Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Jonathon Van Maren’s recent book Seeing is Believing: Why Our Culture Must Face the Victims of Abortion, which can be purchased here. Your signs just make people angry. How is that going to achieve your goal?
December 12, 2017
December 8, 2017
It was a nice sunny day, and the contrast couldn't have been bigger. My boys, still little at the time, chatted happily in the double stroller. In the zipped pouch behind them was a stack of postcards with pictures of little children whose life had been cut short. I made sure to cover the abortion image on the front each time we stopped to stuff a mailbox. Letting the lid fall shut, I walked down the driveway where two eager faces waited for me.
December 4, 2017
The importance of using effective pro-life apologetics is nearly universally acknowledged within the pro-life movement. Being equipped to respond to pro-choice arguments enables us to be influential advocates on behalf of the pre-born. However, we at the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform don’t rely on pro-life apologetics alone. Our two-pronged approach as part of the educational arm of the pro-life movement includes the use of abortion victim photography (AVP).
December 4, 2017
Have you been given this scenario to justify abortion before? “What about a baby whose mother is addicted to crack cocaine and will be born with an addiction to crack? Would you rather that baby suffer horribly and have a terrible life?” How do you respond? Usually, I reply with something like the following:
December 1, 2017
Earlier this week, I headed out with some of the volunteers from a local pro-life community group to participate in the group’s first high-school “Choice” Chain. It was the first time this particular school had been confronted with a “Choice” Chain display, and the reaction, as always, was mixed. A crowd of students quickly gathered around our signs, and while some students were angry, many had serious questions they wanted to ask. “What about rape?” one girl asked me. “That’s right!” another student exclaimed.
November 29, 2017
“What do you think about abortion?” I asked a student at Mount Royal University, who was right around my age. “I would have an abortion,” she told me. It was not just a stubborn pro-choice response, as that statement often is. She was firm in her tone, but not harsh, and though she was holding herself together, I could see the tears she held in her blue eyes.
November 27, 2017
“You’re wrong.” The student I was speaking to looked at me calmly and confidently. “Life doesn’t begin at fertilization,” he continued. “Life begins when there’s brain activity. You’re dead when your brain stops; you’re alive when your brain starts.” In attempting to make the case that a certain level of cognitive function is necessary to grant human rights, this young man had made a pro-life case to himself. I didn’t need to convince him; I only needed to help him delve a little deeper into the premise he had just presented.
November 23, 2017
Our friends over at the pro-life political organization Right Now have released their suggested ballot rankings for the Saskatchewan Leadership Race (to replace outgoing leader Brad Wall), and much to the chagrin of the media, multiple candidates have stepped forward to affirm that they are pro-life and indicated their support for common-sense pro-life legislation. Despite decades of abortion rights activists insisting that the abortion debate is closed, it would seem that such declarations were wishful thinking.
November 20, 2017
One of the most important things you can do to help end the killing is know the answers to important questions. The pro-choice movement has cleverly cloaked the reality of abortion with pleasant words such as “choice”, and as a result, being pro-choice in many ways has become synonymous with being compassionate. Knowing the best way to convey the pro-life position can give you the confidence you need to stand up for your pro-life convictions whenever the opportunity arrises.
November 17, 2017
Recently one of my boys got something that he's been hoping to have for a long time: a fidget spinner. While I wasn't willing to buy one of these gadgets when they were all the rage, I could understand his excitement about finally owning one. All the more exhilarating was showing it off when we visited another family, especially when my friend commented that her son had been wanting one for a long time. As we left their house that afternoon, my son quickly handed the fidget spinner to his younger friend. "You can have it," he said. My mother heart swelled at his generosity.