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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.

The day my little sister saw abortion pictures

By Justina Van Maren

I have a little sister. There isn’t much not to love about that kid. She’s smart, she’s fun, she’s sensitive, she’s loving, she is beautiful. Every once in a while I like to dream up special things that I know she’s never done before, because when we do new things together, she always gives me a new perspective. One night, we were the only ones home. She was reading, I was reading. And then a thought popped into my head.

“Jess, have you ever gone for a walk in the dark?”

She looked up, her blue eyes wide, she shook her head no.

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We put on our coats. She slipped her hand into mine, and even though she’s ten years old, I feel like we’ll never get too old to walk like this, sisters, hand in hand. We stepped out into the field and her fingers tightened around mine. It was dark, after all. We walked in silence until I stopped her, far away from the road, from the house, from everything.

The "brand-new" abortion rights strategy that will supposedly shatter the pro-life movement

By Jonathon Van Maren

Abortion activists seem to be launching a (sort of) new strategy: Telling as many people as possible that they personally have had an abortion. Bloomberg Politics published a lengthy cover story titled “How Do You Change Someone’s Mind About Abortion? Tell Them You Had One.” And Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men, just published a review of activist Katha Pollit’s new book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights entitled “Abortion is Great.”

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What happens when I call angry people who have seen our postcards?

By Cam Cote

There has been a lot of buzz in the media of late about CCBR’s various postcarding campaigns, and when people find out that I am one of the primary staff members who responds to the questions and concerns, I’m often asked whether or not any of my conversations are successful. Though I have been accused of many things while returning calls, ranging from being “an out of touch old white guy who needs to read the news a little more” (something I thought would only contribute towards the stereotype) to “that guy with the smooth voice who calms everyone down and tricks them into believing lies because his voice is so silky smooth” (actually I have been accused of this twice in the last two weeks), I think it’s important to ask: what really is a successful call-back conversation?

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