"It's not often that I look back on photos of Layla while she was in the NICU - it's too painful. But when I do, she doesn't look like a baby. She looks, well, like a fetus. Of course, my husband and I never called her that - from the moment the stick read PREGNANT, until 28 weeks later, when she came out, tiny and fragile, we called her our "baby". This, too, is not inconsistent with being pro-choice."
Late term abortion advocate Jessica Valenti.
Part of her explanation as to why late term abortion ought to be legal.
What student unions and university administrations do not want students to see:
Abortion OK in the case of fetal anomoly? Watch this before you answer:
Think abortion is a simple procedure that helps, and not hurts, women? Think again:
Abortion victims portrayed in media.
In early July, volunteers with the Kelowna Right to Life Society distributed 1000 full colour postcards to homes in the area surrounding Kelowna General Hospital. The cards depicted full colour images of victims of abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy. Four different designs of cards, which were developed by the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, were distributed. It took 10 volunteers only 1.5 hours to distribute the cards, with subsequent media exposing the message to tens of thousands of more people throughout the Okanagan.
Aside from the media reaction, the Society received 2 negative emails and 1 phone call from an angry recipient of one of the cards, and about 10 or 12 positive comments on the campaign. While most media who reported on the postcards did so in a relatively unbiased way, Jon Manchester at The Kelowna Courier wrote a scathing editorial depicting the campaign as "aggressive publicity stunt." A letter to the editor responding to Manchester's comments was submitted to the Courier.
Overall, the campaign was very successful in getting the pro life message out to residents in Kelowna and the rest of the Okanagan. Indeed, the postcard drop garnered so much attention, the Society is considering another one later in the summer. Go here, here, here, here, and
for examples of the media coverage.
Pro Life Billboard Erected on Kelowna Highway.
Message compares animal cruelty to abortion.
A 10' x 20' pro life billboard is now up on Hwy 97 in West Kelowna. The Kelowna Right to Life Society was able to raise enough funds to put up the billboard on the Westside of Kelowna along the busy Highway 97, where it will be maintained all summer long.
Another billboard, one advertising the fact that Canada has no abortion law, also appears on the highway at the top of the hill as you are leaving Kelowna. That message, featuring the group weneedalaw, is being funded by a private citizen concerned with the fact that abortion is legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy in Canada. Yet a third pro life billboard may appear outside of Vernon, brought to you by the Vernon and Area Pro Life Society.
If you wish to contribute to the pro life billboard campaign and other efforts of the Kelowna Right to Life Society, please go to Canadahelps.org to make a safe and secure online donation.
Stephanie Gray Speaks in Kelowna.
Approximately 100 people come out in support.
The Director of the Centre for Bio-ethical Reform, Stephanie Gray, has wrapped up her speaking tour of the Okanagan where she promoted her brand of pro life activism to hundreds of people. Gray spoke to about 100 people at the Immaculate Conception Parish, about 200 students at one local high school, and another 30 or so students at Kelowna Christian Secondary. She followed up her Kelowna speaking engagements with presentations in both Vernon and Salmon Arm. Gray will continue her swing through Western Canada with several presentations in the Lower Mainland area.
Gray and her group believe that the best way to change the culture's opinion of abortion is through the use of graphic, disturbing imagery. They get large, full colour images of aborted babies into the minds of thousands of Canadians each year using small hand-held images in public demonstrations, huge graphic banners hanging from highway overpasses, and door to door postcard campaigns. They also drive trucks with large images on the sides of them through city streets.
Needless to say, these tactics sometime elicit less than favourable reactions from both abortion advocates and pro lifers alike. While many of those who oppose the killing of the unborn see the value in using graphic images to change hearts and minds, others are not so sure they are the best way to promote the pro life message. They argue the images could be traumatic for young children who happen upon them, and that they make pro lifers appear "radical," thus giving our movement a bad name. They also are concerned the effect such images have on women who may be post-abortive.
Nonetheless, Gray and her associates continue to expose the truth of abortion in the province of Ontario and beyond, determined to force an apathetic public to come face to face with the reality of abortion and react accordingly.
About 50 People Pay Respects to Victims of Abortion.
About 50 members and supporters of the Kelowna Right to Life Society turned out on August 23rd to recognize the thousands of tiny abortion victims whose lives have been taken at KGH over the past 13 years. The group sang hymns and prayed for the souls of the children lost, the mothers damaged, and for all those involved in the atrocity of abortion.
August 23, 2000 is the day abortion "services" returned to KGH. Prior to that, elected hospital boards were successful in keeping unborn child-killing out of our local hospital. However, the NDP government of the day would have none of that and abolished elected boards in favour of appointed ones. The did not hesitate in demanding their hand-picked Board of Directors permit and establish abortion in our local hospital.
It is estimated that as many as 1,000 unborn children are sacrificed at KGH each year. Although all will be remembered by their parents in some way, the vast majority of these children are never given a proper service to honour and respect their lives. KRTL's annual Memorial Service for the Unborn does just that.
Just under 100 students and community members attend.
The acclaimed documentary film "It's a Girl" was screened at UBCO last night, and just under 100 people showed up to take in the stirring film. "It's a Girl" was filmed on location in India and China and focused largely on the personal experiences of many families whose lives have been touched by the gendercide.
Viewers were impressed with how the film presented well-researched facts and figures in the context of personal experiences, putting a human face on the cold but staggering numbers (the U.N. estimates almost 200 million girls and women are missing around the world due to the gendercide). The main feature was followed by an airing of the CBC documentary, "Unnatural Selection" in which undercover investigators discovered that sex-selection abortion may well be happening in some communities right here in Canada. That brought the issue "home" to many of those in attendance who had previously thought it was only happening in far away places.
The "It's a Girl" film night was sponsored by the UBCO campus club, FOCUS. Go here to visit the facebook page and leave your comments.
KRTL Launches Television Ad Campaign for 2014.
Campaign features 5 life-affirming ads.
The Kelowna Right to Life Society has decided to continue using local and regional television to promote the pro life in 2014. To begin, the ad campaign for 2014 will begin with a 5 ad rotation used in 2013.
Two pro life groups in British Columbia have signed on as partners in the initiative for 2013 thus far, and the Society is looking for others to support and expand the campaign. Please help us saturate the Southern British Columbia television market with these powerful pro life ads by going to CanadaHelps.org and make a donation today. Simply go to our campaign page here and click on the Canadahelps button at the bottom of the page to make your safe and secure donation.Thank you for your support!
Canadian Abortions stats released.
Statistics unacceptably incomplete.
The Canadian Institute for Health Statistics has posted the Canadian abortion stats for 2009 and 2010. Although the statistics are woefully incomplete - especially in 2010 where there are 0 abortions reported out of Quebec - some tragic conclusions can be made from the data.
For instance, it appears as though the number of unborn babies being killed in our country is still clipping along at 100,000+ per year, with about 2%, or 2000, of them being 21 weeks or older. In BC, more than 12,000 babies are reported killed in both years, although data from BC clinics is "incomplete."
Meanwhile, it is reported in both years that about 2.3% of abortions result in complications for the mother, complications such as hemorrhage, sepsis, and retained "products of conception." If accurate, that means about 2300 Canadian women suffer physical complications from "safe," legal, front alley abortion each year. Also reported is the methods of abortions (used in hospitals only) including medically induced abortions. Go here to review the latest information on unborn child-killing in Canada.
Over-hyped expectations, misinformation, and even intentional deception have all clouded the debate surrounding embryonic stem cell research. Over the past few years, however, many exciting advances in adult stem cell research combined with the lack thereof in embryonic stem cell research have begun to bring many people around. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement in an attempt to clear up the confusion once and for all. Click on the image to read this important and enlightening document.
Throughout history, judgments from the highest courts in the land have, tragically, come down on the wrong side of "personhood" cases. Women, Blacks, Jews all have felt the sting of being excluded from the human family by our law-makers. Now, it’s the unborns turn. Download the "Persons" poster here!
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, there are people who understand and care. They understand that your situation is not easy, by any means. You may be feeling confusion, utter loneliness, and even terror as you face your unplanned pregnancy. Know the facts about all the choices in front in you. Please, consider allowing us the opportunity to help. You are not alone.
Abortion is a profound and deeply meaningful act that can leave women, men, grandparents, brothers and sisters hurting in a myriad of ways for months, years, and even decades. Depression, guilt, remorse, anger, and unresolved grief are just a few of the emotional difficulties commonly experienced after abortion. If you or somebody you know is suffering from a
past abortion but does not know who to turn to, there is help.
Kelowna Right to Life is a non-profit charitable organization working to educate the public about the realities and consequences of abortion and euthanasia.
Upholding strong moral values and the promotion of traditional family structures are fundamental elements of this work.
Kelowna Right to Life believes that the civilization of a society is measured by the care and protection given to its weakest members. We reject the anti-life philosophy that offers death as a solution to human suffering,
especially when the label "choice" is used for the killing of pre-natal infants, so-called "useless" members of society, and the infirm and aged.
Our great City of Kelowna ought not continue to tolerate the killing of defenseless unborn children in our own hospital. It is our duty as citizens of good conscience to speak on behalf of the voiceless, to stand for those who cannot defend themselves, and to oppose the horrific injustice of abortion scarring the women, men, and families of our community.
Please support the efforts of Kelowna Right to Life in their attempt to educate the public on the reality of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, embryonic stem cell research, and other anti-life issues.