Toronto Right to Life's Pro-Life Legal Defence Fund exists to defend the rights of pro-life Canadians to continue be a voice for the voiceless in society. This funding will help us to fight back against unconstitutional government discrimination, like our litigation against the Canada Summer Jobs abortion attestation, and to push back against campus censorship of the pro-life message and to bring violent pro-choice activists to justice for attacks against peaceful pro-lifers.
Every day, nearly 300 human beings are killed by abortion in Canada. We know from research and experience that effective pro-life education changes hearts and minds on abortion, and upholds the dignity of the human person from fertilization until natural death. But the more we work to defend the rights of pre-born children, the more our rights are under attack. If we don't stand up for our rights, we won't be able to stand up for the rights of pre-born children.
Toronto Right to Life is committed to taking concrete legal action to defend the rights of pro-life Canadians. Here are just three important examples of concrete ongoing action that Legal Defence Fund is supporting right now:
- Canada Summer Jobs: In January 2018, we filed a claim in federal court asking for judicial review of the federal government's Canada Summer Jobs abortion attestation. We believe this values test is violates the Charter as an unconstitutional restriction on freedom of expression, compelling speech that would violate our conscience and religious rights, and treating those who hold a different belief than the government unequally under the law. This Legal Defence Fund is supporting our litigation against the federal government's Canada Summer Jobs attestation.
- Pro-Life Students: Pro-life university students increasingly face censorship, harassment and discrimination on university campuses. This Legal Defence Fund is supporting an ongoing complaint at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario brought by a pro-life student at Ryerson who has faced serious harassment and discrimination from the student unions as a result of her willingness to stand up for the rights of pre-born children.
- Deterring Pro-Choice Violence: Peaceful pro-lifers have been the target of pro-choice violence. This Legal Defence Fund is helping to take legal action, for example, regarding the assault on Toronto Against Abortion team members at Ryerson University, to bring violent pro-choice activists to justice and to deter future violence.
These are just three examples of the urgent need for the Pro-Life Legal Defence Fund.
Will you help us to defend the rights of pro-life Canadians, so that we can continue our life-saving work to defend the rights of pre-born children? We're a small organization taking on a large government and well-funded student unions. With your help, we can fight back against the Canada Summer Jobs abortion attestation, resist attempts to silence the pro-life message on university campuses, and deter pro-choice violence against peaceful pro-lifers.