A professor's case for killing

By Maaike Rosendal

Everything I had heard about my opponent prior to the debate at the University of Ottawa was positive and, as it turned out, also true. A young philosophy professor with an impressive curriculum vitae, Dr. Matt McLennan engaged the audience in a pleasant way and, by questioning the underlying world view of the pro-life position as well as making a case for personhood post-sentience, provided a thought-provoking defense of abortion. But was it good enough?

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To determine whether Dr. McLennan provided a morally and philosophically sound case for abortion, I will review his main arguments in two separate articles. We’ll take a look at his critique of the pro-life position later this week—in his own words, “are the secular arguments secretly religious?”—but first, let’s examine his defense of abortion on babies that aren’t sentient yet. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mobile Billboards with Bloody Abortion Victim Photography to Hit Vancouver and Lower Mainland Streets

April 15, 2014: For Immediate Release

Mobile Billboards with Bloody Abortion Victim Photography to Hit Vancouver and Lower Mainland Streets

Vancouver, BC. Today a former ambulance which has been turned into a mobile abortion billboard will hit Vancouver and Lower Mainland streets.  The vehicle, featuring three large images of first-trimester aborted children next to ultrasound and prenatal imagery, will be a regular sight on city streets.

The group behind the project, the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR: defended its shocking tactic: “Abortion is happening because the injustice is invisible,” said executive director and UBC alumnus Stephanie Gray. “We aim to prick the conscience of the public so that in seeing the humanity of the pre-born, and the inhumane nature of abortion, people will reject a procedure that dismembers and decapitates the youngest amongst us.”

The Bridgehead Radio: Jonathon Van Maren on How Porn Fuels Rape Culture

On April 3, Jonathon spoke at the University of Ottawa, discussing the connection between pornography and rape culture.

Members of Parliament Rally 'Round the Mass Grave

By Jonathon Van Maren

Every time a picture of a dead fetus shows up in someone’s mailbox (put there by anti-abortion activists such as ourselves, of course), it’s Rally ‘Round the Mass Grave over on Parliament Hill.

Last week, we started the newest installment of our “Face the Children” Project, placing postcards in the mailboxes of Hamilton Mountain NDP MP Chris Charlton which featured her face next to a dismembered pre-born child and the banal, factual statement: “MP Chris Charlton Supports Abortion.” Which she does.

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Killing in the human family

By Maaike Rosendal

In the past month I’ve had the privilege of presenting a case for the pro-life position in formal debates organized by campus pro-life clubs at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa. On both occasions, I was grateful to my opponent for engaging in dialogue about abortion, an issue that many champion but few are willing to defend in such a public way. The views of those who presented a pro-choice argument, therefore, merit our attention and reflection—something I have decided to do in several articles to determine which case is more compelling.

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Hollywood's broken fairy tales

by Jonathon Van Maren

Question: Are you of the quaint, outdated belief that marriage is for life and that fidelity is an essential component of marriage?

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NDP MP Chris Charlton’s Abortion Views Exposed Through Bloody Postcards

March 31, 2014: For Immediate Release

NDP MP Chris Charlton’s Abortion Views Exposed Through Bloody Postcards

Hamilton, ON. NDP MP for Hamilton Mountain, Chris Charlton, is coming under fire from a national anti-abortion group which says she “failed the children.”  Today, the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR: began distributing bloody postcards of aborted children alongside an image of Charlton to the homes in Charlton’s riding.

CCBR’s executive director, Stephanie Gray, explained her group’s tactic: “It is increasingly difficult for pro-life MPs to broach the abortion issue without facing backlash from opposition parties or their own. This needs to be reversed—now, politicians who won’t change the status quo that permits the dismemberment of the next generation of Canadians will be the ones to face backlash.”

The Bridgehead Radio: Jonathon Van Maren interviews Joel C. Rosenberg

Jonathon interviews Joel C. Rosenberg, an American communications strategist, author of the Last Jihad series, and founder of The Joshua Fund. An Evangelical Christian, he has written five novels about terrorism and how he says it relates to Bible Prophecy, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Ezekiel Option, along with two nonfiction books, Epicenter and Inside the Revolution, on the alleged resemblance of biblical prophecies and current events. He and his wife, Lynn, have four sons and reside near Washington, D.C.

The broken culture's broken hearts

by Robyn VandenHoek

“Do these images have an impact on you at all?”


“It doesn’t bother you at all that this happens every day?”

He shrugged his shoulders.

“Do you understand why we’re saying that abortion is genocide?”

“It isn’t really… They’re not alive yet.”

“What are they then?”

“I don’t know… They just can’t really think yet. How can they be humans?”

Yes, porn does trivialize rape

by Jonathon Van Maren

As I suspected, my recent article asserting that pornography fuels rape culture has proven to be pretty controversial for both sides of the debate—porn advocates claiming that no it doesn’t, and some even saying that the girls being beaten up in porn movies like it very much, thanks, and the conservative side stating that since there is no such thing as “rape culture,” the main point of my article is a moot one.

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