Remember the suit against Joyce Arthur from many months ago?
First, we are delighted to announce – to our existing and prospective clients, community partners, and our donors – that pro-choice activist Joyce Arthur’s lawyer, and now BC Supreme Court Madam Justice Russell, have said that serious allegations in Ms. Arthur’s 2009 publication, Exposing Crisis Pregnancy Centres in British Columbia, do not apply to our charity or either of our charity’s CPCs in Vancouver and Burnaby.
Second, however, we are disappointed with the court decision dismissing our defamation claim against Joyce Arthur and members of the Pro-Choice Action Network for their publication (the “report”). Ms. Arthur succeeded in having our case dismissed without her being required to prove the truth of any of the allegations in her report concerning crisis pregnancy centres. The report remains posted on the internet.
Our Board of Directors will take some time to consider whether to appeal the decision dismissing our lawsuit.
It’s a real pity that CPCs have to occasionally defend themselves against these types of allegations, when they should be able to invest 100% of their time doing the good, pro-woman and pro-life work that they do:
Notwithstanding our Board’s decision on this important matter, we will continue to do what we do best – serve our clients.
For example, Jessica (not her real name), who came to us the day she planned to commit suicide. Her husband previously beat her to cause a miscarriage. He was now coercing her to abort their second child or he would beat her again. With our help and our shelter, Jessica and her daughter are both alive.
For example, “Melody”, whose unborn child was of mixed race, so her parents demanded she abort or forever be cut off from her family. They followed through. And then there is “Heather”, seeking help for post abortion grief, referred to us by an abortion clinic. And also “Ali”, a refugee needing prenatal services and material support.
To date, our modest charity has helped over 16,000 women in crisis.