Kelowna Candidates Mostly Silent on Pro Life Issues.
With the BC election going tomorrow, many in the Kelowna area are wondering where their candidates stand on the issue of life. In response, The Kelowna Right to Life Society sent questionnaires to all the candidates in the three Kelowna ridings. Candidates were asked where they stand on issues related to abortion and assisted suicide, and were told that no replies would be considered as "NO" answers.
Kelowna-Westside Conservative candidate Brian Guillou was the only candidate who sent back the questionnaire by the deadline of Friday morning. Guillou scored 100% pro life. Fellow Conservative candidate for Kelowna-Mission, Mike McLoughlin, responded by attaching a similar questionnaire from Campaign Life Coalition. McLoughlin answered pro life to all questions on that survey, except on the issue of tax-payer funding of abortion. He explained that he does not support defunding of abortion because public opinion supports tax-payer funding of it; thus, he would not support a movement to defund abortion in BC.
Go here to read the questionnaires and the candidates' responses.
"It's a Girl" Screened at UBCO.
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 2013.
Campaign features 5 life-affirming ads.
The Kelowna Right to Life Society will renew its committment to promote the pro life message using television for 2013. To begin, the ad campaign for 2013 will include all four ads used in last year's run, with the addition of a new ad featuring the Hogan twins. Tatiana and Krista Hogan were born in Vernon despite being diagnosed in utero as conjoined at their skulls. Their mother, Felicia Simms refused abortion and gave birth to her daughters instead. Despite some health issues, the pair appear to have lived normal, happy lives since being born.
Already, three pro life groups in British Columbia have signed on as partners in the initiative for 2013, and the Society is looking for others to support and expand the campaign. It is their goal to double and even triple the number of pro life ads aired per month throughout the coming year. 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. Every dollar designated to the campaign will go to purchasing more spots.
Thank you for your support!
Reality of Abortion Exposed on Eve of Morgentaler Anniversary.
Local Activists Educate Hundred on Abortion.
On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the infamous R. v Morgentaler decision, pro life activists across the country are exposing the truth of abortion in their communities, including here in Kelowna. A handful of local activists took to the streets with graphic images of abortion, exposing to the public the reality of what Canada has condoned for decades: the violent destruction of children in the womb.
For two consecutive Thursdays, Okanagan College on K.L.O. Road was the scene of the demonstrations. The site was chosen for its high exposure to traffic, as well as to young adults most at risk to submitting to an abortion. Reactions were, of course, mixed with the vast majority of passerbyers choosing to ignore the images and avoid converstation. However, one gentleman got particularly agitated and promised to have the protestors removed.
Another young woman appeared with a sign proclaiming pro abortion propoganda, claiming that abortion is all about "your life and your choice." She was interviewed by the reporter from the Kelowna Daily Courier who was covering the event. Despite the opposition, the right to freedom of expression was generally respected and countless more people are no more aware of the horrific reality of abortion.
Life Chain 2012 Closes Out Protect Human Life Week.
Attendence nearly double over Life Chain 2011.
Despite pressure from abortion advocates around the country to rescind Kelowna's pro life proclamation, Protect Human Life Week 2012 went off as planned. Deputy Mayor Gail Given even came out to the Walk for Life and read the proclamation to formally open the week. Approximately 100 people came out to that event, a 100% increase over last year.
Despite the City of Kelowna's decision to abort their courtesy flag program in order to prevent flying the pro life flag at City Hall, the flag flew at various locations in Kelowna anyway. Heritage Christian School hoisted the flag on their school ground every day during PHLW. Principal Paul Kelly was reported in the local media as saying that flying the flag presented a great learning opportunity for the students. The flag was also flown in Peachland for the week, on private property, and could be sign flying above the Walk for Life and the Life Chain.
Protect Human Life Week closed out on September 30 with the annual Life Chain, and on an afternoon of brilliant sunshine just under 200 people came out to publicly proclaim the truths that that abortion kills children and hurts women. Attendees included a baby just 2 days old and a woman of 92. A diverse group of men, women, students, pastors, teachers, the very old and the very young came out to the corner of Hwy 97 and Gordon Drive and occupied both sides of the highway between Gordon Drive and Ethel Street.
Walk for Life Officially Opens Protect Human Life Week 2012.
Approximately 100 people come out in support.
The Kelowna Right to Life Society has officially opened Protect Human Life Week for 2012. The City of Kelowna proclaimed the last week of September as Protect Human Life Week back in July. It is the 5th consecutive year a city proclamation has been issued for the event, but could be the last. Mayor Walter Gray has stated that City Council will review the proclamation process in the new year. For 2012, however, the opening Walk for Life attracted nearly 100 people who come out to enjoy another sunny afternoon in the park. They were treated to balloons, mini flags, refreshments, and a draw for a free tablet. Congratulations to the Harnett family for winning a Blackberry tablet!
During the festivities, 2 of the pro life flags that caused so much controversy in the media over the past 2 months flew proudly overhead, while those intendence held dozens of miniature versions of the same flag design. One of the large flags was also carried amidst the walkers.
The day began with opening remarks from Marlon Bartram, the Executive Director of Kelowna Right to Life Society, and Deputy Mayor Gail Given reading the proclamation aloud to officially open Protect Human Life Week. The media were also in attendance, with reporters from several different media outlets gathering information at the event. Click here to watche CHBC's coverage of the Walk for Life (segment begins 6 minutes into the program).
The Walk for Life closed with the traditional balloon release, and people were asked to offer thoughts and prayers for all those who have fallen victim to abortion, the men and women trying to cope with a past abortion experience, and even for abortionists who have been deceived into believing they are actually providing a service for women instead of killing of their children.
Protect Human Life Week continues with a postcard campaign being carried out during the week, Pro Life Film Night on Friday at Evangel Church, and the annual Life Chain on Sunday September 30th.
KRTL among 85 volunteer organizations to show their stuff.
For the 3rd consecutive year, Kelowna Right to Life had a presence at the Kelowna Communty Resource Centre's Volunteer Fair at Parkinson Recreation Centre on September 8. The event is a great opportunity to attract potential volunteers and to promote the right to life message. Also for the 3rd year, the Ruth Mellor and her Pro Choice Network had a table at the event. As was the case in previous years, the two groups were not in the same room.
With Kelowna Right to Life being in the news of late with the recent 'flag flap' with the City, many people who stopped by the table brought up the issue. Most offered support for our position, although some people did take the opportunity to express opposition to the pro life message. Although the pro life flag will not fly over City Hall during protect human life week, 3 small flags flew above the dislpay table on this day.
Kelowna Right to Life is grateful to Dawn Wilkinson and the entire staff at Kelowna Community Resource Centre for giving us the opportunity to participate in this great community event! We look forward to next year's event!
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.