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To parents of "imperfect" children

By Justina Van Maren

It isn’t like parenting is easy. If you’re not a parent, ask your mom and dad, your uncle, your grandmother and they will universally tell you: Parenting is not easy. Thankfully, there is information out there to help you. Websites like YAHOO! Parenting offer advice on how to deal with problems your children face daily, how parents have dealt with similar problems in the past, and now, how to empathize with parents who think their children themselves are the problems. Problems they would have dealt with differently if they’d had the chance.

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Ryan Bomberger on #BlackLivesMatter

Jonathon Van Maren interviews the Radiance Foundation's Ryan Bomberger, who has a unique perspective on the innate nature of Purpose. Ryan's biological mother was raped, but she courageously chose to continue the pregnancy. Ryan was adopted as a baby by a loving, multi-racial Christian family of 15 (10 of the 13 children were adopted). With siblings of varied ethnicity, he grew up with a great appreciation for diversity. His life defies the myth of the unwanted child because he was adopted, loved, and has flourished.

Jonathon and Ryan discuss the impact of abortion on African American Communities and the impact of movements like the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

The Mainstream Media and Photos of Dead Children

By Jonathon Van Maren

For today, at least, the debate over whether graphic victim photography is effective at raising awareness is over. Emotionally mauling photographs of a three-year-old refugee child washed up on a Turkish beach have sparked a reaction to the ongoing refugee crisis like nothing else has.

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From the Globe and Mail:

Planned Parenthood, baby hearts, and a time for anger

By Jonathon Van Maren

The signs were gruesome, when you really thought about it.

Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts

Bodies Are Not Commodities         

Human Rights, Not Human Parts

Planned Parenthood Kills Babies—Sells Their Hearts

Worse, I thought as I stood with about 250 others in front of a Planned Parenthood facility in Buffalo, New York. Everyone should really know all about this. Many do. And they don’t care.

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beINSPIRED: Today's Heroes

By Caroline Slingerland

On disagreeing with Michael Coren

By Jonathon Van Maren

It’s official: Michael Coren has gone from parody to parrot. He now writes what everyone else writes, but several weeks later.

His newest offering in the Toronto Star takes aim directly at the No2Trudeau Campaign, a joint effort of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform and Campaign Life Coalition. After, one presumes, watching a stream of mainstream media coverage decrying the delivery of postcards with abortion victim photography as extreme, graphic, and insensitive to (living) children, Michael Coren chimed in to say all of the same things.

When children see dead babies

By Justina Van Maren

Thoughts on the reactions to the No2Trudeau Campaign

By Jonathon Van Maren

If there’s one thing that confuses me about how many pro-lifers decide on strategies to change hearts and mind on abortion, it’s the fact that they seem to believe that we have to approach the most controversial issue there is without controversy—that somehow, we have to take an issue that people have incredibly strong feelings about and ensure that none of those feelings surface during a discussion.

A reflection on the world she'll grow up in

By Dan Zeleny

About two weeks ago, my wife Rachelle gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Sophie Marie. As I'm sure most know or can appreciate, it was a life-changing event for both of us and our families. Late night cries and dirty diapers have quickly become the new normal for us. Baby cuddles, and time spent with my daughter has become a highlight of my day. These are the things most parents expect and patiently wait for throughout their pregnancy. 

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Killing Isn't A Solution: A Response to Paola Dragnic

By Maaike Rosendal

What if someone tells you that abortion allowed her to be a mother? Since this seems counter-intuitive, you’d likely want to find out how this could be. My reaction was the same. Though any article on abortion piques my interest, I was particularly intrigued by Paola Dragnic’s recent piece on BuzzFeed, entitled “The Abortion That Let Me Be a Mother.” How is it possible, I wondered, that terminating a pregnancy results in maternity?

Enter one Chilean journalist’s harrowing tale.

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