Sep 16 2014

The beauty of dads

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Recently, Huffington Post had a great little picture montage honouring fathers. Number 19 is the best one to me but they are all good. Juxtapose with this story about a father whose girlfriend aborted their baby. He describes how he felt during the process. Sad.

Wounds do heal over time – even deep ones – but scars remain. Eight years later, I find myself incredibly blessed with a beautiful, bright and loving wife, a 19-month-old son and a daughter due in January. At times, I can’t help but look into my son’s deep grey-blue eyes and wonder what his older brother or sister might have been like.

 

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Sep 15 2014

N.B. Liberals’ proud pro-choice stance

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Wowza. I think we need to start writing letters and making phone calls, people.

Right now in New Brunswick, a major party leader has done what no federal party leader has ever dared dream of doing: Made changing abortion regulations a central plank in a campaign platform.

But that’s just what Brian Gallant and the New Brunswick Liberals have done – and so far it appears to be doing his electoral prospects no harm.

Gallant has not only told voters that his entire caucus will vote pro-choice – a position similar to the one federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau surprised the country with earlier this summer – but he’s also said that if he upsets incumbent Progressive Conservative Premier David Alward on Sept. 22, he will actually act on those convictions.

What do you think of David Akin’s take on conservative politicians and their response to these statements?

Meanwhile, the conservative opponents of Gallant and Trudeau – those to whom pro-life advocates in Canada look to champion their views and who they hope would legislate restrictions on abortion – are timid and weak in their opposition to the bold, moral certitude of Gallant, Trudeau and, it must be said, New Democrat leaders at both levels.

The best that both Alward’s Progressive Conservatives and Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have been able to do is to point to inconsistencies in their opponents’ parties. Gallant, they note, will have pro-life Liberal MLAs in his caucus if he wins, just as Trudeau does right now.

Conservatives also like to mutter something about being proud that they would allow free votes on matters of conscience like abortion.

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Sep 15 2014

Mayim Bialik on sex in advertising

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(Mayim Bialik is in Big Bang Theory.) This is encouraging to read:

There is one for Ariana Grande, and I will go ahead and admit I have no idea who she is or what she does. Based on the billboard, she sells lingerie. Or stiletto heels. Or plastic surgery because every woman over 22 wishes she has that body, I’m sure. Why is she in her underwear on this billboard though? And if she has a talent (is she a singer?), then why does she have to sell herself in lingerie? I mean, I know that society is patriarchal and women are expected to be sexy and sexually available no matter what we do in society, but I guess now I need to explain that to my sons?

The mega-huge ads of (mostly) women in suggestive poses all around us all the time is as anti-woman a trend I know. It’s also anti-men, given that men and women work together, and where men gain a skewed vision of women, they then suffer the loss of what and who women really are. Normal people, is the secret answer there, who aren’t “sexy” all the time. Which is why I like the way she concludes her post:

Am I a crotchety old lady? I guess so. But I just don’t understand why this is what ads need to look like. What good does it do for humanity or society? Why do I have to be OK with young women literally in lingerie on gigantic billboards? If I want to see women in lingerie, I can walk through any mall with a Victoria’s Secret.

Which, by the way, is a misnomer because there is nothing secret about what’s being sold at Victoria’s Secret.

You know what I think the secret is? The secret is that when there is no camera around, Victoria probably likes a cozy robe, a cup of tea, and Jean-Paul Sartre’s autobiography.

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Sep 12 2014

Support a great cause

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The Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services (CAPSS) is having a matching grant fundraising campaign right now. This is a great organization and one you can confidently support with your pro-life dollars.

Don’t know what CAPSS is? Let’s get you up to speed:

CAPSS was formed in 1997 to provide a Canadian national association dedicated to encouraging, equipping and partnering with local Pregnancy Centres.

We provide leadership development, operational standards, staff and volunteer training along with spiritual encouragement to over 70 affiliated Centres.

We purpose to help assist local pregnancy centres reach and compassionately care for clients facing unplanned pregnancies and post abortion stress.

Ultimately, the lives of women and men are transformed by choosing life- focused alternatives to abortion offered by local Pregnancy Centres.

More info about the campaign:

CAPSS affiliated pregnancy centres are the hands and feet of service to those in need during an unplanned pregnancy, adoption and post abortion grief. They are the instruments that pour healing oil on their wounds and offer them practical, life affirming support. That is why the work of the Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services (CAPSS) is so vital in equipping Centres to serve with excellence.

A major donor and a Family Foundation have joined forces to offer CAPSS a matching grant of $43,000 to help our national organization grow and be strengthened with more “partners for life.” That means that your donation and participation in this campaign could help us meet our goal of raising $86,000 to encourage, equip and establish pregnancy centres across Canada.

Please join us in partnering in “FOR THE LOVE OF LIFE CAMPAIGN.” Your donation will have a life changing effect.

Give generously.

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Sep 11 2014

Student stupidity at the University of Victoria

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Yesterday pro-life students part of the Youth Protecting Youth club faced theft and vandalism. Simply for having a table. In a university.  On Clubs’ Day. To share a perspective. About a controversial social and political issue.

On September 10th, two women rushed a pro-life club table at the University of Victoria, snatching the fetal models on display and dumping used cat litter all over the table. Youth Protecting Youth (YPY) was participating in the university’s Clubs Days event and had a recruitment table to sign up new members and engage with other students on the pro-life issues.

Although the fetal models were recovered, club members arrived back this morning to find that the vandals had broken into the closed clubs room and that more filthy litter had been dumped on the table and the fetal models – valued at several hundred dollars – had been stolen.

This is just ridiculous. The students who engaged in this destructive behaviour should be ashamed of themselves. If they’re incapable of engaging in rational, reasonable debate on an issue that I’m gathering they feel strongly about, they should take up a hobby and focus their energies elsewhere. Heck, they could spend more time quietly snuggling their cats.

Each year I read about this kind of stupidity and each year I’m stunned. These students are young adults. Young ADULTS. Forget it. Let’s drop the “young.” These students are ADULTS. And their response to a perspective they disagree with is…kitty poop.

I can’t believe I just wrote that last sentence. I’m going to bed. No, first I’m going to go vent about this to my husband. Then I’m going to try and sleep.

Cat poop, people. Cat poop.

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Sep 10 2014

Baby Adam

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I can’t remember whether we’ve posted about this before or not. A moving story. The family’s blog is here. (h/t)

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Sep 09 2014

French language online RU-486 conference

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I just signed up for this September 16th luncheon conference. You can too here.

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L’avortement par médicament

Alors que la mifepristone, aussi connue sous le nom de RU-486, est en attente d’approbation à Santé Canada, la FQPN invite trois panélistes à partager leurs connaissances sur cette substance, ses effets, ses modes de fonctionnement et son impact sur la santé des femmes et les services d’avortement.

Cette conférence aura lieu à la maison Parent-Roback, 110 rue Sainte Thérèse à Montréal (apportez votre lunch) mais il sera aussi possible d’y participer à distance en se connectant à une salle de conférence virtuelle.

AVEC LA PRÉSENCE DE

Dr. Elizabeth AUBENY, présidente de l’Association française pour la contraception et administratrice du FIAPAC
Dr. Christian FIALA, directeur médical de la clinique Gynmed à Vienne et administrateur du FIAPAC
Dr. Edith GUILBERT, Clinicienne, clinique de planification des naissances du CHUL-CHU de Québec et médecin conseil, Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

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Sep 09 2014

The post-Stampede busy season

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To say that abortion is birth control is a controversial statement.

It is also controversial to say that men and women are different. Following this,  it is also controversial to say that it is a misogynistic culture/country that thinks that women getting pregnant with random men they meet at Stampede and then getting abortions as the fix is AOK and unworthy of discussion. (The men never land in a clinic for a surgery–wondering what they are doing–some weeks/months down the road.)

These musing are sparked by this post from We Need A Law, about the post-Stampede increase in abortions.

Our former classmate began by telling me about the time she lived in Calgary and worked at a downtown medical lab. This particular lab was located near the Kensington Clinic, a private, for-profit abortion facility. Her lab handled the majority of the clinic’s blood work. My classmate explained that the month of September was always extremely busy and was known as “Stampede Month” to healthcare workers. She must have sensed my confusion so she spelled it out for me: between eight and twelve weeks after the Calgary Stampede, a large number of women come in to abort the unexpected pregnancies resulting from sexual trysts during the Stampede.

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Sep 09 2014

About the ice bucket challenge, part 2

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An important update: I mentioned earlier I wouldn’t do the ice bucket challenge because I believed the ALS society used unethical methods of research, creating embryos for science so they can be later destroyed. I was wrong, which is good news. A friend who is similarly concerned and has ALS in the family–so in other words, really wanting to support good research–asked whether ALS Canada and ALS USA work together. He received this reply:

As you will likely see if you go back in our grants, we did have a brief partnership with ALSA in the late 2000’s where we jointly funded some Canadian scientists. It lasted a couple of years only and no human embryonic stem cell work was funded. We currently have no ties with ALSA and share no revenue or programs. Thanks for reaching out to us about this. David Taylor, PhD,Director of Research, ALS Society of Canada (bold is mine)

So. A good news story, worthy of correction. I now believe if Canadians want to dump a bucket of ice water on their head, they should go ahead and do so.

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Sep 08 2014

Something light: how animals eat their food

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Monday funny:

 

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