A Word from the President!

Dear Friends of Life:

Here in Canada, Justin Trudeau’s extreme determination to advance abortion “rights” at home and abroad has not gone unnoticed.  Typically, un-phased Christians are finally taking note AND action.

Provincially, during the Spring election, Doug Ford betrayed the most Pro-Life, Pro-Family candidate on his team; however he has at least followed through on some key promises.  Kathleen Wynne’s radical sex education curriculum has been scrapped and a legitimate consultative process with parents across the province on this issue is underway.  This is the time to meet with your newly-elected MPP and let them know where you stand on issues like sex-education and the government’s duty to protect the conscience rights of healthcare professionals!

Here’s what we need to do in the interim. 40 Days for Life is back starting September 26th – November 4th. Revised site location (minutes from the current location) and instructions are available and have been posted in all churches. Come out. Bring your family and friends.  The one hour you sacrifice may just save a life!

Watch out for the following events!

The Case Against Assisted Suicide (See Events Page)

Human Rights for All Symposium (See Events Page)

Fatal Flaws documentary

After almost two years of hard work, Kevin Dunn’s 2nd documentary on euthanasia is ready for viewing.  Fatal Flaws features interviews with leaders of the euthanasia lobby and with people who have heart wrenching personal experiences with euthanasia and assisted suicide.  By juxtaposing the position of the euthanasia lobby with those individuals who have actually been affected by it, the fatal flaws associated with its legalization are readily identifiable.

Right to Life Mississauga & Area has purchased several copies to lend out for viewing in Churches, moms groups or just with friends and family. Please call or email us to borrow a DVD and help expose the truth.

Reflections on responding to censorship – and to people in need

What’s it like being a pro-life student on a Canadian campus? In this guest blog post written by Chad Hagel, the current President of UTM Students for Life reflects on censorship on Canadian campuses, and what to derive from it. 

Censorship. What an ugly, awful sounding word. Unfortunately, it’s something that’s becoming the norm today across North America. Particularly on university campuses. Whether it’s protesters shutting down an event hosting Jordan Peterson and Ezra Levant at the University of Toronto, or violence erupting at the University of California Berkeley campus over the presence of a politically incorrect speaker, censorship is alive and well across the continent. It practically grinds the bones of the soldiers who fought in the World Wars into the dust, who worked to make our nations free from oppressive powers.

While censorship can take many forms, perhaps the worst comes from student unions. In their fight to end the systems of oppression they see, student unions perpetuate that oppression by limiting or eliminating groups that go against their particular ideologies. One favourite target is those that promote the pro-life stance. In Canada, the past year alone has seen five separate university pro-life clubs enter into lawsuits against their student unions, with varying levels of success. Brandon University Students for Life, for example, was successful in theirs, while Students for Life at Ryerson University ultimately lost their lawsuit following a lengthy court case.

Pro-life students at other campuses are having no less of an easier time. University of Waterloo Students for Life, for example, is on probation following allegations of club misconduct from the university administration. In October of last year, the club at Wilfrid Laurier University had their 100,000 flag display commemorating abortion victims ripped up in a few hours.

This oppression even raises the question of personal safety for some students. It certainly did for the pro-life student at the University of Windsor who was assaulted walking home this time last year. To bring it closer to home, recent developments surrounding the actions of the pro-life group at the University of Toronto Mississauga has had its president falsely accused of spreading hate speech and harassment by both the student newspaper and student union.

To some reading this, it may seem like I am painting a bleak picture. There is no denying it is bleak. A monster is prowling across university campuses, snapping up unsuspecting students, chewing them up and leaving them groaning in campus hallways. All too often, those in its crosshairs are forced to comply with its demands and have most of their autonomy taken away. Those who stand up, wipe the blood from their lips and stare the monster down with defiance are severely punished, becoming the targets of sabotage, subterfuge and downright insane attempts to silence their message, all in an effort to stop their pro-life voice – and the silent voices of the pre-born – from changing campus culture.

How do you beat this monster?

One word: Laughter. Laugh at the shenanigans of those opposed to your viewpoint. Laugh at the effort they expend at silencing your voice and those of the pre-born, be it with newspaper articles or bedsheets. Laugh at the lengths they are willing to go so that you don’t appear on campus ever again, whether it is by forming groups in opposition to yours or going straight to the administration with complaints about your display in an attempt to remove your group permanently. Laugh to yourself as you survive the fireballs launched your way and go on to do another day of activism – you have beat their attempts to ruin you and have cause to celebrate!

Together, let’s make abortion unthinkable in Canada.

Chad Hagel is currently the president of UTMSFL, and specializes in History while minoring in Classics. He is in his fourth year.

Originally published on UTM Students for Life. Reproduced with permission of the author.

Doctor Assisted Suicide in Canada: The Decision

(via: PEI Right to Life)

Today Canada makes history as the Supreme Court releases its decision on assisted suicide in the Carter Case. It comes as no surprise to many of us who have been following this issue closely. The decision to strike down the Criminal Code prohibition of assisted suicide and force Parliament to legislate on this issue was imminent.

There will be plenty of language around “safe guards” and “strict guidelines” to prop up the decision, but the principle will have never-the-less been established. The Supreme Court of Canada will now accept that a doctor can kill instead of care for patients whose lives have become difficult and vulnerable due to age, illness or disability. What was once a criminal offence will become an acceptable medical practice.

This decision affects every Canadian now and in the future. It will teach this generation and generations to come that some lives are not worth living, that killing patients can be a medical option, and that death at the hand of a doctor is somehow a human right.

This decision will also have a lasting impact on our physicians, who may be pressured to either administer death or face professional censorship and discipline.

It will inevitably shift public opinion to consider assisted suicide a human right, with corresponding duties on doctors to act. Doctors can and will be pressured to submit to an act of killing patients against their will and better judgment.

We have been warned by experts such as Dr. Theo Boer,* that regardless of safeguards, laws that essentially allow one person to take the life of another lead inexorably over time to patient killing on demand and the non-voluntary killing of those deemed to have low quality of life in society (e.g. those with dementia).

The Supreme Court has bowed to the winds of change, and been blown about by popular fads rather than standing firm on the ever present principles of justice and protection of all human life.

LifeCanada is concerned for the lives of the vulnerable, but we also are concerned that this new decision will teach generations of Canadians that the value of human life is not inherent, but rather subjective and dependent upon circumstances, a very dangerous premise indeed.

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* Dr. Theo Boer was a Member of a Regional Review Committee for the Dutch Government to assess whether a euthanasia cases were conducted in accordance with the Law.