Our First ‘Light Chain’ Event Was A Success!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first-ever Light Chain!  If you passed by Guelph’s City Hall on January 28th, it would have been hard to miss it: nearly fifty pro-life supporters joined together to display the number 3,703,195 in six-foot-tall lettering, lit up against the night sky.

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That number represents the total number of abortions in Canada since 1969.  The goal of the event was to shed some light on the impact abortion has had in our country.  So many people are not aware of how many abortions occur each year in Canada, or the fact that abortion is legal throughout the entire pregnancy.  Currently, Canada has no law on abortion – no protection for human beings at their earliest stages.

The Light Chain was a great step in our efforts to educate the community about life issues.  Pro-life supporters were holding signs with positive messages, including pregnancy help information and “Protect Life From Conception – No Exceptions”.  However, the number itself prompted the most discussion.   One man asked ‘What does the number stand for?’  When a volunteer explained its significance, he responded, ‘That is a very big number.  That really is a big number’.

The idea for the event came from Alliance for Life Ontario, who encouraged all pro-life groups in the province to hold a Light Chain on January 28th.  That particular date is significant because it is the anniversary of the 1988 Supreme Court decision that resulted in Canada’s abortion law being struck down.  Many Right to Life groups held events to mark the day, and Light Chains were held in Welland and Hamilton.

We look forward to hosting this great event again next year!

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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!

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.