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The November 19th edition of Maclean's magazine has published a feature article on the growth and renewed momentum in Canada's pro-life movement. The piece, written by Charlie Gillis is titled, "The Right Words". It takes an objective look at recent attempts to place fetal rights back on the agenda of public discourse. The author attributes the change in strategy, endorsed by and many other groups, as a major contributing factor to the renewed excitement in the pro-life movement. Here's a few paragraphs from the article: "Why, then, is it [fetal rights] back on the public agenda?...In part because the law abhors a vacuum. Just as important, though, has been a renewed sense of mission within Canada’s battle-scarred pro-life movement, which has modified both its message and strategy to more closely reflect mainstream values. A pivotal moment came last May, when representatives from the Association for Reformed Political Action, a national Christian advocacy group, approached Vancouver-based activist Mike Schouten about running an initiative to build support for fetal protection legislation.

*This article first appeared at and is republished here with Mr. Woodworth's permission. Part I: Motion 312, Fixed-Wing Technology and Ballooning -An Allegoryby Stephen Woodworth Note:  The following account is intended to be entirely fictional.  Resemblance to any persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. In the early days of air flight, a Canadian aviation engineer was well-known for his opposition to ballooning (which was the established method of air flight in those days).  He actively spoke and wrote against ballooning, penning letters to the editor and articles in professional journals to express this opposition to ballooning.After years of being stonewalled by an aviation establishment entirely enamoured with ballooning and which was completely unwilling to consider alternatives, he fell into deep thought.“Perhaps I could find some other issue to pursue on which a majority of Canadians could agree,” he wondered to himself “Could I find some aviation principles on which we might find a consensus?” After serious analysis, he came up with some aviation principles he felt might be acceptable to everyone.  He suggested a process to study the principles of fixed-wing aircraft to determine whether or not they should be pursued.  He suggested that the study consider whether or not existing legal prohibitions against fixed wing aviation were consistent with early 20th century aviation science and understanding.  He pointed out that Canada was one of only a few advanced nations to completely protect ballooning against fixed wing development.

This article is written by Jonathon Van Maren, communications director for Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform and is re-published with his permission. I have two huge pet peeves about the way politicians, commentators, and people in general talk about abortion in the public sphere. Well, actually a lot more than two, but two that have bothered me recently and often. First, politicians seem to have a habit of saying things like, “I believe life begins at conception” or “I believe abortion kills a baby and is wrong.” You’re probably thinking, What’s wrong with that? Sounds good to me! The problem with this is that those two statements are not a matter of subjective belief. They are scientific fact. I don’t really care if you “believe” life begins at conception or if you “disbelieve” it. When life begins is a scientific question and science answers that question for us very definitively. To cite only one of many examples, Keith L. Moore’s embryology textbook The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology states that, “Human development begins at fertilization, when a male gamete or sperm unites with a female gamete or oocyte to form a single cell, a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.” (That’s from the eighth edition, page 15 if you want to fact-check me.) Now imagine if Paul Ryan had said something like that while Joe Biden was trying to explain why he didn’t need to live his faith.

Canada is a great place to live and the envy of many in the world. We believe in the rule of law and have authorities that enforce it by determining what is right and wrong. The role of government is to restrain immoral behaviour by...

It is unfortunate that for numerous decades the abortion debate has been polarized to the extent that the quintessential Canadian response is, to avoid the discussion altogether. Diane Bederman is to be credited with courage as she seeks to find the middle ground in this often times hostile environment. Ms. Bederman’s response to Alan Borovoy was published in today’s National Post. She makes a case for the humanity of the pre-born child and distances herself from those who call the fetus a “mass of cells” and resort to silly word games in an attempt to obfuscate the debate. She goes so far as to say  that, “we are better as a society if we agree that all human life is sacred, that it has inherent value.”  It’s rather disturbing then, to read her conclusion that women should have a right to end the life of their pre-born child unhindered by legal restrictions imposed by the state; and we best address abortion through moral persuasion alone. This presents a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of government. Canada is a great place to live and the envy of many in the world because we have the rule of law and authorities that enforce it by determining what is right and wrong. The first mandate of government is to restrain immoral behaviour and carry this out by putting laws into effect.

The theme of this year’s National Pro-Life Conference was “Transforming our Culture” and was sponsored by LifeCanada and hosted by Alliance for Life Ontario. It was attended by nearly 300 people. This was the first national conference the campaign participated in. Throughout the three-day event there were innumerable references to the amount of youth joining the pro-life movement. I’m 36 years old and don’t consider myself young, but as those of you who have been attending these type of events for years can attest to, the grey hairs have certainly formed the majority...until now. As LifeCanada President, Monica Roddis referenced in her opening remarks, the pro-life movement has experienced a resurgence this past year due to the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform’s “New Abortion Caravan” and also the launch of the campaign to restrict abortion to the greatest extent possible. When you convince people that something works, and specifically young people, they get excited about the possibilities. No longer is there a reminiscing about how things used to be, or even a lamenting of where things are at presently. Rather, when victory is imminent, people get energized.

Around the country Canadians are taking part in an massive effort to bring awareness to Canada’s lack of abortion laws and the plight of 100,000 pre-born girls and boys each year. One of the most prominent and effective manners of getting this message...

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