“I just want to say thank you, and urge you to keep doing what you’re doing so that other children out there can have the right to live and be saved just like I did. “
CHOICE42 Marching for LIFE!
This year, we took a bus-load from Ajax, ON to Ottawa for the national March for Life. It was a great day as we gathered alongside thousands of other pro-life Canadians to take a stand for life.
One of the highlights was Felicia Simard's speech on Parliament Hill during the rally. We filmed Felicia's Story a few years ago for the first video in our 'Choose Life' series which has had a huge impact world-wide. This year, Campaign Life Coalition asked her to share her powerful story on the hill during the rally! Felicia did an amazing job at speaking and representing CHOICE42!
Another highlight was supporting CHOICE42 Director Laura Klassen as she was interviewed by EWTN and Dunn Media.
Check out a few pics from the day - thanks to all who joined us to fight for life in Canada!
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Well this is awkward…
We're so honoured that people share their stories with us! Here's a look back at some of our favourites from 2017...
There's a Body Inside My Body
Tired of hearing, "my body, my choice" pretty much everywhere? So are we. It's time we updated this phrase to reflect reality.
In our latest video, CHOICE42 director, Laura Klassen announces her pregnancy and takes the opportunity to point out how scientifically incorrect the catchy phrase is.
"My body does not have two heads, four arms, or twenty toes," says Klassen in the video. "If I were to get an abortion, I wouldn't be aborting my own body, I'd be aborting the body inside my body."
Off screen, Klassen explains why she wanted to make the edgy video.
"People love to use, 'my body, my choice' as the ultimate excuse for abortion, but no, it's not your body being aborted," she says. "'My body, my choice' is out of date and it's just wrong. It completely ignores the other body involved in a woman's pregnancy: her innocent baby's body. People use the word 'choice' to gloss over the fact that a human being is killed in an abortion."
The video goes on to suggest that "instead of 'my body, my choice', what we should be saying is, 'our bodies, my choice.'"
"When you're pregnant and working in the pro-life movement, the reality of abortion hits you really hard," says Klassen. "You know that the baby inside you is a tiny human being. My baby will get his/her chance at life because of my choice, but so many other babies won't because their mothers won't choose life for them."
The one-minute video ends with, "so there you go. Our bodies, my choice. It might not sound as nice, but at least it's accurate."
"I'm sure the video will anger a lot of people," Klassen admits. "No one who is pro-abortion likes to be faced with the reality of what abortion really is."
"I think 'our bodies, my choice' is the accurate way to describe what happens in an abortion," concludes Klassen. "Though legally it's a woman's choice, she's choosing for two. She's deciding the path her own life will take, but she's also deciding whether or not her pre-born child will even get his/her chance at life."
I grew up in the foster care system in Scotland. I was lonely and scared. Everything and everyone felt temporary. I did NOT belong.
And it shouldn't surprise you...
The stigma is real.
In 2016 we attended the March for Life in Ottawa for the first time. Our team was small but mighty!
This year, we sent a bus-load from Ajax, Ontario!
Our bus left bright and early from Westney Heights Baptist Church and our marchers enjoyed excellent coffee and muffin service from WHBC's Pastor Jack.
We arrived in time to join the Rally on Parliament Hill with thousands of other pro-lifers.
Our bright green gear really stood out!
The March for Life was a new experience for all but one of our CHOICE42 marchers. Here's what they had to say:
Our bright green signs made it into CBC and CTV news coverage. Unfortunately, the reporting was less than great as the media reported "hundreds" rather than thousands! #BiasedMuch
View more pics here:
National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day Was Awesome!
We put together some of our fav pics from the day. Thank you to all who participated by being a walking ad for LIFE! #NPLTD17
These 2 cuties were rocking their pro-life tees!
Huge shout-out to the Burlock fam! All 5 sported our CHOOSE LOVE tees!
"💜Pro-Life family.💜 Nothing is more important than LIFE and protecting it." - Patti
Our girl Megan wearing her shirt at work.
"Choose LOVE, Choose LIFE! CHOICE42 Happy #NationalProLifeTShirtDay! Couldn't be happier to wear my tshirt proudly today at work! ❤ #makeachoiceyoucanBOTHLIVEwith A life is a life no matter how small- Dr Seuss
Facing an unplanned pregnancy?! You are NOT alone! There is help! There is support! & most importantly there is LOVE!! Please visit www.choice42.com" - Megan
Angela rocking her tee in Alberta!
Our CHOICE42 Team was representing in Ontario!
"mommin' is the toughest, yet most rewarding emotional rollercoaster you can imagine! as a mom, i am stretched thin and in so many different directions all at once, but the deep love i have for my kids is what gives me purpose to start again each day! circumstances may have brought you to a place where you find yourself pregnant, but don't feel emotionally or physically able to be a mom. it's ok to be scared! it's normal to be uncertain! if you are overwhelmed or alone, i urge you to seek a safe haven @choicefortwo there are so many options for you and your precious baby! i urge you to choose love... i urge you to choose LIFE 💛 let's speak up, Canada, for those who don't yet have a voice! #npltd17" - Sonja
Thanks again to all who participated! It was great to have people all across the country taking a stand for LIFE!
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"Marion doesn't just advocate for women to choose life, she helps them do it."
Give me a chance, Mommy. I'm still here.
When defenseless human beings are being killed in our country at the rate of approximately 100 000 per year...I'm just going to say it: It doesn't cut it to be 'personally pro-life'. You have to DO SOMETHING.
10 Amazing Stories About Choosing Life This Past Year
We wanted to show this young single mom that we commend her for choosing life for her babies, and that her family is valued, supported and loved by her community.
During a recent episode of her podcast, Lena Dunham said she wishes she’d had an abortion, proving that she has absolutely no clue about abortion.