STOP CENSORSHIP -WHY STATISTICS MATTER

A full house (about 120) for the KW RTL sponsored STOP SENSORSHIP TOUR Why Statistics Matter on January 14th 2017, K of C Hall Waterloo. They are visiting 9 cities and towns this month in Ontario.
Mike Schouten from WeNeedaLaw.ca and John Sikkema, a lawyer from ARPA along with blogger Patricia Maloney are taking the Ontario Government to court over Section 65(5.7) of FIPPA on February 1st.
* Contact your local MPP to Repeal Section 65(5.7) of FIPPA  (See the contact info. of your local MPPs below along with pictures of the event)

History of the issue below: 2015 FIPPA challenge in Pre-Born Human Rights

In January, 2012, the Ontario government quietly slipped in an amendment to the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) whereby all information related to abortion is no longer accessible via an Access To Information and Privacy (ATIP) request. Section 65(5.7) reads: “This Act does not apply to records relating to the provision of abortion services.” Note that one of the FIPPA’s purposes is to guarantee access to government information to maintain transparency and accountability. Yet this addition undermines this purpose and was never debated in the Legislature.

Patricia Maloney, a pro-life blogger who we have regular contact with and who has done excellent work using ATIPs, ran up against this roadblock in January 2014. When her request for statistical information was denied (under the new provision) she appealed the decision on her own, but lost. She then retained a lawyer on a pro bono basis and appealed again. After a third appeal, she finally received the information late last year. The government released this information to her “outside of the FIPPA process” mere days before her hearing in court. But the bad law remains on the books.

ARPA Canada and Patricia Maloney are now challenging the law itself as unconstitutional. We have filed a notice of application asking the Ontario Superior Court to strike down section 65(5.7) of Ontario’s FIPPA. Freedom of Information is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, falling under the freedom of expression protection. A successful Charter challenge would produce the information we are looking for, would require the Ontario legislature to amend the legislation, and would expose the extremism of the Ontario government in banning all information, including basic statistical information, from the citizens of Ontario in order to hide the injustice of abortion.

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Woodworth on Personhood

Commentary by Jane Richard, President of KW Right to Life

Under tight police security November 14, 2013 at the University of Waterloo Stephen Woodworth MP Kitchener Centre spoke about; “The importance of the legal principle which requires recognition of the equal worth and dignity of every human being and the implication of Parliament’s abandonment of that principle in defeating Motion 312.”

His initiative to investigate the outdated Personhood Law Section 223 (1) in relation to current medical scientific research and evidence was supported by 93 members of parliament.

Section 223(1) of the Canadian Criminal Code states: A child becomes a human being within the meaning of this Act when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother, whether or not:  a) it has breathed; b) it has independent circulation; c) the navel string is severed

MP Stephen Woodworth talked about the following points:

Denial of human equality is the greatest threat to democracy in Canada today.

Categories of being human are never closed to tyranny and we should never accept any law that says someone you know to be a human being is not a human being.

The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the inherent dignity and inalienable rights of all members of the human family. It is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Is there anything more important?

Is abortion more important than the principle of human equality?

How do we resolve rights between kinds of people?

The state is not in a position to make that decision.

Statistics Canada records 491 born alive abortion victims. No one was prosecuted. People are even purporting that children should be allowed to be euthanized up to age three years as they have not reached the stage of self awareness.

Stephen Woodworth resolved that the Parliament of Canada affirm that every Canadian law must be interpreted in a manner that recognizes in law the equal worth and dignity of everyone who is in fact a human being. All options should be reviewed in the light of science and medicine when there is reasonable doubt.

In Canada, the Right to Life movement is concerned with the rights of the child and the rights of the mother in the abortion issue along with euthanasia. We recognize the ideology of the denial of personhood must be expounded to justify the killing.  As does the history of eugenics based on race, gender and even consciousness. The last 100 years are rife with examples.

Abortion, the current denial of personhood plays a particular role in today’s society for all the same reasons that eugenics did in the past. The difference is that a mother destroys her own child for the sake of expediency.  Cold comfort for her and those involved in abortion.

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Order Sculpture – Angel Mourning by Timothy P. Schmaltz

The loss of an aborted baby is gripping and this sculpture allows one to place a card, letter or flowers in the empty crib. $60. Email jane@kwrtl.ca or call 519-746-5433 to order.

Angel Mourning by Timothy P. Schmaltz

Angel Mourning by Timothy P. Schmaltz

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Walk for Life 2013 – Saturday May 4

34th Annual Walk for Life
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Registration at 10 a.m.
St. Michael’s RC Church, 240 Hemlock Street, Waterloo (across WLU on University Avenue)

Walk for Life

Walk for Life

Every $50 pledged will receive a chance for a $150 gift certificate from McPhail’s.
Prizes, draws, free balloons, good food. Meet old and new friends.

Print out a sponsor sheet on page 3 of our latest issue of News+Views.

Itinerary:

  • Walk begins at 10:30 am
  • Start at St. Michael’s, go along University Avenue to King Street
  • Turn right on King through to Uptown Waterloo Square (75 King Street South)
  • Break
  • Return along King, left on to University to St. Michael’s Church
  • Enjoy pizza & dessert
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February 23: “Choice” Chain Project is Coming to KW!

Pro-lifers in the Kitchener-Waterloo areas will now have an exciting new way to engage our culture on the topic of abortion. KW & Area Right to Life Association is starting up a project called “Choice” Chain in our city which will run on a regular basis. I’m hoping you will come out to the training and spread the word on this great initiative.

The project is designed to engage people who normally wouldn’t go out of their way to hear the pro-life message. Volunteers hold 3′ x 4′ signs that show images of children who have been killed by abortion and ultrasound images of living children at the same ages. The signs are displayed in public areas, such as sidewalks, where the volunteers can talk to people about the injustice of abortion. Check out this clip to see the positive impact “Choice” Chain can have!

More information about the project can be found on the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform’s (CCBR) website here. All volunteers must receive training in pro-life apologetics (how to converse effectively about abortion), the reasons we use this particular project and strategy, and project protocol. KW & Area Right to Life Association will be hosting this training by CCBR this month.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013 – OLD EVENT
Training: 9am- 12pm
Demonstration: 1 – 2pm
Location: St Aloysius Parish, 11 Traynor Ave., Kitchener
View/Download the poster here: Poster for Choice Chain Training on Feb 23 [PDF]

After the training, there will be a short lunch break and then an opportunity to participate in the project and put that training to work! At 1:00pm we will meet in a public location (corner of Fairway Rd and Wilson Ave) for “Choice” Chain, which will run until 2:00pm.

We encourage you to come to the training even if you are undecided about participating in “Choice” Chain. This is a great way to save lives and change minds and hearts about abortion.

Also, as the use of graphic imagery is somewhat controversial in the pro-life movement, I encourage you to read this article entitled, “Why graphic images need to be displayed: from the woman who took the photos” addressing some common objections.

Thanks for your consideration and for all you do for life.

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Mon Jan 28 – Prayer Vigil & Speaker

25 YEARS WITHOUT A LAW – On January 28th, 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down all legalabortion restrictions. Join us for prayer, fellowship, and learning on Monday, January 28, 2013 in Kitchener.

Monday, January 28, 2013

7 p.m. – Public prayer vigil – Kitchener City Hall (front, by skating rink)
Followed by refreshments and speaker a short walk away at St. Mary’s Church (56 Duke Street, Kitchener)

Speaker:
Justine Nadeau – Opening the Door into the World of Birth Mothers

Afterwards:
8:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Benediction

Later:
Perpetual Adoration for 24 hours
St. Teresa Parish Chapel, 44 Leonard St., Kitchener
Beginning Monday, January 28th 9:00pm until 9:00pm Tuesday January 29th 2013
Call 519.746.5433 to sign up or email: jane@kwrtl.ca

Download poster

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Dr. Hart Bezner on Abortion

Dr. Hart Bezner

Dr. Hart Bezner

Abortion probably divides individuals more deeply than any other issue. Any discussion of the matter invariably leads to philosophical speculation about the meaning of life and death, free will, and individual worth. How people respond to such speculation is greatly influenced by their religious orientations. Abortion, at its deepest level, is a religious issue.

The religious orientation of individuals can range from I’m not interested in religion all the way to religion is the most important aspect of my life, with all possible shades in between.

Christianity arose some two thousand years ago from deep within Hebrew culture and in a very short time found astonishingly fertile ground in areas where Greek culture flourished. From these lands the new religion spread westward with surprising speed, now greatly enriched by Greek rationalism and by the Greek view of the universe.

Both the Hebrew and Greek streams are still very much present within modern Christianity and the religious orientations of individuals often display an interesting blend, in many cases leaning strongly one way or the other.

On one extreme end of the spectrum credit is given to a deity who, at some time in the past, created the physical world and established the laws of nature. The universe now operates according to these laws without the deity’s direct involvement. Biological life, including that of humans, is

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the natural product of these laws. There is probably indeed a deity, but possibly no longer directly involved in creation since the universe operates quite well in a sort of autopilot mode. Individuals on the other end of the spectrum also view the universe as a created, physical entity but sense that it is permeated by a deity who is intimately and actively involved in human affairs, who not only established the laws of nature but also decreed the moral law. They feel a mystical and very personal union with this deity and trust that whatever is allowed to happen to them will not rob them of this quiet assurance. They are at peace and know that they are part of something immense.

As implied earlier, the spiritual life of the average believer resides somewhere between these two positions. Those who adopt the mechanistic, autopilot view of the universe can more easily arrive at the conclusion that willfully interrupting a pregnancy is well within the scope of human freedom. At the other end of the spectrum, the psalmist’s words,

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb”

proclaim a self-evident truth and abortion is felt to be a profound sin against the deity, an act so immensely destructive that it disrupts the individual’s union with the divine. Many of our fellow travelers adopt a position somewhere between these two visions of the meaning of our existence.

And so I would like to reiterate that a person’s attitude towards abortion is a clear reflection of the particular religious experience of that individual.

I have a friend who was born in 1926 when the earth’s population stood at about two billion. This friend is still living and during his lifetime the population has increased to more than seven billion. There is an obvious problem here, with food and water shortages looming, not to mention room. It’s a delicate topic that few are willing to face, and our response has been to use less water, less energy less space, to recycle newspapers and cardboard and plastics, and to drive, more-energy-efficient cars. While laudable efforts, these measures only delay the inevitable, because pulling in our elbows simply provides more space for more people.

There are individuals in the pro-life movement who are unwilling to discuss the population-growth predicament seriously because they fear that acknowledging the issue would require a compromise on abortion and even contraception. We must be clear, however, that abortion and contraception are two very different moral concerns and these must not be confused. One kills and the other doesn’t. Morally it is completely consistent to be concerned about the growing population and simultaneously be opposed to abortion.

As a physicist I would like to share with you an important, recent discovery about the physical universe, and I promise that you will soon see that it applies to our discussion: Classical Physics describes things like the interactions between force and mass, acceleration, and gravitation. In the nineteenth century, however, phenomena involving small particles, such as electrons, were discovered that didn’t fit the classical mold comfortably, and by the early 20th century, a new formulation of physics was developed to describe the strange behaviors observed in the microscopic world. This new development became known as Quantum Mechanics, viewed by many as an extension of Classical Physics.

There was, however, a serious disagreement between Classical Physics and Quantum Mechanics. Classical Physics assumes the universe to be local in the sense that what you do in one place, for example playing pool in your basement, has no physical effect outside your house. Quantum Mechanics, on the other hand, predicts the universe to be nonlocal , in the sense that your actions in the basement are reflected in the entire universe, because the universe may be viewed as a single quantum system, and changes in one corner are instantaneously conveyed to the rest of the system, not bound by the speed of light. A non-local universe is often said to be entangled, a very descriptive term indeed.

Many eminent physicists sneered at the notion of a non-local universe, Einstein even referring to the prediction as a spooky action at a distance. Many viewed the idea of non-locality as a fundamental flaw in Quantum Mechanics, but with profound philosophical implications if found to be true. All this came to a head in 1964 when the Ulster physicist John Bell developed a theorem that suggested non-locality to be a fact of reality. In 1982 a team led by

Alain Aspect at the University of Paris published the results on an experiment that suggested that yes, the universe is indeed non-local. People still weren’t quite convinced, but in 1997 a group led by Nicolas Gisin at the University of Geneva confirmed the findings in a convincing manner.

The philosophical implications are absolutely stunning because they suggest that the entire universe is aware of what happens in the remotest regions. Since we are part of the universe, our actions are felt everywhere. The electric currents flowing through our bodies, the electric signals operating in our brains, our entire biological being, including our sense of consciousness, are intricately and indelibly woven into the entire universe. It is possible to state with conviction that the universe is conscious, and it is this consciousness that believers refer to as the Divine Being or God.

In the Book of Acts Paul is invited to speak at the Areopagus, the rock near the Acropolis where the High Court convened. In a most moving address he states:

“Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. He made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for him and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.”

Paul didn’t know about Quantum Mechanics, but he certainly sensed what physicists refer to as non-locality. This brings us full circle: I stated near the beginning that abortion, at its deepest level, is a religious issue. To a believer who, like Paul, has been blessed with the conviction that “In him we live and move and have our being” the act of abortion occurring, as it does, within the heart of the universe, within the very deity, must surely rank as a great injury to the universe , and to each one of us.

Dr. Hart Bezner is a Physics Professor Emeritus at Wilfred Laurier University Waterloo ON. He is a founding member of KWRTL.

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A Message of Hope

Centre stage for 2012 was Motion 312. Stephen Woodworth MP challenged the medical and scientific Canadian community and parliament to examine an old law that states an unborn child is not a human being until the moment of complete birth. A brilliant approach that can’t easily be dismissed even if only 1/3rd MP’s voted in favour of it.

It provided fuel for a resurgence in energy for the entire prolife movement in Canada. KW Right to Life worked hard to get the word out locally and across Canada. With 14 presentations regarding the motion and much communication among prolife groups we supported Motion 312 with everything we had and encouraged others to do the same.

We tried again this year for the second time in 8 years to unite through advertising 5 major prolife groups across Canada . The hope was to create a clear unified message to enhance awareness that would produce a greater respect for the value of preborn children and life at all stages. Unfortunately, again the talks broke down as some of the groups were unwilling to work
toward a strategy. It was disappointing as the Canadian prolife movement has become competitive.
Our hope, however lies with the youth within our ranks. We anticipate their clear thinking leadership to move the prolife cause forward In a unified fashion that will in turn accelerate change regarding public opinion of abortion. There is much work to do inside and outside the movement.

Local events were well attended this year with nearly 200 at our Life Chain Memorial and exposure to thousands attending the local Roseville National Plowing Match. Our regular Walk for Life, Prayer Vigils and local 40 days for Life were also well attended. Office work is demanding and we counsel over 30 women monthly who are seeking abortion along with more than 40 requests for information.

We wish to thank all of our prayer and financial supporters and volunteers who have allowed us to stay in operation over the last 40 years.

Our 40th Anniversary Dinner Nov. 10th was a smashing success. One hundred sixty people enjoyed great ambiance and shared 40 years of experience in the company of great people. Over the years by a single voice, thousands of local pro-life people have worked diligently and made a deep impact on the KW Community and beyond.

After this length of time we have only begun the battle for justice for the protection of all human life. MP Stephen Woodworth Kitchener Centre spoke eloquently and presented us with a plaque congratulating us for our 40 year achievements.

Other amazing speakers who spoke at the dinner were Jonathan Van Meran from the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform who explained his strategy of exposing the truth about abortion using pictures. He described that throughout history this technique succeeded in all the human rights violations involving personhood.

Simon Walley from Matercare International described his medical facilities that help African women deliver their babies safely and prevent the horrible effects of fistula in women without the benefit of good maternal care.

The Silent Auction brought in $883 alone plus we sold many Christmas cards. A good time was had by
all.

Many Blessings for Christmas and the New Year!

Jane Richard, KWRTL President

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40th Anniversary Dinner – Sat Nov 10

Jonathan Van Maren

Saturday, November 10th, 2012
Schwaben Club, 1668 King Street East, Kitchener
Cocktails at 5:00pm, Dinner at 6:00pm, Silent Auction
Tickets: $35
For tickets or more information, call 519-746-5433.

Guest Speakers:

Download the poster: KWRTL 40th Anniversary Dinner Poster [PDF, 45KB]

 

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Motion 312 Second Reading – Listen to Debate

Click below to download or listen to MP3 audio of the September 21 second reading debate in the House of Commons of Motion 312:

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