The baby in the jar

By Jonathon Van Maren

It was a couple years ago, at a conference of anti-abortion activists in California. I gave a speech on the history of social reform, on how those exposing the reality of abortion were following in the footsteps of the abolitionists, the National Child Labor Committee, and so many other activists who had fought to bring evidence of what was being inflicted on victims before the eyes of the public.

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Later that weekend, one pro-life veteran pulled me aside and said he had something to show me. Something someone as young as me in the pro-life movement needed to see. I agreed, and we drove to his house in his truck. We pulled up at a detached garage, and went inside.

The short life of Ella Abigail

By Kianna Owen

Diapers, newborn onesies, and baby toys were steadily brought into The Back Porch throughout the morning. Our campus pro-life club at the University of Alberta was partnering with this pregnancy resource centre to collect donations for their spectacular work in assisting abortion vulnerable women. As the morning went on, families dropped by and dropped off their gifts. 

Anne of Green Gables: The Antithesis of Abortion

By Charmaine de Jonge

When I was seven years old, I slipped into my sister’s room and carefully pulled down from her shelf her brand new series of books: Anne of Green Gables. I took the first book and, quiet like a mouse, returned with it to my bedroom. Crisp, clean pages greeted me, filled with words telling the story of the lonely orphan girl that won the hearts of everyone around her through her vivid imagination and vivacious spunk. But it wasn’t just any story. The words pulled me in, and over the next few hours, I too, fell in love with the red-headed orphan girl from Canada: Anne with an “e.”

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Changing minds and inspiring action: What I learned as a CCBR intern

By Christine De Baets

Few things give the same satisfaction as completing a puzzle: going from coloured pieces in chaotic disarray, to having every hole neatly filled and every segment matched to its neighbour with a soft ‘snap’. Looking at the finished product, you see that nothing is missing.

Testimonies from the front lines: Sea to sea

Edited By: Justina Van Maren

The Pro-Choice Movement's Year of Panic

By Jonathon Van Maren

Sick of hearing bad news all the time? Well, then enjoy what the abortion activists over at consider to be bad news: The pro-life movement was so successful in 2015 that their silver lining is a desperate hope that the pro-life movement has made so much progress, Americans will now start to turn against them.

For example, mourns columnist Michelle Goldberg:

It's Just That Simple: A New Year's Reflection

By Maaike Rosendal

“Are we there yet?” Impatiently our kids peer through the van windows. It's already getting dark, and strings of multi-colored lights try to cheer up the cold streets of downtown Hamilton. The two boys in the back, however, are looking for only one thing: Jackson Square. They recognize the name of the place where our team “talks to people,” where a baby was saved from abortion last year. But tonight, our family’s on a different mission.

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A couple of weeks ago the boys complained about being bored so we sat around the table to make a list of things to do during the Christmas break. Swimming! Bowling! Sledding! How about board games? “What if,” my husband Nick and I suggested, “we come up with one special thing for ourselves and one special thing for others?” Our sons agreed.

From Sea to Shining Sea: 2015 in Review

By Jonathon Van Maren

As the days get shorter and darker and the year draws to a close, I’ve been busy meeting with people to talk about what the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform has accomplished in the past year. I’ve presented our strategy and accomplishments in living rooms, offices, and at one point, a barn. This is how the grassroots are built. Movements are launched out of dining rooms.

As I drove from one presentation in a small Albertan town to a coffee meeting in a small Albertan city, the sun threw gleaming thoughts of summer across the sheets of white snow. Summer seemed like yesterday.

It’s been a crazy year.

Something we can agree on: Personhood is not the issue

By: Justina Van Maren

Perhaps you’ve heard someone say: “they’ve scratched the bottom of the barrel so hard they’ve got splinters under their finger nails.” That’s how I felt reading Tara Mulder’s article: Ancient Medicine and Fetal Personhood

One easy way to spread the truth about abortion

By Jonathon Van Maren

Some time ago after a pro-life presentation, I swung by the Macs down the street from my house with a friend. My friend asked the cashier, a middle-aged Indian fellow, what he thought about abortion. Pro-choice, was the answer. It’s the woman’s decision at the end of the day.

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So this week, I took one of our “Choice” cards, which depict a first trimester aborted fetus, and went back to the Macs.

“Here,” I offered. “We talked about abortion awhile ago. Images like this helped me understand that we’re talking about a real human being and real violence.”

He took the card, eyes widening. He didn’t say a word for close to a minute, except to murmur, “Wow. Wow.” Like so many other Canadians, he’d never seen what abortion does to a human being in the womb. Like so many other Canadians, his illusions were shattered when he did.

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