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The struggle for pro-life clubs

by Garnet

It seems there is no end to the struggle of pro-life clubs on Canadian campuses.  Here’s a quote from a recent McGill Daily article:

The final motion, on banning discriminatory groups on campus, was led by statements from authors Maddie Ritts and Liam Olson-Mayes explaining their choice to single out pro-life groups, stating that they are necessarily discriminatory and that “by allowing pro-life groups, we condone and accept their position,” and targeting the Silent No More campaign. After extensive debate and votes on multiple amendments, including one to strike direct reference to pro-life groups in the resolution, the entire resolution failed to pass.

Phew. The motion failed to pass.  It’s scary because this kind of attitude is expected from our Student Federations.  Who exactly is being discriminated against?  Oh, the irony.  The fact that Silent No More is targeted shows how deplorable their intentions are.  “Oh no, women are speaking about their negative abortion experience.  We must silence this discrimination against women!”  Absolutely outrageous.

And then on the other side of the country, at the University of Victoria, Youth Protecting Youth has lost funding and club status. Again a Student Federation is trying to bully a pro-life club into silence.  What are these people scared of, anyway? Check out this news report:

Some other news to note: Lakehead Life Support has regained club status after a long struggle.  They do not, however, get funding from the LUSA.

Ottawa Students for Life enjoys relative freedom when planning events and operating as club (except for the fact that our posters get ripped down almost right away).  We’re glad to operate as the pro-life witness on our campus, and give our support to other pro-life clubs that struggle to be recognized.

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S.L.E.D. Part 1: Size

by Garnet

The “morality of abortion” debate always centres on one question: “What is the unborn?”  I’ve had discussions with people about abortion, and no matter where we started (hard cases, overpopulation, unwanted/unplanned pregnancies), the discussion always comes to this point.  If the pro-life movement is wrong about the humanity of the unborn child we are all wasting our time.  But if pro-choice people are wrong there are countless children being killed daily.  The question, “What is the unborn” is of paramount importance; it is a matter of life and death.

This four part blog series (over the next while) will deal with four objections to the personhood of the unborn (Size, Level of Development, Environment, Degree of Dependency).  The first argument goes like this:

“The unborn child is smaller than a born child or toddler.  In fact, they are simply blobs of tissue.  Therefore they do not have the right to life.”

The pro-life advocate would respond like this: Size is not a fair criterion for determining value.  Physical size simply has nothing to do with rights.  For example, take a look at this amazing video in which the world’s tallest man meets the world’s smallest man (at the time – in 2007).

Would anyone assert that Bao Xishun, who is 7 feet, 9 inches, has more of a right to life than He PingPing, who is only 2 feet, 5 inches?  After all, Bao Xishun is over 5 feet taller than He PingPing.  This would be quickly condemned as discrimination.  Or consider another example: a toddler is a lot smaller than a grown man or woman.   Are we therefore permitted to dispose of a toddler if it would benefit someone else?  Of course not.  This is a preposterous proposition.  But, from the time of conception, right through childhood, adolescence and beyond, human beings grow in size.  Why did we pick birth as the moment babies are big enough to have the right to life?  It just makes no sense.

Maybe one of the other arguments, Level of Dependency, Environment or Degree of Dependency, will convince you more, so stay tuned.

p.s. The SLED concept comes from Stephen Shwartz’s book The Moral Question of Abortion (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1990).

OSFL joins the blogosphere.

by Garnet

Ottawa Students for Life has been a club for quite a while now, and we’ve decided to start a blog to keep everyone informed on events we have planned and important pro-life news, as well as to provide another means through which we can receive feedback and comments from our club members and peers out in blogger world.  Please check back often, and subscribe to our RSS feed!