What I learned this summer

This week marks the end of my time working at The Interim and Campaign Life Coalition. I dread leaving the people and places that shaped my summer behind. Here are some important lessons I've learned over the past four months. I learned ... That the same core message can be used for different audiences and purposes. How to conduct interviews, and smash a few [...]

2013-08-30T12:12:59-04:00August 30, 2013|Soconvivium|

End of Biola controversy good news for student activist

My “career” as a pro-life activist, as well as a university student, began under some rather unusual circumstances. A shadow of sorts had been cast over my first year of post-secondary school, as it marked the anniversary of this infamous incident. I was connected to the pro-life community at my institution, followed by what would become my favourite activist organization, through the [...]

2013-08-27T15:15:50-04:00August 27, 2013|Soconvivium|

Abortion survivors

Listverse is a favourite website of mine. It provides precisely what it's name suggests: lists. There are business lists, animal lists, pop culture lists. A few days ago they had a list of "10 abortion survivors." We have written about Melissa Ohden before and Gianna Jessen is well-known in pro-life circles. Many of the rest will be new to readers who haven't spent [...]

2013-08-23T22:06:53-04:00August 23, 2013|Soconvivium|

Bits & Pieces

Canada Statistics Canada released its Fertility Overview report that from 2009 to 2011, Canada’s fertility rate dropped steadily from 1.67 to 1.63 to 1.61. Demographers consider 2.1 children per woman to be replacement level fertility, a rate Canada has not attained in more than four decades … The family of Irene Dube, a woman who died at the Ramsey Lake Health Centre [...]

2013-08-23T11:11:04-04:00August 23, 2013|Bits n' Pieces|

Senate passes C-304, axing Section 13 of hate crime law

MP Brian Storseth introduced C-304 to help protect freedom of speech. Blogger Patricia Maloney is going to court to access Ontario's abortion information. On June 26, the Senate passed C-304, a private member’s bill that repeals Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Section 13 prohibited speech that was “likely to expose” identifiable groups to hatred or contempt and [...]

2013-08-23T11:09:54-04:00August 23, 2013|Human rights, Issues, Politics|

Government creates exceptions to Irish abortion ban

Pro-lifers concerned ‘suicide’ will be used to permit broad abortion license Lucinda Creighton resigned as Minister of European Affairs after opposing her government's liberalization of Ireland's abortion law. Irish lawmakers have passed a bill liberalizing Ireland’s abortion ban by a 127-31 vote. On July 12, the TDs (Irish MPs) voted to make abortion legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy if [...]

2013-08-23T11:08:22-04:00August 23, 2013|Abortion Law, Activism, Politics|

Blogger sues Ontario government to access abortion data

Patricia Maloney A pro-life blogger is taking the Ontario government to court after discovering it passed legislation allowing for abortion data to be kept secret. Patricia Maloney, the author of the Run with Life blog, submitted a Freedom of Information request in March 2012 for abortion statistics but was denied in March 2013 by the Ministry of Health. This was [...]

2013-08-23T10:56:50-04:00August 23, 2013|Activism, Pro-Life|

US Supreme Court gives new life to gay ‘marriage’

Justice Antonin Scalia dissented from the decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that the courts should not be deciding social policy. On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States issued two rulings related to  same-sex “marriage” in what critics are suggesting could be the Roe v. Wade of marriage. In a 5-4 decision (United [...]

2013-08-23T10:49:20-04:00August 23, 2013|Marriage and Family, Politics, Society & Culture|

Ultrasounds are saving lives

Canadian CPCs don’t offer them because of costs, regulatory obstacles Ultrasounds have changed the abortion debate, and more importantly, outreach to women considering abortion. Images of the child in the womb are conveying the humanity of the unborn in ways that words could not. American crisis pregnancy centres are investing in ultrasound machines. The Woman’s Choice Network, a CPC chain, states that [...]

2013-08-23T10:42:39-04:00August 23, 2013|Announcements, Features, Pro-Life|

Parole condition lifted for Robert Latimer

EDMONTON – The National Parole Board has removed the parole condition of psychological counseling for convicted child killer Robert Latimer, who murdered Tracy, his 12-year old daughter with Cerebral Palsy, in 1993 by putting her in the cabin of his truck and piping exhaust fumes into it. His crime was called “compassionate homicide” by many and sparked debate on euthanasia. After being [...]

2013-08-23T10:31:48-04:00August 23, 2013|Euthanasia|

Bette Hamon, founder of Halton Pro-Life, RIP

Bette Hamon Elizabeth “Bette” Hamon, a long-time, stalwart pro-lifer, passed away at the age of 89 on Mother’s Day, in Brantford, Ont. Hamon was the founderess of Halton Pro-Life in 1974, and the organization met in the basement of her home for many years. She spoke in schools and other venues, initiated a Mother’s Day walk at the local hospital, [...]

2013-08-23T10:30:21-04:00August 23, 2013|Pro-Life, Profiles|

Chile rape victim insists on keeping baby

SANTIAGO, Chile – An 11-year old Chilean girl who became pregnant after being repeatedly raped by her stepfather has declared that she wants to keep her baby. “I’m going to love the baby very much, even though it comes from that man who hurt me,” the unidentified girl told local media. The girl’s decision has created opposition from the pro-abortion side, which [...]

2013-08-23T10:25:08-04:00August 23, 2013|Motherhood, Pro-Life|

12th annual edition of The Father Ted Colleton Scholarship

Students can learn and earn through writing!         Now in its 12th annual edition The Father Ted Colleton Scholarship presents a unique opportunity to senior (16-18 yrs) secondary school students. They are challenged to express their views on life and family issues by writing an essay on a stated theme. Co-sponsored by Canada’s pro-life newspaper The Interim and Niagara [...]

2013-09-06T07:19:05-04:00August 23, 2013|Issues, Web Exclusives|

LifeChain is great for beginner activists

It's almost that time of year – the annual LifeChain is coming up. I have only participated in one, and I remember two things from that day. I had lived in Ottawa for only a few weeks and did not know the bus routes well, so I was terrified of getting lost. Nobody seemed to react to our presence on the sidewalk, [...]

2013-08-22T08:22:18-04:00August 22, 2013|Soconvivium|

Duck Dynasty promotes faith, family, and pro-life

I'm a big Duck Dynasty fan. The show is about a family who became wealthy by making and selling duck calls. The show celebrates entrepreneurship, family, hunting, and faith. Each episode ends with the family praying before a meal and Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson musing about the lessons learned from whatever the family was up to that week (cleaning the warehouse [...]

2013-08-21T12:26:39-04:00August 21, 2013|Soconvivium|
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