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Another Cool Pre-Natal Development Video

by Dante De Luca

This presentation is not really pro-life per se. However, it is an excellent reminder of what we’re fighting for and why it’s worth the fight, and plus it’s presented by a mathematician. ūüėÄ

Source: http://www.ted.com/talks/alexander_tsiaras_conception_to_birth_visualized.html

Half Body, Whole Life

by Dante De Luca

Today’s story is about a woman named Rose Siggins; I am sure many of you are familiar with her story. Siggins was born with a medical condition called sacral agenesis, which means that she is missing the lower part of her spinal column. Her useless legs were amputated when she was a child in order to increase her mobility. Despite all this, she has lived a full and fairly normal life. She appeared in the 2005 documentary The Woman with Half a Body by the British Channel 5 in their series Extraordinary People¬†and in the documentary Born Different: Unbelievable Medical Conditions on E! Entertainment Television in 2010.

What is all this doing on our pro-life blog, you ask? Well, not only is Siggins remarkable for the many obstacles she’s overcome due to her medical condition, but she is also a shining example of a woman who chose life despite overwhelming circumstances:

¬†“Two years into their relationship, Rose discovered that she was pregnant. Rose’s pregnancy was extraordinary and ground-breaking, no-one with Sacral Agenesis had ever given birth. The only doctor who didn’t advise Rose to have an abortion was Dr. Wilson who says “This couple have committed themselves to a pregnancy and she is, basically, laying her life on the line because nobody knows what this means, no-one has lived this experience before. With the first counselling with Rose and David I was very specific and told them that they have to know that if they move forward with this that she could die.” The main concerns were with her lungs being compressed, as the baby was likely to grow up the way because of her short stature. The other concern was how she would tolerate a caesarean delivery, because the baby was lying transversely she would have to be opened across the top, a true 19th century caesarean delivery. Rose told her mum that if there were any complications and there was a choice between her life and the baby’s, she should choose the baby.”

For the rest of her story, I present you with this article: part one and part two. You can also watch what I think is the Channel 5 documentary The Woman with Half a Body here.

Face Development in the Womb

by Dante De Luca

Here is a video that is currently trending on YouTube. It is from the BBC series Inside the Human Body featuring Michael Mosley, and it shows a CGI animation of how the human face develops between the second and third month of gestation.
Unfortunately the whole episode is not available for viewing in Canada as far as I can tell, but if you are in the UK you can watch it here. I think you may also be able to download it from there, even if you are not in the UK.

Lessons from the Swiss Experience

by Dante De Luca
Every so often, we at uOSFL invite a speaker to come share with us their experiences in the pro-life movement. Such speakers have included Stephanie Grey, Andrea Mrozek, Vicky Green, MP Maurice Velacott, Dr. Rene Leiva, and many others. There is one man, however, whom we have wanted to have as a speaker but have never been able to get hold of. That man is Dr. José Pereira.

Dr. Pereira is a professor at the University of Ottawa and head of the palliative care program at Bruyère Continuing Care and the Ottawa Hospital. You can read more about him here. And now you can go hear him speak, courtesy of the Ethics in Medicine club.

Dr Pereira will be giving a lecture, entitled Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Lessons from the Swiss Experience, on Thursday, January 13, 2011 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in RGN 3248 (Amph D). I encourage you all to go listen to what he has to say since this promises to be an event well worth attending.


One Man‚Äôs Mission to Save Rejected Babies

by Dante De Luca

Today’s article is old news (it was published in Russia Today in December 2008). That being said, it appeared in my inbox this morning, and since this is National Adoption Month I thought it was appropriate to share with you all.

It is the story of a Vietnamese gentleman by the name of Tong Phuoc Phuc. Mr Tong has gone above and beyond the call of duty to try to decrease the abortion rate in his country (which has one of the highest in the world).

Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity

by Dante De Luca

It has been a tradition at uOSFL for the past two years to participate in the annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. This year, however, it seems to have slipped our minds, most likely due to the flurry of recent events (notably our Debate and the GAP affair at Carleton University).

Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity: uOSFL 2009

So, despite the fact that we are not congregating in the cafeteria with red duct tape over our mouths today, I still encourage each and every one of you to take a moment of silence today to remember those who will never have a voice.

“You just don’t throw children out like that”

by Dante De Luca

Perhaps some of you may recall a story that was in the news recently, the story of a lady in the small village of Villers-au-Tertre, France, who suffocated eight of her newborn children and hid their bodies in her garage in plastic bags, simply because she “didn’t want any more children” and did not want to get doctors involved.

This story has aroused the horror of the local populace, and rightly so. The lady in question’s next door neighbour has called the events “revolting” and “monstrous”. A lady down the street stated that “We’re really in a state of shock”. Another asked, “How could anyone do something like that?”

These sentiments have been echoed by people around the globe. You can see a slice of the online discussion here — notable comments include “I wanted to throw up a little bit” and “This goes beyond the inconceivable”… not to mention those which are too vulgar to quote on our blog.

What has me confused is that I thought the general populace approved of this sort of thing. Whatever happened to the right of a mother to choose whether or not to bring up her children?¬† Whatever happened to the right of a mother to kill her offspring if she doesn’t want them? After all, it’s just a baby; it can’t think or do anything on its own. Right?


Admittedly, the laws on abortion are more strict in France than they are in Canada. But the fact is, I have yet to hear a reasonable defense of abortion of any sort that does not also allow for infanticide. If you can kill someone immediately before birth, why can’t you kill someone immediately after? And if the death of eight newborn children causes such horror, why does the death of three hundred unborn go unnoticed?

So in the end, I have to agree with Fr Robert Meignotte, the cur√© of Villers-au-Tertre: “I’m thinking of all the children in the world… you just don’t throw children out like that in a garbage bag. It’s inconceivable.”

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.]

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 ūüėÄ

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

Father’s Day Frosty Weekend

by Dante De Luca

I am sure that many of you have heard adoption touted as the ideal alternative to abortion. I know that when I was growing up, my family would participate in Life Chain protests, and among the “Abortion Kills Children” and the “Abortion Hurts Women” signs, there were other signs that said “Adoption: The Loving Option”. Even now, a quick Google search for “Alternatives to abortion” gives adoption as the number one hit. The fact is, there are not many options you have if you are pregnant but unable to raise a family, and abortion is out of the question.

That being said, many pro-choice people (and others) will be quick to point out that adoption is not quite as easy or happy as we sometimes make it out to be (for instance, consider this comment to Rebecca’s post on pro-life feminism). In particular, many will point out that there are already huge amounts of children in foster care waiting for adoption in Canada; according to the Adoption Council of Canada and the Children’s Aid Foundation, the number is approximately 22 000, while only about 1700 end up getting adopted each year. (This argument has been used several times in discussions I have participated in.)

The moral of the story is, if you want to promote putting up unwanted children for adoption, it would probably be a good idea to also promote adopting unwanted children.

One promoter of the adoption of these children is the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (their usual website is currently down, but here is an archived version from 2008). It was founded by Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s restaurants. Through Wendy’s, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption raises money to help get these huge amounts of children into the happy loving families that we pro-lifers like to talk about.

Which brings me to the point of today’s post: next weekend, Wendy’s is having their annual fundraiser for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, called “Father’s Day Frosty Weekend”. Basically how it works is that if you buy a Frosty on June 20 or 21, Wendy’s will donate 50¬Ę to the Dave Thomas Foundation. Now, I am not going to tell you to go buy a Frosty on Father’s Day (I’m not being paid to advertise), but I will say that it does seem to be a fairly easy (and rather tasty) way to promote adoption as a viable option in the pro-life debate.