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Newsflash: Women do not give birth to cats

by David Beking

In recent news, Stephen Harper has been preparing for the G8 summit coming up in the Muskokas and has made improving maternal and infant health in developing countries one of the topics for discussion. As one of the millenium development goals set by the UN, maternal and infant health is an important topic that needs to be addressed. In response to Harper’s plan, Michael Ignatieff – liberal opposition leader – stated that abortion rights must be included in any Canadian plan to improve infant and maternal health in the developing world. This came as a shock to many in the connection Ignatieff made between maternal/infant health and abortion. As Bishop Henry states in the first article below, “I thought it was pathetic for a political leader to suggest that abortion is somehow tied to the health of women and children”.

For the full story on Ignatieff’s position, click here.

In response to this statement from Ignatieff many religious leaders and journalists responded in opposition, most notably David Warren from the Ottawa Citizen. As stated below in his article Warren advocates that “Women do not give birth to cats” and that abortion can’t be considered anything but the slaughter of an innocent human beings. If maternal health is a concern, the method to deal with that health issue is not murder.

For the article, click here.

In Canada there exists no law about abortion.  The supreme court struck down the abortion laws in 1988 (R. v. Morgantaler) to allow for the protection of mothers in extremely rare circumstances where their life is at risk. However, only 5% of abortions preformed today are conducted for that reason. The other 95% of those aborted have been performed against section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom which states, among other rights,  that everyone has the right to life. If Ignatieff believes that we have been successful in improving maternal and infant care in Canada, abortion has not been one of the factors in this improvement. The issue of infant health will not be solved by ending their lives, but instead through public health improvements and better health care for pregnant women as proposed by Stephen Harper. As Warren puts it so well in his article “Killing a baby in no way improves its health”.

Here’s a letter to the editor responding to some of the issues.

Momentum is Building

by Daniel Gilman

From coast to coast students are initiating resource drives to provide material support for mothers in difficult circumstances. Future doctors, politicians, and businessmen are being equipped to promote and protect the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. We’re hosting lectures and facilitating debates, raising awareness and making a difference.

Women and men who have been impoverished by abortion are increasingly informing the public of their experiences, and many mothers are carrying their pregnancies to term. While mainstream media traditionally ignore pro-life initiatives, new media is empowering the populace to be factually informed. Pro-life momentum is building.

This isn’t the first time that popular support has been mobilized. Back when I was a very young child there was also growing momentum. In response to the devastation caused by the law regulating abortion being struck down in January of 1988, there was significant support mobilized in favour of varied initiatives to protect the unborn children. But the momentum fizzled, people quarrelled, some were alienated, and many moved on to other things. I write this post because we face the possibility of the same thing today.

While much work has been done on campuses throughout Canada, many campus club leaders are graduating this year. The opportunities to make a difference on our campuses remain, but in order for the good work to continue new students must become involved. In order for the club to make a difference, we need more than just people interesting in helping out as time permits. We need students to make time. We need people to take on specific responsibilities by filling the executive and co-ordinator positions.

OSFL will be having its annual election in just a few weeks. If you’re interested in putting your name forward, please contact us at ottawastudentsforlife@gmail.com.

Women’s Rights

By Eliza Jane Phillis

As the Pro-Woman, Pro-Life event takes place tonight at the University of Ottawa campus in Lamoureux 122 at 7 p.m., I believe it is important to highlight the other victims of abortion: the women. As pro-lifers, we tend to become so focussed on the rights of the unborn that we forget that mothers are victims too. The unborn are not the only ones whose rights are being neglected by the abortion industry.

Women have the right to know all the facts and side-effects of every medical procedure they undergo; abortion is no exception. It has been attested by women who have had an abortion that they were not informed of the details of the surgery, the emotional scars or the possible life threatening and life altering physical side-effects.

Under Canadian legislation women have the freedom of choice but women have the right to make an informed decision. This means that they are given all information concerning ALL the side-effects of an abortion. As well as ALL the options available to them such as financial assistance and support for mothers as well as adoption.

Women have the right to be supported and loved even if the circumstances of their pregnancy is not what our society would deem desirable. This includes those self-proclaimed pro-lifers who would gossip and judge a women who is unexpectedly pregnant out of wed-lock…this is unacceptable and hypocritical.

Women have the right to be acknowledged when they suffer from the side-effects of abortion, and to receive caring and understanding counselling to help them accept the loss of their child and move forward in their lives.

These rights are not being respected today in our own society. We, as pro-life women and men, need to stand up for women’s rights.

Open Letter to Michael Ignatieff

Dear Mr. Ignatieff,

I am writing in response to your call for Prime Minister Harper to include abortion as part of his maternal health initiative. I am a 22-year-old Canadian woman who would like to inform you that there is by no means a Canadian consensus in favour of abortion. It is scientifically indisputable that abortion is the act of terminating a human life. We should all be committed to improving conditions for women in Canada and around the world so that no mother is ever in such a desperate situation that she feels forced to abort her child.

The very year I was born, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down our country’s abortion law and Parliament has since failed to pass any bill at all on abortion. Abortion on demand became legal and funded by taxpayer dollars through the ninth month of pregnancy in Canada not because that is the will of all Canadians but rather because of political cowardice. According to a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll, only 20% of Canadians are aware of the current status-quo of abortion in Canada; when informed about existing regulations, only 30% endorsed them. This hardly amounts to a consensus.

Before you continue to campaign to export abortion, I would like to invite you to come hear what a politically engaged group of students has to say about including abortion as a component of women’s rights. This Friday, February 5, Ottawa Students for Life welcomes Andrea Mrozek, who will be speaking on the very topical subject of whether being pro-life is antithetical to being pro-woman. A question period will follow the talk.  The event takes place at 7 p.m. in Lamoureux Hall, room 122. (see https://ottawastudents4life.wordpress.com/)

I look forward to receiving a response and hope to see you there.


Marissa Poisson

UPDATE: also published in the Ottawa Citizen

Don’t say that too loud.

by Rebecca Richmond

In class this morning I was chatting with the guy who sits next to me about school and mentioned the fact that I was heavily involved with a club on campus. When asked what club, I replied, “Ottawa Students for Life. The pro-life club on campus.”

“Careful. Don’t say that too loud,” he warned with a smile.

Why? Because the class we were in was Feminist Theories, a third year Women’s Studies course I’m taking as an elective. I’ve spent a good portion of my year in classes related to gender issues and even when the class isn’t related, I tend to gear my essays towards life and women’s issues.

That conversation should not have taken place. It should be perfectly natural for me to broadcast my pro-life affiliations and beliefs and to not attract stares, angry glances, and cold or hostile words. But in any sort of course related to women’s issues, and in many other disciplines as well I’m sure, this isn’t the case.

Please believe me when I say that I don’t consider all women’s studies students to be intolerant or belligerent and there are, I’m sure, a few pro-lifers among them.

My point is that a pro-life position is generally considered antithetical to a pro-woman or feminist position. I, however, believe the opposite. I believe that being pro-life is to be pro-woman. I could articulate my viewpoint further, using plain speech or even feminist jargon but I’ll let you hear it from Andrea Mrozek, the founder of the popular blog prowomanprolife.org. (see the ad at the top of our blog).

I will say this, however. On January 28 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada strikes down Canada’s abortion law as unconstitutional, leaving in its wake a vacuum of law. Now women across Canada are taught to believe that this is a simple procedure that won’t hurt or have long term consequences. This vacuum of law has rendered women vulnerable to the pain, the physical consequences, and the emotional bereavement that abortion can carry with it. It has made discrimination against fetuses for any reason legal, including gender (sex-selective abortion) and developmental (abortion of developmentally challenged and handicapped individuals).

It’s time for society to speak up. Women deserve better.