</p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Why are you here?”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Why are you doing this?”</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>“Why would you show these pictures in front of our high school?”&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/19732199_322379854854068_3431291674316270324_n.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/19732199_322379854854068_3431291674316270324_n.preview.jpg" alt="File 4316" title="" width="415" height="486" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Why? It’s a question we get asked a lot while we’re out on the streets with our projects, engaging our culture on the issue of abortion, and showing images of abortion victims in comparison to ultrasound pictures. Before I go out with our projects and sometimes while I am doing them, I find that I often ask myself the same question: “Why am I doing this?”&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Why. Why am I here? Why do I wake up early in the morning to go into neighbourhoods dropping off human rights pamphlets in people’s mail boxes? Why do I stand at intersections and engage people in conversation asking them the simple question: “What do you think about abortion?” Why is it that I, with my colleagues, go out and set up big banners that display abortion victim photography and sit by highways for two hours every day?</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>How do I keep going? How do I face the confrontation that waits for me on the streets? Well, I have learned about something that’s really helped me, something called logotherapy.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Viktor Frankl was a Jewish psychologist who was taken to a concentration camp. While experiencing horror that we can’t even imagine, not only did he survive, but he took the time to learn what made the difference in those who survived and those who didn’t. It was there that he created logotherapy.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Oftentimes in counselling the counsellor focuses on the present or the past, finding the root of the issue in order to help the patient. However, logotherapy goes further, as a highly directive existential psychotherapy that emphasizes the importance of meaning in the patient’s life, especially as gained through spiritual values. It was logotherapy that helped Frankl get through the concentration camp as he learned to recognize the truth in Nietzsche’s assertion that:“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>What does this look like for us as pro-life activists? What is our why?</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>This past week while we were post-carding in the pouring rain, a man came out of his house and said: “Why are you doing this? You guys are crazy!” All I had time to say was: “We are handing out pamphlets about human rights.” And I carried on, but the “why” question kept ringing in my ears. What was it that motivated me to post-card in the pouring rain? Why am I doing this? I stopped to think. I thought about the 300 children who were aborted yesterday, aborted today, and the 300 that will be aborted tomorrow. And then I remembered the four million pre-born children who have been killed by abortion in the past forty-eight years, and my heart broke.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>But then I look forward. I look forward and imagine an abortion free Canada, a Canada where all pre-born children are protected. A Canada where all human beings have the human rights they deserve. A Canada where abortion is not just illegal but unthinkable. This Canada that I imagine seems like a beautiful dream. Here’s the thing, though. This ‘dream’ I am talking about will one day be reality. Abortion is going to be unthinkable. Public opinion is changing. I see it every day on the streets. We engage with men and women, teenage girls and teenage boys in discussion, watching their world-views crumble as they see the horror of abortion and what it does to pre-born children. Hearts and minds are being changed. Lives are being saved. Canada is more pro-life today then it was last week. And that is the why that makes us do what we do.</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/11/pro-life-activists-why#comments Abortion Activism intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Tikvah Gilman Tue, 11 Jul 2017 18:11:29 +0000 jcvanmaren 5672 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Needing someone to talk to: Family first https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/10/needing-someone-talk-family-first <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/10/needing-someone-talk-family-first" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:14px">By Justina Van Manen</p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>There have been many posts in my news feed recently about Stephanie Gray’s GoogleTalk, so I decided to check it out. Stephanie was, as usual, fantastic, and the video has gotten over 40 000 hits so far. Different conservative news sites were gloating over the fact that her talk has received more than forty times the amount of attention that Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards’ interview on Google has received so far, despite Richards’ interview being published months earlier. So I gave Richards’ video the boost of an extra view.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/shutterstock_110078714-998x666.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/shutterstock_110078714-998x666.preview.jpg" alt="File 4312" title="" width="415" height="277" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>One of the reasons Richards’ talk was less compelling, in my opinion, was because it was done as an interview. However, she was well-spoken and managed to convince me that she truly believes she is more empathetic than any of us on the ‘other side’—as she referred to us. I listened to all the regular talking points that were flogged to death by Planned Parenthood officials in the baby-part-selling scandal, and I felt all the regular feelings of frustration, disgust, and disbelief that are consistently present when I pay attention to anything to do with this particular organization.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>What did hit me though, was a comment Richards’ made towards the end of the interview, during the Q &amp; A session. As part of a response to a young woman, Richards’ declared that: “People think young people come to us because they just want birth control. Mostly, they just want someone to talk to. About relationships, am I normal . . .”&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span><i>Young people go to Planned Parenthood because they just need someone to talk to</i>. To me, this was yet another clear picture of what is fundamentally wrong with our society. I too, have had questions about relationships. So I talked to my mom. Mom gives the best advice ever. When I didn’t feel comfortable talking with my mom, I went to my older sister or sister-in-law. Sometimes I went to my dad or my brothers. And if I kind of wanted whatever I was talking about to be a secret from my immediate family, I picked up the phone and called one of my aunts. The point is, there were so many people I could go to. The trouble I had was not wondering who I could talk to, it was which person to pick.</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>That’s family. That’s what I wish on every single girl who’s feeling alone or scared. That’s the way the world should be.&nbsp;</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/10/needing-someone-talk-family-first#comments Abortion Activism Justina Van Manen Pro-Choice Pro-Life Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:53:49 +0000 jcvanmaren 5670 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Run or stay? https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/06/run-or-stay <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/06/run-or-stay" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:14px">By Maria McCann</p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>“I need you to be the rock that sinks to the bottom of the ocean and stays there.” Enza Rattenni was speaking to the interns about her work as a sidewalk counsellor outside of an abortion clinic, and she told us that she would say those words to any eager new volunteers. Sidewalk counselling is emotionally and spiritually intense, and the volunteers have to commit. They must be willing to stick it out in the challenging situation of trying to persuade women against choosing abortion. Enza can’t afford to spend valuable time training volunteers if they are not willing to stay.</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>While CCBR’s activism differs greatly from sidewalk counselling, the emotional and spiritual challenges are similar. Activism can be one of the most rewarding things in the pro-life movement—we see people change their minds about abortion right in front of us. Exhilaration and thankfulness to the Holy Spirit bubble up in me often, as I see countless hearts softened for the plight of pre-born children. But the desire to simply run away, to let someone else handle a tough conversation, also bubbles up in me often. Especially during “Choice” Chain.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-07-06_at_1.34.34_pm.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-07-06_at_1.34.34_pm.png" alt="File 4307" title="" width="414" height="530" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>My ‘flight-response’ kicked in during my second “Choice” Chain of the internship, when we brought the truth about abortion to a local high school. Before we had even opened our signs depicting dismembered pre-born children, the high school students recognized who we were, and their agitation was immediate. The angry chants of “My body, my choice!” did not faze me, though—had I not heard those same chants so often during activism on college campuses? (And often more, er, colourfully worded.) I was a bit nervous but felt ready to have conversations with the students.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>The first girl I spoke with was initially calm. She supported abortion, but she seemed perplexed by our presence, rather than angry. We talked for a bit about human rights and embryology, then she left and I spoke with other students in the interim. She returned, but something changed. Huge crowds of angry students gathered around me and the other interns, and a “mob mentality” developed. The girl who had been so reasonable before now joined in the outrage of her friends. She shouted mockery and arguments at me for what seemed like an eternity (though it was probably more like 10 minutes). I tried to respond to her outbursts, but at that moment, she was not interested in a dialogue. More and more students started shouting, and hangers were being used to scratch my sign (who brings a clothes hanger to school?) while my friend Oriyana got a free bath by being doused with various beverages. I could not handle it. I mentally shut down for about a minute, and simply stood silently as the crowd jeered. I wanted to cry, I wanted to run, I wanted to be <i>anywhere but there</i>.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Finally, the mob’s energy died down, and I was able to have some short conversations with students. One of them apologized to me for the antics of his peers, and the girl who had yelled endlessly actually apologized as well. I offered her a shaky smile and wished her a good day.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>I returned to our van and sat there, blinking back tears. I was angry with myself for shutting down in the middle of the mob, for not knowing how to speak truth into that situation. I felt emotionally drained from trying to persuade students who were seeing red to see logic. What was the point of <i>staying </i>in a situation like that? See, I like the calm and easy conversations during “Choice” Chain. I like talking to the reasonable people who have a lightbulb moment at the realization that pre-born humans <i>should</i> have human rights. But I don’t like the messy conversations. I shy away from the groups of teenage girls who adamantly defend the lies they have been taught. I don’t like talking to the people who are angry and irrational, even though those people are often the <i>most hurting</i> and the most in need of truth and love.</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>“I need you to be the rock that sinks to the bottom…”</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>My conscience whispered back that I knew why we needed to stay. We needed to stay for the same reason that we came. Not because of me, my feelings, my ego. We were there because our culture is reeling from wounds. We were there because 300 tiny children were killed that day, and 300 more would die the next day if we did not intervene. Our silence and absence would cost them dearly.</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>I and my fellow interns have been privileged to receive dozens of hours of training from the CCBR staff, so that we can be the best pro-life advocates possible. If we take the easy way out and avoid those difficult conversations, then how can we hope to convince our culture that the “easy way out” of a crisis pregnancy is the wrong way out? If we don’t choose to stay, and to love, then how can we inspire other people to do the same?&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>We need to be the rocks that sink to the bottom of the ocean. We need to let our love for other human beings outweigh our desire to float placidly on the surface. Our culture tells us to flee from anything that threatens our comfortable existence. The most radical, counter-cultural thing we can do is stay.</span></p><p style="font-size:12px">&nbsp;</p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/07/06/run-or-stay#comments Abortion Activism intern Maria McCann Pro-Choice Pro-Life Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:35:40 +0000 jcvanmaren 5668 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Through a different lens: A lesson in empathy https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/06/27/through-different-lens-lesson-empathy <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/06/27/through-different-lens-lesson-empathy" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:14px"><span>“</span><span>If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ~ Atticus Finch in&nbsp;<i>To Kill A Mockingbird</i>&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/18952784_10158858926390051_8138478965352738580_n.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/18952784_10158858926390051_8138478965352738580_n.jpg" alt="File 4299" title="" width="415" height="403" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>We’ve all heard the importance of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes, but is this something we actually make an effort to do? One of the things I began to notice as I became involved with the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform (CCBR) was a shift in the way I saw people around me. While I had always considered myself to be someone who cares for others, I was often completely unaware that those around me were experiencing some form of need. From the young, flustered cashier at the grocery store and to the quiet man working at the gas station, to the homeless man at the side of the road, I learned that everyone has a story. I began to place myself in their shoes and walk around in them and try to imagine what they may be going through. Even if they may appear to have their lives together, it is very likely that their lives are not nearly as picture-perfect as they may seem.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Doing pro-life activism has shown me the brokenness in our world. I have encountered countless people whose lives have been ripped apart by the hurt they endure. Abusive parents, sexual assault, broken homes, … the list goes on and on. Once, while doing activism, I talked to a student on a university campus who confided in me that his mother had had an abortion before he was born. He told me that if she had not had that abortion, he would not have been born because she got pregnant with him shortly after the abortion. While part of him acknowledged the reality of what abortion does to the pre-born, he still struggled with the idea that abortion is wrong because of what the implications would be for him and his family. If abortion really does end the life of another human being, then it means that his mother allowed his older sibling to be killed. Not only that, but if not for her abortion, he would not even exist in the first place. What a hard thing to grapple with.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Only when we place ourselves in the shoes of others and try to imagine what their life is like can we begin to understand and help them. One essential part of this is shifting the focus from one of judgement to one of understanding, regardless of whether or not we agree with their lifestyle choices. While there is nothing wrong with recognizing that certain behaviours are wrong, focusing too much on the wrongness of them can prevent us from helping others.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>I have been forced to wrestle with the reality that everyone I meet is a unique human being with a purpose, created in God’s image, and therefore deserves to be loved and respected. I have learned that God has a purpose in bringing each person I meet into my life, both to challenge and encourage me, and for me to challenge and encourage them.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Until you care enough about a person to try to really understand them, you cannot help them. The people we meet are not projects to make us feel good about ourselves, nor are they boxes to check off some “to-do” list. They are human beings who are just as valuable as we are, and they deserve to be treated as such. You cannot help someone you do not care about, and you cannot care about someone you do not try to understand.</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/06/27/through-different-lens-lesson-empathy#comments Abortion Activism Adriana Westerhof intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:31:51 +0000 jcvanmaren 5664 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Who are we fighting for? https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/06/21/who-are-we-fighting <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/06/21/who-are-we-fighting" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:14px">By Kerri-ann Brouwer</p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>My alarm went off at 5:45 am this morning. I rolled over sleepily, wishing for just a few more minutes in bed. I quickly grabbed an apple, yogurt, and some leftover supper in a Rubbermaid container from the fridge and rushed out the door, just in time to leave by 6:30 am.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/16864508_10158302169775051_9001376290122222778_n.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/16864508_10158302169775051_9001376290122222778_n.jpg" alt="File 4295" title="" width="415" height="623" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Seven of us hustled into the van, some whistling, some still sleeping, and some finishing bowls of Corn Pops. Two of us were dropped off at our post carding location. We scouted out our map and planned the most efficient way to get the postcards out. I wrote down our start time: 7:03 am. Door to door we walked, up steps and down steps, again and again. Once in a while my steady rhythm was interrupted by an unwanted encounter with an angry dog. I kept going. The sun started beating down. My legs were getting tired. We once again piled into the van. I looked at the clock; 10:28 am. The day had just begun.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>It’s during the ordinary activism days that I ask myself: W<i>hy</i>? <i>Why am I standing here holding a sign while high school students around me are laughing? Why do I spend my time handing out brochures when people pass by me like I don’t exist? Are the minds I changed today going to really make a difference?&nbsp;</i></span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>And then I become more disheartened. Inconveniences. Tissue. Problems. Clumps of cells. Products of conception. Parasites. These are just a few derogatory names given to pre-born children. Terms that deny their humanity and determine their future. Oh, they are so much more.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Hands that will never reach for their mothers, lips that will never give slobbery kisses, legs that will never take those first wobbly steps. Children who will never learn an instrument, graduate university, play on a soccer team, or get married. Children who are denied the fundamental right to life.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Small children whose tiny bodies are violently torn apart by the cold tools of an abortionist. Small children who are suctioned out of their mothers’ wombs, which should be the safest place on earth. Children whose limbs are ripped off, piece by piece. Can you hear their faint screams? Can you see them struggling to survive? Can you imagine the endless joy they would bring?&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Would she be a little girl with soft blond curls and bright blue eyes? Would she be a little girl who loved tea parties, dress-up and side-walk chalk? Would he be a little boy with a mischievous sparkle in his eye? A little boy who loved Oreos, puppies, and mud-puddle play?</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Let’s keep fighting. Let’s keep discussing this prevalent issue, not matter how uncomfortable it may seem. Let’s keep post carding, regardless of the heat. Let’s expose injustice in love. Let’s keep fighting, because lives depend on it.&nbsp;</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/06/21/who-are-we-fighting#comments Abortion Activism intern Kerri-Ann Brouwer Pro-Choice Pro-Life Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:47:26 +0000 jcvanmaren 5660 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Cindy Corrales https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/31/meet-interns-cindy-corrales <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/31/meet-interns-cindy-corrales" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Realizing that abortion is real and wrong motivated me to join the pro-life movement but realizing that I can do something effective to change our culture is what motivates me to keep going. I know that if we all work very hard and more people join us we will make abortion unthinkable within a few years!!</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-31_at_10.51.22_am.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-31_at_10.51.22_am.png" alt="File 4260" title="" width="369" height="370" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I first came into contact with CCBR when my friend Maria McCann invited me to the NCLN Symposium in Toronto. There I heard some CCBR staff give talks and I also did “Choice” Chain for the very first time.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I truly believe that this organization has found the way to make abortion unthinkable in our culture. They have found the language to speak to our secular and visual generation. The arguments of the pro-life movement and the use of victim image photography are extremely effective.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Now that I have done some fundraising for my summer internship a big challenge would definitely have to be asking people to join the pro-life movement financially. It is hard to meet pro-life people and it is even harder to find a pro-life person who wants to support the pro-life movement. Another huge challenge was realizing how normal abortion is among Canadians, it was really painful to see.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>This summer I hope to learn how to better and most effectively communicate the pro-life position to a larger audience.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>This is hard to choose. I have always had life changing experiences in every single one of the events I have done with CCBR. However, I think the best thing in general is seeing minds and hearts changing when one presents the pro-life position with logical arguments that they cannot disagree with.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The are so many people in history who inspire me to make change… but in general people who fail and were told that they were never be able to make it but carry on anyway.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>If I were a coloured animal I would be a pink dolphin, because they actually exist and they are found in the Amazon River in Colombia ;)</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>&nbsp;You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I like strawberry sundaes!!!</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/31/meet-interns-cindy-corrales#comments Abortion Activism Cindy Corrales intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Wed, 31 May 2017 14:58:36 +0000 jcvanmaren 5617 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Emily Johnson https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/29/meet-interns-emily-johnson <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/29/meet-interns-emily-johnson" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I grew up in a pro-life household, so I always kind of knew about the topic. As I got older and began to learn more about the statistics and science, I was floored that people could know this and not do anything about it. So I decided to do something, and when CCBR came through Ottawa in the summer of 2014 I did my first activism projects. There was no turning back once I actually saw minds being changed by what we were doing, and I’ve been involved ever since.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/img_1175.jpeg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/img_1175.jpeg" alt="File 4257" title="" width="320" height="319" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I first heard about CCBR when a family friend began working for them, but I didn't volunteer with them until 2014 when they came to Ottawa with their interns at the time.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I’m a very quiet, shy person, and I like to avoid conflict, so engaging with complete strangers on such a controversial topic is always a little bit daunting for me.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I’m always looking to improve my knowledge and skills to be a loving, and effective pro-life ambassador. I can’t wait to receive training on so many different points, as well as getting to know more likeminded people!</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Two years ago, in 2015, I did the CCBR two month internship and it was absolutely amazing! By far one of the best things I’ve done. It surpassed every one of my expectations. It was so good, that I decided to do it again this year!&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Honestly, William Wilberforce has always been a huge inspiration for me. And when I learned about him during my last internship, he was only more inspiring! He was fighting an issue that was much more rooted in their culture and he was able to change that. Seeing the cultural change that he and his small team were able to make gives me hope and encouragement for the work that I take part in.<br /> <b>If you were a&nbsp;coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>This is probably the hardest question on this whole form! I think I’d be a blue jungle cat.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You’ll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies? &nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Ice cream all the way!</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/29/meet-interns-emily-johnson#comments Abortion Activism Emily Johnson intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Mon, 29 May 2017 16:48:36 +0000 jcvanmaren 5615 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Why choose this hill? https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/15/why-choose-hill <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/15/why-choose-hill" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:17px"><span>By Justina Van Manen</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>I think we all get tired of hearing about what a broken world we live in. There’s times when we shut off the radio and pop in a CD, so that instead of listening to talk of war and bombings and shootings and starvation, we can sing along to <i>What a Wonderful World. </i>Sometimes, if we sing loud enough, we can drown out the questions flooding our minds.</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>I think we all get tired of being asked for money. When you work hard all day you want to go home, have supper with your family, and go out for ice-cream, not listen to people talk about starving children in Africa, badly injured orphans in Iraq, homeless people huddled on the street corners of your nearest city, or the children next door, whose minds are being twisted by pornography coming to them in all kinds of ways. There is so much brokenness—unlimited brokenness, really—and there’s always a very limited amount of money. How can we choose? How do we know where we can make the biggest difference? How do we know we’re making a difference at all?</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/fundraising-tree.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/fundraising-tree.preview.jpg" alt="File 4255" title="" width="415" height="276" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>I ask those questions of myself all the time, which is a little ironic. After all, I’ve started to do more fundraising presentations for CCBR recently, explaining the importance of supporting the work to end the killing in Canada. And I believe every word that I say. It is important. It is urgent. But I too have asked, why this? There are so very many important problems out there. There are so many children who need food and medical care, there is so much pain, death, and destruction. Why fight against abortion? Why give hard-earned funds towards this cause?</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>The first answer is an easy one: <i>if you fight everything, you fight nothing. </i>You need to pick something and give it your all, because if you try to change everything, you’ll be stretched so thin you won’t be making any difference at all, and what’s more, you’ll eventually snap. But I think there’s more to it than that. After all, when I ask people to support CCBR prayerfully and financially, I’m not asking them to forget about the other issues they care about. I’m not asking them to drop their Malawian sponsor child or to stop supporting Strength to Fight. But I am asking them to open their eyes, open their hearts, and yes, open their wallets one more time. I know that we’re all tired of it. I know that we just want to be left alone. Honestly, I know the feeling, but let’s be honest. Does anyone truly enjoy asking for money? Is anyone really so clueless that they don’t realize the countless demands on our time and money, most of them really legitimate causes?</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>Well, I guess I can’t speak for other fundraisers, but I can speak for myself. I realize that there is countless demands on people’s money. I know that people get sick of being told that they need to give, that it’s their duty to give, that they’re heartless if they don’t give. I know. But I’ve also chosen this hill to die on because I believe that it’s so much more than just a hill. It’s not just about abortion—if 300 dead babies every day can be referred to as <i>just. </i>I see it as tapping the first in a row of dominos. After all, if we can’t kill babies, often known as ‘the consequences of sex’, we’ll need to be a lot more careful about how we conduct ourselves. And since contraception—even if it doesn’t have abortifacient capabilities—is never 100% fool proof, it won’t really fix the problem either. And if babies are human beings with inherent dignity, then maybe ways that we make babies outside of natural reproduction puts us in danger of treating them as commodities. Which means that if children, as the most vulnerable members of our society, are deserving of the highest standards of protection, then it could very well be that the best way of ensuring their safety is in a home with a loving mother and father—what child ever really wants anything different? And if that’s the case, marriage is obviously something valuable as a means to protect children and the family unit as a whole. If marriage as an institution is so important, then perhaps we need to look at what is often most damaging to it, things like pornography. And pornography is damaging for many reasons, one of which is that it dehumanizes and commodifies women. That’s a problem, of course, that takes us back to our original point: human beings have inherent dignity and worth, human rights that need to be protected. Why? Why do they have human rights? If there are human rights, there must be One who gives those rights, One whom the United States constitution recognizes as “Our Creator.”&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>It isn’t <i>just </i>about abortion. It isn’t just another cause to gain support for, to help a few people, to care for the widows and the orphans, though that in itself would make it worthy. It’s a movement,&nbsp; a movement to remind Canada of why we’re here in the first place, to remind us all of our founding principles, to awaken our dying consciences, to remove wrong from the throne. We ask for support because every day, on the streets, we see that change is possible. Change is possible, because, as the lines of James Russell Lowell’s poem made famous by Martin Luther King Jr. declares:&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span><i>Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,—</i></span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span><i>Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown</i></span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span><i>Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.&nbsp;</i></span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/15/why-choose-hill#comments Abortion Abortion Justina Van Manen Pro-Choice Pro-Life Mon, 15 May 2017 17:13:37 +0000 jcvanmaren 5603 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Serge Sych https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/11/meet-interns-serge-sych <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/11/meet-interns-serge-sych" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Seeing a photo of a completed abortion. The truth was undeniable, and it was indelibly burned into my mind. My continued motivation: I defend the life of the pre-born because it’s right – it’s my duty as a man.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-11_at_8.09.48_am.preview.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-11_at_8.09.48_am.preview.png" alt="File 4251" title="" width="415" height="508" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Via my friend, Irene De Souza. After about 1.5 years of being exposed to her well-educated, rational, and compassionate approach to spreading the message of life while on staff, I had developed a very positive impression of CCBR.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The well-educated, compassionate, and honest approach that CCBR employs.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I hope to better understand, holistically, the entire situation surrounding the pro-life position (humanistic, social, political, etc.) so that hearts and minds may be changed, not only through reasoned argument, but by understanding the situation of others.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Watching and listening to a UBC “Choice” Chain, and realizing that CCBR’s role in pro-life is absolutely critical. This motivated me to apply to CCBR to take a front-and-center role in the pro-life movement!</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I’m not much of a history buff . . . However, I’ve always been inspired by my friend Irene’s unwavering passion and dedication to the pro-life cause. I’ve regularly seen those two qualities change minds and hearts, and her example continues to convince me that great change is always possible.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>A black/white orca. Why, you ask? I’m highly social, work well in teams, and regularly exhibit sophisticated vocal behaviours and hunting techniques.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Ice cream slushies…</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/11/meet-interns-serge-sych#comments Abortion Activism intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Serge Sych Thu, 11 May 2017 19:44:47 +0000 jcvanmaren 5601 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Zoe Boudreau https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/11/meet-interns-zoe-boudreau <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/11/meet-interns-zoe-boudreau" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I think that we, as humans, deserve better than abortion. Nowadays people seem to think that human beings are dispensable, but I think that the fact that we get outraged at injustice proves that we are actually very valuable. Humans have worth, and if we act like it is okay to kill off the young and vulnerable in our society, we are not upholding the dignity inherent to the human race. The pro-choice movement says that children are only valuable if they are wanted. And they say that mothers in crisis have no other choice beside abortion. And none of it is true; the value of a person does not depend on their circumstances nor are women limited to abortion. I love humanity too much to tolerate these lies and so I’m going to be fighting them this summer, and for the rest of my life.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-10_at_11.30.44_am.preview.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-10_at_11.30.44_am.preview.png" alt="File 4247" title="" width="415" height="619" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>My family has always received the CCBR newsletter, but I only came into personal contact with the organization when I attended a workshop in high-school—and I’ve been hooked ever since.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>After that workshop, I actually volunteered with CCBR frequently during high-school, and the experience was great, but I knew that I could develop my potential more. CCBR is the most intensive formation that I could find, and I believe the most effective organization for that reason. So, I’m 100% in.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I want to develop more courage, so that even when the internship is over, I’ll continue to engage my culture and change it for the better.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>While doing “Choice” Chain outside a high-school, I remember a conversation I had with a girl my age. She had had a rough upbringing and had lived in several different foster homes. She told me that if she was pregnant she simply couldn’t care for the child, and not only that, she had health issues from the alcohol that her biological mother had consumed while she had been pregnant with her. She said that if anyone could have an abortion, it should be her. I just looked at her, and said “but, you wouldn’t, would you?” She was quiet, and then agreed. Aborting a child, no matter the circumstances, would always be the wrong choice. It’s as simple as that: murder is wrong, abortion is murder: Therefore, abortion is wrong. End of story. I could have told her that, and if I had been emailing her that is what I would have said, but because she was right in front of me when I was talking to her,&nbsp; I could just look in her eyes and see that she knew it was wrong. What she didn’t know was how strong she really was, so that is what I told her. That’s what I love about CCBR: Outreach is largely based on personal encounters so you don’t just change minds, you change hearts.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Okay, this is going to seem really out there, but I am really inspired by Flannery O’Connor. She is an author who writes these super dark stories about horrible people and the horrible things that happen to them. Her characters are sickening, but you see yourself in them, and, because of that, you become more aware of the ways that you need to grow. What Flannery O’Connor does is show evil for what it is - and she really helps a lot of people by doing that. So I want to be like her because I want to have the courage to challenge others to grow, but also because I want to have the courage to see the ways I need to grow. And for the same reason, this summer is huge for me; I’m going on to the streets with the horrible truth about abortion and through that truth, bring about change.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I think I would be something like a silver rabbit</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You’ll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one is important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Ice cream. Always. :)</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/11/meet-interns-zoe-boudreau#comments Abortion Activism intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Zoe Boudreau Thu, 11 May 2017 12:09:08 +0000 jcvanmaren 5599 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Miguel Cumming https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/10/meet-interns-miguel-cumming <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/10/meet-interns-miguel-cumming" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>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.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/1.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/1.preview.jpg" alt="File 4241" title="" width="415" height="342" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>This past September, my first year of university. They collaborated with our Students for Life Club in organizing pro-life activism.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>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.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope to learn from CCBR this summer?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The experience of being a professional human rights activist.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience of the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>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. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>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. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>A golden lion.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Ice cream, unquestionably.&nbsp;</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/10/meet-interns-miguel-cumming#comments Abortion Activism intern Miguel Cumming Pro-Choice Pro-Life Wed, 10 May 2017 13:11:14 +0000 jcvanmaren 5597 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Michael Roy https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/10/meet-interns-michael-roy <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/10/meet-interns-michael-roy" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The more I really think about what’s happening, that precious little people are being slaughtered by the millions every year and our society turns a blind eye to it, the more impassioned I am to do something about it. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-10_at_8.56.16_am.preview.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-10_at_8.56.16_am.preview.png" alt="File 4237" title="" width="415" height="509" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>A cousin of mine did a four month internship with CCBR and came back with many amazing experiences to share!&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The approach CCBR takes to pro-life activism is, in my opinion, a great mix of compassion and confrontation. By being exposed to what an abortion victim looks like and engaging in discussion, people are forced to think about the issue on a deeper and more rational level. At the same time, by being confronted calmly and without condemnation, people are more willing to take the pro-life message to heart.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The main things I’d really like to gain are courage and social skills. For the longest time, I dreaded the thought of doing “Choice” Chain. I’m a very non-confrontational person and even initiating a normal conversation with a stranger terrifies me! I hope that doing this internship will challenge me to overcome those fears and develop myself into a more well-rounded person.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The best experience I can think of is my first time doing a “Choice” Chain. Though I ended up standing silently the whole time out of fear, I nonetheless witnessed many people glance at my sign, knowing by their reactions that they would remember those images for a long time and hopefully be inspired to rethink their stance on abortion. Despite not having opened my mouth, I left confident that my contribution, though small, had made a difference. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>One person that comes to mind is St. Augustine. His early life hardly resembled sainthood and though he wanted to devote himself to God, his struggles to be virtuous kept him from doing so. Through much self-discipline and the grace of God, however, he became one of the most influential people in the history of Christianity. Though I’m definitely far from perfection and don’t always live as selflessly as I could, Augustine’s life reminds me that God can achieve great things in even the most sinful and unremarkable people.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I’d love to be a golden eagle, soaring above the clouds as my golden feathers shimmer in the sunlight. Yeah . . . :)</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Too tough to choose!</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/10/meet-interns-michael-roy#comments Abortion Activism intern Michael Roy Pro-Choice Pro-Life Wed, 10 May 2017 13:04:47 +0000 jcvanmaren 5595 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Embryo ashes https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/08/embryo-ashes <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/08/embryo-ashes" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:14px">By Maaike Rosendal</p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>With the rise of fake news and satirical sites, I’ve made it a habit to double</span>-<span>check sources to ensure the stories in my newsfeed are real. It’s exactly what I did after reading </span><a href="http://www.kidspot.com.au/parenting/real-life/in-the-news/couples-are-turning-extra-ivf-embryos-into-jewellery" rel="nofollow"><span>“Couples are turning extra IVF embryos into jewellery.”</span></a><span> My heart couldn’t quite believe what my brain was registering.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Sadly, the story is true. A quick search confirmed the existence of Baby Bee Hummingbirds, the Australian company which produces keepsake jewellery for moms from breast milk, umbilical cord, placenta, and baby locks. Whether one finds that weird or wonderful, I’m sure we all recognize that’s worlds apart from using embryos—their latest project, which has been done 50 times already.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/embryo_jewellery.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/embryo_jewellery.preview.jpg" alt="File 4233" title="" width="415" height="415" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>The company’s social media accounts share the story of the couple in the above-mentioned article. After fourteen cycles of IVF, the process during which a woman’s eggs are removed from her ovaries and mixed with sperm to artificially bring about fertilization <i>in vitro—</i>in glass, they had three born children. Their family felt complete, but was saddled with a huge problem: seven embryos remained frozen at the IVF clinic.</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Some, such as a recent contributor in the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/are-you-my-mother_us_5901c18fe4b00acb75f184f0" rel="nofollow"><span>Huffington Post</span></a>, choose adoption in such circumstances: “my husband and I shared the unwavering conviction that Baby D was a life that should have the opportunity to flourish.” Not this couple, however. </span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>“Donating our embryos wasn’t an option for us and I couldn’t justify the yearly storage fee,” the mother commented. “I needed them with me.” The natural desire to be near your offspring requires, one would think, that the child is alive. Somehow this was irrelevant so the jewellery became a perfect solution.&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>“I tortured myself for months over what I would do with my remaining embryos and this has given me so much comfort and peace,” the woman writes. “When we completed our family, it wasn’t in my heart to destroy them.” And: “My babies will forever be next to my heart, always loved and cherished.”&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Can anyone read that and not do a double-take? Were the embryos’ lives not destroyed after all? The caption of the social media post is much more accurate: “Embryo Ashes.” Seven tiny children were killed and cremated to craft a heart-shaped pendant for their mother. What, pray tell me, is then the definition of love?</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>My stomach turned as I tried to process this. And suddenly I was back on my friend’s couch… many years ago.&nbsp; She had just shared that a family member was pregnant. “How nice for them!” I replied. “Yeah, it finally worked,” she said. I must have looked puzzled because she clarified, “They’ve been trying IVF for a long time.”&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>My heart began to beat a little faster. I’d just read a <a href="http://www.reformedprolifer.com/articles-papers/item/what-should-be-our-stance-on-in-vitro-fertilization" rel="nofollow"><span>position paper on IVF</span></a></span><span>. </span><span>“Wow,” I said. “That must be hard for them.” “Yeah,” my friend responded. “The other times the egg didn’t take.” I must have looked puzzled again. “What do you mean?” “Oh, the eggs that they put inside of her? She said they got flushed out. Something like that.” “Do you mean <i>fertilized</i> eggs, as in, <i>embryos</i>?” I asked. My pro-life friend shrugged. “Same thing, right? I’m not sure how it works, but I’m happy for her that she’s pregnant.”&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>I took a deep breath. I haven’t travelled the road of infertility, yet I have walked alongside enough people to know that IVF is one of the first solutions being offered in the doctor’s office. Without the knowledge gained through pro-life work and the guidance of church teachings, perhaps I’d consider this promising chance at parenthood too. <i>But, </i>I thought to myself, <i>what about the little ones who ‘didn’t take’?</i></span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>The truth, after all, is that every time a sperm and an egg successfully fuse, <a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/training/classroom/science" rel="nofollow"><span>a new, living, human being comes into existence.</span></a> That precious little person may be referred to as a fertilized egg, but scientifically there’s no such thing. Either we’re dealing with an egg <i>or</i> we have an embryo. The former is <i>part</i> of a human being and will in and of itself never become a whole human organism; the latter is a <i>whole</i> human being and, provided with the basic necessities of life, will move to the next, more mature stage of human development. Same thing? Not quite!</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>This may seem technical, perhaps only relevant to pro-life activists, but in reality it affects all of us. Because no one goes from valuing life to turning embryos into necklaces overnight: a process of dehumanization takes place prior to that. Until embryo and fetuses are valued in the exact same way as infants, toddlers, teenagers, adults, and elderly, we contribute to a culture of death. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>If you become a parent once you have a child, should we not avoid everything that endangers his or her life from the moment the child comes into existence?<i>&nbsp;</i></span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>If we recognize the humanity of the pre-born at sperm-egg fusion, and human beings have human rights, must we not do everything to protect them as members of our species?&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>If we don’t refer to born human beings in this way, why in the world would we place pre-born human beings into categories such as wanted, unwanted, graded, quality-controlled, and remaining, extra, or surplus embryos? &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>If children, by virtue of their vulnerability, deserve extra protection, how much more should we then not promote pro-life efforts, foster care, and <a href="https://www.nightlight.org/" rel="nofollow"><span>adoption</span></a> to care for the most vulnerable, including embryos? &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Recently, Baby Bee Hummingbirds posted on their Facebook and Instagram accounts: <i>Be kind. Ephesians 4:32</i>. Be kind to whom? To one another, the verse continues. Do very young children not qualify?&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Our culture is so out of touch with truth that people genuinely believe, as online comments reveal, that turning babies into ashes is a beautiful choice. We’ve dehumanized the youngest of our kind to such an extent that, not only do we keep tens of thousands of children indefinitely trapped in a frozen state, we simply don’t think of them as human beings like ourselves.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>If we did, we’d live our lives differently. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>In order to build a culture of life, we must do two things: expose injustice for what it is, even the intentional killing of tiny embryos for keepsake jewellery, and respect all human beings in every stage of life, especially when our culture has forgotten what that looks like.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>I realize that’s an enormous task, but if there’s anything that should motivate us to give it <i>all</i> we have, it’s the ashes of children who never knew love.&nbsp;</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/08/embryo-ashes#comments Abortion Activism IVF Maaike Rosendal Pro-Choice Pro-Life Mon, 08 May 2017 13:52:00 +0000 jcvanmaren 5593 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Hannah Donovan https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/05/meet-interns-hannah-donovan <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/05/meet-interns-hannah-donovan" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>My sister, Cana Donovan, motivated me to actively live out my pro-life views, and challenged me to do more. By seeing all the hard work she was doing, I became motivated and inspired to join her in the fight to end the killing. As I continue doing pro-life activism, I am consistently motivated by all the other courageous fighters out there. This, and seeing how many hearts and minds are regularly being changed, constantly keeps me motivated to speak up instead of give up.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-05_at_8.10.27_am.preview.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-05_at_8.10.27_am.preview.png" alt="File 4229" title="" width="415" height="556" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I first came in contact with CCBR when my sister, Cana, participated in the summer internship in 2014. She shared many of her stories with me and taught me a lot about the pro-life movement.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>My sister, introduced me to CCBR and all the wonderful things the organization does. This really helped me decide which organization I would like to support in the pro-life movement.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Fundraising. I have a hard time fundraising and don’t enjoy the instability that can come with it. I often don’t feel very secure, so it keeps me from doing things that require lots of fundraising. With that said, I applied for the internship anyways. Although I’m struggling to fundraise, I didn’t want it to keep me from doing life-saving work.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I hope to learn more history about abortion and gain a better understanding of how it actually works and happens.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>My best experience in the pro-life movement has been going to Florida for the Human Rights Project. This was my second year attending and I had an amazing experience both times. I could quickly learn how to dialogue with students about abortion and immediately witness hearts and minds being changed in such a short period of time. I was inspired every day by all the other volunteers and employees who worked tirelessly to end the killing and loved all the conversations I was able to have.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Mother Teresa. She inspires me to make a change, and believe that I really can. She achieved so much with so little, all in the name of God. Even in the darkest points of her life (which was most of her life), she always persevered, trusted in God and never quit. Seeing her dedication, humility and love towards other people, even when she is experiencing unbearable pain in her own life, continually inspires me to keep going. Being able to see how much of a difference she made with very little at her disposal also motivates me to know that I don’t need everything and everyone to make a change. I, alone, am enough to create waves and inspire change in this world.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>A purple horse? I don’t really understand the question, haha.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Slushies – 100%.</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/05/meet-interns-hannah-donovan#comments Abortion Activism Hannah Donovan intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Fri, 05 May 2017 12:14:53 +0000 jcvanmaren 5591 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Kristian Shortridge https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/04/meet-interns-kristian-shortridge <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/04/meet-interns-kristian-shortridge" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I joined the pro-life movement at the beginning of high school as soon as I learned what abortion really was. Until that time I had never even heard of abortion, but as soon as I became aware I knew I had to do what I could to end the culture of death.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-04_at_9.00.16_am.preview.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-04_at_9.00.16_am.preview.png" alt="File 4225" title="" width="415" height="294" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I encountered CCBR through a good friend of mine in my first year at UBC. She had done several internships with CCBR and was working in a part time position with them. She always spoke very highly of the organization and eventually I had to find out for myself!</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization? &nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>CCBR shares the same values as myself in all aspects of the pro-life movement. They focus on education and awareness over legislation and spread their message with love and truth.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer? &nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I hope to increase my own abilities and experience with activism to bring back to the Vancouver area. I also hope to work more closely with the CCBR staff to create a plan for my home province of BC, as it is in desperate need of more of this type of activism, as well as the ever present goal of saving lives with each conversation, and how to do so more effectively.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>My best experience with the pro-life movement has to be the Florida GAP trip. Through CCBR we were able to reach several campuses in Florida while growing as individuals and meeting other passionate activists. In one week I had more training, more conversations, and more testimonies than I had in 2 years of activism on my own campus.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>St. Paul inspires me in that aspect because he brought the Christian faith to the gentiles. He changed the landscape of his time by preaching the word of God, even in what at the time was a hostile world that challenged his faith consistently throughout his ministry.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I suppose I would be a Raven, and if it needs a colour I’d say white, to contrast the norm.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Ice cream all the way!</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/04/meet-interns-kristian-shortridge#comments Abortion Activism intern Kristian Shortridge Pro-Choice Pro-Life Thu, 04 May 2017 13:05:53 +0000 jcvanmaren 5589 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Christian Naggar https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/03/meet-interns-christian-naggar <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/03/meet-interns-christian-naggar" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>My high school religion teacher introduced me to the issue of abortion, which I had never even thought about before then. He taught us about the history and magnitude of abortion as well as pro-life apologetics. What motivated me to get involved most was the afternoon that he showed us images and videos of what abortion really looks like. In that moment, the reality that millions of children are violently killed around the world every year dawned on me. That is what continues to motivate me to do pro-life work every day.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-03_at_9.33.07_am.preview.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-03_at_9.33.07_am.preview.png" alt="File 4221" title="" width="415" height="579" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I first came into contact with CCBR at the 2015 NCLN Symposium.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The winter following the 2015 NCLN Symposium I had the great privilege of participating in the Human Rights Project. This past February I returned to Florida to do the Human Rights Project once again. The experience convinced me to choose CCBR because out of all the pro-life organizations I’ve encountered, CCBR is the best equipped to change hearts and minds and to save lives by exposing the truth of what abortion really does to the pre-born.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement was stepping outside of my comfort zone and enduring the personal inconveniences that accompanied it. However, it’s absolutely worth it to do so.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I hope to learn from CCBR how to be a better pro-life apologist. In particular, I hope to become more adept at heart apologetics, since that’s an area I’m weaker in. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>My best experience in the pro-life movement so far has been the Human Rights Project because encountering the brokenness of our culture is such a deeply emotional and transformative experience. It really puts into perspective all the work we must continue to do for both the pre-born and for their parents.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Saint Thomas More inspires me because he chose to sacrifice everything, even his life, to stand for what is right. Despite his high office and the several opportunities he had to take the easy way out, his integrity remained steadfast. His devotion to what is good and true no matter the cost reminds me that while doing pro-life work is often unpopular and difficult, we must continue fighting for the weakest among us because that is what is good and true.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>If I was a coloured animal I would be a two-toed sloth. And yes, sloths are coloured. Even if you don’t consider brown a colour, they often are green because of the algae that grows on their fur.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Slushies all day everyday!&nbsp;</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/03/meet-interns-christian-naggar#comments Abortion Activism Christian Naggar intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Wed, 03 May 2017 13:34:02 +0000 jcvanmaren 5587 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Angela Wikkerink https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/02/meet-interns-angela-wikkerink <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/02/meet-interns-angela-wikkerink" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you? </b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>There are many babies being killed every day; where is our voice for those who are defenseless and silent? What motivates me is that my life is not my own, but belongs to God, and how am I using my life for the glory of God and my neighbour? &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>&nbsp;When did you first come into contact with CCBR? &nbsp;</b></span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-02_at_9.22.30_am.preview.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-02_at_9.22.30_am.preview.png" alt="File 4217" title="" width="415" height="366" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I heard about it from my friend Kim Keegstra who did the internship last year.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>When Kim and I saw each other again after she returned last year,&nbsp; we started talking. We discovered we had so many connections between her experience at CCBR and my experience at Summit Ministries in Colorado. I was excited to hear how well CCBR presents the truth and teaches people to effectively convey the truth publicly.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>My greatest challenge would be speaking up in public and not shying away.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I want to learn how to lovingly defend the truth and put it into action.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why? &nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Working with ARPA Canada in my home town. We set up blue and pink flags in town representing how many babies are aborted in Canada each year and then we spoke with various people on the street about abortion.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>There are many people in history who inspire me. God uses many people to show Himself and His greatness through their weaknesses and their strengths, but most of all you can see how God shows Himself throughout history. God uses ordinary people to do His work. That is very inspiring!&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The Apostle Paul is very inspiring, He grew up as an avid persecutor of the church but by God’s grace and sovereign plan God took him and used him for His glory. It is such an encouragement to see how Paul trusts in the Lord and is so bold. The way in which he reasons with people is very wise and again, really inspires me.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I would be an elegant buckskin mare with soft, gentle brown eyes.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You’ll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one’s important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Ice Cream! </span><span>☺</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/02/meet-interns-angela-wikkerink#comments Abortion Activism Angela Wikkerink intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Tue, 02 May 2017 13:40:24 +0000 jcvanmaren 5585 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Deirdre Sprenger https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/01/meet-interns-deirdre-sprenger <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/01/meet-interns-deirdre-sprenger" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p><span>When I came to understand what abortion is, I also found <i>Live Action’s</i> street interviews on Youtube. Then I realized that most people would join the pro-life movement if they were able to see how they have been lied to. Since then, I was inspired to be a part of the truth movement. I’m motivated by other courageous and passionate pro-life activists that will fight for what is right!</span></p><p><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-01_at_11.06.35_am.preview.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-05-01_at_11.06.35_am.preview.png" alt="File 4213" title="" width="415" height="281" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p><span>A few months ago, Cam Cote and Devorah Gilman hosted a presentation at the University of Alberta. It was the first time I was able to meet pro-lifers just like myself!</span></p><p><span><b>What made you choose this organization?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p><span>The CCBR is a movement that implements tactics that are necessary to gain exposure for change. By far, the CCBR is one of most effective pro-life organizations I’ve seen in changing minds and saving lives!</span></p><p><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p><span>This summer, I’m hoping to gain a whole new set of skills, including pro-life apologetics and intercommunication skills. It’s very important to exchange ideas with people that oppose your own, and I believe this internship will give me the courage to speak up on this issue despite being outnumbered in situations. Most of all, I want to push myself and step out of my comfort zone, and I know the CCBR will help me to do just that.</span></p><p><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p><span>I’ve never been involved in the pro-life movement until recently, but there was one instance a year ago where I, alone, stepped up to defend the unborn. In a large discussion group with my high school classmates, the rights of the unborn was brought up. Fully knowing that there were adamant pro-choicers in the crowd, I spoke up and knew exactly how to contest the argument being made. Nothing but silence followed, to the point you could almost hear that click going off in their minds as they saw abortion as a human rights violation. It was the most amazing and terrifying thing I’ve ever done!</span></p><p><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p><span>Martin Luther King Jr. He was not afraid to give a voice to those that couldn’t defend themselves. What I admire the most about him is his vision for equality, and liberty for all. Furthermore, he was a compassionate voice that defended the lives of the unborn.</span></p><p><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p><span>A green koala I would say – maybe even with polka dots, who knows?</span></p><p><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p><span>Do I only get to pick one? Gonna be a long summer </span><span>☹</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/05/01/meet-interns-deirdre-sprenger#comments Abortion Activism Deirdre Sprenger intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Mon, 01 May 2017 15:08:53 +0000 jcvanmaren 5583 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Bas Sluijmers https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/25/meet-interns-bas-sluijmers <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/25/meet-interns-bas-sluijmers" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Knowing that children’s lives are dependent on the work of the pro-life movement gives me great motivation. If it’s not us, then who, that’s the question. My first internship taught me that society by and large is greatly lacking in two areas, truth and love. The pro-life movement has a unique opportunity to combine those two parts while saving babies and helping women.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/14522867_10157542688995051_5065401356789501828_n.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/14522867_10157542688995051_5065401356789501828_n.jpg" alt="File 4208" title="" width="415" height="415" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I came in contact with CCBR through several presentations and apologetics training sessions. I also was privileged to have been a part of a trip to Florida with CCBR participating in the Human Rights Project.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I chose CCBR because it is different than any other organization. Working as an intern gave me an opportunity to talk to people where they were, on the streets. Activism with CCBR allowed me to demonstrate with my words and my actions that I not only cared about pre-born babies, but also about the people I was able have conversations with.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement for me is the daily reminder of the brokenness many people in our country live in. I am often tempted to bury those thoughts to the back of my head and pretend as though babies aren’t being slaughtered in our own country.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>This summer, I hope to gain experience talking to more and more people about the struggles they face and the questions they have. Every conversation is a little bit different, the more experience you gain, the better prepared you are to understand the next unique individual you speak to.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The best experience I have had in the pro-life movement is my high school internship with CCBR last summer. I experienced a life changing summer among fellow interns who shared the same pro-life passion as I.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Mr. John Barros is not a historical figure but I decided to write about him anyway. John stands in front of an Orlando abortion clinic every day. He has been used by God to save many babies at the brink of death over the last 6 years. I am inspired by his commitment to both women and their babies.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>A turquoise tiger.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Ice cream.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/25/meet-interns-bas-sluijmers#comments Abortion Activism Bas Sluijmers intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:29:58 +0000 jcvanmaren 5581 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Janelle Oosterhoff https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/25/meet-interns-janelle-oosterhoff <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/25/meet-interns-janelle-oosterhoff" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>&nbsp;My primary incentive is the 300 pre-born children dying every day in Canada. I am continually motivated by the fruits of this work and also motivated by my friends and colleagues in the pro-life movement.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-25_at_11.56.43_am.preview.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-25_at_11.56.43_am.preview.png" alt="File 4206" title="" width="415" height="419" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>After coming to a new school I became friends with people from Niagara Against Abortion. After going to a CCBR presentation, I joined and was offered an opportunity to do the 2016 high-school internship.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Before CCBR, abortion was an unchangeable fact. Since joining, I’ve realized the horror of abortion, but also the hope in ending it. I’ve chosen this organization because of the passion of the staff, the effectiveness of the imagery and dialogue, and the lives that have been saved.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>My greatest challenge would be having family and friends who don’t agree with this activism. It’s hard when people close to you think that what you are doing is ineffective or wrong when I’m simply doing what I believe is necessary. The activism and atmosphere in the pro-life world also change you, and other friendships can be affected through this. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I hope to improve in my pro-life dialogue and intellect.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The 2016 CCBR internship was an incredible experience. I advanced my pro-life apologetics skills, learned more than I thought was out there, and made amazing friends.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Sophie Scholl was a political activist in Nazi Germany. She inspires me because she took a stance against the Nazis when so many others remained silent. Although Sophie was put to death for what she did, she believed that truth would prevail, and she was right.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I’d be a brown deer; a little awkward, but also serene and en(deer)ing.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Ice cream!</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/25/meet-interns-janelle-oosterhoff#comments Abortion Activism intern Janelle Oosterhoff Pro-Choice Pro-Life Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:57:44 +0000 jcvanmaren 5579 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Naomi Wildeboer https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/18/meet-interns-naomi-wildeboer <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/18/meet-interns-naomi-wildeboer" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Society has become ignorant towards the injustice of abortion, and I think that since I am aware, it is my responsibility to be a voice for the pre-born, and continue to raise awareness.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-18_at_9.32.26_am.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-18_at_9.32.26_am.png" alt="File 4192" title="" width="408" height="405" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I first came into contact with CCBR when they were traveling through Ottawa with the New Abortion Caravan.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I have seen how effectively CCBR works to change hearts and minds, and the love and dedication the staff puts into this work inspires me.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>This summer I would like to be equipped to step outside my comfort zone, and be able to speak out for the pre-born.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>My best experience so far has been the March for Life. It encourages me to see so many people who want to be involved in ending the injustice of abortion.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Alexander Hamilton. He started from the very bottom, living in poverty. With the help of many he was able to move to America, lead men into the revolution, and eventually he became one of the founding fathers of America. Despite facing continual opposition he stood up for what he believed in.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>A white horse.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Ice cream.</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/18/meet-interns-naomi-wildeboer#comments Abortion Activism intern Naomi Wildeboer Pro-Choice Pro-Life Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:41:21 +0000 jcvanmaren 5575 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Craig Van Manen https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/17/meet-interns-craig-van-manen <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/17/meet-interns-craig-van-manen" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:18px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span>I’ve been motivated to join the pro-life movement in part by great friends and the sincere staff at CCBR (ie. Pieter Bos &amp; Gerrit Van Dorland)! Kudos to these guys who gently pushed and prodded me to go on the GAP trip this past February. I wouldn’t be anywhere close to even considering a summer internship if it weren’t for their encouragement and infectious passion. The 2017 GAP trip was unlike anything else I’ve experienced. It was uplifting, educational, but most importantly, completely devastating. After visiting the Orlando “Women’s Centre” I was hit hard with the reality that, regardless of my acknowledgement, thousands of babies are being killed every day in North America. Thousands. This is what really and truly motivates me. I know too much. I am no longer comfortable being silent.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-18_at_9.42.49_am.preview.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-18_at_9.42.49_am.preview.png" alt="File 4197" title="" width="415" height="629" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span>I believe I first heard of abortion via a grade 6 speech. CCBR’s work may have been mentioned then already but for the most part I was informed of the organization as I attended presentations (mostly by Jonathon Van Maren) throughout my high school years.</span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span>My unparalleled and eye-opening experience at GAP in Florida this past February.</span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span><b>If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span>Staying focused on the lives to be saved (and hearts &amp; minds to be changed) as opposed to the conversations to be ‘won’.</span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span>I hope to learn conversational and oratory skills as well as patience in dealing with people who can be frustrating to speak with. Also, I see this internship as an opportunity to build upon the foundation of my personal beliefs. It’s easy to believe something when surrounded by those of like-mind; it’s another thing to be placed in an antagonist culture which forces the development of worldview. Ultimately, I want to learn how I can save babies most effectively.</span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span>My best experience in the pro-life movement so far involves a testimonial from GAP. One of my very first conversations at the University of Central Florida was with a guy named Matt. I gave him a brochure and, upon realizing his expression, hesitated in beginning my usual line of questioning. He was pro-choice and disgusted. He told me the pictures were “pretty messed up” and I agreed. We talked through some circumstances before he had to go to class. Later that day, I had a fellow GAP volunteer (Katrina Koppert) tell me that Matt had approached her with the same brochure I had given him. He had told her that his conversation with me had changed his mind on abortion and that it was never okay. Just this one example displayed the power of the pro-life argument and the real change it can make in a very clear way to me.</span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span>Martin Luther. 95 Theses. Nailed it.</span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span>I would be a Black Panther. Truly majestic creatures don’t ask for attention.</span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:18px"><span>Anything that has Reese’s Pieces or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in it.</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/17/meet-interns-craig-van-manen#comments Abortion Activism Craig Van Manen intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:53:27 +0000 jcvanmaren 5572 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Maria McCann https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/12/meet-interns-maria-mccann <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/12/meet-interns-maria-mccann" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I have always been pro-life, and during high school I was involved in occasional activities like the March for Life. But my perspective radically shifted when I attended the NCLN Symposium in the fall of 2015. I had never been confronted so viscerally with the reality of abortion’s violence. I had never considered that this was not a movement, this was an <i>emergency, </i>and I had a responsibility to act. My heart broke over abortion that weekend. My heart continues to break. But I have also witnessed first-hand that hearts and minds are changed, and children are spared from death, when we lovingly share the truth about abortion. If I know that my voice can make a difference for the pre-born, how could I possibly remain silent?</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-11_at_11.05.17_am.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-11_at_11.05.17_am.png" alt="File 4172" title="" width="415" height="355" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I heard Stephanie Gray speak about CCBR’s work a number of years ago, while I was still in high school. The funny/ironic thing is that I opposed the use of abortion victim photography at that time, and continued to oppose it for years afterwards. It was through multiple conversations with multiple CCBR activists that I gradually began to agree with that form of activism being ethical. When I tentatively started showing people “Choice” cards in my conversations about abortion, I was amazed at how quickly people changed their views, and I realized that maybe those CCBR people were onto something . . .&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The CCBR’s dedication to effectiveness truly sets them apart as a pro-life organization. They are deeply serious about actually ending abortion in Canada--about radically changing our culture so that abortion will be unthinkable. I was blown away when I first read the EndTheKilling plan, and I want to be a part of making that plan a reality.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I struggle with the fear of being inadequate for the tasks given to me, especially when lives are literally on the line. So many of the activists and apologists who have trained me seem infinitely more equipped, with degrees in bioethics or philosophy and with years of experience in pro-life activism. I have had to learn that perfectionism can be just as damaging as apathy, because perfectionism can paralyze me into inaction. And I am strengthened with the knowledge that God does not call the equipped--He equips the called.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I hope to grow in the knowledge, wisdom and character needed to be an effective pro-life activist and ambassador. I know that living with and working alongside so many amazing people will help me to grow in virtue. I also hope to improve my dialogue skills and my speaking skills, so that I can train other pro-lifers to become activists.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I had the privilege to work as an intern for National Campus Life Network last summer, and I will never forget that experience. I worked with such an incredible group of individuals and received so much formation and mentorship that helped me to become a pro-life leader on my campus. While I have discerned that I will be better able to serve the movement as a CCBR intern this summer, I am still incredibly grateful for that summer and for my NCLN family.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Moses inspires me because he chose to trust in God’s goodness and power when he knew that his own goodness and power were completely insufficient. He faced a monumental injustice and had to let go of those fears of inadequacy—the same fears that prick me—in order to follow God’s will, and his faithfulness was rewarded. </span><span>“What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say?” Any pro-life activist can relate to that question! It is comforting to know God’s answer to Moses and to us: that He will always be with us, and will guide our words and actions.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>A purple flamingo, because pink flamingos are way too ordinary and because I’m a UWO student (#purplepride). Also, you are now thinking about a purple flamingo, aren’t you?</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>No joke: I once sat outside eating ice cream . . . on a frigid winter day . . . while it was snowing. Ice cream is always the answer, regardless of the question.</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/12/meet-interns-maria-mccann#comments Abortion Activism intern Maria McCann Pro-Choice Pro-Life Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:01:49 +0000 jcvanmaren 5569 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Ruby Bea https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/11/meet-interns-ruby-bea <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/11/meet-interns-ruby-bea" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>We all talk about wanting to make a change, but what are we actually doing to make that happen? I want to make abortion unthinkable. The gift of life is such a precious gift, and it needs to be cherished. That's why I am going to be the change I want to see in this world. I believe it's possible to change the hearts and minds of the people, therefore saving the lives of the unborn. My faith is a continual motivation to serve and allow God to use me in making a difference no matter how small. &nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-11_at_8.21.49_am.preview.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-11_at_8.21.49_am.preview.png" alt="File 4170" title="" width="415" height="410" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>It's hard to say really, as I've been aware of CCBR and following their work on social media, and having discussions with friends who've had different interactions with CCBR for quite awhile. I've met some really great people associated with CCBR and I want to be a part of the work they’re accomplishing.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>CCBR is doing some really amazing things and reaching so many more people than I could ever on my own.&nbsp; They confront and change the way people think in&nbsp;a compassionate manner. I also had a friend who did the internship with CCBR who said that it was life changing.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I hope to gain the experience and tools I need and build up the confidence in my own abilities. I also wish to bring back what I learn to my community pro-life group, as well as being able to effectively help teach others.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I haven't had a great deal of experience. I've done a few life chains and side walk demonstrations. I think one experience would be seeing a change in another's heart and their view of abortion and coming to be pro-life.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>There are many people throughout history who have inspired me. There is one who stands out a little bit for me and that is Saint Gianna Beretta Molla. Since childhood, Saint Gianna has been a constant inspiration to me. Not only was she willing to sacrifice her own life for her unborn child within, she had such a strong faith and love for not just God but for all those she came into contact with. As a doctor she helped countless people. Gianna stood up for what she believed in and changed those around her. If she could be willing to sacrifice herself for a child and to serve God, then what is stopping me from changing the world? I believe that even the smallest acts can be used to transform this world. Seeing as she was pro-life and is also considered a patron saint for unborn children, she is quite fitting for my inspiration.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I'd be a green pantherguin, which is a mix of a panther and a penguin</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Ice cream, hands down, but preferably not strawberry. &nbsp;</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/11/meet-interns-ruby-bea#comments Abortion Activism intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Ruby Bea Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:22:56 +0000 jcvanmaren 5565 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Silas Neels https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/10/meet-interns-silas-neels <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/10/meet-interns-silas-neels" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Over 100,000 children are murdered each year in Canada alone in the name of “choice”, and millions worldwide each year. When I really thought about that, I realized that it was my responsibility, no, my duty, to help people see the truth of abortion and how it murders the most vulnerable of our society. I also realized that if I just acted passively about being pro-life, I would be basically the same as the people during the Second World War who were indifferent towards the Jews’ plight and didn’t bother to help them escape from the Nazi’s when they could.&nbsp; What continues to motivate me is the realization that around 300 children are aborted every day in Canada, and the only real solution to that is to change people’s minds one by one.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-10_at_11.27.32_am.preview.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-10_at_11.27.32_am.preview.png" alt="File 4166" title="" width="415" height="331" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I’ve known about CCBR for quite a while, so I’m not exactly sure when I first came into contact with them, but it most likely was when I was in junior high school and Maaike Rosendal did a talk about being pro-life.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>People who have done the internship in the past have told me what a life-changing experience it was, and I never really considered any other pro-life organization that I would do an internship with.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I hope to learn how to communicate the pro-life message more compassionately and effectively.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The Abortion Awareness Project at UBC. I talked to a lot of people, not always changing their minds, but getting them thinking about abortion, as well as improving my skills in pro-life activism.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>William Wilberforce. He spent most of his life advocating for abolition of the slave trade, even when it seemed like a never ending battle. So whenever it seems to me like it’s a hopeless case to try change the abortion laws in Canada, I think about Wilberforce and his passion to abolish slavery for good. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>A golden eagle, because flying is fun.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Ice cream.&nbsp;</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/10/meet-interns-silas-neels#comments Abortion Activism intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Silas Neels Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:28:31 +0000 jcvanmaren 5563 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Adriana Westerhof https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/10/meet-interns-adriana-westerhof <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/10/meet-interns-adriana-westerhof" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:17px"><span><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>Growing up in a Christian family I always felt like I was somehow part of the pro-life movement through activities like life-chain and listening to pro-life speakers. However, my perspective and motivation completely changed when I joined Western Lifeline, the pro-life club at Western University this past year. Here I saw the passion the other group members had for the pro-life movement and was truly confronted with how we can actually make a difference, even as young students. I am motivated by my experience of going to the late-term abortion clinic in Florida this past February with the CCBR team. Being there was such a powerful experience and made abortion that much more real for me.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-10_at_8.32.54_am.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-10_at_8.32.54_am.png" alt="File 4160" title="" width="415" height="624" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>I was first introduced to the CCBR in September of this past year through Oriyana Hrycyshyn and Maria McCann who are both members of Western Lifeline.</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>I chose CCBR because of how effective their strategies are at changing minds and hearts and because of the passionate people I have met from the organization.</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span><b>If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>My greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement is probably feeling inadequate as to really being able to make a difference and represent the cause well.</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>I hope to learn how to be a better advocate for the pre-born, both to people who are not pro-life, but also to those who are pro-life but do not necessarily feel motivated to do anything about it.</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>My best experience in the pro-life movement has definitely been GAP because it has allowed me to grow so much both in terms of my passion for the movement as well as in my knowledge of how to be a better advocate.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>I am inspired by William Wilberforce, a social reformer who worked with a small group of highly-motivated individuals to make slavery unthinkable, and in doing so, illegal. He motivates me because he makes me realize that even though the pro-life movement may not seem large or powerful, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be effective. He gives me confidence that this generation can be the one to make abortion unthinkable.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>I would be a purple penguin.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span><b>You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>Ice cream.</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/10/meet-interns-adriana-westerhof#comments Abortion Activism Adriana Westerhof intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:33:43 +0000 jcvanmaren 5561 at https://www.endthekilling.ca