New ‘Protect Them’ Postcards

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Last week, we officially began our “Protect Them” postcard campaign.  Have you sent your postcard yet?

Alliance for Life Ontario has invited all pro-life groups to distribute these postcards.  Each one can be signed and sent to the Prime Minister’s office, to draw attention to the lack of protection of unborn children in Canada.

Each postcard presents the question: we protect children by using carseats and safety cribs — why don’t we protect them in the womb?

Over 100 'Protect Them' postcards, ready to mail!

Over 100 ‘Protect Them’ postcards, signed and ready to mail!

The back of the postcard reads:

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So far, we have distributed nearly 800 of these postcards to local groups and churches. Each person who signs them will be helping to send an important message from all over the province.

You can pick up a postcard from our office — or pick up a whole stack to hand out to your friends and family!

 

It’s Not Too Late – Reversing the Abortion Pill

worried young womanWhen Emily left the abortion clinic, she was filled with regret. Only 19 years old, she was unexpectedly pregnant and felt overwhelmed by the thought of having a child. She had gone to Planned Parenthood and taken the abortion pill, and she cried the whole way home.

Thankfully, her story doesn’t end there. Searching online, Emily found information on Abortion Pill Reversal. Calling their helpline, she spoke with a nurse right away who told her it wasn’t too late to save her child’s life.

The abortion pill, which was recently approved for use in Canada under the name ‘mifegymiso’, is a two-step process. First, a pill called mifepristone is taken to cut off the unborn child’s supply of nutrients. Then, 24-28 hours later, a second pill, misoprostol, is taken to induce contractions so that the child will be pushed out of the mother’s womb.

In Canada, this can be done up to 49 days of pregnancy. This is measured from a woman’s last period, so the actual age of the child at this limit is 35 days, or five weeks. At this time, the child’s heart has already been beating for two weeks, and brain development is well underway. (For more information on prenatal development, visit the Endowment for Human Development website.)

The Abortion Pill Reversal procedure began in the United States, where the abortion pill is responsible for nearly half of all non-hospital abortions. If done shortly after the first pill is taken (24-72 hours), it is successful about 55% of the time. It consists of a progesterone treatment that works to reverse the effects of the mifepristone. Thankfully, there are now doctors in Canada who can provide the service as well. The method has received the support of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

photo of a baby's feet Emily gave birth to her son Ezekiel. Her amazing story is one of many; nearly 200 babies’ lives have been saved by reversing the effects of the abortion pill. You can read more amazing stories and view videos on the Abortion Pill Reversal website. (Watch a video of Emily’s story here.)

At Guelph & Area Right to Life, we believe it is crucial to spread the word about this reversal procedure as the abortion pill becomes available in Canada. This year, we will be running advertising campaigns in our community to let people know about this life-saving option. If you would like to donate towards this message, we invite you to contribute online through CanadaHelps!

Have you taken the abortion pill? It may not be too late!  Call 1-877-558-0333.  This Abortion Pill Reversal helpline is accessible from Canada, as well as the United States.

More information on the dangers of mifegymiso: Health Canada’s ‘Myths & Facts’ page 

Regret taking the abortion pill? Please call now.

 

 

 

One Simple Item Changed My Mind About Abortion

By Hanna Caruso, Program Manager of Guelph & Area Right to Life

I have not always been pro-life.  When I was younger, I hadn’t given the issue of abortion much thought.  Though it didn’t seem like a good thing, it seemed accepted by society, and I imagined there might be cases where it was necessary.

Abortion was an issue that did not impact me, and so I never thought to find out how often it happened in Canada, or how far along in a pregnancy abortion was legal.

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Precious Feet Pins are the exact size and shape of a 10-week unborn baby’s feet.

“That all began to change one day when I saw a Precious Feet pin.”

That all began to change one day when I saw a Precious Feet pin.  You may have seen these pins – tiny, gold-plated, life-sized representations of an unborn child’s feet at just ten weeks after conception.  A friend of mine was wearing one on her purse, and I asked her what it was.  She explained the meaning of the pin, and her answer surprised me and changed my thinking entirely.

What turned me from apathy to action was that an unborn child at ten weeks was clearly human.  Having unconsciously absorbed the common misconception that a pregnancy consisted of ‘just a clump of cells’ at that point, I was shocked.

This one event caused me to continue asking questions.  I found out that abortion is legal through all nine months of pregnancy in Canada, and that there are 100,000 abortions every year in our country.  It was impossible to maintain inaction in the face of that information.  That one pin ended up leading me to become an advocate for unborn children.

Isn’t it amazing how a single individual having the boldness to take one small action – such as wearing a pin – can make such a difference?

Precious Feet pins are an amazing educational tool.  Whenever I visit high schools to do pro-life presentations, I always bring a supply of these pins.  If each student has the boldness to wear that pin on their backpack or purse, I know the ripple effect will change lives and save lives.

The beauty of these pins is that they allow us to look into the womb, at unborn life that we cannot yet see.  It shows us that whether we recognize it or not, abortion impacts us all, because it is a human issue.  When we see that unborn children are fully human, we naturally recognize that they should be protected.

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For Giving Tuesday on November 29th, we are asking you to give towards pro-life education by helping us buy these pins!  A donation of $30 would provide the pins to an entire classroom.  A donation of $120 would help to provide pins to 100 people at a Right to Life resource table during a local festival or fair.  We are also putting donations toward the purchase of small prenatal models (11-14 weeks size) for use in schools and in the wider community.  Both of these items are a little over $1.00 each, and they make such a difference.

You can donate online through our CanadaHelps page.  Donate today!

Abortion Pill RU-486 Approved in Canada

In late July of this year, the RU-486 abortion pill was approved for use in Canada.  The pill, also called mifepristone, and marketed as Mifegymiso, is used to kill a preborn child.  By approving this drug, scientists at Health Canada are putting its stamp of approval on this so-called “safe and effective option”.

This is not only misleading, but dangerous – in more ways than one.

As you might have guessed, mifepristone is never safe for the unborn child.  In fact, it is lethal: it works by blocking progesterone, effectively starving the developing child of needed nutrients – ending his or her life.  Following this, a drug called misoprostol is taken to induce contractions.

pillsThe drug has been approved for use up to 49 days gestation – which equates to 35 days (or 5 weeks) after conception – at which point the baby’s heart has already beaten over 2,400,000 times.

It is sad to see a mechanism for ending life being celebrated as a tool for ‘freedom and choice’.   Advocates of abortion are hailing RU-486 as a big win for women (the Toronto Star unabashedly proclaims, “Canadian women win gold – the abortion pill”).  Yet, by holding on so firmly to a narrative that refuses to question any element of abortion, they are doing women a disservice.  Crucial information on the drug’s negative effects is being ignored or dismissed.

Some are still willing to speak up: Renata Klein, an Australian feminist and academic, has released an in-depth analysis of the harms of RU-486.  She comes at it from a pro-abortion perspective, but sheds an honest light on the serious side effects that many refuse to acknowledge.

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“RU-486: Misconceptions, Myths and Morals” is available at our office library, for those who would like to learn more.

In her recently re-released book “RU 486: Misconceptions, Myths and Morals” she describes adverse events such as excessive bleeding, hemorrhage requiring surgical intervention, and fatal sepsis.  She notes that Finnish researchers found that 20% of women who took mifepristone experienced an adverse reaction – a number four times higher than for surgical abortions.  For example, excessive bleeding (requiring a medical consultation and possibly even a blood transfusion) is a complication that has been experienced by thousands of women.

In Sweden, the drug made headlines in 2004 when it claimed the life of a 16-year-old girl named Rebecca.  She had chosen an RU-486 abortion because she was told it was a ‘better’ option than a suction abortion.  She was alone at her boyfriend’s apartment when she died due to severe hemorrhage.  This occurred even though the hospital followed all ‘safety precautions’.  The local publicity led other women to come forward with their experiences of similar severe complications.

This highlights a major concern: after taking RU-486 and misoprostol, women are most often alone.  This could lead to life-threatening medical problems going undetected.  Ectopic pregnancy (which occurs in 2% of pregnancies in the US) is a serious concern, as explained by the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists:

“She will undoubtedly interpret bleeding and pain as consistent with a pharmaceutical abortion, since these are nearly universal effects of mifepristone and misoprostol.  This leaves her with the immediate threat of serious harm, or death, if the ectopic pregnancy ruptures.”

Over the course of ten years in the United States, 58 women were hospitalized after using RU-486 with an undetected ectopic pregnancy, and an additional two women died.  Yet the FDA still states that they believe “the benefits of Mifeprex outweigh the risks”.

Sadly, the list goes on.  Death due to massive infection (sepsis) after taking RU-486 is another major concern, and it is surprising to see how little media attention this issue has received. The FDA’s adverse event report of 2011 noted that 8 women have died due to sepsis after an RU-486 abortion.  This number does not include the additional documented deaths in the UK, Portugal, France, and Canada.  How many more might there be in China and India, where RU-486 is used but no adverse event information is available?

This life-threatening complication is all the more concerning because – much like ectopic pregnancy –  the warning signs are masked by the expected symptoms of the abortion.

RU-486 is often promoted as a ‘solution’ for women in remote areas who have no abortion facilities nearby.  As Ms. Klein states in her book, the seriousness of these complications “again makes it clear how dangerous it can be for women in remote areas without access to emergency hospitalization to be told that [mifepristone] abortion is ‘safe and effective’”. (RU-486: Misconceptions, Myths and Morals, p. xix) 

Despite all of this, we still hear the stubborn assertion that RU-486 should be available through telemedicine.   Amazingly, Heather Mallick of the Toronto Star even calls for the pill to be supplied over-the-counter, entirely removing the requirement for women to see a doctor.  This is an absurd and potentially lethal suggestion, revealing a distinct disconnect with the reality of inducing abortion.

Both Health Canada and the drug’s manufacturers have released strict guidelines stating that only physicians can dispense the drug, and that women must have access to emergency medical care.  In addition, physicians are required to confirm gestational age, check for ectopic pregnancy and a number of other conditions, and be aware of drug interactions.  The doctor must also know the age of the patient, since the safety and efficacy of the drug is not known for patients under the age of 15.  These are not requirements that can be casually dispensed with, and to suggest that they should be shows a stunning disregard for women’s safety.

Given the many concerns about RU-486, it is with trepidation that we will wait to see how the landscape will change in Canada when it becomes available next year.  What we do know is this: the womb should be the safest place on earth – yet in our country, where there are absolutely no limits on abortion, Health Canada has paved the way for another method of killing.  Not only this, but they have put the very women they claim will ‘benefit’ in unnecessary danger.

 

 

A Message of Hope: Be There on April 23rd

Angelina Steenstra at the 40 Days for Life Closing Celebration

Angelina Steenstra became involved in the pro-life movement after her own painful experience of abortion.  Since then she has done so much to expose the truth about the harmful emotional and physical effects of abortion.  Angelina is the National Coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in Canada, which works to make the public aware of the devastating effects of abortion and provides opportunities for women and men to share their abortion testimonies.

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Angelina Steenstra of Silent No More Awareness

On their website there are over 2000 stories of abortion regret.  The very real experiences of these women – and men – are a stark contrast to pro-abortion claims that abortion is just another medical procedure, and that the child is just a ‘bunch of cells’.  Abortion regret is something that women may hold on to for decades.  Silent No More recently found that more than half of the women who had contributed testimonies did not begin to seek healing until more than 20 years after the abortion.  However, healing can happen whether it begins 20 weeks or 20 years after an abortion.

The stories from those who are Silent No More are not just of regret, but also of healing; the act of sharing these stories is a step in the healing process.

Angelina, drawing on the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, writes:

“I dreamt of a day when men and women, who have experienced abortion in their lives, would stand up across this nation and tell the truth about what abortion had done to their lives.  I believed that in telling the truth, people would discover freedom, and in doing so would reach others who were isolated and alone, giving them hope.”

As much as there is sadness in recounting these stories of loss, Angelina is right: there is hope.  The truth is a powerful tool, and it is boldly displayed in every Silent No More sign that reads “I regret my abortion.”  It has the power to bring about change, in one person and in entire communities.

On Wednesday, April 23rd, this message will be the central focus of our 40 Days for Life Closing Celebration.  Admission is free (a goodwill offering will be received).  Join us in the lower hall of St. Joseph’s Parish (409 Paisley Rd, Guelph) at 7:00pm.

Please do not miss this chance to hear Angelina’s message of hope and healing.

A Light for Life at the Supreme Court Prayer Vigil

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January 28 was an anniversary we at the office wished we didn’t have to mark.  It was on that day in 1988 that the Supreme Court struck down the existing abortion law, leaving us where we are today: with no protection for unborn children at any stage of pregnancy.

For those who are unaware of the legal history of abortion in Canada, it is well summed-up in this article by Paul Ranalli, MD, which appeared in the National Right to Life News:

…Canada’s initial loosening of the previously strong protection for the unborn was smuggled by then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau into a 1969 “omnibus” bill, a sprawling piece of legislation. The intent was to quietly open up a range of exceptions to the legal sanctions against abortion, while still keeping it within the federal criminal code.

A much more modest law than the Roe v. Wade result, it was still considered controversial enough that it was passed as quietly as possible. And it worked. Only pro-life activists realized the serious nature of the threat to the unborn and raised a protest, but the majority of the press and public, while not yet in the universal pro-choice lockstep that we see today, were less perturbed by the change in the law.

The second and final judicial blow to protection for the unborn in Canada came in 1988, when a challenge to the existing abortion law by renegade abortionist Henry Morgentaler led the Supreme Court of Canada to strike down the law on the narrow grounds that access to hospitals with abortion committees and services were unevenly available across the country, and that this regional difference constituted a threat to the security of women, as defined by the recently drafted Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982).

And so, on January 28 of this year, members of the community braved the bitter cold to join Guelph & Area Right to Life at our Supreme Court Prayer Vigil in front of Guelph General Hospital that evening.  Jakki Jeffs, president of Guelph & Area Right to Life, describes the scene:

“We had 10 turn out on a very, very cold winter evening who walked with candles lighting up a little path in front of Guelph General Hospital. We had frozen feet, fingers, noses and toes but we walked, talked and prayed for an end to abortion in our city and in Canada. We know that our little lights were joined by thousands of others across the country and while we could not see each other, this light for life will bring a new day to Canada very soon.

We mourned the almost 6,000 children who perished by abortion at Guelph General Hospital in past years and prayed for change of heart in Guelph. Abortions can be performed in physician’s offices up to 13 weeks and we have no way of knowing if this is happening in Guelph. So we pray that our Guelph medical establishments, personnel and counseling will be directed to supporting life not abortion.”

 

 

 

Unacceptable Risk: Canada and the RU-486 Abortion Pill

pillsOn November 25th an article entitled “Medical abortion in Canada: behind the times” was printed in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and a cover story was carried in national newspapers entitled “Canadians should have access to abortion pill RU-486, leading medical journal argues.”

In my experience, RU-486 is the ‘chemical coat hanger abortion’ of the 90’s.  It has bubbled under the surface and now, once again, proponents desire it in Canada. In an amazing research book entitled “RU486 – Misconceptions, Myths and Moralswritten by three pro-abortion feminists in 1992, they declared: “[RU-486] constitutes a new form of medical violence that endangers women’s lives and violates their right to be free from bodily harm.”

In an open letter to MPs in Australia in 2005, Renata Klein, one of the book’s authors, stated:

Then, as now, some of you will be astonished that as an internationally recognised feminist and academic who has worked on reproductive issues for 25 years and strongly supports a woman’s right to safe legal abortion, I will side with what are seen as conservative and anti-abortion views.

However, then, as now, I cannot support the view that chemical abortion is seen (a) as good reproductive choice for women, and (b) as a safe alternative to already available abortion by aspiration. I write to you because I am appalled by the misinformation given to the public by supporters of RU-486, who continue to claim chemical abortion is safe, and who portray it as a simple procedure; take three RU486 pills and –bingo! You are no longer pregnant.

In the article entitled “Canadians should have access to abortion pill RU-486, leading medical journal argues,” we are told that RU486 is the “gold standard” and “essential medication”. Shockingly, we are informed that cancer and ulcer drugs are currently used “off-label” by physicians to cause abortion and this is “second rate”  and “cumbersome” but seemingly fine for Canadian women!

RU-486 will take us down one more level – a drug which has been specifically designed to starve a child, followed by the administration of another drug, Cytotec to induce labour and expel the dead or dying child. Four visits at minimum to the facility, then the wait for your chemical miscarriage, at home alone, work or play, plus another internal examination – and by the way, bring what’s left of the child with you. Doesn’t this all sound very liberating?

The columnist noted that one woman had died of a bacterial infection during 90’s clinical trials held in Canada. She did not mention that the doctor leading the research admitted that they did not inform women of a letter from the manufacturers of Cytotec, the second drug used, that it was dangerous for women to use it “off-label”.

The columnist noted that other women across the world have died but that “investigations could find no explanation for the cluster of what are normally rare infections, she [Sheila Dunn, CMAJ article author] said, adding that there had been none in recent years.

I imagine neither of these women had time to check the FDA website and particularly the Mifepristone US Post-marketing Adverse Events Summary through 04/30/2011, which noted that of the 2207 adverse events listed, 612 women were hospitalized, 339 experienced blood loss that required transfusions, 256 had infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, pelvic infections with sepsis, with 48 being severe, hospitalized for 2-3 days. 58 women had ectopic pregnancies; the RU-486 regimen is contraindicated for women with ectopic pregnancies! Several of the women (7 of 14) who died in the US “died from sepsis (severe illness caused by infection of the bloodstream) after medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol…Sepsis is a known risk related to any type of abortion”. (See FDA Mifepristone information page.)

It also points out that 7 women were infected with Clostridium sordelli that did not present “the usual symptoms.” There was no fever! The side effects of these infections are abdominal pain or discomfort, weakness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.  However, all of these are expected side effects of chemical abortion.

If Clostridium sordelli presents with no fever, this is extremely significant and dangerous for women: how will they or the facility recognize the infection? 17-year-old Holly Patterson and others might still be alive if their abortion facility had done so.

Guest Post by Jakki Jeffs, Executive Director of Alliance for Life Ontario and President of Guelph & Area Right to Life

Mary Wagner: Reaching Out

At the heart of the pro-life movement is a desire to reach out to those in need.  Unborn children need a voice to speak up for their right to be born.  Women facing an unexpected pregnancy need support, understanding and encouragement as they accept their role as a new mother.  Whether we stand in front of the abortion facility displaying life-affirming messages, fundraise for a crisis pregnancy center, or debate abortion with students on a university campus, we are reaching out.  It is always our hope that the pro-life message, given with love, will touch a person’s heart and increase their understanding of the value of human life.

Reaching out: this is something that Mary Wagner has done again and again.  She will be spending this Christmas behind bars, in the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton.  She has been arrested numerous times, most recently on August 15th, 2012.  She entered a Toronto abortion facility and attempted to peacefully speak to the women there, and was arrested on the charge of “mischief” (interference with lawful employment / operation of a business).  Mary remains in prison because she will not accept the bail conditions that would force her to stay away from the abortion facility.

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Mary Wagner

Mary’s legal counsel believes that her actions may fall within a section of the Criminal Code of Canada that allows a person to prevent assault on another human being.  Mary was counseling women to choose life for their children, so the question is whether that section of the Criminal Code “covers all human beings or just those who are already born,” stated her lawyer.

With kindness, and bearing roses, Mary bravely reached out to abortion-minded women, asking them to change their minds and choose life.  Her actions have truly saved lives.  We too are given opportunities to reach out, to speak up, and to share the truth that life has value.  Some of us, like Mary, courageously seek conversation with mothers in the very moments before their children’s lives are slated to be taken away.  In the interactions we have each day, we can – with courage – also speak up for life.  Like Mary, we can change hearts through kindness and truth.

While we prepare ourselves to reach out to those around us, we can also reach out to Mary.  You are encouraged to send her a Christmas card, letting her know that she is loved and supported.  Take the time to read an open letter from Mary, found here.

Cards can be mailed to:

Mary Wagner
Vanier Centre for Women
P.O Box 1040
655 Martin St.
Milton, ON
L9T 5E6

Note:

When sending Mary a card, do not include any stickers (return address, pro-life stickers), or any laminated items. Do not include any questions about the daily activity of the detention centre.  Put your address directly on the card or letter, as the envelope may not be given to her.

 

 

 

 

Gendercide Awareness 2013: “Boys Rule and Girls Drool” – Day 3

What little girl hasn’t heard that little slogan from an annoying boy at one time or another? While in Canada we live in a society that knows that boys are not superior to girls, not all cultures share that seemingly fundamental belief. China and India are two such examples of countries that have a different perspective on the “value” attached to a specific gender. The notion that boys have more worth than girls has increasingly lead to the practice of gendercide, the murder of a human person for no reason other than the fact that they are not the preferred sex. Not only is this horrifying practice happening in China and India but it is also increasing in Canada.

Reggie Littlejohn was one of the keynote speakers at the March for Life youth conference.  She is the founder of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an organization that directly opposes forced abortions and sterilizations in China.

While all of you are undoubtedly aware that the Communist party of China has a one-child policy, you may have never really thought much about how they enforce that policy. Through various photographs and video presentations Ms. Littlejohn showed the true violence and terror behind the one child policy.

One of these pictures shows a sign of Chinese characters strung across a city street.  In a direct translation the sign reads: “If you do not abort, we will crush you and your family like a tornado!” While the wording may seem somewhat silly to an English speaker, the promise behind that threat is absolutely no laughing matter.

Since the institution of the one child policy in 1979, China currently has over 37 million more males than females.  The government boasts that in those 24 years they have performed over 400 MILLION abortions. When you break down the stats you find that there are over 1500 abortions performed each hour in China. The sheer magnitude of those numbers is absolutely baffling — the fact that those numbers correspond to the murder of innocent babies is too terrible to fully grasp.

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A strong anti-gendercide message at the 2013 March for Life in Ottawa

As in India, Chinese culture prefers sons to daughters.  This is because sons carry the family name, they care for their parents in their old age, and a daughter is brought into the family when they marry. Daughters, on the other hand, are seen as an unworthy expense. One Indian saying states, “Having a daughter is like watering your neighbour’s tree.” This is part of the idea that children – male or female – are property, and females do not offer a good return investment. Due to this preference for sons, gendercide is widespread in the quest to have a boy child rather than a “useless” girl child.

More than this patriarchal desire for sons, the most distressing part is the Chinese government’s belief that they have the right to tell people how many children they are permitted to have.  Specific units of enforcement called the “Family Planning Police” travel village to village rounding up women without birth permits and forcing them to undergo forced abortions on babies that these women very much want.

“Terror is now the purpose of the one child policy, “ Ms. Littlejohn proclaimed. “Forced abortion is official government rape.”

If this is so terrible why do the Chinese people not stand up in opposition to these atrocities? Here’s the thing: they are not truly free. They are not given the ease of free speech and they or their family can and will be punished for openly opposing the government in any way, shape, or form.

Take the example of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng.  He was imprisoned, abused, denied medical attention and constantly monitored simply for exposing that in 2005 there were over 130,000 forced abortions in his city alone.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers intervened on his behalf and finally, thanks to their efforts, he was granted political asylum in America just last year. Even though Chen is now free, he and Ms. Littlejohn affirm that the fight to end China’s barbaric one-child policy is only just beginning. Ms. Littlejohn has presented the horrors of China’s bestial policy to the UN, US Congress, the European, Canadian and Irish Parliaments among many other distinguished world governing bodies.

To oppose this you do not have to be of Chinese heritage, nor do you have to be a woman. You only have to be a human who believes that injustice cannot continue. We have to stand for life and say, “No, a government does not have the right to tell anyone how big their family can be, nor can they force anyone to abort their child.” Only by actively pursuing this and helping to educate others will we see an end to these crimes against humanity.

Gendercide Awareness 2013: Avengers Assemble – Day 2

Anyone who was at this year’s March for Life in Ottawa saw them.  They were on the hill, they were marching with us: The Avengers.  Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk and Captain America were there, in full gear.  And thank goodness — Abortion is a huge issue.  It’s unpopular to be pro-life right now; in Canada, a staggering number of babies – over 100,000 – are aborted every year.  It’s hard to imagine all the faces of cousins, nephews, and daughters who we will never get to know.  Who better than larger-than-life heroes to deal with this overwhelming injustice?

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Avengers4Life at the March for Life in Ottawa

The truth is, the Avengers4Life, who came up all the way from New York to “support their Canadian brethren” are a symbol of what we all must do.  They chose to dress as The Avengers, because superheroes like that exist to protect humanity, regardless of whether those humans are born or preborn.

Among the adults, 20-somethings, teenagers and families marching this year, there were young men and women who wore out their voices chanting:  “We are here to save the life, of the child who silent cries.”  There is no better task for a superhero than to come to the rescue of those who are entirely helpless.  And believe me, you don’t need a pro-life-emblazoned hammer like Thor’s in order to advocate for the voiceless.  Among the 25,000 participants at this year’s march, there were people who defend life every day of the year.

The Avengers served as a reminder of something: Superheroes do not take a day off.  We need to take every opportunity we are given to spread the truth about abortion.  It seems simple, but it can mean the difference between life and death, quite literally.

Janet Morana illustrated the astonishing impact of simple actions when she spoke on behalf of Silent No More Awareness after the march.   The group consists of post-abortive women who courageously speak about the pain caused by their abortions.  Janet emphasized that the stories of pain and healing being shared that day should not stay on Parliament Hill: “We need to bring these stories into our communities.”

A woman named Margarita was the first to give her testimony.  She had an appointment for an abortion, but that day the friend who was supposed to pick her up from the abortion heard a presentation by Silent No More in Richmond Hill, Toronto.  That friend called Margarita, telling her, “there are women who regret their abortions.”  As she told her story, Margarita held her 5-month-old daughter in her arms – she did not go through with the abortion.   As Janet said, “When these women share their stories, lives are saved.”

Lives are saved because people speak up.  Lisa, a student at the University of Guelph, was at the march this year because she believes that we need to pray, to stand up, and not be silent.  She wants to create change by making small differences, producing a chain reaction.

Sarah, Jess, and Hannah, high school students from the London area, are involved with local pro-life groups, helping to educate, and collect baby clothes.  They participated in London’s Defund Abortion Rally.  They are not afraid to stand up and be heard.

Celine, another University of Guelph student, believes education is the pathway to success for the pro-life movement.  She believes that if people are educated, they can spread information and truth to others.

It seems like these young women are already following the advice of Archbishop Lacroix of Quebec City, who said at the Youth Banquet, “My friends, let us continue to march for life every day of the year.”

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The crowd at this year’s March for Life numbered 25,000

Brad Trost, one of 21 MPs who joined the crowd on the hill, was right on the mark when he said, “We are here because we believe in justice.”  If we want to see justice for the unborn in our country, we must be tireless.  Every time there is a chance to speak the truth about abortion, anytime there is someone who will listen, say something.  Anytime there is a woman facing an unexpected pregnancy, be there for her.  Educate, advocate, illuminate, and know that all of your fellow defenders of life will be doing the same thing until respect for all life is the status quo in Canada.

We were lucky to have The Avengers with us at this year’s successful March for Life, but the rest of the year, that’s your job.  The evil here is indifference and silence, the victims are the thousands upon thousands of children aborted, and you can make yourself their hero be refusing to be silent.