Monday, March 14, 2011
"Echoes of the Holocaust - Is Abortion Comparable to Genocide?"
Wednesday, March 16 · 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Biosciences Complex, Queen's University, Room 1101
Queen’s Alive proudly presents Stephanie Gray, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform. Her discussion, ‘Echoes of the Holocaust’ compares abortion to various human rights violations throughout history.
We encourage members from both the pro-life and pro-choice communities to come out to this thought-provoking discussion, and participate in the Q&A that will follow Ms. Gray’s presentation.
A note on Step...hanie and CCBR:
Stephanie Gray is the co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, and is recognised across North America as one of the best pro-life thinkers and debaters. Her activism has spread light about the issue of abortion internationally, and changed minds at large.
CCBR is widely recognised as one of the most active (and controversial) pro-life organizations in Canada, due to their use of graphic imagery to expose and confront the reality of abortion. If you've heard of a pro-life controversy over exposing abortion in the last few years (trucks in Calgary, debates being shut down in multiple Universities, students being threatened or arrested), CCBR has been at the forefront.
She is the woman that pro-choicers were afraid to debate, so don't miss this opportunity to see one of the brightest minds in the pro-life movement in action!
Posted by Dauphin at 10:52 PM
Friday, March 11, 2011
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet." Well, I hate to disagree with Shakespeare, but in certain cases, a name really does matter!
The pro-life position is given many names. I’m sure everyone has heard pro-lifers referred to as “anti-abortionists” or “anti-choice,” but are these titles really accurate? First, let’s look at “anti-abortionists.” Whenever pro-lifers are pegged with this title, it is usually a misconception of the movement. Now, of course abolishing abortion is one of our top priorities. There are over 40 million babies being dismembered in their mothers’ wombs every year, worldwide, from abortion, and this issue must be given proper attention. But the pro-life movement is concerned with other important life issues as well, such as embryonic stem cell research, assisted suicide, euthanasia, etc. So, whenever pro-lifers are given the title “anti-abortionists,” they are being misrepresented… we stand for so much more!
The second title is less accurate, and has a negative connotation: “anti-choice.” I guess the idea is that pro-lifers are opposed to the “pro-choice” view, so therefore must be “anti-choice.” But are “pro-choice” advocates really in support of choice in all circumstances? Are “pro-choice” advocates pro-choice when it comes to drunk driving, rape, incest, murder, and genocide? I’m sure they would quickly state that they are not. Obviously, “pro-choice” advocates are not pro-choice on all issues. Therefore, the “pro-choice” label, and hence the “anti-choice” label, cannot be quite accurate, unless placed in the context of some choice. So, when it comes to the choice of a mother to have the child in her womb dismembered, I will happily say that I am “anti-choice,” and “pro-choice” advocates can say that they support this choice. However, using the term, “anti-choice,” to generally refer to the pro-life movement is unfair and inaccurate to say the least.
So, why “pro-life?” We’re pro-life because we believe in the protection of all human life from conception to natural death. It is an accurate and precise title for the movement… why would anyone try to change it? Perhaps that is the question to be considering.
Posted by ZK at 10:21 PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Thursday evening, a large poster mounted by pro-life organization Life Always, was removed from a billboard in SoHo Manhatten, New York due to complaints. The poster had the words “the most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb” written above a photograph of a young African American girl. The poster, half a mile from one of New York City’s three Planned Parenthood abortion clinics, also had Life Always’ website thatsabortion.com posted on it.
The city council acted quickly on the poster: it had only been up for two days before removal. The Wall Street Journal reported that African-American Brooklyn Council Member Leticia James, said the poster was an “affront” to all women. “It borders on racist, but all good people of conscience should be offended,” said James.
Tricia Fraser, mother of the girl model told NY Daily News that she was unaware that her daughter’s photograph would be used to portray this message, although she knew it would be used for advertising, and she was devastated to see the poster. “I’m happy that it’s [being taken down], but at the same time I’m concerned that they can use that image again.”
Life Always says in a released statement that it “strongly disagrees with Lamar Outdoor's decision to remove the billboard in Soho, but the billboard's message holds true, and truth has a place in the public square.”
Life Always also points out that in 2009, 59.82 percent of black pregnancies in New York City ended in abortion, and that twice as many African-Americans die as victims of abortion in the United States than from AIDS, cancer, violent crimes, heart disease, and accidents combined. “During Black History Month, we celebrate our history, but our future is in jeopardy as a genocidal plot is carried out through abortion,” said African-American Life Always Board Member Pastor Stephen Broden.
This censorship, coming just months after the arrest of five pro-life students at Carleton University for their GAP (Genocide Awareness Project) display, is a reminder of the stakes the pro-life cause have been raised to in North America. The pro-life movement needs to continue to break the silence and use our freedom of speech to get our message out. So much of the pro-life movement depends on educating people on life issues. If we do not continue to advocate for freedom of speech and raise our voices to defend the unborn, we will be silenced.
For more on the poster, read Rebecca Millette’s article at http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pro-life-ad-yanked-from-soho-ny-site-after-complaints
- Catherine Helferty
Posted by Dauphin at 6:19 PM