Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pro Life Answers to Pro Choice Objections

The photo is my daughter Rebecca, taken last Tuesday morning, just after she gave birth to her second son, Jasper. A new brother to Rhett, and to Emeline and Clara, and second son for daddy Nathan. Rebecca loves being a mommy.


This morning, I received an email from a young woman who very politely objected to our vigil outside the hospital this fall. I have just spent the last two hours writing a logical response to her objections. I am convinced that most pro-choice women have never heard a consistent pro-life argument; their statements are always highly emotional and betray a lack of real knowledge of the facts. So I thought I would post my response to her here.

From Alyssa:

"Recently I walked past some of your volunteers outside of the Victoria Grace Hospital. While I respect your right to express your views, and commend your peaceful, quiet protest, I was still deeply upset by your efforts. Why do you want to undo the work that many people have fought for for decades? Abortion is not pleasant for anyone - least of all those with unwanted pregnancies who decide to seek them. However, I truly believe that having safe, affordable abortions in hospitals is much better than forcing desperate women to seek back-alley abortions that are likely to severely injure or kill them. I also believe that abortions are less evil than bringing more unwanted children into the world. If you really want to make a difference, please focus your efforts on improving the Canadian adoption process or providing better foster care. Stop making a difficult time for people even more devastating and shift to making sad lives better. The bottom line is that abortion is a personal choice. No-one is forced to get one. However, you would force people who are not prepared to care for a child properly or to have a safe and healthy pregnancies to have their children, and then either sacrifice their lives to attempt to provide these kids with some kind of life, abandon them, or put them up for adoption. Only those who are truly not ready to have a child in their life will get an abortion. For example, I am 19 and a full-time student. I treasure my education, and it would ruin my life to have to give it up for a baby. I would wind up hating the child, and that is no way to raise a family. I also know nothing about caring for a child, have no job that would support a baby, or really any sane reason to have a child at all. And dumping a child into foster care is essentially playing roulette with someone's life. Please, stop threatening my right to choose, and the rights of other women across Canada. Once again, I respect your peaceful, prayerful protest, but I pray that you will not succeed."

And in return, my response:

Dear Alyssa,
First I have to thank you for your polite communication with me. Many people who disagree are not so polite and I appreciate the respect you have shown to me.

I welcome the opportunity to discuss this issue with you, as it is one that is very close to my heart. I hope that you will read impartially what I have to say and consider it, because I do believe that the majority of people who are pro-choice are not well informed. I welcome opportunities to give them information they may not have, because I think when people see truth, they are attracted to it.

“Why do you want to undo the work that many people have fought for for decades?”

You are young, nineteen you said. The decades you refer to began in the late 60’s, so you are talking about 4 decades. Consider that not having abortion legal was a lot longer than that and we, on the pro life side of this question, could rightly ask the same question “why do you want to undo the values that we have held for generations?”
The answer is quite simply that we believe that abortion is a moral wrong and that is why we want to undo it.

“Abortion is not pleasant for anyone - least of all those with unwanted pregnancies who decide to seek them.”

You are right, abortion is not pleasant, however have you researched what happens to women who have abortions and the aftermath? Abortion is sought as a quick solution to a problem; however, studies are showing that it brings a host of problems that unfortunately, our society is not willing to disclose – more on this later. Most women think that abortion will solve the pregnancy problem and they can move on with their lives; however that is just not the case for a huge number of women.

“I truly believe that having safe, affordable abortions in hospitals is much better than forcing desperate women to seek back-alley abortions that are likely to severely injure or kill them.”

Bernard Nathanson is a doctor who led the abortion rights movement in the US in the 60’s and early 70’s. He worked with several abortion activists, Betty Friedan is one who comes to mind, to promote legal abortion to the American population as the best solution to unplanned pregnancies. He has since changed his mind on this and has actually written that they lied about the number of illegal abortions that resulted in deaths and injuries. They rounded up the figure to impress the public and they were believed.
"It was always 5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year." I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the "morality" of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? The overriding concern was to get the laws (against abortion) eliminated, and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible." Aborting America by Bernard Nathanson
The actual numbers were closer to 250 per year of deaths from illegal abortions, a huge difference from the number they gave to the public, which swallowed it without question. It is important that the truth be told here; promoting legal abortion because it will spare women from death and injury from illegal abortions is the same thing as saying that bank robbery should be legal because those who commit robberies won’t get hurt in the process. One does not legalize something that is wrong, because someone might get hurt.

“I also believe that abortions are less evil than bringing more unwanted children into the world.”

This statement is often made and Hillary Clinton herself used it a number of years ago when promoting abortion. However the statistics actually show that the number of abused children has increased.”Statistics reveal a sharp rise in child abuse in countries that legalize abortion. In 1973, when abortion was legalized, child abuse cases in the United States were estimated at 167,000. By 1982, the number had risen to 929,000. In the first ten years after the legalization of abortion in America, child abuse increased over 500 percent.” Pro Life Answers to Pro Choice Questions, by Randy Alcorn

If we allow women and their doctors to kill children inside the womb, how do you tell a woman not to batter her child outside the womb? Violence is not a solution to an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy; violence breeds more violence. The statistics confirm this.

“If you really want to make a difference, please focus your efforts on improving the Canadian adoption process or providing better foster care.”

Unfortunately, the government interferes with this ability. Planned Parenthood, which is the first resource most girls seek out when facing an unexpected pregnancy, does not counsel for adoption. In fact, only 1% of girls in this situation are even told about the possibility of adoption. Abortion is always offered first at Planned Parenthood, as the solution that will take care of the problem very quickly and easily.
If you got to know some pro-life people, you would find that many of them are actually adopted children, and they are pro-life precisely because they are grateful to their birth mothers for letting them live. I cannot comment on foster care, as I am not knowledgeable in that area.

“Stop making a difficult time for people even more devastating and shift to making sad lives better.”

Perhaps you would like to read some stories from women who have had abortions in order to see what they say about this. There are so many stories emerging from women who are willing to go public (and a big problem is that women will not talk about their abortions, which implies that the memory is buried and most likely hurting them) who say that they thought abortion would solve their problems, but they have found out that it actually made their lives worse. Case after case records numerous psychological problems, from sleep and eating disorders, to anxiety attacks, to drug and alcohol abuse, to relationship problems with men, to the inability to mother subsequent children well, to depression and suicidal tendencies.
One study indicates that women who abort are five times more likely to abuse drugs. – Elliot Institute – http://www.abortion.org/
I have not heard of support groups for people who have had their tonsils removed or their appendices removed; but there are many support and recovery groups for women who have had abortions. If this is only a clump of cells and not a human being, why the need for support groups? A few of them are Women Exploited by Abortion (WEBA), Victims of Choice, Healing Encouragement for Abortion Related Trauma (HEART), Healing Visions Network, Counseling for Abortion-Related Experiences (CARE), Women of Ramah, Project Rachel, Open Arms, Abortion Trauma Services, American Victims of Abortion, Silent No More (US) and Silent No More Canada.

“Women who have had abortions are nine times more likely to attempt suicide than women in the general population.” Aborted Women, by David Reardon of the Elliot Institute

Post abortion syndrome is a diagnosable psychological affliction. Feelings of guilt, depression, grief, anxiety, sadness, shame, helplessness and hopelessness, lowered self-esteem, distrust, hostility, sleep disorders, recurring nightmares, anniversary reactions, sexual dysfunction, insecurity, self-condemnation, the list goes on.
I personally know one young woman who became anorexic the very day after her abortion and spent the next ten years battling severe anorexia, coming close to death on more than one occasion. I said to her that she needed to talk about her abortion with her psychiatrist and she replied that he wouldn’t deal with it. That would involve guilt and psychiatrists don’t handle guilt, they just want you to “move on with your life”.

Unfortunately, many studies of post-abortive women stop short and don’t get the results that society needs to know. Many women are relieved immediately after an abortion; the difficulties set in a year, sometimes two years later, often five to ten years later. Some women repress their abortions and are caught off guard, years later, when their children have children and the memory of the abortion comes back to haunt them.

Most women are not even warned about the possible psychological effects. In fact, most agencies that promote abortion tell women that they will be just fine, they will get over it in a few days, that the more prepared they are for the abortion, the less trauma they will feel afterwards. However, they do not provide any care for these women a few months, or a year or two years after the abortion. They do not even know what happens to these women over time.

“For most women, abortion is not just an assault on their womb, it is an assault on their psyche.” Aborted Women, by David Reardon

Many post abortive women will testify that it is easier to scrape a baby from their uterus than it is to scrape that baby from their minds.
As well, numerous studies have been done that show abortion can have devastating effects upon women’s physical health. Abortion can result in infertility; the aborted baby may be the only child that woman ever has. Abortion is a known factor in subsequent pre-mature births and pre-mature births greatly increase the risk factor of cerebral palsy. The increased risk is quite staggering actually. I refer you to an article in the National Post by Barbara Kay:

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/10/10/barbara-kay-poland-s-quot-preemie-miracle-quot-is-an-embarrassing-postscript-to-henry-morgentaler-s-order-of-canada.aspx

Nor is the risk of breast cancer mentioned to women considering abortion. Pregnancy causes breast tissue to grow and mature into cancer-resistant, milk-producing cells. Abortion halts the process, and leaves women who choose abortion over childbirth with a greater number of cancer-vulnerable cells and a greater lifetime risk of breast cancer. Since 1957, over 50 studies link abortion to an increased risk of breast cancer. In the 1960’s, before abortion was readily available, a Canadian woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer was 1 in 20. Now the National Cancer Institute of Canada says it’s 1 in 9.
The increase in breast cancer exactly parallels the increase in induced abortion. The Canadian Cancer Society refuses to even list abortion as a possible risk for breast cancer in their data or on their website; I believe this is because they are afraid of the reaction from women and they are also afraid of the law suits that are being prepared against doctors and the Cancer Society for not informing women of this risk.
http://www.abortionbreastcancer.ca/

“The bottom line is that abortion is a personal choice.”

I have to disagree very vehemently here. Abortion is affecting everyone, not just the woman who is pregnant. First the baby dies, the mother is affected, the father is deprived of his right to fatherhood, society is deprived of a human person. Legal abortion has been a huge factor in the dehumanization of our present society. You are not old enough to know this, because you have not known anything but a culture with legalized abortion. Children used to be welcomed into this world; abortion has had the effect of making our society child-unfriendly and family-unfriendly.
Because we have said that a woman has the right to say whether her child can live or die, we are now facing the inevitable consequences of that decision: infanticide and euthanasia. Once human life can be eliminated by a person’s choice, there is no safeguard on any human life. One group (i.e. women) have the right to decide that another group (i.e.unborn children) do not have a right to live. If this is allowed, there is no stopping any other group from repeating this logic in another situation. And this is happening now, all over the world. Abortion has paved the way for this frightening world view.So the abortion choice is not a personal choice; it is, in fact, a choice that has far-reaching effects upon all of us.
I quote from Everett Koop, former surgeon general of the United States:
“Times of monstrous inhumanity do not come about all at once; they are slipped into gradually. Often those who use certain emotional phrases or high-sounding moral tones about ‘freedom of the individual’; and appeal to ‘rights’ do not even know what they are starting. They see only some isolated condition they want to accomplish, but have not considered soberly the overall direction in which things are moving. At some later point they want to go backwards. But then it is too late. Mankind’s selfishness and greed can be counted on to widen every breach, exploiting each to the fullest for selfish purposes.”Whatever Happened to the Human Race, by Everett Koop and Francis Schaeffer

“No-one is forced to get one.”

This too is not accurate. Most women who get abortions feel that they had no choice. They suffer from lack of support from (1) their boyfriend (2) their family (3) their friends. Many women feel pressured into abortion and, if they are given support to continue their pregnancy, they feel relieved and grateful. Psychological pressure is certainly forceful. The fact is, that abortion relieves the people around the woman from the burden of helping her. It is often the easiest solution for them; where are they when she suffers from post-abortion syndrome?

"However, you would force people who are not prepared to care for a child properly or to have a safe and healthy pregnancies to have their children, and then either sacrifice their lives to attempt to provide these kids with some kind of life, abandon them, or put them up for adoption."

We are encouraging women to look at the options very seriously and not to take the first option that our society wants to offer. Most pro-life advocates are in favour of showing the woman all the alternatives, in the belief, that the well-informed woman will make a better choice. We do believe the better choice is not to abort, for a multitude of reasons. And many women who have continued with their pregnancies can witness to the fact that they were tremendously grateful that they made that decision.
We have been made to believe that childbirth is not natural; it is the most natural thing in the world for women to have babies; in fact, not having them, is actually harmful to their health, if you pay attention to the fact that the best defense against breast cancer is to have a child and breastfeed him/her. Women are putting off having children to ages when they are running into complications, they are facing greater chances of children with disabilities, they are running the risk of infertility due to aging and use of contraceptives. We believe that women need to know these facts; and I also do not believe they are being told those facts by the people who counsel for abortion.


"Only those who are truly not ready to have a child in their life will get an abortion."

I think this falls under the above response; at risk of getting you very angry, I will say that if someone is not ready to have a child, then they should not be sexually active. Abortion is used as a follow up to the contraceptive mentality, that we should be able to engage in sexual activity without any consequences. And that any consequences that arise, such as a pregnancy, should be solved easily by abortion.

“For example, I am 19 and a full-time student. I treasure my education, and it would ruin my life to have to give it up for a baby.”

I would challenge you then to live in a way that will not expose you to that risk, if you are not willing to have a baby. Abortions occur, most of the time, in relationships that are not solidly based. For the most part, they are used by unmarried women, who have relationships that are not stable and the man is not supportive of a pregnancy.
There are many many women who have had children at inopportune times and have managed to live fulfilled useful lives. Having a baby does not ruin your life; it may change some of your choices; but if you see a baby as ruining your life, that is because you do not see that a baby can actually bring great joy to your life. But again, one should be in a good solid relationship before being sexually active, so that if a pregnancy should occur, both the mother and father would be ready to accept the baby.

“I would wind up hating the child, and that is no way to raise a family. I also know nothing about caring for a child, have no job that would support a baby, or really any sane reason to have a child at all.”

I just want to say here, that the people who gave us the most resistance to our prayer campaign, and in fact they always do at any pro-life event, are the young men. They are the ones who shout obscenities from cars, and give us the finger. One young man yelled at a pregnant woman (standing with her husband actually) “you should have had an abortion”. This tells me that the ones who really want abortion are the men who do not want to take responsibility. They love the feminist movement, because they get off scott free. They can have sex with anyone they want, and the woman has to take care of any problems. That is why they shout at us, they do not want “their” freedom curtailed. What you think is your freedom is actually theirs. They are still manipulating you by refusing all responsibility for sex.

"And dumping a child into foster care is essentially playing roulette with someone's life."

If a woman should continue a pregnancy and give up her baby, it would not be into foster care. Hopefully, she would not be that selfish, but would instead give up the baby for adoption. There are thousands of couples who cannot have children, who would give a wonderful home to a baby and the waiting lists are long. In fact, it is almost impossible to get an infant now because they are all aborted. So every child is a “wanted child”, perhaps not by its mother, but by someone who will love him/her and give them a good home.

"Please, stop threatening my right to choose, and the rights of other women across Canada."

I will conclude by saying that the onus is on you to prove that this is not a human being. If you can prove to me beyond any doubt that this is not a human being that is being killed by an abortion, then I and all the other pro-life people will simply disappear. We have other things that we could be doing. But, until you can prove that, we are not going away. And we will continue to threaten your “right to choose” because we do not believe that you have the right to do wrong.

“Once again, I respect your peaceful, prayerful protest, but I pray that you will not succeed.”

I thank you once again for your respectful manner to me and I sincerely say that I do appreciate that. I hope that you will think about what I have written because I think that very often, pro- life reasoning has not been heard by the pro-choice side. The media certainly never writes anything except that which has a pro-choice bias. It seems that approving of abortion is the “litmus” test of whether or not you are an emancipated woman. Pro-lifer people are shouted down and not given a chance to speak, which is why we are resorting to peaceful, prayerful witness at the hospital. We will be back next fall again, with more people and more prayers.

I highly recommend a book called Real Choices, Listening to Women; Looking for Alternatives to Abortion by Frederica Mathewes-Green. It is written by a woman who traveled the US, meeting with women who had abortions. It is written from a very different perspective. One reviewer wrote of this book: “her greatest talent as a writer has been the ability to approach volatile issues with the rationale of a true humanitarian. Amidst the clamor of rhetoric on both sides of the abortion controversy, Real Choices is an honest, compassionate portrait of the women who are the true players in the debate”, Teri Reisser

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Students at the University of Calgary are once again hosting their GAP display. Genocide Awareness Project - a display of large graphic signs depicting the bodies of aborted babies, and pictures of the holocaust making the comparison that today's abortion numbers render this the genocide of our times.


The pro life students were told by the administration of the university to turn their signs inward, so that they can't be seen by passing students (what's the point of a display then?) in order to prevent any violent behaviour. They have done this five other times and there has been no violence, unless you count heated discussions as violent. The students have set up their signs, facing outward, and the university has issued a statement that they will have the police investigate the event to see if the students have broken any laws.


Obviously, people are upset by pictures of the dismembered bodies of aborted babies. I would hope that we are upset by this. However, we should be upset that the babies have been killed, not by the pictures themselves. This is a case of "don't shoot the messenger".


What gets me terribly upset about this is the reaction of the pro-choice students as in the photo above. The coat hanger and "never again" - fact: most illegal abortions are done by doctors in their offices and clinics and they are done with surgical instruments, not coat hangers. The pro-choice side always takes one instance and presumes that this is what would happen if abortion were made illegal once again.


"In 1960, Planned Parenthood stated that '90% of all illegal abortions are presently done by physicians.' The vast majority of abortions were not done in back alleys, but in the back offices of licensed physicians." - Pro Life Answers to Pro Choice Arguments by Randy Alcorn


Arguing for legal abortion on the grounds that women will get hurt otherwise is the same thing as saying make bank robbery legal so that the bank robber doesn't get hurt while breaking the law.


As for the number of women who died from illegal abortions, those numbers were grossly inflated and I quote from Bernard Nathanson, the abortion doctor who helped to make abortion legal in the US. Nathanson confesses that he and his associates invented the nice round shocking numbers for the number of deaths from illegal abortions.


"It was always 5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year." I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the "morality" of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? The overriding concern was to get the laws (against abortion) eliminated, and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible." Aborting America by Bernard Nathanson


Let's have the truth here. If the pictures of aborted babies are truthful, then let them be shown. Abortion is the most common medical procedure performed in Canada and the US. Why is it the one procedure that cannot be shown anywhere? could it be because it is truly so horrible, that one has to threaten people with arrest rather than have to look at it? William Wilberforce helped to change the laws on slavery by forcing the reality of slavery on the British people. I believe that we have to do to the same in our time: we have to show people the reality of abortion, because they simply do not "get it".

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I have taken to reading alternative news sources and, at times, I have to admit they fill me with dismay. One source I read daily is http://www.lifesitenews.com/
Here you find news of events that affect the traditional family, orthodox Christians, those who seek to live a "culture of life".
There have been many recent articles about Obama of course, and today's is disheartening as the names of those he has chosen to serve with him during his presidency are being made public. He is picking members of the Democratic party who are particularly pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, pro-everything that will destroy the Judaeo-Christian structure of American society. Why have people fallen for this rhetoric of "change"? Can they not see that this type of change makes people incredibly unhappy?

I recall our rally on May 9 outside Province House to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Morgentaler's striking down the law that limited abortions in this country. The result is that Canada is the only nation in the world that has absolutely no restrictions on abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy. One pro-choice woman, upon seeing the pro life group on the steps with pro life signs, was heard to say "they want to take us back to the 1950's". She, however, could not have been more than 35 years old, if that. She wasn't even alive in the 50's. How could she be so sure they were worse times than now?

I was born in 1949 so I lived my first decade of life in the 50's. And I can say with complete conviction, that they were definitely a happier time for most people. So what if women stayed at home? the ones I knew on my street were a talkative, social group who worked out their parenting problems right in the front yards with the neighbours while the children were playing nearby. The neighbourhood was a mixed one; the town was Sudbury, Ontario, a mining town run by Inco. Half of the men on the street worked for the mine and worked shifts. All of the women were stay-at-home moms, no one was well off. Some had cars, but not all. My father was a doctor, one of the neighbours was a doctor as well; they were young so at the start of their careers and not well off. They had several small children and stay-at-home wives, so they were not living the lifestyle that we have come to associate with doctors.

The beauty of that street was that a doctor lived next to a miner, who lived next to the butcher, next to the man who owned the bakery. Across the street was another miner, then his parents retired now, a hospital lab technician, a real mix of socio-economic diversity. Everyone got along; in winter, a few of the dads built a rink in the empty lot and maintained it, and all the kids got to skate on it. No need for hockey moms, as the hockey was right there. And no fancy skates or hockey equipment, just kids with hockey sticks and pucks. No one got seriously hurt either. In summer, there were enough kids on the street (57 under the age of 18 - I counted once) to play baseball with two full teams. And not just the boys, the girls who were any good were allowed to play too.

Why would that woman think that this year of 2008 with kids in day care, half of all families broken by divorce, the vast majority of women in the work force (and not necessarily feeling fulfilled either) is better than the 1950's? I wouldn't have wanted to change my childhood for any amount of creature comforts, for any number of home video games or electronic equipment. This is the stuff that kids' lives should be made of, the stuff that guarantees memories that are full of nostalgia, the stuff that kids deserve to have. And the stuff that their parents should have as well.

How sad that she would think that this world of broken relationships, of rising crime amongst adolescents, of drug abuse, of sexual promiscuity, of divorce and abortion, is preferable to the world of the 1950's. It is obvious that she was born after those happy years, in the miserable years brought on by the 1960's era of free love, love that brought misery to those who bought into it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


November 18, 2008

We just completed 40 Days for Life here in Halifax, a vigil of prayer and fasting held outside the abortion facility, which is the Victoria General Hospital in our city. This is the site of 1700 abortions annually, done in a ward on the 5th floor and cloaked in such secrecy that one nurse worked in the hospital for 5 years and never knew where the abortion clinic was.

It is tucked in between urology and gynaecology, there is no name on the door to the ward, but there is a little office on the right and this is where the nurse/manager works. The women are led to this ward, anyone who has come with them is not allowed to stay but must wait elsewhere and the girls are then taken to another room where the abortion is done. At least this is what I have managed to learn from someone who had an abortion performed there four years ago.

Unlike places in the US and in some provinces in Canada, where private abortion clinics have a presence on a public street, abortions done in hospitals are much more hidden from the public. Many people who passed our vigil had no idea that abortions were done in that hospital and many were shocked to learn the number of abortions that are done.

One young woman who passed our vigil tutted under her breath at the sign that said "Pray for an end to abortion" and then she said out loud "shame on you, shame on you". This is a common reaction to pro life demonstrators, the objection is that we are making women feel bad. Well, yes, we do want women to feel bad. We would rather they feel bad about having an abortion and not have it, than go ahead and kill their child. One young girl said "not nice", I nearly lost it then, but managed to remain still. I wanted to shout "not nice? I'll show you 'not nice'", thinking of the river of blood that covers that ward in the hospital.

It is often the same, pro choice people think of the individual woman suffering because she doesn't want to be pregnant. And they mistakenly believe that abortion should be legal in order that she doesn't have to resort to a risky illegal abortion. They do not think of the hundreds of thousands of babies that are aborted for the sake of the few hundred women who might have illegal abortions. Do we make bank robbery legal to save bank robbers from getting injured while committing their crime? But it is reasoned that legal abortion saves women from dying from illegal abortions; no mention of the thousands of lives that legal abortion takes, that would not be taken if there was some measure to halt the tide.
"Times of monstrous inhumanity do not come about all at once; they are slipped into gradually. Often those who use certain emotional phrases or high-sounding moral tones about 'freedom of the individual' and appeal to 'right' do not even know what they are starting. They see only some isolated conidtion they want to accomplish, but have not considered soberly the overall direction in which things are moving. At some later point they want to go backwards. But then it is too late. Mankind's selfishness and greed can be counted on to widen every breach, exploiting each to the fullest for selfish purposes." Whatever Happened to the Human Race? by C. Everett Koop, M.D. and Francis A. Schaeffer, Crossway Books

Monday, November 17, 2008


November 17, 2008

Blogging, I guess we do it because we feel a need to communicate with others about what is going on in our life. My life used to be centered around my favourite hobby, sewing, I turned my hobby into a career - sewing for others, then production sewing for sale, and finally running a retail business online selling fabric and patterns to others who shared my love for sewing.

But life moves on, and we change. Parts of our personalities subside and others take over. About two years ago, I heard a talk by Stephanie Gray of the Center for Bioethical Reform. Stephanie is a gifted apologist for the pro life movement and she gives her life, traveling and speaking to whoever will listen about why the unborn have a right to life.

Something was kindled in me by Stephanie's talk; I had always been pro life in conviction, but not active in witnessing to that conviction, other than showing up for the annual Life Chain in the fall here in Halifax. But the spark had been lit and an interest in this grew within me. About six months later, I had an opportunity to attend the National Pro Life Conference in Moncton, in the fall of 2007. Wow, it blew me away. Never had I heard such well-spoken advocates for life in such a concentrated venue.

I could barely sleep that weekend, my mind was buzzing with everything that I had heard. Everything from the link between abortion and breast cancer, to the talk by a Baptist minister from Boston about being cross-bearers for the child-bearing, to the true life witness of Denise Mountenay who heads up Silent No More Canada. I picked up books at the vendors' mall downstairs and my fate was sealed.

For the past year, I have been devouring books on pro life, on the culture wars; one book leads to another and the list keeps growing - there are not enough hours in the day to read.
I began with Anti-Abortionist at Large by Raymond Dennehy, a philosophy professor in California who debated pro choice people for decades. I was inspired by his courage to speak loudly in that state where the promiscuous lifestyle that necessitates abortion had its very earliest hold on the western world. I look at his photo on the cover with fondness and plan on re-reading the book just because I have such an admiration for the man, who chose to use his gifts of intelligence and speech to speak for the humanity of the unborn.

I have found reading to be an incredible source of knowledge; I can access brilliant minds who can put into words what is only vague in my own mind; I can silently applaud them as they say so succinctly things that ring true in my heart and mind. I strongly encourage people to read; the written word forms and changes your thoughts in ways that are lasting and true, whereas the television and visual media seek to impress your emotions and often wreak havoc with them.

Books that have had lasting impressions on me are:
Real Choices by Frederica Mathewes-Green
Ending Abortion by Father Frank Pavone
The Marketing of Evil by David Kupelian
Pro Life Answers to Pro Choice Questions by Randy Alcorn
The Hand of God by Bernard Nathanson

That last book was so moving, it is the story of the abortionist who helped to bring about legalized abortion in the US. And it is the story of his change of heart; it is told with great humility as this is a man who realises what evil he has spawned with his own hand. You can feel his pain as he writes; I cannot even imagine going so public with the story of your own repentance.

I am currently reading Whatever Happened to the Human Race by Everett Koop and Francis Schaeffer. Koop was the surgeon general under Ronald Reagan, and Francis Schaeffer is a professor of philosophy I believe. Well written, the book is becoming underlined with my green highlighter marker.

Why do I continue to read so much in this area? I feel the need to get my own thoughts clear; I want to be able to speak to people in a way that is well thought out, to be able to put ideas clearly so that they can see through the false arguments of the pro choice position. This is a position that is based on lies, on the assumption that one has "rights" over another, it is a position that can only bring personal disaster to individuals and far-reaching destruction to our nations.