Second trimester babies respond to speech before speech centers have developed: study (From LifeSiteNews)

June 24, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Every dad who has in vain attempted to “shush” a distraught child knows that there’s no soothing music like a mother’s voice to get the job done. Until now he may not have known why.

Researchers penetrating the development of the child in the womb discovered that at just 29 weeks’ gestation, the neurons in a preterm baby’s brain are already reacting differently to different sounds (ba versus ga) and different voices (masculine versus feminine), well before the brain’s centers of speech have fully developed and migrated to their final location.

Toronto Right to Life Statement on the Death of Henry Morgentaler

The Toronto Right to Life Association expresses its sympathy to the Morgentaler family upon the death of Henry Morgentaler, Canada’s most prominent abortion activist. Our sympathy is also with the millions of children who lost their lives to abortion, largely because of Henry Morgentaler’s activism, and with the families of these children.   Canada now stands alone among modern democracies as having no legal protection whatsoever for children inside the womb.  We believe that every human being, born or preborn, has the right to life and we will continue to promote and advocate for the right to life for the preborn until the day when it becomes universal.
 

TRL Press Release Statement on Motion 312

Toronto, ON  September 28, 2012.  Motion 312, proposed by MP Stephen Woodworth, and which called for the forming of a committee to study the question of when human life begins, was defeated in Parliament Wednesday, by a vote of 203 to 91.  While most pro-life supporters, including Mr. Woodworth, saw little chance of the motion passing, and while many “pro-choice” supporters are celebrating its defeat, Motion 312 has made a significant impact for those who support valuing all human life.  The vehement opposition from many Parliamentarians to not only forming a committee to study the current relevance of the nearly 400-year old definition of “human being” in the Canadian Criminal Code, but to even discussing the issue has brought to light to the Canadian public the great game of make-believe, denial, and avoidance regarding the nature of unborn human beings that is taking place in our nation’s Capital and in much of our mainstream culture.   Medical and biological science (not to mention basic human reason), which prove with finality that the unborn are of the human species and are living (thus, human beings), are being
knowingly ignored, kept hidden behind the transparent shield of an ancient law which is kept alive solely because it serves the purpose of maintaining the status quo of abortion in Canada.   Motion 312 has awakened much of the Canadian population to this shameful pretension.

Abortion, completely unrestricted by any legal parameters whatsoever in Canada and thus permitted until the moment of birth, has become to many a virtual deity.  Its sacredness to them is such that even questioning or debating its inviolability is seen as heresy and is forbidden.
If abortion “rights” supporters are so confident that Canadians share their convictions, let us put the motion to the vote of the Canadian
public directly.

Despite the defeat of Motion 312, especially in light of the extensive discussion which it raised in the public mind over the past months,
Toronto Right to Life remains confident and optimistic that Canadians will not allow censorship and the ignoring of the issue by abortion
“rights” advocates to blind them to the grave injustice of abortion. The very fact that abortion advocates felt the need to eliminate any
opening of the question of when human life begins is itself proof that, in the arena of objective and scientific facts, the pro-life cause has the truth on its side. The issue will never be closed until there is the right to life for every single person in Canada, from conception to natural death.

Paul Klotz
Executive Director
Toronto Right to Life Association

Support the Letters4Life Campaign!

100,000 children die every year because of abortion.

100,000 letters could change that.

Will YOU make a difference?

Letters4Life is a campaign to write 100,000 letters to the Prime Minister opposing abortion. Though Mr. Harper has stated repeatedly that the abortion debate will not be re-opened, we believe it is time for a change. Please help us by following three steps:

Step 1: Write and send a letter! You can write as many times as you like, regardless of your age or where you live. Children are encouraged to draw a picture with a short message, such as “Life” or “Save the babies.” Postage is free! You can find the address, form letters, and more information at www.letters4life.ca

Step 2: Take the survey to let us know how many letters are being sent. That way, we can keep track of how close we’re getting to the goal. Here is the link: http://kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=LNKKNI_7fbbab3e

Step 3: Forward and spread the word! Let’s unite to show that CANADIANS ARE PRO-LIFE!

The goal is to write 100,000 letters by May 10th, the day of the Ottawa March for Life.

So yeah, maybe we’re crazy. But we’re determined. We’re strong. We’re passionate.

And that’s what’s going to make the difference.

Speaking out against ABORTION by sending 100,000 PROLIFE LETTERS to Prime Minister Stephen Harper by May 10th

LETTERS4LIFE: please visit the website www.letters4life.ca

Canadian MP decries censorship against pro-life students

OTTAWA, March 12, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – by Thaddeus Baklinski

Conservative MP Leon Benoit spoke out in Parliament on March 6 denouncing the censorship of pro-life students in Canadian universities.

“Universities in Canada are often thought of as the bastions of free speech and expression. Certainly they are the last places where censorship should occur. I wish this were true, but sadly, it is not,” Mr. Benoit stated.  “When it comes to some of the most sensitive issues, such as pro-life issues, many universities are exactly the opposite.”

Mr. Benoit reminded the House of the arrest under a charge of trespassing of pro-life students at Ottawa’s Carleton University on October 4, 2010, for conducting a peaceful pro-life demonstration on the university campus.  “When students at Ottawa’s Carleton University put up a pro-life display, some students found the photos offensive and complained. I expect that most Canadians would find such photos offensive but that was the point the group was making: that abortion and particularly late stage abortion is offensive,” Mr. Benoit said.

“What is of concern is how the university reacted. It demanded that the group remove its display and then charged the students when they refused.”  “Similar censorship has occurred at universities in Toronto, Calgary, Fredericton and, most recently, Victoria where students are banned from carrying out pro-life activities and were forced to apologize to groups that were offended by their display,” Mr. Benoit pointed out.

“I call on all universities,” Mr. Benoit concluded, “to truly become places where students and society can count on free speech and free expression being allowed and, in fact, encouraged.”

 

To view the full article originally posted on LifeSiteNews.com, please click here.

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MP’s challenge to redefine 400-year old definition of “human being” in Canada’s Criminal Code scheduled for debate Friday September 21

Dear Friends,

Canadian law says I am not a human being…. just what am I then?

Canada’s legal definition of “human being” is long overdue for an update ….. by 400 years! Motion 312, introduced in Parliament by MP Stephen Woodworth, calls for such an update in the light of four centuries of medical and scientific advancement. The motion will receive its second hour of debate on Friday, September 21, and final vote on Wednesday, September 26.

 

Dear Friends,

 

Canadians have a right to fair and just laws. Everyone would agree to that.

In order for a law to be fair and just, it must be based on facts. No one would argue with that either.

The following law is not based on fact:

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 an independent circulation; or (c) the navel string is severed”.

 

It is completely impossible for this law to be based on fact, because 400 years of scientific and medical advancement have established with overwhelming, undeniable evidence and eternal finality what has been known by the human species since its very beginning- that our preborn offspring are our own- they are human. Indeed, to claim that they could be a type of being or species other than human and then suddenly become a human being and member of the human species upon birth, is something that is so completely contradictory to intrinsic human logic and reason that there is only one explanation as to why this glaring falsehood would be perpetuated into our time- because it serves a purpose as a legal barrier to hide behind.

Section 223 of the Canadian Criminal Code is thus NOT based on fact and objective truth, but on a false premise, a lie- an unprovable pretense. This makes this law in effect premise-less, intellectually baseless, a bad law, and as such it has no place in a modern, industrialized, democratic nation.

Canadians deserve laws based on truth and fact. Canadians deserve laws that are based on intellectual maturity and honesty. We are better than to take part in a pretense that serves a political or philosophical agenda- we are better than to hide behind the transparent facade of a nearly medieval law which everyone knows is objectively false and scientifically baseless, simply because it serves to preserve the status quo on abortion.

If the law is correct, let it be proved, with scientific objectivity, that an unborn child is not a human being. If it cannot be proved, we must rid ourselves of this farce, and put our laws in sync with what we know is unbiased truth based on 21st century medical and scientific knowledge.

 

For more information about Motion 312, contacting your MP, and the humanity of the unborn, please visit www.letsstopthepretense.com

 

——————————————————————————————————————————

 

You may have heard the recent news that a courageous MP is challenging the official definition of “human being” in the Canadian Criminal Code. Conservative Member of Parliament Stephen Woodworth (Kitchener Centre) filed Motion #312 (see attachment) on February 6, 2012 in the House of Commons, with a request to form a Parliamentary Committee to review this definition, which is FOUR HUNDRED years old. The definition, which connects a child’s humanity with their actual birth, serves as a means of evasion of the reality of the preborn child’s human nature, without breaking the letter of the law, to withhold the right to life from human beings who have not yet been born.

Mr. Woodworth is asking that the special committee study this antiquated definition and report on its relevance, with the advancement of 400 years in medical science, to today’s society, and the options for reconciling the definition with the empirical knowledge of our time. If the motion is accepted, it is possible that the Criminal Code may have to be updated in the face of irrefutable evidence. As of now, as Mr. Woodworth states, “Section 223 (1) of the Code defines a human being as a child who has completely proceeded in a living state from the mother’s body, whether or not the child has breathed. This means that in Canada, a child is legally considered to be sub-human while his or her little toe remains in the birth canal, even if he or she is breathing.”

Friends, we must act on this opportunity to increase recognition of the humanity of our unborn. It is time to end the great denial and avoidance game based on a technical loophole in the wording of the Criminal Code, which legally facilitates the termination of nearly 100,000 boys and girls’ lives annually in Canada before they ever get to be held in the arms of their mothers, who would never agree that the child moving and growing inside them is some kind of being other than human.

We most urgently encourage all our friends and members to support Mr. Woodworth’s vital initiative, and write to your Members of Parliament, telling them of the completely untenable current definition of “human being” in the Criminal Code, asking them to leave it in the dust bin of history where it should have been placed centuries ago. We are including as attachments to this email, petitions and letters which you may use, or you may write your own. Including prenatal pictures and facts cited from authoritative sources, such as gestational milestones like heartbeat, brain wave activity, pain sensation, breathing, and so on, is highly recommended. We must end the ducking and dodging of scientific truth, based on an archaic loophole, which results in the ending of far, far more human lives every year than any other possible cause of human death.

Sincerely for Life,

Paul Klotz
Executive Director
Toronto Right to Life

LifeCanada now has a Petition to support MP Stephen Woodworth’s Motion 312 to form a committee in order to study Section 223 of the Criminal Code that defines human life. Please sign the petition at http://www.lifecanada.org/services/petitions/151-petiton-in-support-of-motion-312. You can also paste it to your Facebook page and forward this e-mail to your contact list.

The attached letters are for your Member of Federal Parliament, courtesy of Alliance For Life Ontario:

Each letter is in Word and so should you choose to add or amend it please feel free.

i) Please send this letter starting with the oldest baby first and gradually get to the tiny one.

ii) You are asked to sign, add your contact details and send one letter each week or every two days whatever you want to do but they are a set so you must send all 10 whether you send one a week or one everyday or one every two days. Once you have sent all 10 you start over until we get this debate going regarding children in the womb.

iii) Distribute this to every one you know who will join this campaign. So remember, the biggest baby first and then smaller and smaller. The number on the letter is the gestational age of the child so you will start with;

1) Week 24

2) Week 20

3) Week 18

4) Week 14

5) Week 12

6) Week 10

7) Week 8

Week 6

9) Week 4

10) 2-7 Days. When you have sent all 10 make some changes to the letter if you wish and start all over again. Once your MP is in the House and Parliament is sitting it will not cost you anything. So go get those envelopes and start printing this letter off – if you would prefer to write the letter by hand please do so. This is a simple tactic to educate your MP on the development of the child in the womb and hopefully encourage him or her to support Mr Woodworth’s initiative to open the discussion on why these children have been excluded from the legal definition of human being in Canada.

Your MP
House of Commons
Parliament Buildings
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6


 





Canadian law says I am not a human being…. just what am I then?

 

 

Canada’s legal definition of “human being” is long overdue for an update ….. by 400 years! Motion 312, introduced in Parliament by MP Stephen Woodworth, calls for such an update in the light of four centuries of medical and scientific advancement. The motion will receive its second hour of debate on Friday, September 21, and final vote on Wednesday, September 26. Click here for more information.

 

Dear Friends,

 

Canadians have a right to fair and just laws. Everyone would agree to that.

In order for a law to be fair and just, it must be based on facts. No one would argue with that either.

The following law is not based on fact:

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 an independent circulation; or (c) the navel string is severed”.

 

It is completely impossible for this law to be based on fact, because 400 years of scientific and medical advancement have established with overwhelming, undeniable evidence and eternal finality what has been known by the human species since its very beginning- that our preborn offspring are our own- they are human. Indeed, to claim that they could be a type of being or species other than human and then suddenly become a human being and member of the human species upon birth, is something that is so completely contradictory to intrinsic human logic and reason that there is only one explanation as to why this glaring falsehood would be perpetuated into our time- because it serves a purpose as a legal barrier to hide behind.

Section 223 of the Canadian Criminal Code is thus NOT based on fact and objective truth, but on a false premise, a lie- an unprovable pretense. This makes this law in effect premise-less, intellectually baseless, a bad law, and as such it has no place in a modern, industrialized, democratic nation.

Canadians deserve laws based on truth and fact. Canadians deserve laws that are based on intellectual maturity and honesty. We are better than to take part in a pretense that serves a political or philosophical agenda- we are better than to hide behind the transparent facade of a nearly medieval law which everyone knows is objectively false and scientifically baseless, simply because it serves to preserve the status quo on abortion.

If the law is correct, let it be proved, with scientific objectivity, that an unborn child is not a human being. If it cannot be proved, we must rid ourselves of this farce, and put our laws in sync with what we know is unbiased truth based on 21st century medical and scientific knowledge.

 

For more information about Motion 312, contacting your MP, and the humanity of the unborn, please visit www.letsstopthepretense.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may have heard the recent news that a courageous MP is challenging the official definition of “human being” in the Canadian Criminal Code. Conservative Member of Parliament Stephen Woodworth (Kitchener Centre) filed Motion #312 (see attachment) on February 6, 2012 in the House of Commons, with a request to form a Parliamentary Committee to review this definition, which is FOUR HUNDRED years old. The definition, which connects a child’s humanity with their actual birth, serves as a means of evasion of the reality of the preborn child’s human nature, without breaking the letter of the law, to withhold the right to life from human beings who have not yet been born.

Mr. Woodworth is asking that the special committee study this antiquated definition and report on its relevance, with the advancement of 400 years in medical science, to today’s society, and the options for reconciling the definition with the empirical knowledge of our time. If the motion is accepted, it is possible that the Criminal Code may have to be updated in the face of irrefutable evidence. As of now, as Mr. Woodworth states, “Section 223 (1) of the Code defines a human being as a child who has completely proceeded in a living state from the mother’s body, whether or not the child has breathed. This means that in Canada, a child is legally considered to be sub-human while his or her little toe remains in the birth canal, even if he or she is breathing.”

Friends, we must act on this opportunity to increase recognition of the humanity of our unborn. It is time to end the great denial and avoidance game based on a technical loophole in the wording of the Criminal Code, which legally facilitates the termination of nearly 100,000 boys and girls’ lives annually in Canada before they ever get to be held in the arms of their mothers, who would never agree that the child moving and growing inside them is some kind of being other than human.

We most urgently encourage all our friends and members to support Mr. Woodworth’s vital initiative, and write to your Members of Parliament, telling them of the completely untenable current definition of “human being” in the Criminal Code, asking them to leave it in the dust bin of history where it should have been placed centuries ago. We are including as attachments to this email, petitions and letters which you may use, or you may write your own. Including prenatal pictures and facts cited from authoritative sources, such as gestational milestones like heartbeat, brain wave activity, pain sensation, breathing, and so on, is highly recommended. We must end the ducking and dodging of scientific truth, based on an archaic loophole, which results in the ending of far, far more human lives every year than any other possible cause of human death.

Sincerely for Life,

Paul Klotz
Executive Director
Toronto Right to Life

LifeCanada now has a Petition to support MP Stephen Woodworth’s Motion 312 to form a committee in order to study Section 223 of the Criminal Code that defines human life. Please sign the petition at http://www.lifecanada.org/services/petitions/151-petiton-in-support-of-motion-312. You can also paste it to your Facebook page and forward this e-mail to your contact list.

The attached letters are for your Member of Federal Parliament, courtesy of Alliance For Life Ontario:

Each letter is in Word and so should you choose to add or amend it please feel free.

i) Please send this letter starting with the oldest baby first and gradually get to the tiny one.

ii) You are asked to sign, add your contact details and send one letter each week or every two days whatever you want to do but they are a set so you must send all 10 whether you send one a week or one everyday or one every two days. Once you have sent all 10 you start over until we get this debate going regarding children in the womb.

iii) Distribute this to every one you know who will join this campaign. So remember, the biggest baby first and then smaller and smaller. The number on the letter is the gestational age of the child so you will start with;

1) Week 24

2) Week 20

3) Week 18

4) Week 14

5) Week 12

6) Week 10

7) Week 8

Week 6

9) Week 4

10) 2-7 Days. When you have sent all 10 make some changes to the letter if you wish and start all over again. Once your MP is in the House and Parliament is sitting it will not cost you anything. So go get those envelopes and start printing this letter off – if you would prefer to write the letter by hand please do so. This is a simple tactic to educate your MP on the development of the child in the womb and hopefully encourage him or her to support Mr Woodworth’s initiative to open the discussion on why these children have been excluded from the legal definition of human being in Canada.

Your MP
House of Commons
Parliament Buildings
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6


 

University of Victoria Pro-Life Club Censored Once Again

 

February 7, 2012: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Victoria B.C.-The University of Victoria Student’s Society (UVSS) Board of Directors passed two motions to publicly censure the pro-life club on campus, Youth Protecting Youth (YPY) last night, February 6th. The first motion was put forward in response to complaints stemming from an event the club held last November called “Choice” Chain and charged the students with violating the UVSS Harassment Policy. The second motion was passed in response to a poster the club put up on campus in October. As a result, YPY will be denied their ability to book public space on campus for their events and is forbidden to hold “Choice” Chain or other similar events. The club is also banned from putting up posters until a new policy is written by the UVSS to govern poster content. The board also ordered YPY to write a letter of apology to groups who were offended by the poster.

“Choice” Chain is a project developed by the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) and consists of volunteers holding three by four foot signs with graphic images of first trimester aborted fetuses. The volunteers engage passers-by in dialogue about abortion. More information about the project can be found here: http://www.unmaskingchoice.ca/projects/choicechain

“This is a disappointing development,” said Cameron Côté, YPY Vice-President and coordinator of the “Choice” Chain event. “People may have felt offended by the images but that in no way constitutes harassment. If you merely have to claim your feelings were hurt or you disliked someone’s message or way of expressing themselves to find that person guilty of harassment, freedom of speech ceases to exist. While we recognize that some people do not like our message, that doesn’t mean we should be censored.  ”

Campus Outreach Director for CCBR, Alanna Gomez, stated, “The charges of harassment have no grounds. There were no complaints made about the conduct of the students, because they acted respectfully and peacefully. The only complaints were based on the negative feelings people had because they didn’t like the pictures the students were holding. Just because someone doesn’t like a picture doesn’t mean they have been harassed, which is what the UVSS is trying to claim.”

The poster that resulted in the second motion was developed by National Campus Life Network (NCLN), and compares the current denial of legal personhood to the pre-born in Canada with similar treatment of other groups in the past. The poster can be viewed here: http://www.ncln.ca/resources/print-resources/person-poster/

“I thought the UVSS had moved past this type of discrimination and censorship since the settlement of YPY’s lawsuit in July 2010,” said Anastasia Pearse, former YPY president. Pearse currently works as the Western Campus Coordinator for NCLN. “Censorship of the abortion debate at a university is shameful and unacceptable.”

“YPY will not tolerate this ideological discrimination,” said Côté. “We must all demand that our   society be free of discrimination and censorship of minority or unpopular viewpoints. If there is a right not to be offended than we cannot have freedom of speech in this country or on campus.The legal killing of so many innocent human beings is a disturbing topic, but it is far too serious to suppress or ignore.”

For further information:

Cameron Côté (YPY Vice President) – 778-678-4275, youthprotectingyouth@gmail.com

Alanna Gomez (CCBR Campus Outreach Director) – 403-690-5217, acampbell@unmaskingchoice.ca

Rebecca Richmond (NCLN Executive Director) – 416-483-7869, director@ncln.ca

Anastasia Pearse (NCLN Western Coordinator) – 604-365-3484, westerncanada@ncln.ca

















Linda Baartse

 OCTOBER 24, 2011

Linda Baartse is Executive Director of the Pregnancy Care Centre (PCC), a Toronto non profit offering compassionate support to anyone facing an unexpected pregnancy. The PCC has helped over 4000 women over the past 25 years. Linda helps train support workers to listen, inform and offer hope to those who struggle with hard decisions in a crisis pregnancy. Before serving with the PCC, Linda worked 15 years in Central America and Africa as a Community Development Worker giving training and institutional support to rural women’s groups.


Past Talks

Your First Response Matters – Understanding the issues of women facing an unexpected pregnancy and offering support by learning practical response skills. 

TRL Celebrated 40 Years of Pro-Life Service

Toronto Right to Life reached a historical milestone as the association celebrated its 40th anniversary at our Annual General Meeting. TRL supporters and friends gathered at the North York Central Library on November 17 to hear the latest news, projects and upcoming events. We were most especially honoured to have the presence of Toronto Right to Life founder, Gwen Landolt, who shared her memories of the early years of the association and answered questions from the audience. As always, the night was not complete without recognizing a few distinct individuals who have demonstrated pro-life leadership through their hard work and dedication. Here are this year’s winners:

 

Laura McArthur Award for Outstanding Pro-life Leadership by a Youth was presented to

Alissa Golob, Youth Coordinator of Campaign Life Coalition.

June Scandiffio Award for Outstanding Pro-life Leadership in the Media was presented to

Salt & Light Television.

Gwen Landolt Award for Outstanding Pro-life Leadership was presented to

Kathy Matusiak, Executive Director of the deVeber Institute.

Dorothy Sullivan Award for Outstanding Pro-life Volunteer Work was presented to

Adam Giancola and accepted by Clarissa Luluquisin on his behalf.

 

It was truly a memorable evening to show our appreciation to all those who have been part of the TRL family over the past 40 years. Thank you to Gwen Landolt for her tireless efforts in promoting the culture of life, to all our award winners and most especially to our loyal supporters who have helped us make it this far. We couldn’t have done it without you!