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.

Gendercide Awareness 2013: Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Abortion – Day 1 Part 2

“Victims of Abortion” is a phrase that many dismiss as impossible since we are in a country that upholds abortion as a choice. With choice comes freedom — if you are free to do what you wish surely no one can be a victim of what you choose to do. This concept of choice has been allowed to fasten itself to the word abortion, pummeling forward the profit of abortion providers across the country — choice equals freedom, abortion is a choice, hit up an abortion clinic and you will gain back freedom.

What abortion advocates and abortion providers refuse to publicize are the consequences that follow choosing abortion. When you push past the slogans you will find real women and real men who have experienced abortion and are encountering unexpected physical and emotional difficulties.  The Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Abortion highlighted the harsh reality many have to face as a result of “choice”.  A participant named Ashley shared her experience with abortion, calling others who have suffered, especially within the church, to bravely step beyond pain and shame and find help to heal.  The full version of Ashley’s testimony can be watched here.

The vigil also highlighted the testimony of an abortion survivor named Ruth. Ruth was born in the eighties in India and could easily have been one of the many unborn girls killed each day simply for being a female in a culture that values men over women. Ruth’s testimony brought attention to the unborn victims of abortion: hundreds of thousands of people who are not on the earth simply because their human lives were deemed less valuable than the lives of those already born.

After these two women spoke a sixteen year old speaker declared his refusal to be a part of a generation that sees the injustice of abortion, shuts the blinds and walks away. Abortion hurts men, hurts women and is used extensively to terminate life. This speaker, however, and many others are not unaware that for every story exposing the detrimental impact of abortion someone will proclaim a positive abortion experience to be true. But whether or not someone is convinced their abortion has been beneficial does not change the fact that a) abortion is used to terminate human life and, increasingly, the life of girls more than boys b) people are suffering from their abortion experience.

As a result we ask, even if just one person has been negatively affected by an abortion experience, is the suffering of that one not enough to make us step back and evaluate the legality of abortion in our country? And if a trend is emerging to show unborn girls are terminated across the globe at a rate faster than unborn boys, is that not enough to sound out an alarm? The practice of abortion has created too many casualties who have been forced into silence in the name of choice. Abortion is unjust. It must end.

Pro-life people of all ages gather at the prayer vigil the night before the 2013 March for Life.

Gendercide Awareness 2013: Guelph & Area RTL at the National March for Life – Day 1

In 2012 over 18,000 Canadians from across the nation gathered on Parliament Hill as part of the annual March for Life. These Canadians represented hundreds of thousands of others who believe humans who are not yet born deserve to be recognized as human and protected under Canadian law. They are aware that Canada is currently the only Western nation with no law or restriction on when a life within the womb can be terminated; an unborn baby can be aborted at any time, for any reason, even at nine months gestation. This injustice has driven the crowd to gather yet again. This year we are calling attention not only to Canada’s lack of abortion legislation, but also to the secret injustice of gendercide. In 2010, data showed that a total of 117 million girls were ‘missing’ worldwide — aborted because they were female. It happens in Canada and in locations as close as Brampton and Mississauga.

Edmund Burke said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Guelph & Area Right to Life staff recognize that the region is full of good people, many who need no convincing to act once injustice is realized. The staff are also aware many within the region desired to attend the march this year but were unable to for various legitimate reasons. As a result we have created this blog space as an avenue specifically for you who had to remain behind to stay informed with the latest March for Life happenings and key information. All info posted from May 8th – 10th is captured directly from the G & A RTL staff on location in Ottawa. Read, comment and spread within your network– Break the silence and advance awareness of the injustice of gendercide in Canada.

Guelph & Area RTL staff on the way to the March for Life