Campus Pro-Life Activism: Meeting Pain with Compassion

By Roland Verhey

“You guys are sick. This is disgusting. This is child porn. I can’t believe you’re doing this!” His words made me study the pictures of dead children again. I had forgotten how horrible they are.

I asked him why they are so disgusting. He scanned the display for a second time and said, “Well, it’s like bloody and stuff, and they’re ripped apart.” I questioned him on abortion in general and he stated it was the woman’s choice. I have heard that a lot, but his initial reaction made me presume he didn’t agree with abortion. To call it “child porn” would be calling the unborn human.

We talked for a while and finally I asked, “If we know the unborn are human at conception, would you agree that abortion is a human rights violation?” I was expecting a yes. I presented a good case, with little room to still support abortion.

Reality Hurts

By Justina Van Maren

Last week, I went on the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform’s Florida GAP trip for the second time. I knew before I went that I wouldn’t come back the same. I think no matter how many times you go on a trip like that, the people you meet and the conversations you have change you. But it’s a good change, I think. It makes you more compassionate, more understanding. This trip did that for me again, but it was different this time around.

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Gerrit’s Story: How Changing Minds Changed Me, Too

By Gerrit Van Dorland

“Hello, what do you think of our display?”

A young guy with a skater-boy swag stopped and pulled off his headsets. “What’s that?” he said, as I watched his expression twist at the sight of our board with the graphic image of an abortion at 10 weeks.

“I’m Gerrit, and I’m just wondering if you had any thoughts on our display,” I repeated, handing him a brochure. Contrary to many other students, James (not his real name) was civil enough to stop and reply.

“I think they’re disgusting, and I’ve no idea why you would want to stand in front of that all day.” He was right—the images were repulsive, and standing in front of them all day was not what a typical reading week getaway to Florida consisted of.

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The Red Bin: A GAP Reflection

By Emily Ryznar

Doing this kind of work is the furthest thing from easy. Some days, I find myself sitting in a dark place, overcome by the evil that threatens to engulf me. Some days, I can’t do it. But those are the days when I know that I am needed more than ever.Image

Jaclyn’s Story: From “Choice” to Life

By Jaclyn White

If you had told me three years ago that I would be standing up in front of images of abortion victims, advocating for their rights, I would have laughed at you. 

Yet, as I write this, I have just returned from a week of pro-life activism, standing up for the pre-born.  You may ask, what changed?  Why am I doing something that I previously thought preposterous?  Well, perhaps my story of how my heart was changed will shed some light on this issue.

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I never really thought about abortion much growing up.  I had heard about it, but never thought I would have to think about it.

Why abortion is not a "reproductive right"

By Jonathon Van Maren

This week, my colleagues and volunteers and I are at the University of Central Florida, debating university students on abortion and making the case, through conversational apologetics and abortion victim photography, that abortion is a human rights violation. As the inevitable pro-abortion protestors began to show up with their hand-made signs, I noticed that one argument was surfacing more often than most: “Reproductive rights are human rights.”

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Like virtually all of pro-“choice” rhetoric, this statement is scientifically illiterate and misses the point entirely. Our case against abortion is a simple one: Human beings have human rights. Human rights begin when the human being begins, or we are simply excluding a group of human beings based on arbitrary criteria—in the case of abortion, age. Any inclusive human rights doctrine must protect all human beings.

Jonathon Van Maren interviews Carl Wilkens on the Rwandan Genocide

Carl Wilkens is former head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda. In 1994, he was the only American who chose to remain in the country after the genocide began.

Since 1978, when he first went to Africa as part of a college volunteer program, Wilkens spent 13 years working on the continent. After training as a high school shop teacher, he went back to night school and earned an MBA at the University of Baltimore.

Jonathon Van Maren Interviews Jeannie Smith on Holocaust Rescuers

Jonathon spoke with Jeannie Smith, daughter of Irena Gut Opdyke, sharing her mother’s experiences during the Holocaust.

Penguins and Parenting

By Maaike Rosendal

The day was just dawning as familiar sounds slowly awoke me. I could hear our two-year old throwing his stuffed animals from the top bunk to the floor, then climbing down the ladder, gathering bunny and monkey in his arms, before walking into our bedroom. “It’s morning time!” he declared joyfully. Moments later his four-year old brother bounced in excitedly. “It snowed!”

This past Monday, that was an understatement.

Look through my window

By Justina Van Maren

I don’t like social media. You may think I’m just saying that in a moment of frustration, and you’re right, I am, but I think that this time, my frustration is legitimate. I know that in today’s world, if we want to affect change, we need to meet the public where they are: on the streets, in universities, and behind their computer screens. Social media and the web have enabled pro-life organizations to spread their message faster and farther than ever before, but I think it has for a large part stolen something from us that we’ll never be able to get back. We’ve lost the ability to look through each others' windows.

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