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Pro-life students threatened by administration at Calgary

On April 8, pro-life students at the University of Calgary set up the controversial outdoor display the Genocide Awareness Project. They have done this for a number of years and last year were charged with trespassing by police at the request of the university administration. Though they were scheduled for a court date in the fall of 2009, the charges were stayed by Crown prosecutors. This year, an e-mail was sent to the students’ lawyer on the first day of their ... (Continue reading)

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40 Days in Toronto saves 10 lives

40 Days in Toronto saves 10 lives

From Feb. 17 to March 28, thousands of people across North America participated in 40 Days for Life, a campaign that raises awareness about abortion through prayer, fasting and community outreach. Each vigil is held outside of an abortion site. The campaign reflects how God used 40-day periods in biblical history to bring about change. The first 40 Days for Life campaign was held at Bryan College Station in Texas in 2004. ... (Continue reading)

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We’re ‘anti-abortion’

It was not the “pro-African-American movement,” it was the “anti-slavery movement;” the messages have not been “pro-sober driving” or “pro-clean air,” but “anti-drinking and driving” and “anti-smoking.” For too long, many of our pamphlets have been whimsical pastels and dissembling language. We are “anti-abortion” and that’s how we should identify ourselves. Though most of us who are opposed to abortion are conservative Catholics and Christians, we have acted more like our liberal brethren who espouse Christianity without the Cross, as we ... (Continue reading)

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D&P attacks CLC, LifeSiteNews

D&P attacks CLC, LifeSiteNews

In March 2009, LifeSiteNews.com revealed that Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, the official international development arm of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, had partnered with five different groups that promote abortion in Mexico in unrelated development projects. Later, further reports would show Development and Peace – or D&P for short – partnered with numerous pro-abortion groups around the world, revelations that would be confirmed by numerous independent sources. On ... (Continue reading)

Fr. Ted Colleton essay contest winners

Fr. Ted Colleton essay contest winners

‘The culture of death is all-pervasive’ For nine years, The Interim and Niagara Region Right to Life have been co-sponsoring the Father Ted Colleton Scholarship program. The topics have varied over the years, but they have always challenged students to think more deeply about pro-life issues and to write about them cogently. The prizes are awarded following an evaluation process conducted by a committee that assesses the essay-writing ... (Continue reading)

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Throng of pro-lifers swamp Washington

Throng of pro-lifers swamp Washington

An estimated 200,000-400,000 people took part in the Washington March for Life on Jan. 22 to commemorate the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Organizers say it was larger than the record 2009 crowd. This year’s theme was “Stand Up Now! Unite for the Life Principles. No Exception! No Compromise!” and the pro-life witness urged an end to the slaughter that has taken more than 50 million lives since abortion was legalized ... (Continue reading)

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Civility despite controversy

At the end of January, the pro-life clubs at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University each hosted a guest speaker that came with a reputation for sparking some controversy. Jose Ruba from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) presented his “Echoes of the Holocaust” presentation at U of T on Jan. 27. The following day, Michael Coren, broadcaster, author, and columnist, addressed students at Queen’s with a talk entitled, “Abortion: ... (Continue reading)

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Lakehead Life Support obtains club status

Lakehead Life Support obtains club status

After more than three years of gaining and losing club status, the pro-life club at Lakehead University, Life Support, seems to have its club status to stay. The most recent episode of its saga occurred during this past fall school term. The club was accused of verbally harassing a female student at its display booth. Life Support responded immediately when notified about this complaint and denied its authenticity. The complaint did not go ... (Continue reading)

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Redeemer responds

I would like to clarify some issues regarding a lecture and panel discussion that Redeemer University College was to host this winter (“Abortion, condom advocate to speak at evangelical college,” November 2009). Let me begin with the topic on which Mr. Lewis has been invited to speak. First, Mr. Lewis will be speaking on global health generally, not on abortion, nor even primarily about HIV/AIDS. His focus will be on a wide range of topics, including communicable diseases in general, malaria, ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-lifers protest Lewis speech at Redeemer

Pro-lifers protest Lewis speech at Redeemer

On Jan. 22, about a dozen pro-lifers, some from as far away as Brantford, London and Toronto, picketed and distributed pamphlets at a lecture given by Stephen Lewis at Redeemer University College, a Christian undergraduate arts and sciences university in Ancaster, Ont. Last November, The Interim reported that the college was going to host Stephen Lewis for a lecture, noting that the former Ontario NDP leader and Canadian ambassador to ... (Continue reading)

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40 Days for Life launches spring witness

The 40 Days for Life campaign will be launched Feb. 17 and run through March 28 in more than 160 cities in Canada, Australia and the United States. Canadian locations will include Montreal, Toronto, Guelph, Edmonton, Red Deer and Kelowna. There will also be regular pro-life witnessing outside the Morgentaler abortion mill in Ottawa and Cabbagetown abortuary in downtown Toronto, although these are not 40 Days events per se. Nicole Campbell, Campaign Life Coalition’s 40 Days for Life director, says “our community ... (Continue reading)

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Top 10 stories of 2009

10. Quebec gives special rights to abortion mills In the spring, the Quebec National Assembly passed new safety and hygiene regulations for all health care facilities in the province. In August, abortion mills and supporters were lobbying to have offices and facilities that provide abortions exempted from the regulations and two of them threatened to close or stop committing abortion procedures if they had to abide by the health and safety changes. Health Minister Yves Bolduc capitulated after pressure ... (Continue reading)

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Charges stayed against pro-life students at University of Calgary

Trespassing charges brought against six members of Campus Pro-Life, the University of Calgary’s pro-life club, have been stayed by the Crown prosecutor – a decision that means the charges effectively have been dropped. “We are relieved by this decision on the part of the Crown prosecutor,” club president Leah Hallman stated in a press release. “Campus Pro-Life has consistently maintained that all of our actions were in full compliance under the law.” The students were prosecuted by their university in February 2009 ... (Continue reading)

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Student union, protestors try to shut down pro-life talk

Student union, protestors try to shut down pro-life talk

On Oct. 6, pro-abortion students shouted down a presentation by Jose Ruba of the pro-life Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform at McGill University, preventing most of his talk from being heard by those in attendance of the Choose Life-sponsored event. Police were called to the scene and, after repeated requests for civility, two people were arrested, although they were ... (Continue reading)

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Making waves: The campus pro-life movement

Making waves: The campus pro-life movement

On Sept. 25-27, the National Campus Life Network hosted its 2009 National Symposium in Toronto. The goal of the annual event is to provide networking opportunities, information and practical advice that will contribute to a stronger and dedicated campus pro-life movement. With the theme, “Making Waves: The Campus Pro-Life Movement,” the focus was on equipping student leaders to make an impact on their campuses. ... (Continue reading)

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