Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform - See it. Believe it. End it. https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog en 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 According to pro-aborts, even pictures of babies in the womb are "graphic images" https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/07/according-pro-aborts-even-pictures-babies-womb-are-graphic-images <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/07/according-pro-aborts-even-pictures-babies-womb-are-graphic-images" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p>By Jonathon Van Maren</p><p>Pro-lifers uncomfortable with most forms of educational outreach often pinpoint their discomfort very specifically on one thing: <em>Abortion victim photography makes people upset</em>. There are a variety of responses to this, of course—images of abortion victims <em>should</em> make us upset, because little human beings are being physically torn limb from limb. But often, I point out the fact that regardless of whether we choose to use photographs of abortion victims in our outreach, people will <em>always</em> get upset, and they will <em>always</em> accuse pro-lifers of being extreme. It is the <em>truth</em> that we bring that upsets people, not the method we use to bring it. That’s why pro-lifers have been attacked at Life Chain, while sidewalk chalking, and virtually any other form of outreach you can think of.</p><p><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/z.preview.jpg" alt="File 4157" title="" width="415" height="125" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></p><p>Let me give you one example. Recently, the city of Peterborough reluctantly allowed the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform to run pro-life ads on the backs of city buses (they will be running for the next three months.) This is how the <a href="http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2017/04/03/peterborough-council-seeks-revised-advertising-policies-for-city-buses-to-prevent-controversial-ads-from-running-on-buses-in-the-future" rel="nofollow">Peterborough Examiner</a> covered the story:</p><p><em>A plan from city council to make changes to their advertising policies to prevent a pro-life group from ever running pro-life ads on public transit – with graphic images of fetuses – was ratified by council on Monday night, even after several women told council they failed by not blocking the ads in the first place.</em></p><p><em>Two ads are coming to public transit this week – likely Tuesday.</em></p><p><em>They come from the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, and they feature graphic images of aborted fetuses.</em></p><p>There’s one problem with that description: Our ad does not include any photographs of aborted babies. It simply shows two photographs of children in the womb followed by a blank red circle, with the words “Growing, Growing, Gone” beneath them. A photo of the ad was included in the story that made this claim, so the journalist writing the story obviously knew that she was misrepresenting the advertisement. She also twice referred to the images as “graphic images of fetuses” and quoted a post-abortive woman who complained that the images were “spewing bigotry.”</p><p>So it turns out that even photographs of healthy human babies are now “graphic images,” simply because the reminder that babies do, in fact, grow in the womb is discomfiting to a society that is determined to deny them their rights. In <a href="http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2017/01/03/anti-abortion-ads-expected-to-start-running-before-the-end-of-march-on-peterborough-transit-buses-despite-grande-prairie-alta-ruling" rel="nofollow">January</a>, the Peterborough Examiner referred to the ad as a “graphic anti-abortion ad.” The same characterization was used by <a href="http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/7207607-peterborough-councillors-will-again-discuss-allowing-anti-abortion-ads-to-appear-on-city-buses/" rel="nofollow">Kawartha News</a>:</p><p><em>In January, at the request of Councillor Dean Pappas,<a href="http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/7070316-councillors-still-fighting-anti-abortion-ads-on-peterborough-buses/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">&nbsp;council asked for City staff to report back on</a>&nbsp;, one, options to adjust the city-wide advertising policy to ensure harmful messages are not allowed on city property, and, two, the municipality’s legal options to prevent the display of graphic images on public transit.</em></p><p>Again, there it is—simple photos of human beings developing in the wombs of their mothers are considered “graphic images” by the pro-abortion media. And earlier today, Justin Trudeau’s Minister of the Status of Women Maryam Monsef—<a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/02/17/note-maryam-monsef-abortion-number-one-weapon-against-girls-worldwide" rel="nofollow">who recently proclaimed that lack of access to abortion</a> was a human rights violation—took to Facebook to condemn CCBR’s ad and say the same thing:</p><p><em>Many residents have recently shared with me their displeasure that graphic anti-choice advertisements are now appearing on Peterborough transit. First of all, I want to commend all of those who have been engaging respectfully in this conversation about a difficult topic…</em></p><p><em>While the federal government cannot take actions to stop or mitigate these ads in their current configuration, anyone who is concerned may want to consider contacting Advertising Standards Canada, which is a national not-for-profit self-regulatory body for advertising in Canada. </em></p><p>Pro-lifers have to realize something: Abortion supporters are <em>always</em> going to claim that we are extreme because they despise our simple message of human rights for all human beings. If we use photos of aborted babies as evidence in the court of public opinion, they announce that such pictures are “too graphic.” If we use photos of healthy babies in the womb, they report that we are using “graphic images.” If we show people what happens to three hundred pre-born children in Canada every day, they accuse us of using hateful imagery. If we show them blissful, happy images of pre-born children, we are “spewing bigotry.” <em>It doesn’t matter what method pro-lifers use</em>.</p><p>At the end of the day, we are telling a culture that kills its children what happened to those children, and they are not going to be happy with that. Confronting the culture is a difficult thing to do, but it must be done. In the meantime, I’m not going to take pro-life strategy cues from people who want abortion to remain legal—and even think photos of babies in the womb are “too graphic.” <br />&nbsp;</p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/07/according-pro-aborts-even-pictures-babies-womb-are-graphic-images#comments Jonathon Van Maren Maryam Monsef Peterborough bus ads Peterborough Examiner Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:54:41 +0000 jvanmaren 5557 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Nicole Harink https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/04/meet-interns-nicole-harink <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/04/meet-interns-nicole-harink" 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?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p><span>My greatest motivation to join the pro-life movement has been the heartbreaking stories of girls, just like me, caught in situations that lead to abortions. Many of the women having abortion are so young, with barely any idea of what an abortion is, or the physical and emotional burden it will forever have on their lives. Not only do abortions kill millions of babies every year, they also hurt millions of women, who, whether they realize it or not, will never be the same. What motivates me is knowledge that we stand for the truth, and that the truth always wins.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/img_3399.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/img_3399.preview.jpg" alt="File 4150" title="" width="343" height="640" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p><span>I first heard about CCBR from Devorah Gilman when she spoke in our community with some of her colleagues. &nbsp;</span></p><p><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><span>Fear of the unknown; the fear of meeting strange people and being in situations with no idea what to say. Joining the pro-life movement full time during the summer will probably include “unknowns,”&nbsp; but I am excited for the experience.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span><b>What do you hope to learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p><span>I hope to learn how to defend our pro-life message with love and compassion, and how to effectively discuss what we believe.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p><span>The 2016 Ottawa March for Life has been my best pro-life experience. It was an amazing to see how large the pro-life voice really is, and how much the opposition needs to hear our message.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p><span>William Wilberforce is the person who inspires me the most to make a change and stand up for what’s right. He too fought against a practice widely accepted by the mainstream population and government. Wilberforce fought for what he believed in, and with God’s help, slavery was abolished.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p><span>I think I would be a lion, with a wild mane. Minus the roar though . . .</span></p><p><span><b>You’ll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one’s important: ice cream or slushies?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p><span>Definitely ice cream!&nbsp;</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/04/meet-interns-nicole-harink#comments Abortion Activism intern Nicole Harink Pro-Choice Pro-Life Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:56:44 +0000 jcvanmaren 5540 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Will Dyck https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/04/meet-interns-will-dyck <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/04/meet-interns-will-dyck" 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>When I woke up to the terrifying reality of abortion, and the fact that 300 precious lives are being ended each day in our country, I couldn’t move on and do nothing about it. And every day I’m only realizing more and more how much of a responsibility I have to cry out against this evil. I’ve only been involved in the pro-life movement since September 2016, but since then I’ve seen countless men and women go from “pro-choice” to “pro-life” in just a short conversation. To know that someone might choose life for their child someday because of our words and actions is an incredible motivation.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-04_at_8.57.18_am.preview.png" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2017-04-04_at_8.57.18_am.preview.png" alt="File 4146" title="" width="415" height="557" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I saw a group of activists in my hometown, and I thought it was awesome that these young people were willing to stand up and defend the most helpless of our kind. I got their contact information, and shortly thereafter they got a CCBR presentation set up for my church.&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’ve done some activism with CCBR, and I can say without a doubt that their methods are effective. The use of abortion victim imagery opens people’s eyes in a way that wouldn’t be possible through conversation alone. I’ve also had the incredible opportunity to get to know some of the staff; the passion they have for defending the rights of the unborn is truly inspiring. I’ve also seen firsthand how important it is to have compassion and love while speaking to people. “Truth without love is ineffective, but love without truth is a lie.” –Devorah Gilman</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>Talking to people much older than me can be difficult at times.</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 become a more effective tool in God’s plan to end this injustice! Working with other young people who are passionate about pro-life work, as well as receiving more training from the staff at CCBR sounds like an amazing experience.</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 was definitely the Human Right’s Project in Florida this past February. Having the opportunity to go to different universities and conversing with so many students throughout the week was life-changing. I saw hundreds of people reached with the truth about abortion. So many minds were changed. So many lives potentially saved. I also made some awesome friends on the trip. There was something about working together—through the joys and the fears, through the sweat and the tears—that brought us together an in amazing way.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span><b>Who inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Alex vande Bruinhorst. I was privileged to get to know Alex during the Human Right’s Project, and I was inspired by his dedication to the pro-life movement. The fact that he was willing to leave everything to work full-time at CCBR made me realize I hadn’t been sacrificing much at all. Also, the way he engages with people while doing activism is very compelling; I have much to learn from him.</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 probably be a blue sea turtle. They seem pretty chill (like the turtle in Finding Nemo). They also travel thousands of miles every year, which is awesome. I’m a big fan of migration.</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>I prefer ice cream most times. But I’ll be cool with either!</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/04/meet-interns-will-dyck#comments Abortion Activism intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Will Dyck Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:24:46 +0000 jcvanmaren 5538 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Vanessa Otten https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/03/meet-interns-vanessa-otten <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/03/meet-interns-vanessa-otten" 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>When I saw for the first time what abortion does to pre-born children, I knew I had to do something about it. Looking at the graphics and hearing shocking statistics showed me how real this problem is and that I needed to be part of the change. No longer could I let my neighbours choose abortion for their child. My continual motivation comes from the testimonies I hear from women in crisis pregnancies. The reality of their choices and the life that sits on the line inspires me to make abortion unthinkable.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:17px"><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/vanessa_otten.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/vanessa_otten.preview.jpg" alt="File 4138" title="" width="360" height="640" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:17px"><span>The first time I heard about CCBR was through a friend who had done the internship. Shortly after, Jonathan Van Maren did a pro-life presentation to our community. After hearing this presentation I joined Niagara Against Abortion and ever since then, CCBR has become a very common term.&nbsp;</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 to become part of this organization mainly because I agree with its method and mission. The use of abortion victim photography is very effective and I respect the loving approach they use in conversation.&nbsp;</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>There have definitely been some challenges in joining the pro-life movement. Because pro-life activism is a controversial topic I find it challenging to share my interest and passion for this work with others outside of my direct community.&nbsp;</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 expand my conversation skills and learn effective ways to converse with people who have differing opinions.&nbsp;</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>There have been SO MANY great experiences in my pro-life work! One time in particular sticks out in my mind as an amazing experience. It was a conversation I had at “Choice” Chain. I was speaking with a scientist who labeled himself as “very pro-choice.” Through a incredibly interesting conversation, his mind completely changed. At the end of the conversation he gave me a hearty handshake and said he really appreciated our conversation.&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>In history, dating far back to the Bible times, I am inspired by the apostles who went out with the message of salvation though Jesus. Although their message was not always well received by their hearers they pressed on with courage. I am inspired to share truth and reality with my fellow citizens just as those men did.&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 an orange sea turtle.&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!&nbsp;</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/04/03/meet-interns-vanessa-otten#comments Abortion Activism intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Vanessa Otten Mon, 03 Apr 2017 21:41:07 +0000 jcvanmaren 5535 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Kerri-Ann Brouwer https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/29/meet-interns-kerri-ann-brouwer <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/29/meet-interns-kerri-ann-brouwer" 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><b>What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>I was motivated to join the pro-life movement after seeing an abortion video. It was then that I realized how real abortion is. My niece, Kerra, and nephew, Louie, are beautiful blessings that inspire me to continue fighting for pre-born human rights.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><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/13728969_10157195065270051_4898464880512057520_n.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/13728969_10157195065270051_4898464880512057520_n.preview.jpg" alt="File 4134" title="" width="415" height="622" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>In 2013 Jonathon Van Maren came to my school and did a topic on abortion. His enthusiasm and passion for protecting the pre-born was contagious.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span><b>What made you choose this organization?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>CCBR confronts the culture with love and truth. I’ve witnessed the effectiveness of their strategy.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><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:14px"><span>My greatest challenge is seeing the deep hurt and pain that abortion brings, and learning how to disengage.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span><b>What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?&nbsp;</b></span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>I hope to learn how to effectively teach others to be pro-life activists.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span><b>What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>My best experience in the pro-life movement so far was the high-school internship with CCBR. Last summer was filled with intense learning, changing minds, and lots of adventures. I met so many loving, inspiring friends!</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span><b>Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Sophie Scholl, a German student and </span><span>anti-Nazi political activist,</span><span> inspires me. She refused to live of life of mediocracy, and made great sacrifices to expose injustice. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span><b>If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>I would be a pink penguin.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><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:14px"><span>Ice cream!&nbsp;</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/29/meet-interns-kerri-ann-brouwer#comments Abortion Activism intern Kerri-Ann Brouwer Pro-Choice Pro-Life Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:02:36 +0000 jcvanmaren 5529 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Colin Byl https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/28/meet-interns-colin-byl <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/28/meet-interns-colin-byl" 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 first time doing pro-life activism was during my reading week this year, when Gerrit Van Dorland chased me down to participate in the Florida GAP project. Knowing that abortion is a wrong but still indifferent to the impact I could make on this issue, my motivation was Florida’s warm weather. However, that week showed that, one by one, people’s hearts and minds could be changed and lives could be saved through the amazing work of God, and this is now what motivates me and continues to do so. Also, it’s impossible not to acknowledge the amazing and inspiring people you encounter along the way, who provide so much support and motivation to keep going.</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/img_1293.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/img_1293.preview.jpg" alt="File 4130" title="" width="415" height="311" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I’m not sure when CCBR first hit my radar screen, but during my middle and high-school years, Jonathon Van Maren and Pieter Bos did presentations about the realities of abortion at our school.&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>CCBR was the pro-life organization I was exposed to the most when growing up, considering the number of CCBR people I already knew. Also, CCBR is very effective in their pro-life outreach, and their staff members are amazing, so it was a no-brainer for me!</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>Building up the confidence to discuss a topic that some people passionately disagree with you on. Basically, I hate being yelled at.&nbsp;</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 really want to confirm the fact—which I’d been sadly trying my whole life to avoid—that I can make a difference, that I can “do all things through Christ Who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).</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>Oh man, I could talk all day about how the Florida GAP trip was such a great experience. Doing activism can be very rewarding, as you look at the people you had amazing conversations with and enlightened them to the truth. The people who rejected your offer to discuss will still be left with that image, which can’t so easily be shaken off. If the idea of saving babies wasn’t enough of a reason—which, indeed, it was :)—saving babies with extraordinary people at your side really makes it memorable. Having their support and encouragement through those emotional ups-and-downs makes me want to experience that week a hundred times over.</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>She isn’t really a historical figure, but Irene De Souza is someone who makes me believe I can make a change. I especially think of the Thursday of our GAP trip, the day where a lot of us went to the abortion clinic. Everyone, especially Irene, was visibly and emotionally shaken through this experience. However, upon returning to the university (while I sat down just to reel my mind in from the depths of anger and depression), Irene went straight to the brochures and left to engage with students about the realities of what she experienced that morning, despite her visible and emotional state. As she said later, “Babies didn’t need my tears; they needed my words and actions.” Now if that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is!</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 elk. Credits to my cousin on that one.</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>A nice big bowl of mint and chocolate chip ice cream would be perfect . . .</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/28/meet-interns-colin-byl#comments Abortion Activism Colin Byl intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:24:47 +0000 jcvanmaren 5527 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Attila Varszegi https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/22/meet-interns-attila-varszegi <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/22/meet-interns-attila-varszegi" 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>I need to be able to look my future children (God willing) in the eyes one day and tell them that their father fought for the pre-born.&nbsp;</span></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 Stephanie Grey visited UVic many years ago for an abortion debate.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/attilas_ccbr_photo.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/attilas_ccbr_photo.preview.jpg" alt="File 4126" title="" width="415" height="512" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></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 biggest challenge for me is shedding years of university indoctrination which has conditioned me to remain silent on issues of life. Going public about bring pro-life and unashamedly standing up for the rights of the pre-born is one of the most challenging, yet life-giving things I have ever done.</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 develop my pro-life presentation skills because I would like to work towards getting the pro-life message onto YouTube.&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 was doing GAP in Florida. It was so inspiring to see that changing hearts and minds isn't that difficult. If someone had told me years ago that all we had to do to confront the culture was talk to people I'd have been doing this for years now.</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 an English major so my biggest inspirations are fictional characters. Lord of the Rings is a constant source of inspiration for me as it is so filled with truth. The films have constant examples of people continuing to strive against seemingly impossible odds. That gets me right in the feels. On days when I think that the culture war is overwhelming and impossible to win, I reflect on Sam's Speech: "It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo..."</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 a Timber Wolf with a rugged grey mane and strikingly green eyes. The Timber Wolf is my university's mascot and the wolf happens to be my favourite animal.&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>Milkshakes.</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/22/meet-interns-attila-varszegi#comments Abortion Activism Attila Varszegi intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:34:10 +0000 jcvanmaren 5525 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Tikvah Gilman https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/20/meet-interns-tikvah-gilman <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/20/meet-interns-tikvah-gilman" 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>In the summer of 2014 there was a war between Hamas and Israel. Protests were being done all over the world by people who wanted peace. One day I was reading an article about a particular protest in Calgary, Alberta. The protest was peaceful until the anti-protesters came to the scene. They started chanting, “Death to the Jews,” and they were doing the Hitler salute, pushing the Jewish people down to the ground, and spitting on them. It was painful realizing that there were people in my own country who wanted me and my family to be dead just because we were Jewish. I felt so small. So angry. I didn’t get it. A couple of days later I was going to the GTA to volunteer with CCBR doing activism. I didn’t want to go. I didn’t feel like stepping outside of my comfort zone. I never enjoyed speaking to people about controversial subjects. As I sat thinking about my people, the Jewish people, I couldn’t help but think of the 300 pre-born babies who were being killed that day and who would be killed the next day, and the next. Then this thought came to me, “If people were coming to kill me and my family, wouldn’t I want someone to get in the way between us and them? This is what I need to do for the pre-born. I need to get in the way between the pre-born children and those who want to end their life.” That is what motivated me that week of activism and that thought continues to motivate me.</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/13686588_147386675686721_1954282808008461786_n.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/13686588_147386675686721_1954282808008461786_n.preview.jpg" alt="File 4122" title="" width="415" height="416" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I first heard of CCBR through my sister in 2012 when she did the summer internship.</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 gives excellent training and their projects are very effective. I also must say their staff are pretty great people.&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>Probably the fact that I don’t really like controversy. :)&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 become a more effective and compassionate pro-life ambassador, and learn how to train others to do the same.&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 have had some pretty great experiences with the pro-life movement but hands down my best experience would have been last summer when I did CCBR’s high-school internship! Every day I got to witness hearts and minds being changed and lives being saved. And I got to do it alongside some of the most selfless, loving, wonderful people out there.&nbsp;</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>So many people inspire me! However, the first one that comes to mind is Martin Luther King Jr. He was a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He stood up and took action for what is right even though it wasn’t going to be safe or easy. I want to be like him.</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 a Pink Pony.</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>I am going to have to go with slushies because a slushie is happiness in a cup.</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/20/meet-interns-tikvah-gilman#comments Abortion Activism intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Tikvah Gilman Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:25:06 +0000 jcvanmaren 5523 at https://www.endthekilling.ca