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Meet the interns: Talia

What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?

An interview with the returning interns: Alex Sibiga

Why do you want to work with CCBR a second summer?

After one summer of working hard alongside the most incredible people I’ve ever met and seeing countless fruits of this work, it’s hard to imagine doing anything else this summer. I know this battle isn’t finished yet, and I’m not quite ready to call it quits. 

What was your best experience from last year’s internship?

Meet the interns: Kim Keegstra

What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?

An interview with the returning interns: Gerrit Van Dorland

Why do you want to work with CCBR a second Summer?

I'm angry--and encouraged

By Caroline Slingerland

I have never felt quite so encouraged and inspired, and yet so angry, in my life!  All day, my phone has been going virtually non-stop as messages come in via texts, Facebook, emails, and phone calls.  And all in response to a simple Facebook post I made this morning.

As the administrator of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR), I receive all the emails sent to our general email account, and yesterday when one came in from a counselor of a pregnancy care centre, I immediately forwarded it to all of my colleagues, and then responded to the email asking if I was allowed to make a Facebook post about it.  This morning, she responded giving me permission so I promptly made a post saying:

A debate at the doctor's office

By Maaike Rosendal
 
Recently my daughter Tisa and I went to the doctor for a checkup. While driving to our appointment, I told her what would happen. “She’ll look how big you are…” “Big!” exclaimed our 21-month old. “She might look into your ears,” I continued. “Eaws!” came the echo from the car seat. “Oh, we’re here already,” I said. “Out, out, out?” Tisa immediately asked—then, “Baby come too?” With utmost care, she carried her doll from our van to the front door of the doctor’s office. My heart felt full. 
 
Inside, after the necessary paperwork, a kind nurse showed Tisa a stethoscope and immediately made us feel comfortable. Since our family doctor was unavailable today, a nurse practitioner would see us. While waiting, a question on a bright pink poster caught my attention: Is the birth control pill right for me? “Good question,” I thought to myself.

Banning abortion in the West

By Jonathon Van Maren

Across most of the Western world, abortion has been legal in some circumstances for several decades. There have been several exceptions, most notably Ireland and Poland. These countries are hugely significant, because they show clearly that the apocalyptic rhetoric of abortion activists—that any country restricting abortion will morph into a third world hellhole with dismal standards for women’s health and gruesome back alley abortions—are scaremongering fabrications. In reality, Western countries in the twenty-first century can protect the lives of their citizens, born and pre-born, and the only “consequence” is a higher birthrate.

Camille Paglia versus the abortion movement

By Jonathon Van Maren

Dishonesty is an almost universal characteristic of abortion activists. Language like “pro-choice,” “reproductive rights,” “clump of cells,” and a mob of other intentionally ambiguous terms conceal what the fundamental question of the abortion debate actually is: Should older human beings have the right to kill younger human beings? As George Orwell once noted, “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” And wind they have much of—the huffing and puffing of hot air that emits from the abortion crowd every time someone suggests the child in the womb may be of some value is enough to knock down many weak-kneed opponents.

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I didn't have a voice and neither did they

By Kianna Owen

It was mid-morning at a bustling campus in Florida. The sun had just begun peering between the clouds as students on lunch breaks and in between classes walked by the Genocide Awareness Project. Some students sped by, carefully not making eye contact with me as I offered out pamphlets and asked for the thousandth time, “What do you think about abortion?” Other curious students were stopped in their tracks by the horrifying imagery and pondered the important question I put forward.  

The call for an ethical conversion: seeing the faces of the pre-born

By Maria McCann

Several years ago, I encountered the ideas of the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas while I idly skimmed my high school religion textbook. I was intrigued by his philosophy of “the face-to-face.” Levinas argues that when we encounter another human being face-to-face, we become ethically responsible towards that human being. He declares that "The approach to the face is the most basic mode of responsibility” towards “the Other.” I felt intuitively that his philosophy was true, but like most of my high school learning, his ideas fell into some cluttered filing cabinet at the back of my brain.

 
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