Pre-Born Human Rights

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” – Psalm 139:13-14

Since R v Morgentaler in 1988 abortion has been legal in Canada, and since the Canadian government has not created any new legislation protecting the unborn, Canada remains one of the only countries in the world without any abortion laws at all. WeNeedaLaw.ca is an organization started by ARPA Canada to focus efforts on this vacuum. Find a link to their website below for more on our efforts.

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20 Jun 2017 “Canada’s past was pro-life. Canada’s present is pro-choice. Canada’s future is up to us.” Pro-life group launches speaking tour for Canada’s 150th birthday

Jonathon Van Maren, Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform There's a national education tour coming up this summer on pro-life apologetics. It's put together by the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. The Centre's Jonathon Van Maren says there are about a dozen stops planned for Ontario and Alberta between now and mid-August. He says the tour will include training in pro-life apologetics and strategy, but essentially the over-riding theme of all of the stops will focus on Canada’s 150th birthday. He says pro-lifers have two legacies to choose from: "Canada’s past was...

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20 Jun 2017 Pro-life activist publishes argument in National Post for free votes on abortion in the House of Commons

Anna Nienhuis, Policy & Research Coordinator, We Need a LAW Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer got a reminder last week of his commitment to allow his MPs to bring forward private members' bills on controversial conscience issues like abortion. We Need a Law researcher Anna Nienhuis had a piece published in one of Canada’s leading newspapers, the National Post. She says it was partly written to drive home the point about those private members’ bills, but it had a broader focus. "The article also wanted to focus on (the fact) that...

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13 Jun 2017 ARPA Canada wins abortion censorship case

Pro-life blogger, Patricia Maloney A big win for ARPA in a legal battle over abortion statistics, and who should have access to them. A judge has struck down a section of Ontario's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act which bars the release of that information. The ruling came down late Friday afternoon. ARPA's Director of Law and Policy, André Schutten, says the ruling found that the Ontario government was “wrong” and in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms when they passed an absolute ban on accessing information...

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06 Jun 2017 LN Feature: It’s Andrew Scheer – Now What?

- Scott Hayward, co-founder of Right Now WeNeedaLaw.ca Director, Mike Schouten On the feature this week, two interviews about the election of Mr. Andrew Scheer as Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Scheer won the post at a leadership convention in Toronto on May 27th - in a preferential ballot that went to 13 counts. In the end, he beat out Quebec libertarian candidate Maxime Bernier. Scheer got just under 51% of the points in the Party's riding by riding distribution system; Bernier ended up with just over 49%. Since the win, Scheer has...

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06 Jun 2017 Bubble zone legislation in Ontario

André Schutten, Director of Law and Policy - ARPA Canada The Ontario government has signaled that it plans to introduce a new law later this year to specifically ban protests outside all abortion clinics in the province. A so-called "bubble zone" is already in effect for the Morgentaler abortion clinic in Toronto due to a special court injunction, but there have been complaints about the actions of some protestors outside a clinic in Ottawa, so the government is moving to make the ban province-wide. ARPA's Director of Law and Policy, André Schutten,...

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23 May 2017 Defending Crisis Pregnancy Centres

Pro-life blogger, Patricia Maloney Abortion rights activist, Joyce Arthur Pro-life blogger Patricia Maloney has taken on a new project. She’s written a series of blog posts debunking some misinformation that’s being promoted by Joyce Arthur from the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, specifically about Crisis Pregnancy Centres around the country. Maloney says Arthur’s positions are simply not based in fact. She says one of Arthur’s biggest complaints about the centres is that they “mislead women and give them misinformation”, she says the centres claim to be medical centres when they’re not and that...

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23 May 2017 Respectfully Submitted

ARPA has released a new Respectfully Submitted policy report. Law and Policy Director André Schutten says the report focusses on abortion and pre-born human rights. He says the report uses language that is “winsome in today’s culture. The language of ‘human rights’, and basing (the policy position) in science.” He says the report pulls the reader through both the scientific record and then relates the issue to human rights, and how currently, Canadian law is “completely incompatible with both science and human rights.” He says the report also proposes a “reasonable...

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16 May 2017 Special Donor Opportunity: ARPA’s Bible Project

Help us bring God’s Word to every MP, Senator, MLA and MPP in Canada!     This year marks the 150th birthday of Canada and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. To commemorate the special occasion, with your help, ARPA Canada is hoping to present a Bible to every one of our approximately 1,200 federal and provincial government officials. We plan to include a special card encouraging them to look to God’s Word for life and wisdom. “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me...

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16 May 2017 LN Feature: Looking at Canada’s Legacy

Jonathon Van Maren addresses delegates at God & Government Youth 2017 When André (Schutten) asked me to talk with you guys tonight a bit about the way forward - and what you guys can all do as you leave here - what I wanted to leave you with first and foremost was a sense of perspective. On Canada’s 150th anniversary, the federal government has been encouraging Canadians to consider what it means to be a Canadian. The current government wants to celebrate a legacy that began - more or less - with...

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25 Apr 2017 Summer student job funding pulled from pro-life group

Jonathon Van Maren, Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform The federal government has applied what amounts to a “values test” to determine eligibility for funding on the Canada Summer Jobs Program. The program is supposed to provide wage subsidies for employers to help them train full-time students, and to provide those students with some income so they don’t have to rely exclusively on student loans to fund their education. However, the government is looking at changing the rules to ensure that no Liberal MPs would be allowed to allocate money to any pro-life...

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