Over the last four months my alarm was set at 4:00 am—3 hours after my bedtime at 1:00 am. But between the 21 hours of little rest every day: I had the time of my life. I was an intern at the Canadian Center for Bio-Ethical Reform over the summer. The Canadian Center for Bio-Ethical Reform is a pro-life group striving to make abortion unthinkable in Canada by exposing what abortion is through abortion victim photography and pro-life apologetics.
July 30, 2018
We hear it everywhere: “Believe what you want to believe, but don’t force your beliefs on others.” The very name ‘pro-choice’ appears to tout this idea. The pro-abortion movement is all about choice, except, it seems, when it comes to having children. Contraception, birth control, sex education, and abortion all need to be seen a certain way—their way. One of the ways this manifests itself is in how the West treats Africa.
July 30, 2018
The question is on Facebook, splashed across the fronts of newspapers, and crackling through on the radio--just like last year and the year before that and the year before that, every media outlet is asking the question: what about the children? I’ve come to realize that that particular question isn’t going anywhere.
July 20, 2018
Working in the pro-life movement can be discouraging at times. We do experience a lot of backlash for what we do. I have to admit, however, that I often assume people’s reactions before I even know them. Last week I was post carding a particularly unforgiving neighbourhood when I came to a house where a woman was sitting on her porch. I walked up her front steps and asked if I could give her some important information regarding human rights, offering her a postcard.
July 11, 2018
A short while ago, I spoke with a student named Kevin. Last year, Kevin had encountered our group in front of his high school as we dialogued with students while showing abortion victim photography. He told me that at that time he was passionately pro-choice and debated fiercely while we were there. He went on to explain that when he walked away, he was still adamantly pro-choice. However, Kevin shared that something had resonated with him. After encountering the images and reflecting upon the conversations he had had, he was prompted to do his own research.
July 9, 2018
“There’s no way an embryo looks like that in the first trimester!” “Guys, of course their pictures are fake.” “Why do you set up this propaganda at our school?” “I feel sorry for you, since you obviously have no sense of boundaries.”
July 4, 2018
As I sat in one of my high school classes, my teacher told the class that she would show us an eye-opening image, something I didn’t think would change my life. With the click of a button, the horrors of abortion were engrained in my memory. That was the first time I saw what abortion does to pre-born children, the first time I realized that abortion is truly inhumane.
June 25, 2018
Children born where abortion is legal KNOW they are wanted. I blinked twice. Was she really going there? The others just have to hope their existence was not created by rape, dictated by religious laws, and complicated by lack of funds or medical care. Yes, she was. Reading the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada’s Facebook page is never a good time, but this has to be one of the worst pro-choice arguments I’ve ever found there—and that’s saying a lot.
June 22, 2018
A couple weeks ago, I was in Regina with our summer internship team where I had a conversation with a young man named Bill.
June 6, 2018
The evening was comfortably warm. The heat of the day had subsided and a breeze blew through our back yard. We sat around the fire with friends. Some of the kids roasted marshmallows while others played frisbee. Since my three-year old needed a bathroom, I took her inside. She chatted about the fun she was having with “fwiends” but when we opened the door to go back outside, she suddenly stopped. “Mom!” she said, her voice full of awe. “It’s almost night time!” I followed her gaze. The trees had turned to silhouettes, the sky a purplish blue. “Look at the staws!” she pointed.