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Come to Florida GAP. It Will Change Your Life.

By Justina Van Maren

A year ago I made the decision to go on CCBR’s Florida GAP tour. I wasn’t sure about what I was going to run into when I went. I was nervous about talking to university students, being only in the first semester of university myself. I was nervous about being yelled at. I was unsure about meeting so many new people all at once, and I wasn’t totally excited about the idea of staying in a host home. The whole experience was something totally foreign to me, and so making the choice to go was a bit of a shot in the dark. But I knew some people going, I knew basic pro-life arguments, and I was passionate about the pro-life message, so I thought, hey, why not? And so I went. And it turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made.

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Eggs, Carrots, and Coffee

By Emily Ryznar

As a child, I had this recurring nightmare: I’m standing in the middle of a gymnasium, and there are coloured boxes all around me, creating a sort of maze. Some are stacked high, some stand alone. As I take in the scene, the boxes start to grow. They get bigger and bigger and they never stop growing until I wake in a panic, feeling like the tiniest, most helpless creature.

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In many ways, working to defend pre-born children is the real-life version of this scene my subconscious created as a child. With every step I take away from the comforts of home, the world gets bigger and bigger and the opposition grows louder and louder and sometimes all I want to do is curl into a little ball and hide away until I wake up. The only trouble is that this is not a dream I can wake up from. This is reality, and there’s only one way to change it: face it.

A Red Light of Warning

By Caleb VanderWeide

We're not too young

By Justina Van Maren

We got a lot of insults thrown at us this past summer doing anti-abortion activism on the streets. We expected this, of course, and most of them were not very original. Most of them were easy to brush off. Some stung a little bit. Some actually hurt, making us wonder how someone could possibly say something so horrible to someone else. But I have to say, while I could repeat most of the insults to you if you asked, I don’t really think about them. There is one, however, though I brushed it off at first, that started to really bother me. It was usually spoken in a very patronizing tone, and it went like this:

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“Honey, I don’t know what these people did to you, but you don’t have to do this.”

“Clearly your parents told to be here.”

“Did your parents send you?”

“Your parents must have brainwashed you.”

“How old are you?”

“You must be, like, twelve.”

The Bridgehead Radio: Jonathon Van Maren Interviews Nathan Harden

Jonathon interviews Nathan Harden, author of the book, SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad (St. Martin’s, 2012).

Nathan sings in the Nashville-based rock group, Band of Love. He has written for many publications, including National Review, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, The New York Post, and The Washington Times. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and he blogs about higher education for National Review Online. He graduated from Yale in 2009. For news and links to Nathan's latest articles, visit www.nathanharden.com.

An open letter to the girl I met at our anti-abortion display

By Robyn VandenHoek

Dear Rayna,

You have pretty eyes. I’m not just saying this because I’m trying to make you feel good; you really do have pretty eyes. When I look into your eyes, I see the truest, rawest kind of pain; I see the deepest amount of sadness the human heart can possibly hold. When I look into your eyes, I don’t see anger, I don’t even see frustration. I see a longing for love, respect, understanding. These are things that all humans yearn for, and that all humans, including you, should receive in their lives.

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The Bridgehead Radio: Jonathon Van Maren on the Crisis in Masculinity

The Sexual Revolution sparked a fifty-year "gender war" that has cost us millions of pre-born lives--and in no small part due to the decline of biblical masculinity. In a workshop for men at the Rescue Summit in Ottawa on March 1, Jonathon Van Maren examined how men have become victimizers, how men have become victims, and how we are called to reject both of those paradigms and stand up for those in our society who need it most.

The Kim Kardashian of Canadian Politics

By Jonathon Van Maren

At a presentation I was giving on abortion the other day, one audience member asked me a rather open-ended question: “What do you think about Justin Trudeau?”

I wasn’t sure what to say. The 2014 manifestation of Trudeaumania completely confuses me, as I can’t quite figure out what it is that people like about the man, other than the fact that he seems to slither away from any definite policy to portray himself as a blank canvas upon which Canadian voters can project what they would like the Justin Phenomenon to look like. It wasn’t that long ago that Justin was considered to be a fundamentally unserious and frivolous politician, someone who took himself so seriously in press scrums that he referred to himself in third person—and even reporters had a visibly hard time keeping their composure and not laughing out loud.

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Pro-lifers shouldn't be mean

By Caroline Slingerland

I am part of a Facebook group where people from my community can post anonymously to get advice from other people without anyone knowing who it is that's asking.  Recently, someone posted on the group that she had just found out that her pre-born child might be born with Down's Syndrome.  She had just found out and did not know what to do. She felt disqualified to care for a child with a disability, and she also felt that if the child was indeed born with a disability, her child would have a lower quality of life than it deserved. 

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Feeling like it was the only solution, the woman asked if there was anywhere she could go to obtain a late-term abortion.  This mother sounded distraught, and begged that people not bash her as she was “going through enough.” And that's when the bashing began.

Someone you should have known was aborted

By Devorah Gilman

Secrets. I know lots of them.

It’s eye opening being in my line of work. Tearing away the curtain that veils the ugliness or the reality of abortion in our country, our churches, and our families. Being approached by those who, after seeing the truth of abortion, confide in me. “I had one,” she whispers. “I paid for it,” he tells me.”  “My sister aborted my nephew, he was my first nephew.” “My brother had one.” “My best friend in high school, she told me and I didn’t know what to say.” Others just sit and cry, writing me later asking to be connected to the post-abortive counseling I’ve mentioned. 

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Abortion impacts us all.

Yes, all. Yes, you.

 
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