Dear Friends of Life,
Something most unusual happened while bicycling one early Saturday morning.
My attention was drawn to an object falling some fifty yards ahead of me.
As I approached the spot on the roadway where it had landed, a second fell nearby on the sidewalk. To my surprise and puzzlement, I saw two tiny infant squirrels, both visibly shaken by the experience – whimpering, struggling to move, the one on the sidewalk the worst off.
Looking upward into the tree from whence they had come, my bewilderment continued as a third was being tossed, landing on the grass several feet from where I stood.
Wondering how to help, I was immediately confronted by the culprit. An adult squirrel came down the tree and began to inflict additional harm to the one near the trees.
To my surprise witnessing these acts of cruelty had aroused more visceral reaction in me than the fate that happens on a daily basis to members of my own specie through abortion and euthanasia.
Writing on the latter topic, McGill ethicist Margaret Somerville observes:
From a human point of view, for euthanasia, I would say if we legalize this now, how do you think your great-great-grand-children are going to die? Why have we held on trust this value that we must not intentionally kill each other for thousands of years, and then at the beginning of the 21st century, we throw that out and say, “What were we talking about?” I was debating an Australian politician who said that when we pass our best-before date, we should be checked out as efficiently as possible. We are not products to be kicked out of the supermarket of life.
As a society have we lost all visceral sense to the tragedies occurring to our own kind and substituting this for that to the lower creatures.
Somerville seems to think so.
Whether you believe in human exceptionalism matters – that humans are different in kind from other animals – or are we just different in degree? I believe that not seeing humans as special in some ways is currently the world’s most dangerous idea. If you’d do it to your dog, you’d do it to your mother. I think this is the single, biggest, values-ethical-moral-philosophical decision of the 21st century. If we legalize euthanasia, I can’t believe the Supreme Court has done this. I was asked to help draft legislation, only by people who are concerned about it, not by the government. I wrote a letter to Justice Minister Peter MacKay and said you can’t go with this. I thought he should use the notwithstanding clause.
It is a momentous decision. It’s a seismic shift in our most important foundational values, the respect for life.
The Judeo-Christian worldview is an affirming one, in which mankind is made in the image and likeness of God. Our origin is first and foremost the result of a loving God wishing to have us share in His plan of creation, a plan in which love is central and paramount rather than random processes and chromosomal mutations that the secular evolutionary people espouse.
We do not deny evolutionary model is but critically view it as a theory which our intellect can inspect, evaluating its foundational truths.
In addition to our reasoning capacity, the Judeo-Christian worldview is not a predetermined, wound up unfolding but one in which volition plays a role. As free agents we elect between good and evil, right and wrong in our deliberations of exercising our values.
I pray that we do not lose our compassion for all of God’s creation – animal, vegetable, and mineral, nor neglect that for the highest among these – our brothers and sisters.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Quebec Life Coalition
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Dear Friends of Life,
Blessed Easter greetings to you and your loved ones.
Our Lord is risen. He has broken the bonds of death, bonds which we have all inherited from our fore parents. Today, thanks to your generous support of our work, Our Lord lives and is active, sending workers into His vineyard to console and support the wounded.
Recently I got to see firsthand how God is among us, acting through four workers to provide this healing consolation and support to those who have experienced an abortion.
I am blessed to know Jennifer (not her real name) - mother, wife, pro-life warrior and woman of faith.
Jennifer is also post-abortive. Having had two abortions some fifteen years ago, she has lived with the consequences – emotional and spiritual wounds.
On an early Monday morning, I receive a call from her. Her voiced is strained. She tells me about the deep regret she is experiencing and asks if I can come over.
I am no sooner there that she shares about an incident from the day before. An exchange over the Internet had reopened the wounds of her abortion experiences, wounds festering all day and into the night, resulting in a restless night. The next day isn’t much better and so she calls.
Well into our conversation, she expresses a desire to go to mass. Packed into the car and thirty minute later, we enter the church and arrive for communion.
I’m the second worker our Lord has sent to this mother, the first being the Internet blogger.
After mass, the third worker appears. Sonya, a dear friend of Jennifer’s, does not usually attend this service and yet there she is on this particular day. The two women share privately. Tears well up in Jennifer’s eyes.
Conversation over, Jennifer seeks out the vicar for a blessing – the fourth worker. Rather than acquiescing immediately to Jennifer’s request, the minister notices her tears and asks what’s wrong. So begins a conversation that lasts no less than three hours.
I am enriched by the experience in two respects. On the one hand, Jennifer’s humility and faith inspires me. In her distress, and guided by her faith, she sought help, reaching to both to individuals and to Our Lord.
Also, God provided four caring workers, docile to His promptings and permitting that His healing gift of consolation be administered. These persons were willing to be "disturbed" from the normal course of their lives so as to participate in God’s mission to redeem the world.
The moral of the story is we never know how Our Lord will use us to further his aim of providing each and every one of us with a life of plenitude. Multiple persons enter and leave our lives. How do these contribute to furthering providential care? How much do we contribute to their providential care?
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Brian Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, Quebec Life Coalition
P.S. Our court challenge continues. Over the past few weeks we have met with our lawyer on several occasions to prepare our case against the immoral imposition of an injunction zone, preventing us from praying and helping abortion-bound men and women on the streets of Montreal. As a result, expenses are incurred and so your support in paying our legal fees would be most helpful. Thank youBe the first to comment.
When Faced with Hard Choices... Let Life Win.
The outspoken Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Centre, Stephen Woodworth, is featured as the first testimonial in a series of 8 videos designed to promote awareness and attendance at the 2015 National March For Life in Ottawa.
Over 20,000 Canadians will assemble at the Prime Minister's doorstep on May 14th this year and demand legal protection for all human beings - born or waiting to be born.
The video series will include testimonials from all walks of life who were faced with a hard choice, but Let Life Win. These testimonials will include federal politicians, young women in crisis pregnancy, families urged to abort their children because of severe medical diagnosis and women facing difficult social circumstancesBe the first to comment.
Our 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion took an unexpected turn this spring.
This our 13th vigil was all set to go when not one but two court injunctions forced its cancellation.
The first came a week prior to the start of the event on Ash Wednesday, February 18, when a bailiff visited our offices, serving a court document petitioning the Quebec Superior Court for an injunction. The injunction was against both me and the QLC.
The plaintiffs were two abortion facilities – the Morgentaler and Femina, along with the proprietors of the two buildings in which these separate businesses are located, buildings adjacent to each other.
The four plaintiffs were petitioning the court for a buffer zone the size of a square block preventing us from entering and thereby carrying on our work of peaceful prayer vigil and sidewalk counselling.
By sidewalk counseling I mean communicating and advising abortion-bound women and men about alternatives to ending the lives of their children, as well as the serious complications resulting from having an abortion.
The plaintiffs were requesting an immediate temporary injunction and secondly, sought to begin a process to establish a permanent injunction.
They justified their request on the basis of the harmful effect we were having on their welfare, and the welfare of their clients.
The second injunction occurred a week into the vigil. As we were prevented to hold the vigil outside the Morgentaler facility, we located another mill several blocks away on Saint-Hubert Street and moved the vigil there. Well, a week of peaceful prayer did not conclude before a second bailiff and a second court document, alleging similar charges as the first, was served at our offices.
The long and short of it is that due to time constraints in the court schedule, the judge would only be available to hear our arguments for both instances on June 16, 2015. In the interim, we ask you to keep us and our lawyer, Mr. Robert Reynolds, in your prayers. We are diligently preparing our arguments.
We believe that challenging these injunctions, however costly this might be, is important for the pro-life movement in Canada, particular for those seeking to stand outside abortion mills to lend their moral, spiritual, and material aid to women lacking support and feeling the need for an abortion.
"Brian Jenkins and other representatives of Quebec Life Coalition have given me furniture, diapers, clothes, basically everything I needed both before and after the birth of my daughter Maria Monalissa."
"Today, I am very happy that QLC was there, across the street from the Morgentaler Clinic on that day in March 2014 where I was going to abort Monalissa. If I hadn’t met them, without a doubt I would have lost my child."
- Paula with her daughter Maria Monalissa
Thank you for your prayers and your financial help. In so doing, we are accomplishing something much greater than ourselves.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Outreach Coordinator, Quebec Life CoalitionBe the first to comment.
On January 27th, 1945, the Russian army liberated the prisoners at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of this liberation, Radio-Canada presented on RDI a very moving documentary called “Nuit et brouillard” (Night and Fog). It is difficult to imagine that these events happened in the 20th century.
It is difficult to understand how those who planned and carried out these Machiavellian schemes could have done so, over many years, as if their hearts had become hardened as stone. As well as those who knew and acted as if ignorant or indifferent toward these brutal massacres.
On January 28th, 1988, following a relentless push by Dr. Morgentaler, who said he was a survivor of Auschwitz, the Supreme Court of Canada decriminalized abortion. Since this very sad day, close to three million innocent children have been aborted in Canada. The mutilated bodies of these children who died violently in the womb of their mothers do not bring many tears in Canada, not yet… Our hearts are not easily moved, much like those of so many Germans during the war.
The only difference between the dismembered bodies of these unborn children and the victims of Auschwitz is the relative size. You only have to look at the pictures of aborted children to see the same horrors. Some children survived a failed abortion but were never reported even though well documented. Some were born with an amputated arm (Ana Rosa Rodriguez, New-York 1991) or without a leg (Alexandre Karl, Châlons-sur-Marnes, France 1981), others cried for such a long time in the garbage pails they were thrown in (Gianna Jessen, Los Angeles 1977) that they were miraculously saved by someone who decided to give them a chance of survival and to give them a chance to survive and get appropriate care.
Like many Germans who remained indifferent to those atrocities, Canadians are acting in the same manner. We have not built crematorium ovens but we accept that our taxes be used to pay the rooms, equipment and the personnel working to eliminate the most vulnerable human beings of our society. In Canada, nearly 100,000 abortions are recorded annually. On average we kill 274 innocent and living children per day. The Final Solution… is preferred to promoting adoption.
Just like in the German camps, these aborted bodies are discarded or burnt just like garbage. Some parts of the bodies of these little angels can be used for research, making vaccines, cosmetics and even food products. A quick search on the internet can inform us of these shameful practices. In 2014, the media revealed that in Great-Britain, the bodies of aborted children were even used to heat hospitals!
Auschwitz, Montreal: is there really a difference? Not to 23% of unborn children.
In Canada there are near to 30 abortions to every 100 births.
Solange Viau, January 28th, 2015Be the first to comment.
Our sidewalk counsellor, Brian Jenkins
On Tuesday, February 10, at 3 pm, a bailiff came to our Montreal, QC offices, in order to deposit a legal document (60-70 pages in length, containing 17 pages of argumentation, 19 supporting documents, and 11 affidavits) convoking our organisation, Campagne Québec-Vie / Quebec Life Coalition, and Brian Jenkins, our sidewalk counsellor, to court.
The four plaintiffs - the Morgentaler and Femina abortion facilities, and the owners of the buildings that house them - do not want us to continue the life-saving sidewalk counselling work that we do in downtown Montreal. They are petitioning the courts for a temporary injunction (aka a "bubble zone"), and are also requesting to argue for a permanent injunction against any pro-life presence within a city-block radius of the abortion facilities.
We have decided to fight this unwarranted suppression of our right to inform women of the dangers of, and alternatives to, abortion. To buy some time to prepare a rebuttal of their arguments, we have agreed to a provisional temporary injunction against us, lasting until March 10, which is the date for the hearing where we will challenge the temporary injunction.
Please help us fight this injunction, by pledging as much as you can. We have retained the services of a competent, 100% pro-life lawyer. We need to pay him, plus we need funding for the March 10 hearing which will, among other expenses, possibly require us to lodge and to pay the travel expenses of expert witnesses. We also need to build up our reserves to neutralize any eventual attempt to instate a permanent injunction against pro-life sidewalk counselling in that part of Montreal.
Do not let abortionists silence the only voice that charitably warns women entering Montreal abortion facilities about the harm abortion causes to women, to men, and to unborn babies.
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Georges Buscemi, president
Wanna read an pretty good overview of feminist thought related to abortion?
Consider "The Feminist Case Against Abortion" by Serrin Foster, President of Feminists for Life.
I enjoyed it. Among other reasons, the author describes two waves of feminist thought, the first believing that abortion is "the ultimate exploitation of women" and "a disgusting and degrading crime," while the second "lauded (it) as the most fundamental right."
The first group is made up of largely American and British women; numerous names and quotes are given.
As for the second, Foster identifies the principles actors - Larry Lader, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, and Sarah Weddington, the latter being the attorney who defended Jane Roe in Roe vs Wade.
Foster argues that Weddington undermined the welfare of women by advocating for the need for abortion as a solution to the societal ills faced by pregnant women - poverty and discrimination faced in school and in the workplace.
Further, the article provides concrete examples of groups addressing the real needs of pregnant women. One such example on an US college campus, pro-life students and a pro-choice collaborated in a rummage sale to help a pregnant student who lost her housing grant; thw woman had her baby and graduated. A second example was the establishing of a program which over a ten year period resulted in a 30% drop in abortions of college-educated women at a local Planned Parenthood facility.
The article also has a large and interesting reader comment section.Be the first to comment.
The following Garth Brooks' song came recommended to me this morning. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.Be the first to comment.
Isabelle and Ward O'Connor of the Vivere Group offer questions to ponder about Quebec's new Euthanasia legislation.
1. Do euthanasia and palliative care go together?
The palliative care philosophy is based on respect for the natural process of death. Matching induced death by euthanasia ("medical aid in dying") with palliative care in a "continuum of end of life care" is it logical? Doing so risks creating conflict and confusion. This is the view of, among others, le Réseau de soins palliatifs du Québec (RSPQ), as recorded in its deposition regarding the subject legislation. The RSPQ affirms that "Euthanasia is not a treatment." Further, it is important to know that the Fédération du Mouvement Albatros of Québec (FMAQ) adopted unanimously a resolution in support of the RSPQ position.
2. Is End of Life Care Legislation valid?
It is important to know that induced death, either by euthanasia or assisted suicide, is a crime in Canada, although the authors and promoters of the legislation on end-of-life care categorically deny that "medical aid in dying" means "euthanasia", hoping that their semantic game will evade Canada’s Criminal Code. You should know that Canada’s Attorney General announced that he will challenge the
validity of this legislation, pending the Supreme Court of Canada ruling in the case Carter-Taylor case heard October 5, 2014, with a decision expected within six months – i.e., no later than April 2015. The Carter-Taylor case challenges the validity of criminalizing death induced by euthanasia or assisted suicide.
3. Would government induced death jeopardize the right to personal security?
Consent and intent are difficult to prove, and the weak, vulnerable, disabled, elderly, depressed, illiterate or otherwise physically or mentally vulnerable are very easy to manipulate. Their consent can also be difficult to interpret. Substituted consent is another important issue, appearing in the Quebec law (Articles 47, 48, 55) as does presumed consent (Articles 57 and 58 ). The mistreatment of these large segments of the population, especially from relatives and institutions, being widely and well documented, as are discrimination and other social exclusionary pressures of exclusion, is such a precarious secure environment in our health care facilities acceptable?
The Quebec legislation in no way restricts euthanasia for people diagnosed with terminal illness. It is applicable to anyone with a chronic degenerative disease, whether that person is dying or not.
In addition, each year in Quebec, more than 350,000 medical errors are reported, the vast majority of which are injection errors (Ménard report). As euthanasia is done via an injection, do not the number of medical errors argue against the practice of euthanasia?
Finally, the end-of-life care legislation leaves it to the physician to ensure that consent to euthanasia is not the result of undue pressures arising from different sources. What training in psychology and police detection methods will the doctor receive for this purpose? What budget he will have to conduct the needed investigation? Abuse is both pernicious and very clever thing to detect for he seeks to detect it.1 reaction