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Youth conference seeks to increase pro-life activism among teens

The Youth Conference occurring in Ottawa the day after the National March for Life promises to be a valuable experience for young people interested in learning about pro-life issues and becoming more involved in the pro-life movement. According to the Campaign Life Coalition website, the youth conference will take the form of “an intensive workshop for young people, designed to arm youth with expert knowledge and the necessary communications strategies to go back into their communities, tackling the culture of death head on, and transforming it into ... (Continue reading)

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Reformed Presbyterian activist pastor to keynote Ottawa youth dinner

Reformed Presbyterian activist pastor to keynote Ottawa youth dinner

At the Youth Banquet during the National March for Life, young people will have the opportunity to listen to keynote speaker Rev. Patrick Mahoney, a prominent member of the American pro-life movement. Rev. Mahoney is the president of the Christian Defense Coalition, a national ministry challenging Christians to live out their faith in the public square. Rev. Mahoney is an ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, as well as a Christian ... (Continue reading)

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Calgary police apologize to pro-life activist after incorrectly arresting him

After a Calgary policeman arrested a pro-life activist Feb. 4 over his use of graphic abortion signs, the police service have dropped the charges and issued an apology, returned his signs, and pledged to prevent similar incidents in the future. Francisco Gomez, a staff member with the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, was leading the group’s regular “Choice” Chain at a busy Calgary intersection when an officer approached and asked them to take the signs down because they were “distracting” and ... (Continue reading)

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Linda Gibbons trial date set

Linda Gibbons was committed to a trial to be held on Thursday, April 26, on a charge of disobeying a court order, during a brief appearance in a Toronto courtroom Feb. 14. The trial, expected to last four hours, will be held beginning at 10 a.m. in room 504 of the College Park courthouse at Yonge and College Streets in downtown Toronto. The charge was laid following her appearance outside the Morgentaler “Clinic” abortion site in Toronto last Dec. ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life ‘Choice’ Chain comes to Toronto

Pro-life ‘Choice’ Chain comes to Toronto

A pro-life sidewalk demonstration that forces passers-by to face the truth about what “choice” means is coming to Toronto. The Canadian Center for Bioethical Reform (CCBR) uses three feet by four feet signs with graphic images of aborted babies under the question  “Choice?”  in order to engage the public in a conversation about abortion by showing what the euphemism of choice is really about: the killing of an unborn child. Campaign Life Coalition ... (Continue reading)

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Carleton student union considers banning pro-life groups from campus

After denying a pro-life group official club status in 2010, Carleton University’s student union is proposing a referendum to ban pro-life groups from the campus altogether. The question asks: “Are you in favour of banning groups such as Lifeline, the Genocide Awareness Project, Campaign for Life Coalition and other organizations that use inaccurate information and violent images to discourage women from exploring all options in the event of pregnancy from Carleton University?” The question was proposed by Shelly Melanson, a former National ... (Continue reading)

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I want to help others avoid the pain of abortion

I want to help others avoid the pain of abortion

Editor’s Note: The following article is adapted from a speech Barr gave to the Watertown, New York Right to Life, in October 2011.   I am very grateful for the opportunity to share my story with all of you today. As difficult as it is, I know that God is with me and that sharing my testimony is exactly what He wants me to do. I was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario and ... (Continue reading)

Crown finally provides disclosure in Wagner case

Crown finally provides disclosure in Wagner case

Prosecutors finally offered up disclosure – documents related to the case against her – when Mary Wagner made an appearance at the College Park courthouse in downtown Toronto on Dec. 13. Wagner has been imprisoned since Nov. 8, when she was charged with mischief and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order in connection with her arrest at the Bloor West Village “Women’s Clinic” abortion site. She has declined to ... (Continue reading)

Supreme Court hears arguments in Gibbons case

Supreme Court hears arguments in Gibbons case

The Supreme Court of Canada heard submissions Dec. 14 from the lawyer of Linda Gibbons, defending not the pro-life activist’s free speech rights, but rather how civil authorities deal with her for allegedly violating the “temporary” bubble zone injunction issued in 1994. Gibbons, 63, is a pro-life activist who has spent years in jail for peacefully protesting outside abortion facilities that are protected by the injunction that prohibits pro-life activity within 150 ... (Continue reading)

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CLC’s Defund Abortion campaign continues

As the year came to an end, Campaign Life Coalition’s petition campaign to defund abortion in Ontario had garnered nearly 10,000 signatures over the previous two months. CLC national president Jim Hughes told The Interim the campaign “was going well” and that “other provinces will benefit from Ontario’s experience.” Hughes also said the petitions will be presented to MPPs when they return to Queen’s Park in February. On Dec. 17, CLC Youth conducted a pamphleting blitz in three ridings in Hamilton, Toronto, and ... (Continue reading)

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Gibbons found not guilty as judge rules outdated injunction was used

After three months in prison, Linda Gibbons was found not guilty on a charge of disobeying a court order and released from custody to the hugs of supporters in a downtown Toronto courtroom Nov. 4. Justice Alphonse T. Lacavera determined Sheriff Peter Krause improperly read the text of an outdated injunction when he directed that she be arrested outside the Morgentaler Clinic (known corporately as “Lexogest Inc.”) abortion site this past Aug. 4. Krause, he said, read the words of an ... (Continue reading)

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Supporting pro-life on campus

Supporting pro-life on campus

The National Campus Life Network is dedicated to promoting the pro-life activism on university and college campuses. Recently, NCLN held its annual symposium at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, bringing together 35 representatives from pro-life clubs across the country. Students from existing clubs were present as were students who are working to form new clubs at their universities. This was the 15th annual symposium. In a brief interview with The Interim, Rebecca ... (Continue reading)

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2000 call for abortion to be defunded in Ontario

2000 call for abortion to be defunded in Ontario

On Oct. 22, more than 2000 people turned out for the Defund Abortion Rally at Queen’s Park organized by Campaign Life Coalition Youth. Eight speakers made the case against funding abortion insisting that the procedure is not medically necessary and highlighting what real health care is not covered by public funds. Campaign Life Coalition has calculated that the direct costs of abortion are at least $30 million and that the real direct and indirect ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-Life T-shirts bar Crossroads walkers from Montreal basilica

Pro-Life T-shirts bar Crossroads walkers from Montreal basilica

A Montreal priest has turned away young pro-life pilgrims from entering the city’s basilica because their message in defense of the unborn was too political. Wearing stylish jeans and a white button-down shirt, Fr. Robert Gagne, insisted that the young people walking across Canada to promote the pro-life message could not enter the famous Basilica to pray because of the ‘pro-life’ message emblazoned on their T-shirts. The historic Notre Dame Basilica, run by the ... (Continue reading)

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Walking 5,600 kilometers, braving the bears, for life

Walking 5,600 kilometers, braving the bears, for life

After more than 5,600 kilometers, and less than three months after setting out from Vancouver on May 23, 12 pro-life students have ended their walk across the country to draw attention to abortion. Crossroads sponsored the Canadian leg, plus four walks in the United States and, the first walk in Ireland. Crossroads was started in 1995 in response to Pope John Paul II’s challenge to the youth to take the pro-life message to ... (Continue reading)

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