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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.

an introduction…

by Rebecca Richmond

I’ve been sitting in front of this computer for over an hour. My screen has several snippets of paragraphs sitting on it as I’ve tried to find some sort of cohesive way to string the ideas in my head together. I’m not a bad writer, truth be told. But it certainly helps to have a bit of direction when a writing assignment comes your way. The only guidelines I got for this was that it had to be epic. Thanks guys. No pressure, huh?

We’ll be blogging three times a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (excepting Christmas and New Year’s) and you’ll be hearing from a wide variety of club members, from bright-eyed first year nursing students to old fourth year political science students. Everything from commentary on current legislation or stories of our experiences on campus will appear here. You’ll get to know our members, our club, our campus, our successes, and our struggles and we look forward to sharing them with you. This blog is more than just a means of us sharing information with you, but rather a means through which we can better connect with students and community members. So please feel free to comment or to contact us!

What I want to give you, in this inaugural blog post, is an idea of who we are. Not what we do, mind you, but who we are.

So let me take you back in time to last Tuesday evening when several club members assembled in my living room, armed with mugs of hot chocolate and bowls of chips and yummy baked goods, to plan for the coming semester.

We’re a diverse group of men and women. We have first years, fourth years and everything in between. We span the disciplines of health science, nursing, political science, history, philosophy, computer science, and classics. We are of different faiths and from different family backgrounds and we come from different parts of the country.

We have different gifts and talents, but like different parts of the same body, we all work together for this common cause: saving lives. I feel so privileged to work with these club members who selflessly give their precious time and balance school, work, family, and friends with their responsibilities to the club.

When we meet, whether it’s for an event or a planning session, I feel like we’re more than just compatriots in a common cause. We’re also good friends. There’s a great deal of laughter at our meetings along with good-natured teasing and fun. We are a participatory oriented open campus club. Our club leadership team’s role is to help facilitate, involve, and include our peers on campus in the efforts to educate, inform, and empower our campus regarding promoting and protecting the dignity of all human beings from conception to natural death.

I believe that we’re rather extraordinary. Not because we’ve done grand things, although I do believe that we’re doing important work at the university. Whatever we do, though, we do with a great deal of love. And in a world where convenience and difficult circumstances trump the right to life, a great deal of love makes a great deal of a difference.