Abortion

Little one, china doll

By Maria McCann

Little one,

I am so glad you are with us. I think of all the beautiful things you will do with your mother and father. Will they read stories to you? I have always loved stories. 

Why choose this hill?

By Justina Van Manen

I think we all get tired of hearing about what a broken world we live in. There’s times when we shut off the radio and pop in a CD, so that instead of listening to talk of war and bombings and shootings and starvation, we can sing along to What a Wonderful World. Sometimes, if we sing loud enough, we can drown out the questions flooding our minds.

Consciousness and human rights

By Christine De Baets

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. 

From an ultrasound technologist: the side I see

Author anonymous due to workplace/patient confidentiality

Another 'choice': the right to life or the right to die?

By Justina Van Manen

One woman's abortion story: what I learned

By Maaike Rosendal

Here's why our politicians won't do anything about abortion

By Jonathon Van Maren

There’s been much debate recently concerning politicians who claim to be pro-life but yet promise, hand-on-heart, that they will not do anything about the abortion issue whatsoever should those ex-utero voters they are appealing to decide to propel them to power. I am not making sweeping accusations of hypocrisy here. Many of these politicians are actually sincere in their pro-life beliefs: They have voted for motions and legislation when the opportunities arose, they are willing (to some degree or another) to articulate their pro-life position, and they genuinely sympathize with the pro-life cause. But in spite of all of this, whenever they begin to tread the path towards power, they suddenly begin to assure everyone that they are only personally pro-life, but that they would never do anything so insane or unthinkable as to actually broach this issue politically.

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Thomas Clarkson's question--and the answer that changed the world

By Jonathon Van Maren

There are moments in the lives of men and women that, in retrospect, shift the course of human history in ways too enormous and too wonderful to even imagine at the time. In those moments, often against their will, their hearts are set ablaze for something much bigger than themselves. One of those moments was in the year 1785, when a twenty-five-year old aspiring English clergyman named Thomas Clarkson decided to enter an essay competition. He chose the topic of the slave trade—not, as he said, because he had strong feelings on the matter, but for the purpose of “obtaining literary honour.”

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Uniting for life in Alberta

By Cameron Côté

The desolation of Fern Hill

By Jonathon Van Maren

I try to stay logged out of Twitter most of the time, due to my tendency to become almost immediately entangled in various unproductive debates. Last week, the abortion activist Twitter troll Fern Hill popped up almost immediately, firing off tweets with her characteristic charm and snail-paced wit.

 
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