Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Results Are In!

uOSFL wants to get your opinion. We value it. As such, we are running a series of polls in order to better see what our readers and members think.

Our first poll closed this morning. Thank you to all who voted!

Our second poll opened this morning. We would encourage you all to vote as well.

The results of the first poll:

Since our audience is by far the most deeply concerned about unrestricted access to abortion, we ask you to answer our second poll, which is available on the right hand side of the page:  What kind of events should we be focusing on in order to erradicate this horrible problem?

Thank you!

uOSFL Leadership Team

I’m a Person: Inside and Out

by Theresa Stephenson

A couple, friends of my family, are expecting their first child. With excitement, I have been shown ultrasound photos and told about the baby kicking and moving. At one of their first ultrasound appointments, the technician explained that the baby was sleeping. What a human characteristic! How incredible, that while still in the protection of the mother’s womb, a tiny life is able to move, to kick, to sleep, to dream, to listen. Yet despite all of these amazing, miraculous things that an unborn baby is able to do, Canadian law does not outline any restrictions for abortion. Abortion is legal during all nine months of pregnancy for any and every reason.

But, tell me, what is the difference between a sleeping child who lies inside his or her mother and one who lies in his or her mother’s cradling arms? Tell me, what is the difference between a baby who listens to sounds and murmurs of his or her parents’ voices while cocooned inside the womb and one who hears the sweet lullaby of his or her mother while lying in a crib? The difference is that one baby is “inside” and the other is “out”.

However, I would like to make the bold claim that in either case that human life is indeed a person. We have posted arguments that personhood should not be based on 1) size 2) level of development 3) environment and 4) degree dependency . Rights and liberties must be granted for all human beings regardless of the factors outlined above and any infringement of these rights is a heinous injustice.

We at uOttawa Students for Life fight against these violations and work to bring an end to abortion.

Aerodynamics, Mathematics, and Pro Life

by Dante De Luca
So I was supposed to write this blog post several days ago. The reason I did not was because I was holed away studying for an exam on abstract algebra. You know, determining which sets of numbers you are allowed to factor elements uniquely into irreducibles and all that.
But the problem is, I’m still in math mode, so what you’re getting today may be a bit over your head. But it does make for interesting reading, or at least indulging in some more pro-life nerdiness 8)
I present to you:

Aerodynamics, Mathematics and Pro Life

[Note: This article does have a religious slant.]

Bizarre Human Interest Story

by Reita S.

So, never let it be said that we’re all doom and gloom at uOSFL. While we are involved in a heavy task, we also appreciate the little absurdities that make life more fun.

Consider this story, where pro-lifers, radio djs, and landlords with chainsaws all get a chance to participate in a surreal exchange that I scarcely believe could happen.

Enjoy your week.

Cut You to the Heart

by Reita S.

“In my naiveté, I never knew I was committing murder”

“I would have been a good mother. Every time I see a baby or a pregnant girl it kills me inside.”

“I know if I would have stood with her she would not have had the abortion.”

“After the abortion I felt momentary relief and every day now I feel nothing but pain.”

“I keep wondering how many times I can tell my unborn child that I am sorry… how long will it take to forgive myself.”

“What heals me now is to to know that she/he is with God in heaven.”

“I never judge anyone who has had an abortion, because I know, I really know what they are feeling.”

“Please, don’t let your unborn child be just a memory.”

These quotations from the testimonies of different men and women all tell threads of the same story. The lie is pervasive. They didn’t know.

They didn’t know what they had. What they lost. What they would carry for the rest of their lives. They didn’t know where they would be healed.

That there are generations who have been sold this lie – that abortion is a quick fix, that abortion doesn’t hurt anyone – this should cut you to the heart. It’s certainly cutting theirs.

Please, if you know the truth, don’t be afraid to share it. Don’t let there be generations of young men and women walking wounded, bearing the scars of something they didn’t know.

Teach them in love.

Bind up the wounded. Heal the broken.

Be the change.


by Marissa Poisson

I enjoy a good game of Taboo more than the next person, but I like to be able to speak freely outside of party games. Unfortunately, it seems as if much of our society is holding a Taboo card that looks something like this:Despite all the controversy about the decision to exclude abortion from the G8 maternal and child health initiative, much of Canada has had a proxy debate, a debate about whether we should reopen a debate that has never really been settled, rather than a hard look at the reality of abortion. Is it above our pay grade to even ask when human life begins? Why not look into how women who have had abortions are faring? What about valuing the act of love it is to choose adoption and questioning the incoherence of publically funding both abortion and fertility treatments? If women are solely responsible for exercising choice, are men not free to be irresponsible? Why can we kill a fetus when it would be viable outside the womb but not a baby born prematurely?

If abortion was covered in the Canadian edition of Trivial Pursuit, a majority of Canadians wouldn’t be able to answer the most basic questions. What protection does the law offer the unborn child? (None throughout all nine months of pregnancy.) How many abortions are carried out annually in our country? (About 100,000.)  How can we begin to discuss sex‑selective or post-genetic-screening abortions without widespread awareness of basic facts like these? We need to wake up to the fact that abortion is anything but a trivial matter. Canadians need to know what it is they’re talking about and have an honest debate because we shouldn’t be playing games with human life.

The Mountains of Mourning

by Dante De Luca

The lazy dog-days of summer are once again upon us. For some, this means holing up in an air-conditioned basement; for others it means spending time in the swimming pool (for me as a Tim Hortons worker, it means making more Iced Capps in ten minutes then I would drink in a lifetime). For many, it means inactivity, laziness, and stagnation[1].

So, I am going to give you something to do, something that requires very little physical exertion. I am going to give you a book to read.

The book which I am recommending, as you probably have deduced from the title of this post, is called The Mountains of Mourning. If you have not heard of this book already (which is entirely possible, though unlikely), it is by the acclaimed author Lois McMaster Bujold. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 1989 and the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1990. It was published as the second of three novellas in the book Borders of Infinity and is part of the Vorkosigan Saga, but is entirely readable as a stand-alone novella.

You can read it online here, download it as an e-book here, download it as a PDF here, borrow it from a library here, or buy it here.

As for what this all has to do with pro-life, you’ll have to read it to find out 😀

PS Thanks to the University of Chicago Pro Life Association for the idea for the post.