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. 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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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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05 Sep 2017 Feature Transcript: Popping the Bubble

ARPA Canada lawyer, John Sikkema The Ontario government is set to introduce legislation this fall that would ban protests outside the province's abortion clinics. The government is justifying the need for the law by citing several protests that happened outside a clinic in Ottawa earlier this year, but ARPA's legal counsel, John Sikkema, has done some research on this situation. On the feature this week, he talks about the notion that the proposed law would not withstand a court challenge, based on several considerations. LN: "Safe Access Zones Legislation". It's kind of like...

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22 Aug 2017 RU-486 in Rural Communities

It’s been almost two years since Health Canada approved the use of RU-486. The so-called “morning after pill”. However, the drug is still not universally available across the country. We Need a Law Director Mike Schouten says some provinces are struggling with the practical realities of introducing the drug into their health care systems: “The provinces are grappling with the whole rural aspect (of this), because there are stipulations on RU-486. A woman needs an ultra-sound before receiving this abortion drug, and afterwards, there are often complications that will require a D-N-C...

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25 Jul 2017 Conference wrestles with origin of human rights and whether they apply to pre-born humans

Mike Schouten, Director of Advocacy Two ARPA staff members were in Winnipeg earlier this month for what was billed as the Understanding and Answering Summit on Human Rights, sponsored by Ravi Zacharias Ministries. Director Mike Schouten was there, and he says one of the highlights was a debate in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights between a Christian – Dr. Andy Bannister – and an atheist – Dr. Christopher DiCarlo – on the source and origin of human rights. “Whenever I watch these debates, and listen to them, I always have...

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25 Jul 2017 Canada’s foreign policy is now “feminist” and prioritizes abortion over basic needs

Tabitha Ewert, Articling Student Chrystia Freeland, MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs Douglas Crosby, Bishop for the Hamilton Archdiocese The federal government has fundamentally changed the criteria it uses in determining how to allocate foreign aid to developing countries. Last month, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland unveiled a policy which expressly says that foreign aid will be delivered through a "feminist lens", with a special emphasis on the provision of abortion services. The decision is coming under increasing criticism. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released a letter to the minister earlier this...

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11 Jul 2017 LN Feature: Using logic in the abortion debate

Stephanie Gray Stephanie Gray is an international speaker on the abortion/pro-life issue. Along with Jojo Ruba, she’s the co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform in Calgary, and while she’s no longer formally with that organization, she still spends a lot of time presenting the pro-life cause to a wide variety of audiences. She started speaking publicly about the abortion issue at the age of 18, and she’s given more than 800 pro-life presentations across North America. Recently, one of those presentations caught our eye here at Lighthouse News. LN: You...

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