The annual Life Chain was held in approximately 1900 locations across Canada and the U.S. over the October 4th weekend, including right here in Kelowna. This year, organizers counted nearly 200 people lining both sides of Highway 97 between Gordon Drive and Ethel Street. That is nearly double the amount from 2013, the result of Life Chain Outreach Director Pat Guerra's effort to get more Protestant and Evangelical churches to support the event.
Thanks to demonstrators varied in age from newborn to people in their 90's, the messages that abortion kills children and hurts women were exposed to thousands of motorists for over an hour along Kelowna's busiest route. As usual, reactions from the public were mixed, with no major incidents being reported. However, a woman from the Starbucks did attempt to clear demonstrators off public property and away from the entrance to the store. The pro lifer demonstrators involved were polite and accommodated the woman without surrendering their right to demonstrate on public property.
Kelowna Right to Life Society would like to thank all those who came out to Life Chain 2014 and looks forward to an even more successful event in 2015.
Go here to view photos from Life Chain 2014 in Kelowna.
KRTL Takes Part in Volunteer Fair for 2014.
KRTL among dozens of local organizations offering volunteer positions.
The Kelowna Community Resource held its annual Volunteer Fair at the Parkinson Recreation Centre in on Saturday, September 20th, and over 700 people came through to see what volunteer opportunities are available in Kelowna. Approximately 80 organizations set up tables and booths promoting their causes to potential volunteers. Among them was the Pro Choice Action Network and other feminist leaning groups, and then there was the Kelowna Right to Life Society with their pro life display.
The display consisted of fetal models, newsletters, membership forms and other materials promoting the personhood of the child in the womb. While no graphic imagery was presented, the huge display board used does contain descriptions of abortion that some could find disturbing. A number of people browsed the materials, children were more than happy to take a balloon, a bracelet, and even a few little baby models. The bright yellow balloons with the message "Choose Life, Your Mom Did" could be seen all around the event throughout the day.
Several people stopped by to offer encouragement and support of our efforts, and a few people even expressed an interest in getting more involved in the movement.
The Kelowna Right to Life Society held its annual fundraiser, the Walk for Life, in Mission Creek Regional Park on September 14th. The event raised over $2,000 which will go to help local women in crisis pregnancy situations, and toward media campaigns that promote the dignity of human life from conception on.
About 100 people came out in support, a number that organizers were generally pleased with. "It was really great to see so many people come and celebrate human life with us," says Executive Director Marlon Bartram. "We are hopeful that next year even more will come out to support our year-round efforts promoting the sacredness of human life in all its stages and conditions."
Earlier in the month, the Society learned that the City of Kelowna rejected their request to proclaim the 14th as "Celebrate Human Life Day" in Kelowna. It is the second year in a row the Society had been denied an official City of Kelowna proclamation, after 6 consecutive years of being approved. The City was the target of months of sustained pressure from pro-abortion groups and individuals after it granted a "Protect Human Life Week" proclamation in 2012. That same year, Kelowna's courtesy flag program was scrapped after the Society applied to have a pro life flag flown, resulting in the grounding of the "gay pride" flag that had previously fluttered over City Hall for a week every summer.
50 people come out to honour those killed by abortion at KGH.
The Kelowna Right to Life Society's annual Memorial Service for the Unborn was held on August 23rd, and about 50 people came out to honour the thousands of lives taken by abortion at KGH since 2000. Although accurate statistics are currently impossible to attain, the Society estimates that about 1000 lives are lost to abortion each year at KGH. That means that our community is missing about 14,000 children because of abortion at Kelowna General.
These tiny children are simply disposed of as medical waste, probably incinerated at the hospital. Their remains are treated with disrespect, and the majority of them are not memorialized with any sort of service on the part of their families. That is where the annual Memorial Service comes in. It is intended to give respect to the short lives of these children, children who were not permitted to see the light of day and not given the opportunity to make their mark on the world. We pray that our little annual service offers dignity and respect to their short lives.
Go here to view photos of the 2014 Memorial Service.
Graphic Postcard Campaign Causes Media Splash.
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.
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 2014, 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.