Right to Life event attracts younger audience

Nathan Liewicki
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Provincial campaign eschews religiosity: Schouten

Delmer Wagner had been to one previous Moose Jaw Right to Life annual dinner. On Friday, he attended his second.

Mike Schouten, left, poses with Moose Jaw Right to Life President Jean Landry at an annual Right to Life dinner at the Church of Lady Friday evening. Schouten, the campaign director for weneedalaw.ca, was the guest speaker at the dinner. 

“I got a reminder from a person who is very involved in the organization to come out,” Wagner said. “So, I came with an open mind to hear people talk about fighting the good fight.”

Delmer was one of approximately 180 people who attended the dinner and subsequent speech at Church of Our Lady.

Of those in attendance, there was a large contingent of younger people.

“It’s very encouraging to see younger people here,” said Wagner. “We are finding a lot more young people have a great deal of passion for the unborn.”

The Moose Jaw Right to Life – a non-denominational, non-profit educational group – has been in operation since 1975, and has been hosting the event for years.

Jean Landry, the president of the local Right to Life chapter, told the Times-Herald that educating people on the sanctity of life – from conception to natural death – is part of the group’s message. A part of that message is passed on courtesy guest speakers discussing varying issues pertaining to the Right to Life cause.

This year’s speaker was Mick Schouten, campaign manager for weneedalaw.ca, who also pointed out the number of young people in attendance. 

His message to those in attendance revolved around the fact that Canada does not have an abortion law, while specifically discussing a provincial campaign that revolves around parental consent.

“Whether you're pro-choice or pro-life, we don't like to see abortions,” said Schouten. “We want to see that number lowered.”

He also noted that while parental consent is required for youth to obtain piercings, that isn’t the case for abortions.

As such, Schouten hopes the provincial Right to Life campaign will administer tools to help communicate with the public on what he feels is a human rights issue. 

“Our campaign essentially eschews religiosity. This is not an issue about religion,” he said. “This is a human rights issue.”

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Canada

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