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The Rescue Movement Part 1: Interview with Rev. Patrick Mahoney

Jonathon Van Maren interviewed Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition based in Washington, DC., and lead pastor of Church on the Hill. This is Part 1.

Meet our interns: Brittany Van de Bruinhorst

What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?

I was motivated to become involved when I realized that many, many babies are being killed each day because so many people don't know why abortion is wrong. I feel it is important to go out and educate people.

When did you first come into contact with CCBR?

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Meet our interns: Christine De Baets

What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?

I wanted to join the pro-life movement after seeing more and more of my peers become pro-choice in high school. I was already convinced of the pro-life position but I started to realize how much of a responsibility I had toward the vulnerable children who were being forgotten by most. I couldn't wait for someone else to stand up for them, it had to be me. 

Meet our interns: Andrew Korevaar

What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?

I am interested in culture and cultural issues in our society. Since abortion is a serious issue that currently plagues our culture, doing pro-life work gives me an opportunity to actively help combat one of the problems our culture faces. 

When did you first come into contact with CCBR?

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Meet our interns: Rosalyn DeHaan

What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?

The silent cry of thousands of pre-born children that are slaughtered for the sake of convenience and ease motivated me to join the movement. The pain, hurt, and regret of the parents that choose to have abortions keeps me motivated to display and debate the truth of what abortion is. The more stories I hear, the deeper the pain I see etched on their faces, and the more they struggle with what they are seeing, the more I am driven to be active in the pro-life movement. 

Four observations from the Cunningham vs. Hunter debate

By Jonathon Van Maren

On Saturday night, I had the pleasure of watching Gregg Cunningham of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform face off with T. Russell Hunter of Abolish Human Abortion on a question that is as old as the pro-life movement: Pro-Life Incrementalism versus Immediate Abolitionism. The exchange was fiery and extraordinarily lopsided. Since Hunter had months to prepare, I was genuinely surprised at the out-and-out mauling that he received. I knew Gregg Cunningham was a talented debater. Although I was well aware of Abolish Human Abortion’s selective historical cherry picking and theologically immature underpinnings, I thought Hunter would put up a better fight. I didn’t plan on writing a debate summary at first, but the sheer vitriol being directed at Gregg Cunningham on social media as well as the misrepresentation of his remarks made me change my mind.

Meet our interns: Jon Thomson

What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?

I am motivated by the huge number of abortions that happen every year.

When did you first come into contact with CCBR?

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I think around 2013.

What made you choose this organization to do an internship?

Life and death in Atlantic Canada

By Jonathon Van Maren

After another two weeks on the road, it’s often difficult to sit down and collect my thoughts. To try and make sense of the vivid contrasts that make up the view a pro-life activist has of this country of ours. Tremendous natural beauty and hidden carnage. Selfless compassion and thoughtless selfishness. Life and death.

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Jojo Ruba on How to Bring Truth to Our Culture

Jonathon interviewed CCBR co-founder and now Executive Director of Faith Beyond Belief, Jojo Ruba. Jojo equips Christians to effectively explain and defend their faith using reasonable arguments that make sense to non-believers. Jojo focuses on practical ways to defend the faith. He teaches Christians how to explain their worldview using tools that non-Christians can understand.

Meet our interns Sophia Vandersluis

What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?

I have always been strongly convicted both morally and spiritually that abortion is wrong, but what really motivated me to join the movement was viewing graphic images of aborted children. Seeing them made me feel sick; that these humans, these tiny humans who do not have a voice to speak for themselves, are being murdered. I don't see how anyone could think this is okay, and I want to help unmask what choice is really being made. 

 
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