Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform - See it. Believe it. End it. https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog en 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 Tomi Lahren defended abortion. She's wrong, and it matters. https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/17/tomi-lahren-defended-abortion-shes-wrong-and-it-matters <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/17/tomi-lahren-defended-abortion-shes-wrong-and-it-matters" 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>Tomi Lahren styles herself a “young, conservative woman”—and her sharp rise as a TV show host, she says, is an indication that there is an audience hungry for her message, which she’s described in the past as “anti-feminist.” Her show <em>Tomi</em> on The Blaze is wildly popular, mainly for her consistent defences of Donald Trump, and her young audience loves her for her willingness to face off with left-wing commentators like Trevor Noah of the <em>Daily Show</em>.</p><p><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/tomi_lahren.jpg" alt="File 4117" title="" width="415" height="234" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></p><p>Considering her growing influence in conservative circles, especially women, it was very disappointing to hear Lahren defend abortion during her debut appearance on <em>The View</em>. “I’m pro-choice and here is why,” she said. “I am&nbsp;someone that loves the Constitution, I am someone that is for limited government, so I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies. Stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”</p><p>Lahren may be a fresh voice on many issues, but on abortion she trots out the same stale, debunked talking points the abortion movement has been using out for years. For starters, <a href="http://www.westernjournalism.com/scholars-argue-roe-v-wade-is-actually-unconstitutional/" rel="nofollow">there is no constitutional right to abortion</a>. The creators of Roe v. Wade produced a ruling so terrible—even from the legal perspective—that even many abortion supporters have <a href="http://www.lifenews.com/2012/12/20/even-abortion-backers-admit-roe-vs-wade-was-a-terrible-decision/" rel="nofollow">admitted</a> it. Legal scholar John Hart Ely, a supporter of abortion, wrote in the Yale Law Journal that Roe v. Wade is “bad constitutional law, or rather…it is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be.”</p><p>Lahren’s appeal to limited government is also ridiculous. Whatever one’s opinion on government, from the left end of the spectrum to the right, the one thing we should all be able to agree on is that the government’s duty is to protect people from one another. At a bare minimum, the government should uphold the simple right of human beings not to be killed by other human beings. Even the smallest of governments have an obligation to defend fundamental human rights, the right to life being first among them.</p><p>Which brings us to Lahren’s final point on abortion, the assertion that women should have the right to do what they want with their bodies. Well, sure. But that’s not the point. The human being developing in the womb is <em>not</em> part of the mother’s body. This is a simple scientific fact. What Tomi Lahren is advocating for here is a procedure in which someone actually has to force open the woman’s cervix in order to use tools to either suction the tiny girl or boy into bloody slurry, or actually dismember the baby piece by piece, reassembling the shattered child on a tray afterwards to ensure that all body parts have been evicted from the uterus.</p><p>It's a shame when young commentators with growing audiences choose to use their influence this way. It’s a shame when the same tired but still lethally dangerous ideas are promoted to huge numbers of people who need to know the truth about abortion. I can only hope that Tomi Lahren will realize that her point of view has nothing to do with limited government or women’s rights, and everything to do with the threatened lives of human beings in the womb.&nbsp;</p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/17/tomi-lahren-defended-abortion-shes-wrong-and-it-matters#comments Abortion Jonathon Van Maren Pro-Choice Pro-Life The View Tomi Lahren News Commentary Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:04:18 +0000 jvanmaren 5521 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Meet the interns: Ewa Lasota https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/14/meet-interns-ewa-lasota <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/14/meet-interns-ewa-lasota" 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>The prospective of changing minds and hearts on the issue of abortion motivated me to join the pro-life movement. Every day pre-born children are dismembered and decapitated. Every person can make a difference.</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span><b>When did you first come into contact with CCBR?</b></span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>My friend Oriyana Hrycyshyn, a summer intern, told me about CCBR.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/dsc_0954.jpeg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/dsc_0954.jpeg" alt="File 4114" title="" width="266" height="425" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></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’s strategy and use of abortion victim photography is extremely effective and compelling. Furthermore, the organization is made up of people whose dedication and passion are truly inspirational and whose loving and compassionate hearts make all the difference.&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>It’s not easy to talk to strangers, let alone talk to strangers about abortion. The greatest challenge of joining the pro-life movement has probably been the necessity to step out of my comfort zone to engage people in conversation.</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 communicate the pro-life message and to do so with compassion and understanding. I would also like to learn how to equip others to do the same.</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>Participating in the Human Rights Project in Florida has definitely been my best experience in the pro-life movement! The opportunity to engage in conversations about abortion with university students has opened my eyes to the pain and suffering present in todays society and has thus allowed me to grow in love and compassion, and also to reach out and be loving to others. Seeing somebody’s eyes light up because they realize they are loved is such a humbling and rewarding experience!</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>“ On August 17, 1948, Mother Teresa – a European nun alone in newly independent India – set out to begin life as a Missionary of Charity. ” What started out with one woman’s desire to answer a call from God became a lifelong work of service to the poorest of the poor that spread all around the world. The humility and love with which Mother Teresa served the poor inspires me to step out of my comfort zone and share the truth with those who have not yet seen it or have hardened their hearts to it. We don’t have to do great things; all it takes is little things done with great love.&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 sea otter because they hold paws when they sleep and baby otters get to sleep directly on their mothers’ bellies!&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!</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/14/meet-interns-ewa-lasota#comments Abortion Activism Ewa Lasota intern Pro-Choice Pro-Life Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:48:28 +0000 jcvanmaren 5519 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Miracles https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/01/miracles <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/01/miracles" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:13px">By Gerrit Van Dorland</p><p>I put the van in drive and turned my left signal on. Checking my blind spot before merging into traffic, I catch one last glimpse of the red brick building with white pillars. There is nothing unordinary about the building. It could pass for a typical American bungalow. To the right side of the building, a small green, rectangular sign reads: Orlando Women’s Center. I forced my attention back to the road. The rain patters lightly on the windshield and music plays softly in the background. I look in my rear-view mirror—everyone is lost in thought, deeply affected by what we had just seen. I drive on, supressing the emotions that well up. I turn the music up somewhat.</p><p><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/img_6044.preview.jpg" alt="File 4100" title="" width="415" height="277" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></p><p><em>In this time of fear</em></p><p><em>When prayer so often proved in vain</em></p><p><em>Hope seemed like the summer birds</em></p><p><em>Too swiftly flown away…</em></p><p>A song called “When you Believe” is playing.&nbsp;The lyrics resonate with me. <em>In this time of fear . . . </em>Fear. Fear for humanity. Fear for the mothers who were inside the women’s center that morning. Fear for the choice they had made—or fear for what they had been forced into by their “friends.” Fear for the little boy with brown curly hair and big brown eyes, who was holding his father’s hand tightly as they exited the clinic. Fear, for his precious sibling, along with the other children at the abortion clinic, because that morning, on February 22, 2017, they had been scheduled to die: scheduled to be torn apart, piece by piece, by an abortion doctor.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>Hope seemed like the summer birds, too swiftly flown away. </em>Hopelessness. Helplessness. The slaughter was taking place just a few feet away from me, behind that ordinary red brick wall, and there was nothing I could do about it. Someone should have reached these women long before they ever considered the thought of having an abortion. Someone should have talked to them about real options long before they were scared. Someone should have told them the truth before they were left feeling helpless, before they believed the lie that abortion was their only option. These women were the victim of many lies—lies of the left, lies of the Devil.</p><p>“It’s just tissue,” they were told. “It’s not killing. It’s not human. You can’t take care of your child. No one wants to help you with your child. No one really cares. You deserve the right to an abortion. Do with your body what you want—after all it’s your body, your choice.” Truth and love had not reached these women on time, and that is why we found them there at the Orlando Women’s Center that morning. These women thought this was their only way out. Society had failed them. We have failed them. Now, all there was left to do was pray.</p><p><em>God can still perform a miracle, </em>I thought. He could still incline the women to exit the clinic. And so, hanging onto that feeble hope, we prayed that the slaughter would end. We begged God that these little boys and girls would be protected—that they would live to see the light of day. We pleaded with the women at the clinic that they would change their minds and allow us to help them.</p><p><em>In our hearts a hopeful song</em></p><p><em>We barely understood . . .</em></p><p>As we prayed, we heard the door open. A young mother, visibly pregnant, stepped outside. She stood for a moment, looking at us as we sat to the side, and then slowly made her way towards John Barros. John stands outside the Orlando abortion clinic every day, showing love and compassion to the women and their children, offering his help to them and pleading that they will spare their tiny child. This woman had heard his pleading, and God had heard our prayers. By His divine will, her twenty-two week old child would live. He would get a name for his own. He would get to take first steps. He would get to laugh, play, stare at the many stars, and wonder at the magnificence of the universe.</p><p>The rain came down a little harder, and I flipped the wipers up a notch. The chorus started. I turned the volume up again:</p><p><em>There can be miracles</em></p><p><em>When you believe</em></p><p><em>Though hope is frail</em></p><p><em>It's hard to kill</em></p><p><em>Who knows what miracles</em></p><p><em>You can achieve</em></p><p><em>When you believe</em></p><p><em>Somehow you will</em></p><p><em>You will when you believe</em></p><p>The lyrics sank deep into my heart, and an overwhelming feeling swept over me. Indeed, there can be miracles—we had witnessed two that morning—two mothers chose life. Two beautiful babies would be spared the sharp forceps of death. There can be miracles, when you believe—when you believe.</p><p>Yes, we live in a dark world. The remaining children still died at the Orlando Women’s Center that day. Thousands of other children still fall victim to abortion every single day. Thousands of boys and girls will never see the light of day. They will never get to soak up the warm embrace of their mother on a cold winter morning.&nbsp; They will never feel the strength of their father as he scoops them off their feet when he comes home after a long day of work. They will never wake up to the smell of blueberry muffins wafting in from the kitchen. They will never get to laugh, cry, sing, or dance—because they were deprived of life in their very first stages of development. Their mothers were lied to because we as fellow member of the human race weren’t there, showing truth and love when we needed to. I wonder, has the universe ever faced a night this dark? A night where the youngest, most vulnerable of our human race are deprived of life, and their remains disposed of in a dumpster?</p><p>And yet, there can be miracles. There has never been a night that was dark enough to withstand the rising of the sun. It’s miracles like the two I witnessed that morning that give me faith. I believe the killing will end. The tide is shifting against abortion: I witnessed it this past week as I saw many young pro-life activists stand up for life and compassionately combat the culture of death. I witnessed this as hundreds of students changed their minds about abortion, receiving the truth long before they’d ever find themselves in a situation where they might consider terminating a pregnancy. I witnessed this as two mothers chose life. I witnessed God’s Almighty hand working miracles in our dark, dark world.</p><p>I loosen my grip on the steering wheel, no longer supressing my emotions.</p><p><em>…now I'm standing here&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>With heart so full I can't explain</em></p><p><em>Seeking faith and speaking words</em></p><p><em>I never thought I'd say</em></p><p>I’ve never felt such assurance, such faith, or such hope that this dark night will end. All we need is faith—faith in God, faith in our ability to effect change with His help. Faith, that as members of the pro-life movement, we can change this culture of death. We are the light bearers, shining on this dark, dark night. If we continue to stand for life, and head out on the streets and university campuses to reach society with truth and love, and if we continue to oppose the forces of evil, and if we pray unceasingly, we shall overcome. There <em>can </em>be miracles.</p><p>Morning will come—when you believe.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/03/01/miracles#comments Abortion Activism GAP Gerrit Van Dorland Pro-Choice Pro-Life Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:52:54 +0000 jcvanmaren 5513 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Rebuilding the pro-life consensus isn't nearly as hard as you think it is https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/02/21/rebuilding-pro-life-consensus-isnt-nearly-hard-you-think-it <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/02/21/rebuilding-pro-life-consensus-isnt-nearly-hard-you-think-it" 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>We are currently in Week Two of our annual tour of Florida campuses, bringing our large display of abortion victim photography to face thousands of students with the truth about what goes on inside clinics and hospitals every day. Thousands of pamphlets explaining the development of the baby in the womb and the reality of what abortion does to that baby are being passed out, and hundreds of conversations are happening. We are watching the pro-life consensus on campuses grow in real-time.</p><p><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/florida_0.preview.jpg" alt="File 4096" title="" width="415" height="307" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></p><p>I could share so many different stories with you, stories of students who saw the truth, talked to our team members, and became pro-life as the result. For example, I just talked to a young man who wasn’t sure what he thought about abortion, but after a fifteen-minute conversation in front of the display, agreed that killing a baby in the womb was always wrong. “This display is very graphic,” he told me, “but ultimately effective.” We keep notebooks behind the display, and it’s exhilarating to watch them fill up with dozens of similar stories before lunchtime even arrives.</p><p>But the encouragement I want to share is the simple fact that so many of our volunteers have been realizing: <em>The abortion activists don’t have any good arguments</em>. One of the things that often holds people back from doing pro-life outreach is that they think it’s difficult, and perhaps even a bit scary. Considering that the media usually only covers conflict or controversy, many people believe that they have to be a veteran debater or long-time activist to start conversations about abortion with their peers or their neighbors. But the reality is different: Once you start talking to people, and once you show them the truth, many of their arguments fall away. It’s shockingly easy to disarm many people with compassion and compelling arguments. Yes, we meet with hurting people, and then we have to reach out to them heart to heart rather than mind to mind. But still: Reaching out in compassion, armed with the truth, consistently produces extraordinary results.</p><p>Many pro-lifers have been persuaded by the arrogance of the pro-abortion politicians and the media that this debate is settled due to the inferiority of pro-life arguments. The opposite is true: They’re bluffing. They don’t have any good arguments for violently ending the life of a human being in the womb, and showing people what that violence looks like makes the feeble assertion that abortion is humane response to a crisis pregnancy look downright indefensible. We live in a visual culture, and reaching out to people with powerful visuals makes a generation distracted by everything but truth stop in their tracks. To use a different analogy, we are defence lawyers for pre-born children in the court of public opinion, and we are utilizing the most powerful evidence we have: photographic evidence of what is taking place behind closed doors.</p><p>For the past week and a half, I’ve watched campuses turn into a buzzing hotbed of abortion conversations, I’ve seen our volunteers engage with hurting students, offer help to those who needed it, hug those who asked for one, and transform the worldviews of dozens. So from our activist team on the road: Be encouraged. The pro-life consensus is growing, and that is because the truth has the power to make the reality of abortion obvious, and change minds as a result.</p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/02/21/rebuilding-pro-life-consensus-isnt-nearly-hard-you-think-it#comments Abortion florida Human Rights Project Jonathon Van Maren Pro-Choice Pro-Life Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:37:26 +0000 jvanmaren 5511 at https://www.endthekilling.ca A note to Maryam Monsef: Abortion is the number one weapon against girls worldwide https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/02/17/note-maryam-monsef-abortion-number-one-weapon-against-girls-worldwide <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/02/17/note-maryam-monsef-abortion-number-one-weapon-against-girls-worldwide" 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>The last time cabinet minister Maryam Monsef made the news, the occasion was her bungled handling of the Liberals’ short-lived plan to enact electoral reform. Now, Monsef has appeared in headlines across the country saying that denying someone access to the violence of abortion is itself violence. <a href="http://www.macleans.ca/politics/denying-abortion-a-form-of-gender-based-violence-monsef-says/" rel="nofollow">From Maclean’s</a>:</p><p><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/maryam.preview.jpg" alt="File 4092" title="" width="415" height="277" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></p><p><em>Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef says denying access to the full range of reproductive services — including abortion — is a form of violence against women.</em></p><p><em>“Reproductive health rights in Canada and around the world are critical to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls,” Monsef said Thursday in an interview with The Canadian Press.</em></p><p><em>“We’re committed to making sure that women and girls have that choice, because otherwise, this is a form of gender-based violence.”</em></p><p>Considering that Monsef was born in Iran and grew up in Afghanistan, one would think she might be inclined to use her influence alleviating the genuine oppression of women that occurs in much of the Islamic world. Instead, the abortion dogmatism of the Trudeau gang has resulted in a focus on something much more important: the ability of women to have fetal exterminators empty their uteruses.</p><p>The irony becomes sicker when you consider the fact that abortion is not the tool of women’s liberation trumpeted by the Western feminists, but has been used worldwide as a lethal weapon against the tiniest and weakest group of females on earth: girls in the womb. Dr. Anna Higgins lays out the appalling reality in her paper <a href="https://lozierinstitute.org/sex-selection-abortion-the-real-war-on-women/" rel="nofollow">Sex-Selection Abortion: The Real War on Women</a>:</p><p><em>Sex-selective abortion is a well-known problem in China and India, where a cultural preference for sons, coupled with political and economic influences, has severely skewed sex ratios at birth (SRBs).&nbsp; Instances of sex discrimination perpetrated via abortion and infanticide are well documented and have resulted in millions of “missing” girls in some societies.&nbsp;In China, for example, men outnumber women to the tune of 33 million. More than 20 years ago, Amartya Sen (1990) documented that 100 million girls and women were “missing” from the global population as a consequence of neglect, infanticide, and inequalities in care. The figure is now estimated to be in excess of 160 million, with sex-selective abortion playing a major role (Hvistendahl 2011).&nbsp; Such practices constitute a real “war on women” and have been widely condemned. Those who claim to be concerned with women’s rights can no longer ignore the need to ban sex-selective abortion in order to protect girls from “gendercide.”</em></p><p>This problem is present in the Western world, as well. Sex-selection abortion is now practiced by some communities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and right here at home in Canada. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation revealed through a hidden-camera investigation that the abortion industry was more than happy to target baby girls for abortion on request, and their resulting report “<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/gender-selection/" rel="nofollow">Unnatural Selection</a>” prompted journalists to ask Justin Trudeau to condemn the practice. The self-proclaimed <a href="https://thebridgehead.ca/2016/10/06/a-memo-to-mr-trudeau-only-32-of-canadian-women-consider-themselves-feminist/" rel="nofollow">feminist</a> prime minister, of course, responded by <a href="https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/justin-trudeau-sex-selective-abortion-a-right-liberals-wont-consider-ban" rel="nofollow">saying that his party</a> considered sex-selection abortion a right. In Trudeau’s world, nothing trumps abortion—not even a devastating rise in female feticide.</p><p>I’m fully aware that there is no statistic terrifying enough, no story awful enough, and no abortion senseless enough to force Trudeau, Monsef, and the rest of the feticide fanatics to question their rigid ideology. But for those willing to reconsider, I’ll leave you with an anecdote first published by <em><a href="http://www.economist.com/node/15636231" rel="nofollow">The Economist</a></em> in their 2010 report “The worldwide war on baby girls”:</p><p><em>XINRAN XUE, a Chinese writer, describes visiting a peasant family in the Yimeng area of Shandong province. The wife was giving birth. “We had scarcely sat down in the kitchen”, she writes (see&nbsp;<a href="http://www.economist.com/node/15603722" rel="nofollow">article</a>), “when we heard a moan of pain from the bedroom next door…The cries from the inner room grew louder—and abruptly stopped. There was a low sob, and then a man's gruff voice said accusingly: ‘Useless thing!'</em></p><p><em>“Suddenly, I thought I heard a slight movement in the slops pail behind me,” Miss Xinran remembers. “To my absolute horror, I saw a tiny foot poking out of the pail. The midwife must have dropped that tiny baby alive into the slops pail! I nearly threw myself at it, but the two policemen [who had accompanied me] held my shoulders in a firm grip. ‘Don't move, you can't save it, it's too late.'</em></p><p><em>“‘But that's...murder...and you're the police!' The little foot was still now. The policemen held on to me for a few more minutes. ‘Doing a baby girl is not a big thing around here,' [an] older woman said comfortingly. ‘That's a living child,' I said in a shaking voice, pointing at the slops pail. ‘It's not a child,' she corrected me. ‘It's a girl baby, and we can't keep it. Around these parts, you can't get by without a son. Girl babies don't count.'”</em></p><p>Liberals may recoil at such stories, but the sad fact is that it is the same here in Canada: Our abortion clinics “do baby girls,” too—because in Canada’s current abortion regime, overseen by our feminist leaders, “girl babies don’t count.”</p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/02/17/note-maryam-monsef-abortion-number-one-weapon-against-girls-worldwide#comments Jonathon Van Maren Justin Trudeau Maclean's Maryam Monsef sex-selection abortion unnatural selection News Commentary Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:25:07 +0000 jvanmaren 5509 at https://www.endthekilling.ca The abortion pill has arrived https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/02/07/abortion-pill-has-arrived <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/02/07/abortion-pill-has-arrived" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px">By Justina Van Manen</p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>It’s here. The </span><a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/long-awaited-abortion-pill-mifegymiso-rolls-out-in-canada/article33695167/" rel="nofollow"><span>arrival</span></a><span> of the abortion pill Mifegymiso in several Canadian clinics has been greeted with cries of “at long last!” from the abortion industry and its ardent supporters. The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada’s Facebook page has been posting about it for ages, hailing its virtues and cursing any cautionary measures Health Canada put in place. The restrictions on the drug were called “humiliating” and “degrading,” coupled, of course, with the oh-so-tiring accusation that no one “trusts women.”&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/abortion-pill20nw1.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/abortion-pill20nw1.jpg" alt="File 4077" title="" width="415" height="234" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>What I found slightly crazy—even from Joyce Arthur—were the adamant claims that Mifegymiso needs to be made readily available and over the counter, particularly for women in rural communities without good access to health care. This is crucial to Ms. Arthur, as it appears that to her and her ilk, the most important thing to think about when considering women’s health is how they can best interfere with a completely natural, healthy process that shows you your body is working the way it’s supposed to. (As a side note, I can’t understand why many abortion advocates won’t just admit that abortion is an unnatural process. As Jonathon mentioned </span><a href="https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/i-saw-abortion-being-advertised-in-south-africa.-so-i-took-matters-into-my" rel="nofollow"><span>i</span></a><span><a href="https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/i-saw-abortion-being-advertised-in-south-africa.-so-i-took-matters-into-my" rel="nofollow">n a recent article</a></span><span>, if animals acted this way in terminating their young, we would all be very concerned). Anyway, Arthur claims that the pill is needed for women without easy access to a doctor, because this new DIY abortion kit practically makes doctors obsolete. A woman simply pops a pill, waits a bit, pops another one, and her pregnancy problems are over. At least, that’s the unicorn and rainbow version of the story. If we actually look at the abortion pill, it isn’t always that simple.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRDnVSMr5j0" rel="nofollow"><span>So how does it work</span></a><span>? Mifegymiso is a two-step drug regimen and is recommended until the 49th day of pregnancy. Mifepristone, which blocks the production of progesterone, is taken first. Without adequate progesterone, the lining of the uterus breaks down, and the baby dies. This process can be reversed in its beginning stages if progesterone is administered. Between 48-72 hours after taking Mifepristone, Misoprostol is taken, which together with Mifepristone creates severe cramping and contractions, often accompanied by heavy bleeding, to expel the baby from her uterus.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>I’m not going to argue that Mifegymiso is dangerous for the woman taking it, though obviously it’s always dangerous for her pre-born child. Like all ‘medical’ procedures that interfere with natural processes, it has its risks. The abortion pill has been around in Europe for over a quarter of a century and it has been legal in the States since 2000, and while there have definitely been complications, it’s kind of comparable to the complications involving birth control. I don’t find Arthur more crazy than normal when she proclaims her excitement about the pill. What I find crazy is how readily available she wants it to be.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Health Canada advised that Mifegymiso be prescribed only by a doctor, and that the patient should actually take the first pill, Mifepristone, in the doctor’s office. The reason it’s important that a doctor be involved is because women can’t take the pill if they have an ectopic pregnancy, ovarian mass, IUD, use corticosteroid, adrenal failure, anemia, bleeding disorders or use of blood thinners, asthma, lier or kidney problems, heart disease, or high blood pressure, some of which can only be determined by doctoral examination. This means that if you have any of these things and buy the abortion pill over the counter, your risk rises dramatically, and in fact, the Federal Drug Association has received reports of one case of pill use during an ectopic pregnancy that resulted in death for the woman as well as her child, and several cases of blood infections that were also fatal.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Further, this procedure fails 8-10% of the time. That’s not a particularly high failure rate, but if we look at the statistics, it’s still a significant number. In 2014 81897 abortions were reported. Considering that not all abortion have to be reported legally, an estimated number of unreported abortions brings the number of abortions per day in Canada to about 300. In the States, where Mifegymiso has been available for over a decade and a half, one in four abortions are medical. Since Canada usually has similar numbers, that means that if Mifegymiso is made more available around 75 women a day will be using the drug. Since the drug fails approximately 8-10% of the time with the potential for requiring surgical abortion to finish the procedure, approximately 6 of the 75 women will need some type of medical care. That’s over 2000 women a year, and if even just 1% of those women are the women in rural locations that Arthur mentions, that means the lives of 20 women will be put seriously at risk.</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>It’s hard to understand how people can be so fanatically pro-abortion, so set on dismembering pre-born children, that they’re willing to put women under such a risk. As for the mantra: “trust women,” I think it’s not only clear that Joyce Arthur and her cronies can’t be trusted with the lives of pre-born children, they can’t be trusted with the health of the mothers either.</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/02/07/abortion-pill-has-arrived#comments Abortion Justina Van Manen Pro-Choice Pro-Life Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:06:31 +0000 jcvanmaren 5507 at https://www.endthekilling.ca The media's attack on the ultrasound fails the test of both history and science https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/01/25/medias-attack-ultrasound-fails-test-both-history-and-science <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/01/25/medias-attack-ultrasound-fails-test-both-history-and-science" 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>It is common knowledge in the pro-life movement that the “pro-choice” media is, for the most part, “pro-abortion.” This is not an attempt to demonize their motives, but simply the only rational conclusion that observation can produce. Consistently, the media and their abortion industry allies portray legislation that would give women more information—informed consent, information concerning the baby’s development in the womb, ultrasounds—as “anti-choice,” when in in fact these policies simply allow women to make their irreversible, permanent decision with <em>more facts</em>. That those facts often prove persuasive in swaying women to choose for life is evidence that providing them with these facts is not only useful, but should be, if “pro-choice” meant anything at all, imperative.</p><p><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/ultrasound.preview.png" alt="File 4074" title="" width="415" height="385" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></p><p>The most recent example of the media’s pro-abortion bias is an essay released in <em>The Atlantic</em> by Moira Weigel titled “<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/01/ultrasound-woman-pregnancy/514109/" rel="nofollow">How Ultrasound Became Political</a>.” The essay is intended to be a hatchet job on pro-life legislation and the lawmakers who seek to pass it, but instead reveals something ugly about the writer and the abortion mindset. Not only that, but the entire essay is coated with a patchy veneer of scientific terminology while being scientifically incoherent. An example:</p><p><em>Doctors do not even call this rapidly dividing cell mass a “fetus” until nine weeks into pregnancy. Yet, the current debate shows how effectively politicians have used visual technology to redefine what counts as “life.”</em></p><p>The ignorance in that statement is cringeworthy. First, “fetus” is simple an age categorization (Latin for “young one”), just like zygote, embryo, newborn, toddler, and adolescent. Second, politicians have not defined—or “redefined”—what counts as “life.” The fact that a unique, new human life begins at fertilization is an established scientific fact taught in embryology textbooks in medical schools across the continent, and is contested by no credible expert in the field. Weigel is simply trying to pretend that we do not know things about when human life begins that we do in fact know, and for explicitly ideological purposes.</p><p>Weigel goes on to claim that the ultrasound (being, of course, a photo of the baby in the womb) removes women from the picture entirely. This sentence, for example, clearly shows her attempt to frame a medical tool as an anti-feminist attack on abortion rights: “Ultrasound made it possible for the male doctor to evaluate the fetus without female interference.” Who says the doctor is male? Does this scenario change if the doctor is a female? And how does examining a photograph of the developing human being in the womb involve doing an end run around the woman? Weigel’s words are loaded with innuendo that betray her inability to see the abortion debate outside of her feminist framework.</p><p>Even when citing stories of women who changed their minds about having an abortion after seeing an ultrasound, Weigel deliberately selects stories that subjectivize what happened, quoting women who announce that they now “believe” that what they saw was a human. Of course, what they believe isn’t particularly relevant to the scientific reality: the human being developing in the womb <em>is</em> a human being. Weigel wants that fact ignored, and performs all sorts of rhetorical gymnastics to ensure that it is.</p><p>Later, she writes, footage of the abortion procedure as well as photos of the baby in the womb are being used to “redefine fetuses as persons.” Here, again, her statements fail the test of both history and science. Roe v. Wade toppled abortion laws that were championed in the 1800s by doctors as their knowledge of life in the womb increased. Roe v. Wade was not a recognition of established science, but a <em>war</em> on laws that were passed to reflect an increased knowledge of human life in the womb. This history is inconvenient for the science-deniers of the abortion movement, but easily discoverable to anyone operating outside the confines of abortion ideology.</p><p>One final point: As I’ve written before, the fact that abortion advocates like Weigel dislike the idea that an ultrasound photograph could dissuade a woman from having an abortion reveals, starkly, their dedication to the abortion industry. This essay fails to accurately reflect—or even consult—established science. It misrepresents history by ignoring the fact that doctors pioneered abortion legislation prior to Roe v. Wade in the first place. And it presents attempts by the pro-life movement to provide women with more information in the hopes that they choose not to end the lives of their children as draconian attempts to control women. Weigel’s worldview is a sad one—when abortion rates decline, we should all be able to celebrate. Some, unfortunately, see it is cause for complaint.&nbsp;</p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/01/25/medias-attack-ultrasound-fails-test-both-history-and-science#comments Abortion Jonathon Van Maren Moira Weigel Pro-Choice Pro-Life The Atlantic ultrasound News Commentary Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:54:26 +0000 jvanmaren 5503 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Consciousness and human rights https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/01/19/consciousness-and-human-rights <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/01/19/consciousness-and-human-rights" 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 Christine De Baets</p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Depending on people’s backgrounds, some like to challenge the pro-life position on scientific grounds, others on philosophical grounds. A particular point of intersection of the two perspectives – and one that comes up often – is the topic of consciousness. The term carries with it a lot of interesting intellectual tradition. However, most either only consider a narrow portion of it, or make use of it simply to serve pre-established purposes.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>In conversations, I’ve often encountered the sentiment that once we’ve come up with a morally significant definition of consciousness, we need only couple that with the precision of modern scientific knowledge to establish when exactly this ability starts to occur. From there, we can separate the humans it would be morally inconsequential to kill from those who have earned their “humanity” in the complete sense of the word.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>First, utilizing consciousness for this purpose misrepresents the philosophical interest in the concept, which does not intend the victimization of human beings. That some people use it that way is what I mean by serving pre-established purposes.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Secondly, because of the complex nature of consciousness, pinpointing a part of the brain or a time where it begins is not like determining when we can develop motor skills or which part of the brain controls speech. Moreover, because of the way science works, new findings are constantly challenging us and making us readjust our theories especially in regards to our most intriguing organ.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>For instance, in the past year, an article entitled <a href="http://www.sciencealert.com/a-man-who-lives-without-90-of-his-brain-is-challenging-our-understanding-of-consciousness" rel="nofollow"><span>A man who lives without 90% of his brain is challenging our concept of 'consciousness'</span></a> tells of a very curious case. A father of two who leads a normal life found out most of his brain had eroded due to a condition called hydrocephalus. Yet he hasn’t lost his functions and definitely hasn’t lost his consciousness.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/brainscan.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/brainscan.jpg" alt="File 4069" title="" width="251" height="201" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>What does this mean for the plasticity of the brain? I’m sure a lot can be explored in this respect. One breakthrough often leads to many others. Also, how has this affected our understanding of consciousness? According to the cognitive psychologist cited in the article, the man’s consciousness was ensured by the fact that his remaining brain cells could still generate theories about themselves. So it seems consciousness is not related to how much of a brain you have, but rather is a capacity that is above and beyond mere brain activity and the basic performance of neurons.</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>All in all, it’s fascinating stuff, but the fact that we can analyze and discuss this highlights another important point: consciousness remains a capacity. It is all well to understand what abilities are particular to human life, but we must remember that an ability like consciousness or “knowing that you know” is displayed <i>because we are human beings. </i>The same is true for the pre-born: they do not become human once this capacity is developed, but instead, because they belong to the human species they eventually develop this capacity. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>If we had before us something that looked like either a tortoise or a turtle, but we didn’t know which it was, we might take a guess. How will we verify our theory? Let’s say we put the animal in water. Tortoises do not live underwater while turtles do. If we see it swimming, we can rightly confirm that it was a turtle. It has performed a distinctly turtle-like behaviour. However, it is not a turtle because it could swim. While it was<i> confirmed </i>to be a turtle because it could swim, it can swim because it is a turtle. It would still be a turtle, even if, for some reason, it would (currently) be unable to swim. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>However, if we had been able to know that the shelled reptile was the offspring of two turtles, we wouldn’t have needed to look at how he’d react to water at all. We simply know turtles make turtles. In the same way, humans make humans and while exhibiting consciousness can confirm a living being is human, it does not turn him or her into a human.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>To say that a certain function like consciousness grants or denies human rights is arbitrary. First, it is arbitrary because it depends on the age of the person, something they cannot change about themselves. It is all the more arbitrary because, as the case mentioned earlier shows, consciousness is not as rigidly tied to brain growth as many people make it out to be. You could have someone with physically more brain than the man with hydrocephalus yet be unconscious. A brain’s non-conceptual theory about itself cannot be measured like some might expect. Lastly, it is arbitrary because it is imposing a performance exam on human beings to see if they deserve human rights, when in actuality those rights are intrinsic and unalienable.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>We don’t get basic human rights because of what we can do. If we did, whose authority is it to decide which function over another will qualify? To be consistent, our human rights should begin when the human begins. After all, “human being” is not a title we work toward, and the accompanying human rights are not something to be granted – they are either denied or recognized. Deferring to the biologists or the philosophers to clarify questions of consciousness avoids answering the issue with what we know already, and certainly doesn’t help the children whose lives are at stake.</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2017/01/19/consciousness-and-human-rights#comments Abortion Abortion Christine De Baets human rights Pro-Choice Pro-Life Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:47:50 +0000 jcvanmaren 5493 at https://www.endthekilling.ca I can still picture it https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/12/20/i-can-still-picture-it <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/12/20/i-can-still-picture-it" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:15px">By Christine De Baets</p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Within a two hour “Choice” Chain, you can converse with a wide variety of people. Whenever I set up, taking my stack of literature and turning my sign depicting an abortion victim to face approaching pedestrians and onlookers, I never know what to expect. By the time we pack up, though, it’s sometimes hard to recall conversations in detail. That’s why I try to write down significant ones as soon as possible while they are still fresh in my mind.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>The other day, I stumbled upon notes about a brief encounter from two years ago. I had completely forgotten about it until then, but it came back to me like it had happened yesterday. I’ve been thinking about it ever since.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/lifesign.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/lifesign.preview.jpg" alt="File 4067" title="" width="415" height="553" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>It was July, and we were out in a busy square at the hottest hour of the day. A young woman had approached me, and when I spoke to her, instead of answering my question “What do you think about abortion?” she asked, “Can I please take a picture of your sign?” I agreed, and while she pulled out her phone, she explained: “I’m pregnant, and my family wants me to get an abortion. I’m going to show them this – so they know why I don’t want one.”&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>We proceeded to talk about her pregnancy situation. She was around four weeks along, I believe, and she assured me she was in a good situation in terms of support, that she didn’t need any help. All she needed was something to convince her family. She said it was such a coincidence we met at that moment because she had just been talking to them. I gave her some brochures. She thanked me, and went on her way.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Reflecting on our exchange, two things stand out to me. First, I’m reminded that when it comes to the discussion on abortion, what’s often missing is the truth. What I mean by that is, there’s a noticeable difference between talking about abortion like it’s an idea or a concept, weighing a list of pros and cons and bringing the brutal reality of what abortion really is back into consideration.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>When this young woman was talking about her ‘options’ with people who were probably well intentioned, she needed to make her case for why she would not consider abortion. The broken body of an innocent child was the evidence she was looking for. With that, she would be able to withstand pressure, confident that she was doing the right thing in protecting the life of her child.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:15px"><span>Secondly, I was humbled by the role I was given to play in the situation. Pro-life activism is, at its core, witnessing to the truth, and it is said that the truth defends itself. The pre-born child I met that day might be a crawling baby by now, but I have no way of knowing. I know she has a determined mother though, and I’m grateful I could be of help to her that day.&nbsp;</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/12/20/i-can-still-picture-it#comments Abortion Christine De Baets Pro-Choice Pro-Life Street Activism Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:32:43 +0000 jcvanmaren 5470 at https://www.endthekilling.ca From an ultrasound technologist: the side I see https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/12/19/ultrasound-technologist-side-i-see <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/12/19/ultrasound-technologist-side-i-see" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:12px"><em><span style="font-size:16px">Author anonymous due to workplace/patient confidentiality</span></em></p><p><span>I put my&nbsp;probe&nbsp;down, find the head, then slide down to the bum.&nbsp;Fortunately, the&nbsp;baby&nbsp;is in a good&nbsp;position. "It's definitely a boy!" I&nbsp;tell&nbsp;the mom and dad, as they peer over my shoulder at the&nbsp;screen. I point out the very obviously displayed male anatomy. The dad's face drops. "That sucks!"&nbsp;he&nbsp;exclaims. "I wanted to have a girl." He continues to express his&nbsp;displeasure&nbsp;as I show them their child and take a couple more pictures for them to take home with them. He is still unhappy as I tell them I'm done and they can get the results from their doctor.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>"Can we just end this and start over?" he says to his wife as they&nbsp;leave&nbsp;the room. She laughs nervously. He's joking . . . I hope.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>This is my both my least and most favourite part of my job as an ultrasound technologist. There is something&nbsp;indescribably&nbsp;beautiful about watching human life develop&nbsp;and grow at all of its stages. From the&nbsp;tiny flicker of the heartbeat at just six weeks’&nbsp;gestation, to seeing the little bouncing&nbsp; 8-9 week old peanuts which (given a good scan) wave tiny little arms and legs. It only gets better from there on out as the baby gets bigger and is easier to see with my ultrasound equipment.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/2nd-trim-fetus_0.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/2nd-trim-fetus_0.preview.jpg" alt="File 4059" title="" width="415" height="311" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p><span>There are also the fun opportunities of telling good news and watching mothers’ faces beam as they get to see their child for the first time. Then there are the good news&nbsp;stories&nbsp;that warm your heart and put a smile on your face. There is nothing quite like telling the mother who thought she had a miscarriage several weeks ago that she is&nbsp;in fact still pregnant and has a&nbsp;bouncing, healthy twelve-week gestation baby. Not to mention finding live twins in a patient who had just had an ectopic pregnancy removed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>But this is only the happy side of the story. There is a sad side too. Like the countless miscarriages that we see day after day. Nothing is quite so&nbsp;disappointing&nbsp;as finding no heart heat and then trying&nbsp;to keep a&nbsp;neutral&nbsp;expression for the rest of the scan,&nbsp;knowing&nbsp;that when they get the results from their doctor their dreams and hopes will be&nbsp;disappointed.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>Even that is still not the worst part of scanning pregnant females. The absolute worst is the unwanted children that you see. There is nothing so heart wrenching as the feeling of scanning and seeing&nbsp;little&nbsp;miracles&nbsp;that have&nbsp;been sentenced to die by the ones who are&nbsp;supposed to support and love them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>Scanning early&nbsp;pregnancies&nbsp;only so that some abortion provider knows how to best stop that little heart beat is one example. Another is guiding&nbsp;the&nbsp;needle&nbsp;in an amniocentesis procedure, knowing that the results of the test will be the&nbsp;determining&nbsp;factor of life or death for the&nbsp;baby whose heart rate is carefully recorded to see that they don't show adverse effects from the procedure.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>Then there was the&nbsp;young&nbsp;woman&nbsp;who was already more&nbsp;than&nbsp;twenty weeks&nbsp;pregnant&nbsp;but had decided not to continue the pregnancy. I had to scan&nbsp;her&nbsp;that same day so her doctor could still send her to a&nbsp;hospital&nbsp;that would do abortions up to twenty-four weeks (in the same building where NICU teams fight to save babies born earlier&nbsp;than&nbsp;that). Her&nbsp;baby&nbsp;was a little&nbsp;girl.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>I have no words that I can say to my patients. I am not allowed to share my views or offer support. I can't suggest pregnancy&nbsp;resource&nbsp;centres or tell them how wonderful adoption is. I am not allowed to explain to them exactly what abortion is or tell them about the struggles that other patients have told me that they have had afterwards.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>I am not allowed to be a voice for the silent ones. I only have my machine. I can turn my screen and show them that little beating heart and those tiny little arms and legs, fingers and toes. I can show them and hope that they are seeing the same baby, the same human, the same life that I do.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>Scanning pregnant ladies has taught me that children in our culture are conditionally loved and conditionally valued. If they are planned and expected or wanted, then I see excited&nbsp;parents and smiling faces. When things don't go according to plan then I hear&nbsp;disappointment. There are still those that will face the unexpected and make it work, but there are so many who just get rid of the problem instead of accepting and working with it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>That's why we need people on the streets. We need people to hear and see the truth of what abortion is and what it does. We need to show our culture that abortion does stop a beating heart and that it ends a life. I can only show one side of the story, but people need to know both.&nbsp;</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/12/19/ultrasound-technologist-side-i-see#comments Abortion Abortion Pro-Choice Pro-Life ultrasound Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:12:28 +0000 jcvanmaren 5467 at https://www.endthekilling.ca I'll never know https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/12/01/ill-never-know <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/12/01/ill-never-know" send="false" layout="box_count" show_faces="false" width="50" action="like" font="verdana" colorscheme="light"></fb:like></div><p style="font-size:14px">By Gerrit Van Dorland</p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Doing “Choice” Chain outside the gates of your own university campus is different. I spent the last two summers doing full-time pro-life activism on busy street corners all over the GTA, knocking on people’s doors and discussing abortion and human rights with them, and dropping thousands of postcards into people’s mailboxes. Throughout this time, I rarely felt intimidated—the truth is on our side. Yet, when I “Choice” Chain on my own campus, I feel apprehensive. Perhaps it’s the thought of classmates seeing me with abortion victim photography that makes me uncomfortable, or maybe it’s because confronting the banality of evil in a place that has become your second home is tragic and jarring. This, after all, is <i>my </i>university. Whatever the cause is, the anxiety I feel is unique to doing activism at Western University.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2016-11-18_at_11.24.31_am.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/screen_shot_2016-11-18_at_11.24.31_am.jpg" alt="File 4052" title="" width="415" height="235" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Last week however, on a windy Tuesday afternoon, I felt no anxiety. Instead, my usual&nbsp; anxiety was replaced with a sense of urgency that grew as I made the ten minute hike from our University Library to Richmond Street, where we would be&nbsp; “Choice” Chaining. I wasn’t sure why I felt that way, but it felt good. I wanted to be there. No, I knew I <i>had</i> to be there. I whispered a prayer, and held up my sign confidently. I caught the attention of the first student who walked by, asking her “What do you think about abortion?” Her name was Hannah and we had a great conversation that ended with her joining our pro-life club. The conversations continued, some successful and others not so much. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>As I finished a conversation with a student, I noticed a young woman at my side, waiting to cross the street. She was in her early twenties, wearing a beige jacket. She had dark brown hair and wore equally dark sunglasses. She wasn’t looking at my sign. Her head was faced decisively forward, as she waited for the cross-walk signal to change. I sensed that she was ignoring me intentionally, but I decided to approach her anyway. “What do you think about abortion?” I asked, handing her a pamphlet. She took the pamphlet, but gave no reply. She continued to look ahead of her, pamphlet in her hand resting at her side. I waited a few seconds, and tried again. “Have you ever seen images like this before?”</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>I watched as she swallowed and pushed back loose strands of hair behind her ear. She was silent for a few moments, and then responded. “No I haven’t,” she said softly, shaking her head. “And I think abortion is awful.”&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>I heard pain in her voice.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>“I agree,” I said, “abortion is awful. Do you think there are any situations where it may be justified?”&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>She continued to look ahead of her, still waiting for a change in lights. “Rape,” she whispered.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>My thoughts began to race. Hours of practice in dealing with various situations while doing activism had taught me the cues to look out for in recognizing a victim. I didn’t want to get personal right away. If there was something she wanted to tell me, it would have to come from her. “Do you know someone who has been in that situation?” I asked.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>She nodded.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>“I’m sorry to hear that,” I offered. “How is she doing?”&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>“Not good.”</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>And then, at the worst possible moment—before I could reply, before I could offer her support and connect her with resources, before I could show her that there is hope and healing, that she is not alone in her situation—the light changed, and she hurried off. As she moved past me, I caught a quick glimpse of her eyes behind her sunglasses. I saw pain. I saw hurt. I saw despair.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>I watched helplessly, as she walked off. I wanted to run after her, but knew I shouldn’t. It wasn’t my place to assume she was a victim, though intuition told me that the person she was referring to was herself. It’s a mechanism we all use to protect ourselves. When we don’t want to openly speak about something with someone, we tell our story in third-person narrative.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>There was only one more thing I could do—pray.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>This story is a disheartening one. I was disheartened. But the reality is, we will not always be the healer or the valiant hero that saves the day. Sometimes we are called to a place and never learn why.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Did I need to be there for the woman with the beige jacket and long brown hair? Had I completely misread the situation? Perhaps someone drove by who was considering an abortion, but after seeing our sign, changed their mind. While I wish I knew why I felt urgency to “Choice” Chain at Western University Gates at Richmond Street at 3:00 p.m., I don’t, and likely never will.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>It’s a broken, hurting world we live in, but this is how we bring light. We plant the seeds, we show love, and trust God to give the increase. Sometimes we can stand back and watch as He works to soften the hearts of people, watch as they change their minds, find hope and courage, and choose life. Often however, we don’t get to watch. In those times we can only stand in awe at God’s omnipotence. I hope and pray that the girl with the beige jacket and long brown hair, the girl who seemed to be in so much pain, will find healing. Maybe she will connect with the resources listed in the pamphlet I handed her. Maybe she just needed to see that I cared. But all I can do is hope and pray.</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>With the humble mindset of a servant, a sower of seeds, we head to the streets again, and show truth with love again. The world is still hurting—we live in a broken world, and it needs<i> </i>insignificant persons like you and me to continue to sow the seeds. Row by row, seed by seed, all the while hoping, praying, and trusting that God will give the increase.</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/12/01/ill-never-know#comments Abortion Activism Gerrit Van Dorland Pro-Choice Pro-Life Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:38:01 +0000 jcvanmaren 5464 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Use your game sense https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/11/30/use-your-game-sense <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/11/30/use-your-game-sense" 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 Cameron Côté</p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Last week I was speaking to a couple of agitated pro-abortion advocates while doing “Choice” Chain at Mount Royal University. One of them randomly blurted out, “I bet you love Donald Trump,” before smiling smugly to her friend and staring at me as though she’d just given the most cogent argument possible for why abortion should be allowed throughout all nine months of pregnancy. While I was sorely tempted to simply ask her how much she wanted to bet, I decided not to escalate things, and instead calmly explain to her that abortion directly and intentionally killed an innocent human being, and that regardless of what a politician in a jurisdiction that I was prohibited from voting in said about the issue, all humans deserved human rights, regardless of how old they were.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/dsc01076.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/dsc01076.preview.jpg" alt="File 4046" title="" width="415" height="234" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>While this response certainly wiped the grin off of her face, she soon realized that she was either going to have to come to terms with the fact that embryologists universally acknowledge that human life begins at fertilization, or else walk away from the conversation, and unfortunately she decided that the high road was to walk away from the conversation and tell me that I “didn’t [] know anything.”</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Her bet regarding my love of Donald Trump got me thinking though, as this is simply the last in a long line of bets that people have suggested I take regarding my position on a wide variety of topics. I’ve had people say to me: “I bet you hate gay people,” “I bet you hate women who have abortions,” “I bet you loved it when the guy tried to shoot up the abortion clinic in Colorado,” and even: “I bet you kick puppies when you aren’t doing this.” Though this form of betting could supplement CCBR’s fundraising plan (though I highly doubt it ever will), it’s worth saying that the people who make these bets can rarely ever collect on their gambles, and regardless of how they fare, these bets have no bearing on the abortion debate.</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>I can confidently say that not a single person working or volunteering with CCBR hates people who identify as gay, hates women who have abortions, loves it when people engage in abortion related violence, or kick puppies for thrills in their spare time. With that said though, if a pro-life advocate did support someone like Donald Trump, did grow up in a Christian household, or did own a firearms license, that would in no way invalidate their understanding that abortion directly and intentionally kills a living member of the human species. As such, instead of explaining myself every time someone places a bet on my character, my voting history, my religious convictions, or anything else about me, I simply explain to them that none of that changes the facts of what abortion does, and this is something that I would encourage anyone who advocates for the protection of pre-born children to adopt.</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Instead of taking the bait and proving why being Christian doesn’t mean that you’ve been brainwashed to the point of believing anything and everything your pastor or priest tells you, ask the person how that would change the fact that abortion decapitates, dismembers, and disembowels a living member of the human species. Instead of explaining why Donald Trump was a better Presidential option than Hillary Clinton, ask the person how political allegiances impact an action that snuffs out the life of the youngest and most vulnerable members of our human family. Instead of detailing just how much you support women in crisis pregnancy situations, ask whether your support, or lack thereof, changes the fact that every year in Canada more than 100,000 pre-born children are killed in the name of choice. Because at the end of the day, whether you are a model citizen or not, abortion kills, and we need people to realize that that is a fact, regardless of who is saying it.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/dsc01105.preview.jpg" target="_self"><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/dsc01105.preview.jpg" alt="File 4050" title="" width="415" height="234" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></a></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span><b>Rachel’s Volunteer Spotlight</b></span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>One of our Calgary volunteers, Nelson, has shown a lot of dedication and commitment. He realizes that although speaking with men and women on the issue of abortion is not necessarily the most fun way to spend his spare time, it is important work and must be done.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-size:14px"><span>Nelson began to join our team for activism on his campus quite recently, and clearly sees abortion for what it is. He takes his role very seriously and comes out nearly every week to be a voice for the pre-born, in spite of the fact that he has a very heavy course load, he’s involved in a number of other clubs and initiatives on campus, and has a lengthy commute to and from school. It is obvious that many people have begun to consider the pro-life position because he has treated them with kindness and respect, and for that and everything else that you have done to help advance the pro-life cause, we’d like to thank you for your hard work, Nelson!</span></p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/11/30/use-your-game-sense#comments Abortion Activism Cameron Cote Pro-Choice Pro-Life Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:29:16 +0000 jcvanmaren 5462 at https://www.endthekilling.ca France banned a video of kids with Down Syndrome--so parents who aborted such children won't feel guilty https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/11/25/france-banned-video-kids-down-syndrome-so-parents-who-aborted-such-children-wont-fee <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/11/25/france-banned-video-kids-down-syndrome-so-parents-who-aborted-such-children-wont-fee" 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>Time and again, people tell pro-life activists that they dislike abortion victim photography because it is “graphic” and “disturbing,” and time and again, we respond that yes, it is—but that the real reason people want to cover up the reality of what is happening to pre-born children every day is that it makes them feel uncomfortable, and it makes them feel guilty. This is why pro-“choice” activists respond violently to all types of pro-life outreach, from sidewalk chalking to signs that simply read “Adoption: The Loving Option.” A culture that kills its children does not like to be reminded of this fact in any fashion.</p><p><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/downs_0.jpg" alt="File 4041" title="" width="415" height="234" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></p><p>Thus, the <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/11/24/smiling-syndrome-kids-banned-french-tv-trouble-post-abortive-women/" rel="nofollow">recent news from France</a> that <a href="https://youtu.be/ZqIrPmjCA_0" rel="nofollow">video footage of happy children with Down Syndrome was considered offensive</a> was unfortunately not surprising:</p><p><em>France’s Conseil d’État (State Council) has confirmed its ban of the award-winning “Dear Future Mom” video from French television, declaring that the “inappropriate” images of happy Down syndrome children might bother women who had chosen to abort their babies.</em></p><p><em>The Council&nbsp;<a href="http://www.conseil-etat.fr/fr/arianeweb/CE/decision/2016-11-10/384691" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">stated</a>&nbsp;that the video in question could not be shown since it was “likely to trouble the conscience of women who had made different personal life choices in compliance with the law.”</em></p><p><em>According to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2344123/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">studies</a>, in France more than 80 per cent of all mothers pregnant with babies diagnosed with Down syndrome end up aborting their children.</em></p><p><em>“The law stipulates that only advertising messages or ‘messages of general interest’ be shown during commercial breaks. The Council determined that this film does not constitute a ‘message of general interest’,” the governing body said in a statement on its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.conseil-etat.fr/Actualites/Communiques/Diffusion-du-film-de-sensibilisation-a-la-trisomie-21" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">website</a>.</em></p><p><em>Rather, it is “likely to disturb women who have had recourse to a medical termination of pregnancy and thus is inappropriate for airing during commercial breaks,” the statement added.</em></p><p>In other words, women who chose to have their son or daughter suctioned into bloody slurry or dismembered limb by limb may feel guilty when they see the smiling faces of children who look just as their children would have, and perhaps may even realize that their feeble excuses concerning the “quality of life” the child would have had nothing to do with the child’s quality of life, and everything to do with their own. Anything, <em>anything</em> that makes people feel guilty about their ableism, their selfishness, and their eugenicist beliefs that disabled children are not worthy of life must be removed from the public eye—at least so France seems to believe.</p><p>Abortion is ravaging the Down Syndrome community, and disability activists have warned that these lovely people may be rendered extinct by abortionists. Photos and videos of such people remind many that they are becoming endangered, and show many others that abortion is a horrifying and selfish choice. That is why abortion activists seek to have any form of pro-life outreach banned: Because their worldview is fundamentally indefensible.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/11/25/france-banned-video-kids-down-syndrome-so-parents-who-aborted-such-children-wont-fee#comments Abortion Dear Future Mom France Jonathon Van Maren Pro-Life World Down Syndrome Day News Commentary Fri, 25 Nov 2016 17:20:05 +0000 jvanmaren 5458 at https://www.endthekilling.ca Cosmopolitan Magazine: We could see the end of legal abortion https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/11/14/cosmopolitan-magazine-we-could-see-end-legal-abortion <div class="fb-social-like-widget"><fb:like href="https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/11/14/cosmopolitan-magazine-we-could-see-end-legal-abortion" 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>As a rule, I’m happy when the folks over at <em>Cosmopolitan</em> are unhappy. And their post-Trump election headline was a pretty lovely one: “<a href="http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a8262419/donald-trump-abortion-roe-v-wade/" rel="nofollow">The Impact of this Election on Abortion Access will be Devastating</a>.” The column was written by Robin Marty, who I’ve tangled with a few times on Twitter and is, in all fairness, one of the more reasonable members of the abortion cartel. But with the defeat of Hillary Clinton—a defeat that cost Planned Parenthood well over thirty million dollars in one swoop—Marty is not feeling very well:</p><p><em>I</em><em>n order to win over a social conservative movement that had doubts about the sincerity of his newly minted pro-life beliefs, Trump made a number of promises for his first term — promises that converted leaders like Susan B. Anthony List’s Marjorie Dannenfelser over from “anyone but Trump” to leading&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a5055443/donald-trump-pro-life-advisory/" rel="nofollow">his pro-life coalition</a>.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sba-list.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Trump-Letter-on-ProLife-Coalition.pdf" rel="nofollow">First on the list</a>&nbsp;were pledges to defund Planned Parenthood, to make the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a3621396/hyde-amendment/" rel="nofollow">Hyde Amendment</a>&nbsp;— a rule that forbids any taxpayer funds to be used to cover abortion, even for Medicaid patients — a permanent rule rather than something that must be renewed every year, and sign a federal ban on abortion at 22 weeks gestation into law.</em></p><p><em>It’s the federal “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” — a bill that would ban abortions nationally after 20 weeks post-fertilization or 22 weeks gestation — that very well could be the nail in the coffin of&nbsp;Roe.&nbsp;Since the first “20 week” abortion ban was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newsweek.com/newly-passed-fetal-pain-bill-nebraska-big-deal-213356" rel="nofollow">introduced in Nebraska</a>&nbsp;in 2010, abortion opponents have been hoping for a favorable lower court ruling that would potentially be challenged at the Supreme Court. They never got that chance — the 20-week ban passed in Texas was not included in the other restrictions challenged in&nbsp;Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. If Trump follows through on his pledge to sign such a bill, which the Republican Party now has the majorities in the House and Senate to pass, abortion providers will have to go to court or else the right to end a pregnancy will stop at just 22 weeks. That’s a period that is still considered prior to viability by most doctors and where not all fetal anomalies may have yet been identified. It’s also a direct conflict with&nbsp;Roe, which forbids any total bans on abortion prior to viability.</em></p><p><img src="https://www.endthekilling.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/images/cosmo11.jpg" alt="File 4037" title="" width="415" height="237" class="ibimage ibimage_right"/></p><p><em>There was already a reasonable suspicion that despite that violation, Justice Kennedy would be willing to consider allowing states to ban abortion prior to viability if they justify it as ending it at the point where the anti-abortion community (but&nbsp;not most doctors or scientists) claim that “a fetus feels pain.” And getting more opportunities to put a “fetal pain”-based ban in front of the Supreme Court was already a priority even before anti-abortion activists knew that they had a federal sweep on their hands…</em></p><p><em>When the Tea Party rode a conservative wave into office in 2010, states passed hundreds of bills restricting access to abortion and birth control. While the Republican-led House tried to do the same on a federal level, having a Democrat in the White House blocked most of that agenda, keeping it constrained primarily to red states.</em></p><p><em>With President Trump, a Republican Congress, and at least 33 Republican governors working together, there may not be anyone who can stop them, and no state that will not be affected.</em></p><p>During the afternoon on Election Day, I wrote a column on what pro-lifers should do with Hillary Clinton as president, and the answer was a simple one: Push onwards. The hundreds of pro-life bills passed on the state level, resulting in the lowest abortion rate in the United States since Roe v. Wade passed—and all with the most pro-abortion president in American history occupying the White House—laid out a pretty good roadmap for resistance. But now, with Hillary Clinton finally pushed out of public life for good, the number of paths that open up on the road map are myriad. It will be interesting to see if Trump delivers on his promises. For the moment, we can simply be glad that Planned Parenthood’s best friend has been sent packing.</p> https://www.endthekilling.ca/blog/2016/11/14/cosmopolitan-magazine-we-could-see-end-legal-abortion#comments Abortion Cosmopolitan Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Jonathon Van Maren Pro-Choice Pro-Life Robin Marty News Commentary Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:41:00 +0000 jvanmaren 5441 at https://www.endthekilling.ca