A few observations on abortion access in Canada

By Jonathon Van Maren

Abortion access grim in English Canada,” warns the headline of a November 20 article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The grimness being referred to here, however, is not the macabre spectre of dismembered Canadian fetuses in clinic dumpsters. It is, according to a fairly new report on abortion access in Canada, about the apparently alarming lack of such clinics and their accompanying dumpsters in certain areas of Canada. After reading through the report, a few observations:

Over half of Canada’s abortion clinics are in Quebec.

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Crimes to die for

By Justina Van Maren

A couple of days ago, while I was holding my friend’s baby daughter, my mind kept straying back to Quasimodo. That’s right, Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a haunting novel portraying a dark, twisted world of love, lust, and sacrifice. Whose heart does not go out to Quasimodo, the deformed hunchback with a pure heart, hated by the world because of his ugliness? He loved, but was not loved in return, he was repulsed and rejected time after time. Quasimodo hardly could have lived any differently, but he was condemned for something which he had no control over.

The Bridgehead: Jonathon Van Maren Interviews David Bereit

Jonathon interviewed David Bereit, National Director of 40 Days for Life. David became an outspoken pro-life advocate after Planned Parenthood announced plans to build an abortion clinic in his Texas town in 1998. He helped to start and build a local grassroots coalition that rallied 60 churches and thousands of people together and dramatically reduced abortions in the region. Planned Parenthood recognized the effectiveness of David’s efforts when it labeled his town “the most anti-choice place in the nation.” David led the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, Texas.

One Clinic At A Time: A Review of Abortion Free

By Jonathon Van Maren

Troy Newman starts off his new book (written with colleague Cheryl Sullenger) with a confession: “I like it—no, I love it—when abortion clinics close. When the news hits that another abortion clinic has shut down or that some abortionist has been stripped of his medical license, my senior policy adviser, coauthor, and friend Cheryl Sullenger and I break out the old standard ‘Another One Bites the Dust.’”

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Love without truth is a lie

By Justina Van Maren 

I was nervous when I first took to the streets to discuss the issue of abortion with people. I studied the arguments. I read Scott Klusendorf’s Pro-Life 101 three times. I went on CCBR’s Pro-life Classroom and watched all of the videos, some of them more than once. I practiced on my classmates at school and on my family at home. I was told that I was ready. And in many ways, I was. I was as ready as I could be.

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The True Face of the Movement: Pro-Choice is No Choice

By Maaike Rosendal

When the campus pro-life club at McMaster University in Hamilton asked me to speak at a public pro-life event, I didn’t expect the audience to be sympathetic to our cause. It didn’t come as a surprise then when, on my way to the presentation venue, a friend texted that about 20 to 25 protesters with signs were already lining the hallway leading to the room. My colleagues and I greeted them as we entered the building—some nodded, some looked away.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: McMaster Students Shout Down Anti-Abortion Speaker

Between 20 and 25 students shouted down an anti-abortion speaker Thursday night at McMaster University, disrupting the presentation, stealing a box of books and DVDs, and chanting until the police arrived.

The lecture was organized by McMaster Lifeline, a student organization dedicated to raising awareness about the abortion issue, and featured Maaike Rosendal, a speaker with the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform ( Pro-choice students apparently took issue with the fact that a speaker with anti-abortion views would be allowed to speak, and responded with various chants and signs featuring slogans like, “Pro-sex. Pro-child. Pro-woman. Pro-abortion.”

The Bridgehead Radio: Jonathon Van Maren interviews Mark Steyn on Culture

Jonathon interviewed Mark Steyn, a Canadian-born writer and conservative political commentator who has written five books, including America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It, a New York Times bestseller. Steyn is published in newspapers and magazines, and appears on shows such as those of Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, and Sean Hannity.

Steyn, a Canadian citizen, now resides mainly in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. He is married, with three children.

Cool with killing kids

By Justina Van Maren

I get to talk to lots of different people. Pro-choicers, pro-lifers, people who are angry, people who are frustrated, people who have had personal experiences with abortion. These conversations aren’t easy, but often they end up being valuable ones to have. Anger, I can work with. Frustration I can understand. Personal experiences I can empathize with.  None of these responses confuse me, or worse, make me angry. There is one, though, that does both, and that’s apathy.

Apathy from pro-choicers is, quite frankly, terrifying. One of the scariest experiences I had is when I asked a woman, “What do you think about abortion?”, and she replied, “I’m pro-choice.”

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