Tag Archives: activism

Moving Speech by Ruth Lobo Shaw & M-312

Think there ought to be legal protection for preborn babies? The 2nd hour of debate on Motion 312 happens tomorrow, June 7th, and the vote is on on June 13th. See weneedalaw.ca and whenamIhuman.com for simple ways to take action. ***UPDATE: The 2nd hour of debate and vote will take place in September. Keep up your pro-life efforts in the meantime!

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Great New Videos and Links!

From the 2012 March for Life:

Did you know Canada has no abortion laws? If you’re wondering what you can do about that, check out WeNeedALaw.
We need to ask the question: When Am I Human? These two sites are full of useful information for taking action!

This American video, similar to the poster on the right, reminds us that it is a matter of when, not if, we end this injustice:

National March for Life: May 10, 2012

Be there:

If you would like to march with us, we will be meeting at noon on Parliament Hill on the right lawn (in front of East Block) by the Centennial flame. Watch for our big banner!

The full schedule of events is available here.

Also, hurry up and buy your tickets for the NCLN dinner.

And for budding videographers:

Letters4Life

A campaign called Letters4Life was recently launched, as reported here. The goal is to write 100,000 letters to the Prime Minister of Canada by May 10th to speak out against abortion. When you realize that 100,000 lives are taken by abortion every year in Canada, 100,000 letters doesn’t seem to be asking too much. For more information, visit Letters4Life’s website and don’t forget to fill out the survey to let them know when you’ve written!

In Ottawa on Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mark your calendars for a day-long conference called The Justice Summit, or better yet register online now. Human trafficking is an affront to human dignity and all too often hidden.

It is estimated that 27 million people are enslaved around the world at any given moment.
80% of the victims of sex trafficking are women, 50% of these are children.
Human trafficking has risen to become the second most profitable crime globally after the drug trade.
Young women have been and continue to be trafficked in Ottawa and forced into sex slavery.
The Justice Summit will feature presentations by international human rights advocates, human trafficking survivors, and activists.

Finding Your Spark

by James Richmond

It is not difficult for people to believe something for so long that they end up forgetting why they believed it in the first place. Unfortunately, this has happened several times in my life, but, thankfully, each time something has happened to reaffirm my belief.

I was raised in a pro-life environment and I accepted the idea that abortion is wrong early on in my childhood. Obviously, as I grew my beliefs were challenged and thus they matured, helping to bring me to where I am today: majoring in Ethics at the University of Ottawa. Almost every day I have the opportunity to debate current controversial issues with my professors and classmates. We cover a broad range of topics like abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, eugenics, and animal rights. While I am so thankful that I have been given these wonderful opportunities to try and change the hearts and minds of my classmates, sometimes I can get caught up in the philosophizing and forget the very real battle that is taking place every day in abortion clinics around the world.

A couple of weeks ago, during the spring break, I was privileged to be able to travel down to Florida with some of my close friends to enjoy the beaches. While we were visiting, the 40 Days for Life campaign was taking place, and the local parish invited us to join them outside the abortion clinic for the hour that they had signed up for. We gladly accepted and spent an hour that evening holding signs and praying for any young couple who was considering an abortion.

I have participated in the 40 Days for Life campaign in Ottawa, and I knew that this was not just confined to Canada, but despite that knowledge it was inspiring to see our two nations united in a common purpose. As I mentioned earlier, despite debating life issues frequently in class, it is easy to view abortion in a sterilized, philosophical light, and not as an ongoing reality where lives are lost every day. Standing out on the sidewalk in Florida with a pregnancy crisis centre on one side of the street and an abortion clinic on the other side, I was reminded just how real the battle is that is going on for the lives of our preborn children.

It may seem like a comical comparison, but the two buildings straddling the street with their two very different purposes seemed similar to the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other acting as two opposing consciences. I can only imagine the incredible stress and fear that must go on in a woman’s head as she stands looking at those two buildings on either side of her. While I stood there and prayed for the lives of the preborn and the hearts of the couples considering an abortion, my passion for the pro-life campaign was reignited.

The purpose behind this blog post is not to just tell you about an experience that I had, but to challenge readers to find their spark. Go out and find the spark the reignites the fire in your heart so that when you begin to question why it is that you are going to a club meeting when you have a paper due the next day, you will think back to that spark and be inspired. Whether it be seeing the horrific graphic images of aborted foetuses, standing on a street corner outside a clinic or high school, or debating with your friends, I hope that everyone fighting for the rights of the preborn has something that stirs up their passion for defending life.