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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10 Oct 2017 Status of Women Committee

Anna Nienhuis, Policy & Research Coordinator, We Need a LAW There was considerable furore on Parliament Hill last week over the appointment of a new Chair for the Status of Women Committee. By convention, the chair is always occupied by a non-government member of the Committee, and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer had nominated his Women's Issues critic, Lethbridge MP Rachael Harder, to that position. However, when the nomination first came before the Committee, Liberal and NDP members walked out, protesting that Harder was pro-life and because of that, wasn't able to...

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10 Oct 2017 US Abortion Law

WeNeedaLaw.ca Director, Mike Schouten There was a major development for the prolife movement down in the States last week. The US Congress voted to pass a new law called the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." We Need a Law Director Mike Schouten says the bill is a big step in the protection of the unborn, because it would essentially ban abortion after 20 weeks. “In its current form, it includes exceptions for rape and incest and for the (protection of the) health of the mother, so this obviously is not favourable from...

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10 Oct 2017 Bubble Zone Law

Tabitha Ewert, Articling Student The Ontario government is out with its long-promised "bubble zone" legislation to prohibit protests around abortion clinics. It’s called the "Safe Access to Abortion Services Act", and it sets strict limits around where protests can take place. The restriction around abortion clinics is automatic; a 50-metre zone that can be expanded up to 150 metres. Hospitals and places where abortions are performed, or where the abortion pill is prescribed can also apply to get an “access zone” designation. The law prohibits all pro-life messaging, without exception, in...

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03 Oct 2017 LN Feature: Where is the Evangelical Church?

Tim denBok, author of "Where is the Evangelical Church?" LN: Tim, what prompted you to write this book? In the preface, you talk about the notion that there is an "egregious indifference" to the issue of abortion in the broader evangelical church. Is that where this whole thing started? TdB: Well probably my main motivation for writing the book was my own personal experience of seeing the apathy and indifference of evangelical Christians. Until recently, I'd attended a local Pentecostal church; I'd been going there for 48 years, and I was constantly...

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19 Sep 2017 Pushback to Pro-life Messaging

The pro-life float at the Fall Fair in Smithers, BC Mayor Taylor Bachrach of Smithers, BC There’s been some pushback against a pro-life float at the Fall Fair parade in Smithers, BC. We told you about the float on Lighthouse News last week; it featured a big cardboard cake with the words "every child deserves a birthday." The float was well-received at the parade, but there's been some controversy since then. One woman, who apparently wants to remain anonymous, wrote a letter to Smithers Town Council, demanding that the float be banned...

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13 Sep 2017 Ontario to introduce “Safe Access Zones” legislation targeting pro-lifers

Take Action: Send an EasyMail letter to share your concerns about “Safe Access Zones” legislation with your Ontario MPP Ontario’s Minister of Justice, Yasir Naqvi, plans to introduce “Safe Access Zones” legislation – also referred to as “bubble zone” laws. This would prevent any pro-life messaging around abortion clinics, hospitals, and abortionists’ homes. This legislation is unnecessary, harmful, and even illegal. What is Safe Access Zones Legislation? Ontario is not the first province to introduce a bubble zone law. The proposed legislation will likely mirror BC’s Access to Abortion Services Act passed in 1996. This...

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12 Sep 2017 Mike Schouten Update

We Need a Law director, Mike Schouten, recovering at home The director of ARPA’s We Need a Law campaign continues to recover at home, after suffering serious injuries in a cycling accident in northern British Columbia late last month. Mike Schouten says it’s actually a blessing in disguise that he doesn’t remember much about the accident. “I was on about a 65-kilometre bike ride; about 20 kilometres into it - just really enjoying myself - and the next thing I know, I’m laying on the road with paramedics all around me,...

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12 Sep 2017 Funding Pro-Life Internships

Jonathon Van Maren, Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform This year, under pressure from the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada the federal government decreed that it wouldn’t be providing any Canada Summer Jobs grants to organizations that were involved in pro-life activism. The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, which had been approved for $150-thousand dollars’ worth of internships was directly impacted. Director Jonathon Van Maren says once the government decided that pro-lifers would no longer qualify for any of the grant money, they were forced to take their need to Canadian pro-lifers. “We said...

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12 Sep 2017 Flag Displays

We Need a Law, has had a busy summer. Anna Nienhuis has had a hand in three different displays on BC’s Lower Mainland. She says the displays continue to have an impact. “People react. They say ‘Wow, it’s a really beautiful display,’ which gives us an opportunity to say ‘Yes, it is, but it’s not for a really beautiful reason.’” There have been more than 30 public flag displays over the past few years, and Nienhuis says the campaign will be continuing. “We were considering at one point whether we would...

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12 Sep 2017 Getting Creative with the Pro-Life Message

Bulkey Valley ARPA gets creative with their pro-life float. What does a mechanical bull have to do with the pro-life message? The ARPA chapter in BC’s Bulkley Valley made the connection earlier this summer. Organizer Austin Olij says they were forced to get creative with their messaging when they entered a float in the annual summer parade in Smithers, BC.  He says the chapter had been participating in the event for the past several years, but this year, the theme for the parade was “party till the cows come home.” Olij says...

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