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Helpers of God's Precious Infants (Ottawa–Gatineau)


Education

The pro-life view is rational, coherent and compassionate. Every pro-lifer needs to be able to offer a good explanation of his or her views.

Pre-natal development

A good starting point is to learn about the unborn child. The issue of abortion hangs on the humanity of the one being aborted. If abortion is nothing more than removing a clump of tissue, then there is no reason to oppose it. On the other hand, if the unborn child is human, no reason can justify the intentional taking of his or her life.

Conception to Birth —visualized
Alexander Tsiaras
Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. TED conference

(December 2010). Presented at the INK Conference, Lavasa, India.
Alexander Tsiaras is chief editor of theVisualMD

In the womb.
Toby Macdonald (Director)
Video using cutting-edge technology allowing us to see the developing fetus.

(2005). Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Video. [DVD].

Prenatal Summary
Endowment for Human Development
A series of videos explaining the stages of prenatal development.
A Child is Born
Lennart Nilsson
Website of world famous award winning photographer, Lennart Nilsson, a pioneer in medical photography. See also his video animations of the stages of fetal development.
The Visible Embryo
First Trimester Pregnancy
A visual guide through fetal development from conception to birth with special emphasis on the first three months of pregnancy.

Exposing abortion

The rhetoric of abortion is laden with euphemisms which try to cover up the true nature of the act. It is important to fully understand the methods and violence of abortion.

Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform
Exposing abortion to make it unthinkable.
Warning: graphic abortion images.

Many of the images and videos depict abortion at the same gestational age as the great majority of abortions performed in Canada (first trimester).

Abort73.com
Abortion unfiltered
Warning: graphic abortion images.
Abortion methods
Lifesite News
Descriptions of various abortion methods used at different stages of the pregnancy.
Q&A about Abortion
Pro-life Action League
Information on some key abortion statistics and the various methods of abortion.
Looking abortion in the eye
Priests for Life
Warning: graphic abortion images.
The Silent Scream
Bernard Nathanson (narrator)
A 1984 film narrated by Bernard Nathanson, an obstetrician, NARAL Pro-Choice America founder, and abortion provider turned pro-life activist.

(1984). Directed by Jack Duane Dabner. American Portrait Films: USA.

Abortion images from non pro-life sources

Nucleus
Medical imaging company
Nucleus has published abortion photos similar to those used by pro-lifers.
Sample illustration: Suction and Curettage Abortion of a 9 Week Old Fetus
Nucleus isn't a front for a pro-life group, they are listed on the US National Institute of Health's website as a source for medical illustrations.

Health risks of abortion

Abortion is often justified on the grounds of seeking to protect the health of the mother. This is a trojan horse which deserves to be unmasked. Pro-lifers do not place the child's life above that of the mother. We seek to save the lives of both mother and child. However, the mother's life may be saved by a medical procedure that does not directly take the life of the unborn child. This is the principle of double effect - for further discusion on this issue, see our Apologetics section. The intentional killing of the unborn child does not heal the mother, it often has the opposite effect.

Women's Health After Abortion: The Medical and Psychological Evidence
Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy and Ian Gentles
Research paper on the impact of induced abortion on women’s subsequent mental and physical health.
Topics covered include: suicide, mental health, lower fertility after abortion and increased risk of premature births, breast cancer and complication rates.

(2002). deVeber Institue for Bioethics and Social Research: Toronto.

Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
Researchers and doctors (including a breast cancer surgeon) seeking to reduce the indidence of breast cancer.
They examine the link between breast cancer and abortion and oral contraceptives.
Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer
An international women's organization whose purpose is to protect the health and save the lives of women by educating and providing information on abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer. Abortionbreastcancer.com
Coming Home: Science in Service of the Pro-Life Movement
Dr. Gerard M. Nadal
A presentation of the scientific literature on the abortion/breast cancer (ABC) link. In five parts:

Dr. Nadal is a scientist, he holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Canadian Physicians for Life
Pro-life physicians, retired physicians, medical residents and students dedicated to building a culture of care, compassion, and life.

Why women choose abortion

The Contraceptive mentality

A very telling statement showing the link between contraception and abortion comes from, ironically, the U.S. Supreme Court. In the Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey - 505 U.S. 833 (1992) ruling, it was frankly admitted that people for two decades of economic and social developments, have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.(p. 835)
The following articles demonstrate the causal link from contraception to abortion.

The Contraceptive Mentality
Donald DeMarco, PhD

This is an examination of today's contraceptive mentality and the effects it continues to have on marriage and procreation. Donald DeMarco provides evidence that supports how contraception is not preventing unwanted pregnancy, but is the reason for the current abortion holocaust. He says, Since abortion thrives on the contraceptive mentality, we fight abortion realistically not by doubling our efforts to intensify the contraceptive mentality, but by working to eliminate it.

Catholicculture.org

(July 1983). Homiletic & Pastoral Review: 56-63. Ignatius Press. Republished in CatholicCulture.org

The Contraceptive Mentality and Its Consequences
Brian Clowes
A look at the contraceptive mentality, how it spreads, how it leads to more, not less, abortion and other evils, and the Church's teaching on contraception.

Reproduced on lifeissues.net.

Our Gravest Moral Responsibility To Convert the Contraception Mentality
Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

It must seem strange to call anything our gravest moral responsibility. There are so many moral problems in the world today. How can any one of them pose our gravest responsibility. But so it is. In my judgment, the contraception mentality is the single deepest issue facing Western society.

Fr. John Hardon

(1998). from Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Archives. Lombard, IL: Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association.

Lexicon: The Contraceptive Mentality
Human Life International

Contraception is primarily the reflection of a fundamental way in which people face life. The “contraceptive mentality” is understood to include complete way of thinking [sic], an orientation and way of acting, which tend towards depriving the practice of sexuality of its procreative consquences. This mentality increased with the mass-marketing of contraceptive products and the associated widespread advertisement and propaganda for them.

(2010). Front Royal, VA: Human Life International.

The Connection between Contraception and Abortion
Janet Smith

We need to realize that a society in which contraceptives are widely used is going to have a very difficult time keeping free of abortions since the lifestyles and attitudes that contraception fosters create an alleged "need" for abortion.

(1993). Dayton, OH: One More Soul, Inc.

Consequences of the Contraceptive Mentality: The Prophetic Witness of Humanae Vitae
K.D. Whitehead
The consequences which have resulted from not following the Church's moral teachings on contraception demonstrate the credibility of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae

The psychology of abortion

Understanding the Dynamics of Abortion
In Our Midst Ministries
In Our Midst seeks to share the truth of abortion - who has abortions, why they have them, how abortion affects their lives afterward, and what we, the hands and feet of Christ can do to minister to them.
Abortion: the Unchoice
The Elliott Institute
Evidence-based information and user-friendly resources about unwanted abortions and post-abortion risks, including maternal abuse, trauma, injury and deaths before, during or after abortion.

Abortionists

Former abortionists' testimonies

Meet the Abortion Providers
Pro-Life Action League
In 1987, the Pro-Life Action League hosted the first Meet the Abortion Providers Conference. Former abortionists were invited to tell their stories publicly for the first time. They revealed what led them into the abortion business, how their work killing babies impacted their lives and what eventually led them out of abortion.
The Ex-Abortionists: Why They Quit
Mary Meehan
An in-depth look at why people get involved in the abortion business, how it affects them, and why they quit.

Lawsuits against canadian abortionists

LifeSite News
Ottawa Abortion Centre Facing $185,000+ Lawsuit for Negligence
The Interim
Morgentaler being sued for negligence—Media turning a blind eye to alleged misdeed

Mt. 25:40 Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me. (Mt. 25:40)