Interim staff

Alliance for Life Ontario is welcoming Chatham resident Mary Ann Miller to her second term as president of the provincial pro-life organization.

Miller, a 15 year veteran of pro-life volunteer work, officially assumes the president’s position at the Alliance for Life all-Ontario conference November 1-2 in North Bay. She will work with Alliance for Life Executive Director Jakki Jeffs and an executive committee in co-ordinating the efforts of Alliance for Life’s 74 Ontario branches. The alliance includes 250 member organizations across Canada.

A part-time supply teacher, Miller has eight children and 12 grandchildren. She comes to the Alliance for Life executive after serving as a volunteer with Kent Country Right to Life. She also serves as a member of the board of directors with the London (Roman Catholic) diocese pro-life office.

Priorities for Alliance for Life Ontario include education on euthanasia and assisted suicide issues, and pressing the provincial government for greater informed consent legislation for all women seeking abortion. Miller would like to see Ontario follow the example of Louisiana in requiring abortion-seeking women to be made aware of all health risks associated with abortion.

“We’re especially concerned with the abortion-breast cancer link,” Miller told The Interim. “We’re hoping to work with other women’s issues.”

Miller was enthusiastic about a visit from Dr. Joel Brind of Baruch College (City University of New York), a noted researcher on breast cancer. Brind was in Toronto in late October to discuss the impact a recently released study in the British Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, which confirmed precious research of the association between first-time induced abortion and breast cancer.

The Alliance Ontario president also emphasizes continuing efforts to win sympathetic media coverage of pro-life issues. She said media in smaller communities has been more favourable to pro-life news than their big city counterparts.

“Sometimes it’s better to try to win an individual media practitioner to the pro-life message,” Miller said. “It’s easier to educate one person than an entire organization.”