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Aaand we’re back!

Hey guys! So we haven’t fallen off the face of the planet – much as it might appear that way.

School has come like a thief in the night and stolen our time away. Okay, that’s a little dramatic…But college life has kept us busy, and we’re sorry for not having kept things up-to-date.

We’re smack-dab in the middle of summer, however, and there’s no time to waste when it comes to saving babies!

For the rest of this summer, our goal is to get the blog running again and make things more lively around here. After all, it’s good for homeschoolers to stay connected, and often the summer offers more time on your hands than the school year. Channeling that extra time into life-saving work is an extremely worthy way of using that time!

So throughout the remainder of this summer, we’ll be posting some educational information as well as offering some ideas on pro-life things you can do in your community. Keep posted!

Challenge #10

Currently, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is reviewing the policy that permits medical professionals to refuse to provide medical services that conflict with their moral beliefs.

Their policy, Physicians and the Ontario Human Rights Code, states that “Personal beliefs and values and cultural and religious practices are central to the lives of physicians and their patients.”

However, now that this policy is under review, it may be changed and thus force health providers to perform procedures, such as abortion, that go directly against their conscience. Which is why it is urgent that we support the rights of physicians to freedom of religion and conscience.

Here are some simple activism suggestions:

1. Sign the Petition started by a Canadian medical doctor here.

2. Vote YES in the poll on the CPSO site here.

3. Write a letter or email stating your support for doctors’ right to freedom of conscience. Thank the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for being open to feedback from the public, and express your belief in the importance of being able to follow your moral beliefs.

Mailing address:

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
80 College St., Toronto, Ontario 
M5G 2E2

Email address:

humanrights@cpso.on.ca

4. Spread the word! Post this meme on your Facebook, Twitter, or blog if you have one!

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credit: Alex Proimos

The CPSO’s deadline for feedback is August 5th, so let’s make the most of the week we have left!

How to Make Your Summer Count

Bees-a-buzz, kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz. Sorry guys. You’ve heard that song a million times by olaf
now- scratch that- a million gazillion is more like it? But Olaf the snowman captures idea of summer quite perfectly: long, idle days of sleeping in, lazying around, plucking grass or “getting gorgeously tanned” at the beach.

While those can be some of the most relaxing moments of summer, why not stir up your summer with a bang and save some lives?

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can leave the greatest impact. Like this story about a “Life” bracelet that was dropped in a parking lot and changed a mother’s mind about aborting her baby.
And this story about a girl who wished for a sign about whether she should have an abortion or not. The next day she was walking and on the parked car nearby she noticed a pro-life bumper sticker. She chose life.

So what can we do to make this a summer of baby-savin’, abortion-ending epicness?
Well, the simple things.

Next time you go to the beach, write a pro-life message in the sand. Maybe it won’t stay there long and maybe it’ll be washed away or stomped on, but you never know if someone might see it and be touched.

Get your parents to put a pro-life sticker on the bumper of your car. Perhaps it could change the life or the choice of the person driving behind you.

Get CCBR’s abortion drop cards and leave them everywhere you go. Trust me, nothing makes you feel more like a secret ninja than this. While shopping, I will leave them in mall rest rooms, apparel store change rooms or on a Wal-Mart shelf. I discreetly pull one out of my purse, place it in a visible spot, and *poof-* disappear. Ninja Awesomeness.

Do our pro-life chalk challenge. It’s fun, you can do it with friends, and well, who doesn’t love an excuse to go back to their childhood days of chalk drawing?

And this one goes without saying…. Get a collection of pro-life bracelets and drop them on Wal-Mart parking lots. You know… Cloudy with a Chance of Pro-Life Bracelets.

#No2Niki

Some of you have heard about the new motion filed by the NDP politician Niki Ashton, Motion 510, which calls for making abortion more accessible. The motion states:

That, in the opinion of the House: (a) a women’s right to choose abortion is a fundamental question of equality and human rights, both in Canada and around the world

Niki Ashton filed this motion the very day of the National March for Life, when 23,000 Canadians stood for life in front of Parliament. Compared to the handful of pro-choicers, the pro-life presence was strong, young, and loud! With pro-life chants filling the summery Ottawa air, we drowned out the prochoice chanters easily. Now let’s storm social media with the same amount of pro-life noise!

So, what can we do?

1. If you have Twitter, join the Tweet-a-thon. Follow your MP and send them a tweet, using the hashtag #No2Niki.

2. You can also make a video of yourself thanking Niki Ashton for re-opening the abortion debate but asking your MP to vote against it. Then post it to YouTube, email it to your MP, and tweet it! (if you don’t have Twitter, you can send it to youth@campaignlifecoalition.com and they will tweet it for you)

Here are a couple of #No2Niki videos:

Member Spotlight- Tabatha

I am a grade 8 homeschooled student and although I haven’t entered high school yet, I’ve found that even while being homeschooled, there have been tons of opportunities to do pro-life activism. During the years that I’ve been homeschooled, I’ve written letters, got my youth group involved with writing letters for Letters4Life, took part in 40 Days for Life, and been involved with Right-to-Life. Being brought up in pro-life family has helped me to do more for the pro-life movement.

In September I will be going into high school. Some grade 9’s 10’s and 11’s where talking to a group of grade 8’s (I was in that group) and they where telling us how it’s so great to get involved with the clubs in high school.

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At the Youth Conference with Stephanie Gray, President of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform

They said “people who have come to this high school have been happier leaving knowing that they got involved with what they loved.” and that “it makes the year go by so much faster when you get involved and join a club.” One of the grade 9’s asked me what I was interested in. At the moment I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. ‘Maybe competitive speech,’ I thought to myself but never said out loud.

Two weeks after that day I found myself in Ottawa for the March for Life. Seeing 23,000 pro-lifers crowd the street was breath-taking. During the three days we stayed in Ottawa, we heard so many great people taking about why and how they got involved in the pro-life movement. When I came back I knew what I wanted to do in high school. I asked my older sister who is in grade 10 if there was a pro-life club in her high school. I was kind of  hoping she would say “no” so I could take charge of it (hee hee). When she responded “no.” I was really happy (and a bit surprised).

A week and three days earlier at the high school, the grade 9, 10, and 11’s said it was so great to “get involved and join a club” but they never said “….to start a club.”

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On Parliament Hill at the March for Life Rally

I am guessing you know what I want to do in high school. I don’t know how long it has been since a grade 9 on the second day of school has gone in to the guidance counselors office and said “I want to start a pro-life club.” (my counselor will probably be in shock). I realized that since I want to go into competitive speech, I could use my love for speaking to an audience to share the pro-life message in my high school. The speech workshops I took while I was homeschooled helped me build my confidence in speaking to people.

I’ve sometimes found it hard to reach out to people while being homeschooled, so I was super excited when my friends told me about Homeschool P.L.A.N…the first homeschooling pro-life club I have heard of, actually.

The motto in my soon-to-be high school, “et aliis et non sibi,” translates in English to “For others not oneself.” In high school we are living by the motto of putting others first before our selves. In that case, in the next four years of my school life and even after that I should be doing all I can to stand up for the unborn. And putting them first before myself.

Prolife Resolutions

The last few days, with the rally on Parliament Hill, the March, the banquet, and the youth conference have been inspiring, and we’ve left pumped up and our spirits boosted, our passion sparked and new determination to fight for life.

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It is way too easy to get all pumped up and excited, but then as soon as we get back home and back to our everyday lives, that enthusiasm dies down. So we want to encourage you to make a resolution… choose a certain specific thing you want to do and stick to it. Focus on something you want to work on during the year… whether it’s educating yourself to learn how to answer basic abortion questions, attending as many pro-life events in your area as possible, sharing pro-life information on social media, or organizing a local pro-life conference or a rally.

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If you like, share your resolution with us, either in a comment or guest post!

March for Life

The National March for Life in Ottawa is only days away!! We are so pumped and excited! There are some fantastic speakers in store for both the rally on Parliament Hill on Thursday and the youth conference the next day at the Hampton Inn the next day. Prepare to get informed, educated, and inspired, not to mention have a blast and meet incredible young people just like yourself who are passionate about changing Canada’s status quo on abortion!

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We will be out and about spreading the word about Homeschool PLAN so if you want to join us, feel free! We know there are tons of homeschoolers out there and it would be so cool to meet you guys! If you see us at the Friday conference, stop by and say hi… we would love to connect, share ideas, hear what you have been up to with pro-life activism. We hope to meet many of you out there at the March and the youth conference!

Bonus Challenge

Our bonus challenge in this series is to give a pro-life speech to your church, youth group, homeschool group, or local Catholic/ Christian school. If you’re not an outgoing person or much of a public speaker, don’t let that stop you! There is nothing more motivating than seeing a young person sacrifice their own comfort and step out to do something that scares them, all for the sake of saving babies. In fact, you can make going out of your comfort zone the topic of your talk. It’s important for us as pro-life youth to share our experiences and the projects we have been involved in, because there are so many of our peers who want to get involved but don’t know what to do. Sharing ideas is the best way to encourage others to get involved in the pro-life movement, and you never know how much your words may touch someone.
Some of the most inspiring pro-life talks I have ever heard were from teenagers. One of these amazing youths is Lia Mills, a teen pro-life speaker who gave a speech at the age of 12 on Parliament Hill at the March for Life. You can take a look at her website here.

So, to start off you can look up pro-life facts and statistics, or talk about your own experiences, depending on what you want the focus of your talk to be. A mix of both abortion facts/ information and a description of your personal involvement is always good. Writing out your speech in point form is a good idea to keep your thoughts organized but prevent it from being too monotonous if you have a tendency to recite (which is a problem that I’m trying to amend!) But of course, everyone has their own style and their own story to share, and let your own personality and enthusiasm shine through. People are touched by the genuineness and the passion that lies in the hearts of young people, so don’t let your fears hold you back!

Challenge #7

Hey everyone! If you called your MP during the last challenge, now is a good time to follow up and meet with him or her in person. Hence challenge #7…. Visit your MP! The idea of meeting face-to-face with an MP can be scary, so get together a couple friends or siblings to go with you, or, if you’re feeling up to it, you can go by yourself. Either way, you can set up a meeting by calling or emailing your MP. (If you don’t know who he is, click here) You can also find talking points on WeNeedALaw.ca.
Meeting in person is the most effective way to communicate with your MP. If they see a young person who is passionate enough to set up an appointment with their MP they will not soon forget you because they know it took guts to do. If you have any questions, we will be happy to help you out! Just leave a comment or shoot us an email.

Challenge #5

Initiate a pro-life dialogue with someone else who might be in the mushy middle. If you have a friend or family member who is on the fence about the abortion issue, try talking to them. Approach the subject and be patient and understanding, but present your convictions firmly and respectfully. Don’t compromise and if they stray off topic, and you find yourself talking about overpopulation or homosexuality, bring it back to the heart of the issue. Keep the focus on whether the preborn child is a human being.
To learn the arguments for the humanity of the preborn child, take a look at National Campus Life Network’s brochure here.
The Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform has some very good articles that will help you become more confident and informed (note: there are graphic images on the site).

If you have any questions or would like some suggestions, please feel free to comment below or email us! We’ll be more than happy to help you!