Soconvivium

Porn actors get HIV

Time magazine reports that "Another porn actor tests positive for HIV." How is this news? That is four reported cases in less than a month. Why is anyone surprised? Time sees this as an opportunity to examine whether porn actors should be using condoms. Missing from the story is how having sex with numerous partners might have something to do with contracting the disease. (Continue reading)

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Divorce and kids

Writing in the Daily Mail, columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown looks at last night's BBC documentary Mum And Dad Are Splitting Up which says that couples split up too easily and the children are often the victims of family breakdown.  Many children of divorce end up having social and psychological troubles and often have trouble forming healthy relationships later in life. As one child of divorce says in the documentary about his parents, "They do this to us. How do ... (Continue reading)

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What I learned this summer

This week marks the end of my time working at The Interim and Campaign Life Coalition. I dread leaving the people and places that shaped my summer behind. Here are some important lessons I've learned over the past four months. I learned ... That the same core message can be used for different audiences and purposes. How to conduct interviews, and smash a few idols in the process. Some things that were knocked off their pedestals, including my solidly ... (Continue reading)

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End of Biola controversy good news for student activist

My “career” as a pro-life activist, as well as a university student, began under some rather unusual circumstances. A shadow of sorts had been cast over my first year of post-secondary school, as it marked the anniversary of this infamous incident. I was connected to the pro-life community at my institution, followed by what would become my favourite activist organization, through the arrests. Since then, the events of Oct. 4, 2010, seem to follow me ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion survivors

Listverse is a favourite website of mine. It provides precisely what it's name suggests: lists. There are business lists, animal lists, pop culture lists. A few days ago they had a list of "10 abortion survivors." We have written about Melissa Ohden before and Gianna Jessen is well-known in pro-life circles. Many of the rest will be new to readers who haven't spent a lot of time examining the issue of people surviving abortion. (Continue reading)

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LifeChain is great for beginner activists

It's almost that time of year – the annual LifeChain is coming up. I have only participated in one, and I remember two things from that day. I had lived in Ottawa for only a few weeks and did not know the bus routes well, so I was terrified of getting lost. Nobody seemed to react to our presence on the sidewalk, except for two young men who looked to be about 18. Dressed in black from head ... (Continue reading)

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Duck Dynasty promotes faith, family, and pro-life

I'm a big Duck Dynasty fan. The show is about a family who became wealthy by making and selling duck calls. The show celebrates entrepreneurship, family, hunting, and faith. Each episode ends with the family praying before a meal and Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson musing about the lessons learned from whatever the family was up to that week (cleaning the warehouse to hunting ducks, finding an appropriate dress for a daughter in high school to hunting ... (Continue reading)

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Classism, love and getting one’s due – part 2

Thanks to Jezebel columnist Callie Beusman, I discovered a rather interesting idea that seems to complement Amanda Marcotte's recent piece at Slate without sounding half as ridiculous. In summary, Beusman wrote that the current economic climate makes it difficult to establish lasting romantic relationships and marriages. When a would-be lover does not have a lot of money at her disposal, frequenting public places where she is likely to meet a future partner, and then entertaining ... (Continue reading)

Classism, love and getting one’s due – part 1

Can Amanda Marcotte include logic in any of her writing? A recent piece at Slate makes me wonder about that, in which she describes the protesters at an abortion facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Apparently, a gang of loud and brash men show up to harass its most low-income patrons, who must visit on Saturdays since they travel across the country and/or cannot take a day off work. There may be a kernel of truth in Marcotte's ... (Continue reading)

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Condom commercials: who is really childish?

Dear ProWomanProLife: why must you bring the most ... inspirational ... parts of the internet to my attention? (Their more lighthearted posts often serve as writing prompts, like this one. The latest commercial shown on the blog is an ad for Durex condoms, showing children interacting with their families. Some kids engaged in the typical misbehaviour they eventually grow out of, and others made me wonder if they needed an obedience school similar to the canine ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life MP retiring from Canadian politics

CTV reports that Conservative MP Merv Tweed (Brandon-Souris) will resign his seat at the end of the month. Campaign Life Coalition rates Tweed pro-life and according to the votes they track, has a 100% pro-life and pro-family voting record. There is no record of him leading on pro-life issues the way caucus colleagues Mark Warawa and Stephen Woodworth have, but he was a reliable vote and his presence will be missed. Jeff Gunnarson of Campaign Life Coalition told ... (Continue reading)

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Not an abortion clinic?

A news brief on Jill Stanek's website yesterday featured an article from the California-based Merced Sun-Star. A medical facility called “Women's Health Specialists” was moving into the community. According to the agreement between building owner Ethan Conrad and the business staff, less than five per cent of the clinic's activity is abortion-related. However, this did not pacify pro-life residents, who still protest nearby. A particularly sore point for the activists was that “the facility will operate ... (Continue reading)

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The abortion debate, stereotypes, and idolatry

You know your job has fried your brain when you are pro-life, you read this story, and your first thought is “Why wasn't this lady pressured into having an abortion?” (The headline for the article I'm reviewing today gives no indication to readers that the pregnancy in question was less than ideal.) Many contemporary feminists are better than that. I should have more faith that my sisters can hold themselves to the standards set by basic ... (Continue reading)

Nine-year-olds should not be gynecologist

Jennifer Derwey of ProWomanProLife posted a link this morning to an ad for HelloFlo, a “care package” service for girls and women to help them discreetly handle ... the monthly perk of being female. While I appreciate the idea, the explicit nature of the commercial held my attention longer than the description of the service itself. A girl, who appears to be about age nine, appoints herself the official gynecologist and expert on feminine matters at ... (Continue reading)

God, gifts and a girl named Gianna

Many people in the pro-life and disability rights movements have heard of Gianna Jessen.  Thirty-six years ago, Jessen came into the outside world, two months premature and weighing two pounds. The 18 hours before Jessen's birth were spent in a saline abortion solution as medical personnel attempted to end her life. Jessen has – please don't use the words “suffers from” or “is afflicted with” – cerebral palsy (CP) as a result of her traumatic experience. As far ... (Continue reading)

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