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Putting Faith First

What’s involved in starting a Women’s Pregnancy Centre?

Short answer: Faith

If this project develops, it must be blessed by Our Lord and we trust in His munificence. Fortunately, He seems to be blessing this work as seen in the actions of many.

Kitchenware5.JPGConsider the generosity of one Montérégie couple. At our August corn roast, they came with a gallon of paint. A few weeks later they delivered an unused still-in-the-box kitchen cupboard that their son no longer wanted. A week later the husband arrives with kitchenware, products the misses procured at a local thrift shop - a set of dishes and assorted pots and skillets. The photo shown here are these most recent gifts. Finally, they provide a financial gift to help defray the cost of curtaining our windows.

These are not isolated actions:

  • Salvatore, a practicing engineer, drops by to discuss about renovating the bathroom. As he leaves he asks whether we would have use for an upright freezer.
  • A Laval couple offers to fashion the curtains for the location.
  • Stella works tirelessly to complete the painting of the remainder of the three-bedroom residence.

Providing a safe place to women who are experiencing pressures to abort their child is one way we at the Quebec Life Coalition are working to end abortion, an activity we first begun some 26 years ago.

Another approach, begun three years ago, is our outreach over the internet. The Enceinte et Inquiète website provides information including referral service, via a toll-free help phone line (1-855-871-4442) to women experiencing distress over their own or somebody else’s pregnancy. For instance this second week of September, I received a call from a woman distraught on account of her daughter’s wish to end the life of her 20+ week old unborn child.

The caller explained that her daughter is enrolled in a demanding university program, leaving the house early each morning and returning late at night. Also, weekends are busy working full-time to pay her various expenses. As this academic program and its fulfilment represent her daughter's dream, the pregnancy is considered a hindrance.

There are also financial worries for both now and after birth.

The woman I spoke with is in turmoil as she cares deeply for the life of the child, particularly so after having seen a photo taken during the ultrasound. She told me that she had even offered her daughter to care for the child for the entire duration of her studies. The daughter is beginning the second year of her four year university program.

The term “coalition” in Quebec Life Coalition is an apt term as we need everybody’s participation to promote a culture of life. After this phone call, I contacted one of our many volunteers to ask whether she would call this mother in an effort to save the life of her grandchild. To my joy she would and a phone call later I learned that she procurred the young woman’s phone number. A further phone call permitted my peer to speak to the pregnant mother, thereby sharing about her own difficult abortion experience, something which she regrets to this day, something she wishes this young woman not know. As a result this young student is rethinking her wish for an abortion.

Working together, in many and varied ways, we can achieve our goal of ending abortion.

Thank you and let us thank God His continual help.

Yours in Christ Jesus,


Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition

P.S. Your financial support is important to maintaining the mission of the Quebec Life CoalitionDefending the human person from conception to a natural death. Consider enrolling in our Mustard Seed program – a monthly donation program. For as little as $5 per month, you will be making a big statement. For details, contact Mr. Mario Richard, (514) 344-2686, during regular business hours.


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Saving One At a Time

How close are we to end abortion in Quebec, in Canada?

This is a sobering question, as are the following ones:

  • Have there been laws enacted criminalizing abortions with stiff penalties against those who perform these hideous crimes?
  • Are there more elected officials and members of our clergy denouncing the perils of abortion?
  • At the grassroots, how well attended are our various functions?
  • Has there been more turn-arounds when we are praying on the streets of Montreal?
  • Have we come to the aid of women experiencing distress in their pregnancy?
  • Where is God when his children are being barbarously killed and maimed?


Though the answers to these questions are cause for worry, there are hopeful signs around us.

Recently while walking through Lahaie Park, the site where the Quebec Life Coalition will begin shortly its 14th of its 16 prayer vigils for the end of abortion, across the street from the former site of the Morgentaler abortion mill, I saw how Our Lord is answering our prayers. Two young women were nursing their infants. If ever there was a bona fide sign of the culture of life, this is it.

Yes, we would like more affirmative actions to our prayers, to the above questions. Yet, until these happen, as these have occurred in other jurisdictions, we must not neglect the more subtle signs of a budding culture of life in our midst.

Here’s another sign. In the fall of 2014, after 20 years at the same location the Morgentaler facility moved. I’m no student of business administration, but it seems to me that relocating one’s commerce is a decision not taken lightly.

Is this move the result of our twice yearly, 40-day prayer vigils 12-hours per day, for 6 consecutive years, of the sidewalk counselling services we’ve offered on their doorsteps? Is our perseverance in defense of the unborn why they petitioned the Superior Court to order us away from their new site?

God alone knows the answers.

Yes, it would have been more gratifying had either the facility closed entirely or one of its abortionists quit the practice and publicly denounced the vile practice.

Yet, God’s ways are not our ways.

Ours are prayer in perseverance, having our petitions answered in subtle ways. Our Lord spoke of the effectiveness of prayer and fasting against the vilest spirits.

Yet a third sign came one morning when I received a call from a young woman needing to leave an abusive relationship. She dialed our toll free crisis pregnancy line (1-855-871-4442), and we were able to direct her to an agency that could provide for her safety.

Helping women living a crisis pregnancy is yet another way to end abortion. To this end, many of us are banding together to create a centre to welcome such women. Volunteers, clergy, and tradesmen are all lending a hand to spruce up a three-bedroom lodging which will offer a respite from the pressures they experience to abort their child.

In July, beds, dressers, a refrigerator and a stove, couches, etc., made their way into the centre. In the same month, three bedrooms were freshly painted – violet, green, and copper. Finally this second week of August, the floors were sanded and lacquered.

Nursing mothers, uprooting an abortion facility, supporting women in a crisis pregnancy are some of the signs Our Lord’s is among working at ending abortion.

Thank you for your on-going prayers and material support.


Brian A. Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator

p.s. Though we are always grateful to receive your donations, these days I could use the support of an extra pair of strong hands. We've been offered a freezer for the pregnancy centre and so some strong arms are needed to move it in. I could also use the help of someone able to repair a leaky shower and do other other bathroom repairs. Thanks.


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Painting Quebec Abortion-Free

As July begins, so does the second half of 2016. Before moving on, let me summarize some of our first half accomplishments, done with your support.

This summary demonstrates that, despite the obstacles which contemporary society hoists upon us, we can still defend the human person from conception to natural death!

Center for Crisis Pregnancy in Montreal

SEJ-Raoul.JPGThe pregnancy center is approaching readiness. Located within the boundaries of the Divine Infant Jesus Parish in Montreal, we have recently received an influx of furniture, thanks to three donors. This furniture will help fill the space which our plasterers and painters have worked hard to spruce up. Pictured here is the father of a child whom we have been graced to save during our prayer vigils outside the Morgentaler facility.

Apologetics Seminar
The existence of God, the immortal soul, free will, the foundations of morality, natural law, and the prohibition of killing by abortion or euthanasia are some of the many subjects that we must deal with head on, because the general public is woefully ignorant about these important issues. For this reason, at the beginning of the year I promised to develop a course - and we are on standby to present a first draft this coming autumn!

It is only through your donations that we can continue to work building a Culture of Life. Thank you for your contributions!

Christ the King Proposal
In April of this year, I wrote of a proposed change in our organization’s direction. Namely, to undergird the Quebec Life Coalition’s stated goal of defending life from conception to natural death with a particular theological foundation – namely, the social doctrine of the Kingship of Christ. During a recent meeting of our board of directors, we voted to study this proposal further before voting upon it, most likely in the early part of 2017. I invite you to be a part of these deliberations by sending us your questions and comments!

2016 Sex Education Curriculum – A Concerted Resistance
This past June 22nd, we participated in a meeting organized by two concerned parents for the purpose of combating the implementation in September 2016 of a new sexual education program, mandatory from kindergarten through to secondary 5, aimed at promoting sexual exploration and homosexual lifestyle. The Quebec Life Coalition intends to play an active part in this battle, as we well know attacks against traditional marriage and healthy sexuality have a nefarious effect on the respect of the unborn child, which people increasingly view as an obstacle to unlimited sexual gratification.

Will you provide us with the means to continue this resistance to the assaults on life in Quebec and the rest of Canada?

Culture of Life Website
Since 2015, our new website has been seen by well over 2.3 million visitors, in such varied locations as France, Canada, the United States, Switzerland, Morocco, and elsewhere in Africa. With the help of a team of translators, we have published close to 400 articles covering abortion, euthanasia, gender theory, homosexuality, and the scourge of pornography. Equally important are the personal testimonies of women who have opted for life, safeguarding the child within their womb. Without a doubt, these articles have had a positive impact worldwide in forming consciences, thanks in part to your support. (We are as always looking for volunteers to translate articles from English into French. Please contact us if this appeals to you.)

Finally, as it is summer time, we would ask you to consider making a special gift that would permit us in our ongoing battle to defend life against abortion and euthanasia,

To those of you who have already done so, we express our thanks.

In Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life,


Georges Buscemi
Quebec Life Coalition

Click on the image below to view the July edition of the Culture of Life newsletter.


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Ending the Ultimate Injustice

Dear Friends of Life,

A recent experience makes me think that the end of abortion in Quebec is at hand.

At my parish I am one of several volunteers who do the weekly readings at mass. This means that over an eight to ten week period, my turn comes up two to three times.

To my shame, I have failed on too many occasions to fulfill this duty, and often without giving prior notice. So, as my next turn approached, I was filled with dread, dread of the recriminations from my peers and particularly from the person who arranges this schedule.

In light of my poor track record, is it any wonder that as I prepared to leave my house and head to church, I was conjuring up excuses not to go?

With increasing dread, I approached the church and entered, images of the prodigal son returning to his home coming to mind.

My first encounters with parishioners were nothing other than welcoming smiles and greetings.

Going further, I spotted the scheduler; my dread spiked. To my amazement and reminiscent of the father of the prodigal son, she approached me and warmly greeted me.

I was humbled. My fears and personal imaginings were unrealistic. During mass, tears came and went as I relived the acceptance shown to me by those within my faith community.

The reason why I believe that this experience speaks volumes about the fate of the unborn children threatened by abortion and the many wounded by this ultimate injustice is because of the readiness and universality of God’s mercy. Our churches are schools for teaching about this mercy and such on a worldwide basis to boot.


A friend recently told me that in addition to the over 25 000 surgical abortions performed yearly in our province, she believes that there is an equal number, if not more, of chemical abortions performed. Chemical abortions are those done on a fertilized ovum via the morning-after pill (aka Plan B), the contraceptive pill, by preventing the young embryo from nesting in the uterine wall, etc.

This number is gigantic and nothing less than humility particularly on behalf of all those working to end this grave injustice is needed.

God working within us in the measure with which we humble ourselves before our Father will produce the fruit of mercy. Miracles will occur. Lives will be saved on Earth and souls for Heaven.

My faith community showed me that a source of mercy is readily at hand and this because I was willing to travel the path of humility.

Our part is to act with humility.

Thank you for your on-going prayers and financial support.

Yours in Christ Jesus,
Brian Jenkins

Outreach Coordinator

p.s. Particular thanks to the growing number of persons registering in our monthly giving program. By enrolling in Operation Mustard Seed, we at the Quebec Life Coalition receive a steady and assured source of income, funding the various projects you have become familiar with – our web site, participation in the National March for Life, our Encente et Inquiète Crisis Pregnancy phone line, the 40 Days for Life prayer vigils for the end of abortion, and more. For details call (514) 344-2686.


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National March Draws Large Montreal Contingent

I’m back from having attended the 19th annual National March for Life in Ottawa this past Thursday, May 12, 2016, and what a blessing this experience was !

NM4L2016Sunrise2.JPGA favorable omen of what was to come occurred at the outset of the day. While heading over to the pickup site in Laval, I was greeted by a beautiful sunrise over the back river.

The blessings continued. For instance I learned that nearly 100 people boarded the two Montreal charters – 41 from Laval and close to capacity (56) aboard the downtown bus!

Yet another blessing was, despite the traffic snares and other imprévus, we arrived in Ottawa in time for the 10 AM mass at Saint Patrick Basilica.

Millie2.jpgPilgrims included Millie Coyne who is a regular attendee along with her husband Jack and friend Renée O’Dwyre. (Seen in the background is the television stage for the EWTN network which has broadcasted the March live in its entirety for the past 3 years from Parliament Hill.)

Below is a sample of the Montreal pilgrims posing after having attended the mass. Conspicuously dressed in his Knights of Columbus regale is Francesco Barbero who, flag in hand, would later that day lead the National March from the parliamentary grounds onto the streets of Ottawa.
Others pictured here include members of the Saint-Kevin Pro-Life prayer group and QLC General Manager Mario Richard and several of the regular office volunteers - Virginie, Ghisi, and Marc.

Our buses contained an diverse group of people coming from different municipalities - south shore Longueuil, east end Anjou and Rivière-des-Prairies, west island Kirkland, Pierrefonds, and Dorval, off-island Ile Perrot and Saint-Eustache. Husbands and wives, brothers, mothers and sons, a parish-based group, a community service group, and Knights of Columbus had all interrupted their busy schedules to travel to Ottawa and lend support to our cause.

Once in Ottawa, on Parliament Hill, we joined well over 22 000 others demanding rights for the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society. Politicians, religious leaders, youth (plenty of), and many young families swelled our numbers. Is it any wonder that this injustice will soon be corrected?

Sharing the Pro-Life Message – part 2

In the April newsletter I raised the question, “How do we share the pro-life message?”

As follow up question, consider: “How do we address irrational responses – understood as prejudice, passion, ignorance, misunderstanding, incomprehension or ideology?”

Apologist Peter Kreeft responds “We need not and should not employ any of these substitutes for reason in order to “make contact with” or “be relevant to” those who are doing so. We make contact and relevance not by changing rationality into irrationality but by changing irrationality into rationality. That is what education is.”

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator

P.S. Your on-going financial support helps to defray the expenses in organizing such events. Thank you.


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A Special Mass for the Family

MgrLepine.jpgMost Reverend Christian Lépine will celebrate a special Mass for families, on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m, at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

In the wake of the publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family, Amoris Laetitia, and as Quebec Family Week is about to begin, our Archbishop, Most Reverend Christian Lépine, will celebrate a special Mass for families, on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m, at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

All families are welcome, as is anyone interested in the future of the family in our Church and in our society!

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Sharing The Message

Blessed Easter greetings to you and your loved ones.

Question: How do we go about sharing the pro-life message?
Answer: Trusting the Holy Spirit to lead us when and with whom.

Holidays are propitious times to share the message of life to family members and friends. Yet, as part of a family in which my siblings have had their own children and grandchildren are sprouting therefrom, our family gatherings have become memories and our household a stopover to visit the family matriarch.

Yet, the Holy Spirit continues to work unimpeded by circumstances to foster and promote life, as I recently experienced.

During one such stopover, my sister came into the kitchen as I was cleaning up after a late lunch. To my surprise she brought up the topic of the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion and in almost the same breath, labelled this activity as militant and extremist as the brutal events of the previous week in which 34 were killed and many, wounded in Brussels.

Stunned, bewildered, I managed to say that our aim is to promote the respect of life from conception to a natural death. This statement did not elicit any reply. Rather, I was then the recipient of a series of statements which, I don't doubt, many of you are familiar with in which nary we have a chance to respond: “A woman has a right to choose,” “all the women I have spoken with are of the same opinion on this issue,” etc.

The Death of Dialogue

This interaction made me wonder whether civil discourse on this issue is possible. Of course, it is. Witness the recently concluded 40-day prayer vigil, in which I and many who came to pray were blessed to share our message of life in a civil manner with genuinely interested persons, men and women, of all ages.

Yes, we also met many who expressed themselves in the manner similar to my sister or worst – i.e., impetuously expressing their opinions without any desire to listen to another view, whether similar or not.

Why is this?

Author, philosopher Peter Kreeft offers insight in his dialogue “Between Heaven and Hell,” involving C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy and Aldous Huxley. Lewis at one point responds to a statement by Kennedy to the effect that people are more content living with lies because the truth would be too painful to admit and, so, we do not always want it.

Angelica_on_Truth.jpgAnother advocate of truth is Mother Angelica who died this past Easter Sunday. The foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network is known for not mincing her words. One quote appears in the photo and another states: “If you’re not a thorn in somebody’s side, you aren’t doing Christianity right.”

May our reward in this life be that we follow in Our Lord’s footsteps, and his alone.

I wish to thank you for your on-going support in promoting a culture of life. It is truly a privilege to share the pro-life message, by dialogue and other means that we at the Quebec Life Coalition are doing.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition

P.S. Our court challenge to affirm our right to pray outside abortion facilities continues. As a result, expenses are incurred and so your support in paying our legal fees would be most helpful. Thank you.


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Impacting Montreal and Beyond

Blessed Easter greetings to you and your loved ones.

I have some exciting news. Your support of our work is impacting the Quebec legislative process! More about this below.

As we begin the Easter season, the Quebec Life Coalition has been preparing for this special time of year as we have been doing since 2009, bringing the message of life to the streets of Montreal.


Our 40-day prayer vigils for the end of abortion have defined us not only to Montrealers but also to all Quebecers, and its impact is felt throughout the province in several tangible ways.

First, the vigil draws people from not only the Montreal area but also province-wide. NDG, Laval, south shore Longueil, RDP, ville d’Anjou, and LaSalle, and further afoot, participants from as distant places as Ile Perrot, Granby, Ottawa, Quebec City, and even as far as Franquelin; you may need to Google this, have also come.

Second, the spiritual impact of our prayers also extends beyond the borders of Montreal. The weekend of March 5 & 6, our pregnant help service received an unprecedented 6 inquiries, one of which coming from our provincial capital.

A third way our prayers have had an impact is seen in the opposition we are getting. On February 23, 2016, Parti Quebecois MNA Carole Poirier, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, deposited a private member’s bill aimed at establishing a buffer zone around the 47 abortion facilities in the province. She states that doing so will eliminate the problem of accessibility and security which now plague such centres.

What problem of accessibility and security?

Over the past 25 years, there has been NOT one incident of violence at a Quebec abortion facility.

Yet, Mme Poirier is of the opinion that our precious legislative process should be used to curb a non-existent problem.

Bill 595, or the anti-Brian bill as a friend of mine has called it, aims to restrict the work that we at the Quebec Life Coalition have been doing to help women and men.

We have gone to abortion facilities in the Montreal to peacefully offer alternatives and comfort to women and men thinking of aborting their children. We have also gone to abortion facilities to also offer post-abortion comfort to these as they deal with the aftermath of their ill-fated decision.

Bill 595 will only exacerbate the harm done to women and men on a daily basis by eliminating an important source of truth – the services we at the Quebec Life Coalition are offering.

Action Item

So, please contact Minister Lise Thériault, the minister responsible for the Status of Women, to ask her to oppose bill 595. Her contact information is as follows:

  • Postal address: 205-7077, Beaubien Street East, Anjou H1M 2Y2
  • Office numbers: (514) 493-9630; FAX (514) 493-9633
  • Email address: [email protected]

So, let us not remain silent in denouncing this grave injustice to members of our society and the misuse of public time and funds.

Yours in Christ Jesus,
Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator

P.S. The National March for Life is set for Thursday, May 12, and as in years past we will be chartering buses for many to attend. Please consider joining us or else supporting this project with a generous gift so as to have your voice and others heard by our elected officials in Ottawa.


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Prayer: Our Ultimate and Unconquerable Weapon

Dear Friends of Life,

This past Wednesday, August 20, Superior Court Judge Chantal Lamarche (pictured below) rendered her decision in the case involving our prayerful presence outside three abortion mills and as many expected she ruled in favour of the three plaintiffs against us.

Chantal_Lamarche.jpgI write “expected” because during the hearing of Tuesday, June 16, 2015, Madame Judge showed her bias against our side in varying ways.

One moment in particular I will remember for some time to come. Addressing the charge that our presence on the sidewalks of Montreal is tantamount to accosting clients of the buildings in which the mills are located, our lawyer Me. Robert Reynolds, compared our presence with the all too familiar scene Montrealers face daily entering and leaving the city’s Metro stations.

Many of you undoubtedly know what I mean. There, commuters are “greeted” by peddlers handing out copies of free newspapers.

No sooner had Me. Reynolds made his point that Montrealers are inured to this type of behaviour that Judge Lamarche interrupted him, quipping sarcastically of the absurdity of comparing the actions of these peddlers to what we were doing outside the mills.

The judge’s intervention stunned me. The reaction would be more consistent with an outburst from the attorneys of our opponent rather than from Madame Justice, whose role, I thought, would be to sit impassively listening to both sides, taking notes in preparation of her decision. Yet perhaps her decision had already been made.

So, the order stands; we are not to approach within a city block any of these three mills. (Read her fourteen-page judgment here.)


The first order of business is prayer. We need to remember Madame Justice Lamarche and the other persons involved in this misguided butchery; to pray for their conversion to the culture of life.

Second, do remember us in your prayers. We need to decide on the next course of action in this matter, whether judicial or otherwise. As always your financial support will be greatly appreciated.

MillsBerri2.jpgChildren continue to die at an alarming rate within these mills. According to the Montreal French daily La Presse of this past August 20, 2015, days, these three mills account for close to a third of the yearly abortions performed in all of Quebec. The daily cited that over 25000 abortions are performed annually in Quebec, though no records were produced to substantiate this value. (We believe that the figure is closer to 30 if not 35 000.)

Prayer also includes participating in our next 40-days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion. This is set to begin Wednesday, September 23, 2015 and run through to Sunday, November 1. To date, over 300 locations worldwide have registered – a wonderful testimony to the importance of praying, fasting, and advocating for the cause of the unborn and their mothers.

As we are forbidden to be outside these abortion mills, we will return to our familiar site on Saint Joseph Blvd. East. Though the Morgentaler clinic moved from this location November past, it had been performing its ghastly deed in its seventh floor offices since 1995. Thirty years of abortions year in, year out. As the court documents indicate that they do 3000 per year, these premises have been the site of 90 000 abortions!

Consider joining us on Saint Joseph Blvd. East to render just homage to these senseless deaths much as other memorials worldwide – Auschwitz, Dachau, give fitting tributes to barbarous acts of inhumanity.

Yours in Christ Jesus,


Brian Jenkins

Outreach Coordinator

Quebec Life Coalition


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No Ringing the Bell About Abortion


It has taken years, but the once taboo topic of mental illness has generally found acceptance in society. From a topic spoken about in hush tones and whispers often with malaise decades ago, today it is treated openly enough in the popular media and civil society.

What has not followed suit are discussions about mental illness arising from having procured an abortion. Aside from an increasing documented evidence in scientific peer-reviewed literature correlating abortion with depression, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, and suicide, popular media and civil society continue to shun such talk.

Deborah Rankin develops this point in a blog available on Ville Marie Online.

No Ringing the Bell About Abortion offers a Canadian perspective of this issue, noting how a corporation is willing to champion mental health but draws a line when it comes to examining the role that abortion plays in this illness.

The author continues her Canadiana tour with an examination of the political landscape. Justin Trudeau appears to be a favorite target, and rightly so. He epitomizes much of the Canadian denial and schizophrenic syndrome around the issue of abortion by on the one hand advocating for a woman's choice and forbidding his party peers to vote otherwise, and on the other denying his mother's much publicized abortion and the grizzly death of his sibling.

Other articles by the same author on the topic of abortion include:


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