Prince Edward Island's Prince County Hospital is undergoing a $5.35 million expansion that includes a Women's Wellness Centre. Photo courtesy of Government of Prince Edward Island via Flickr []

Speaking Out: It's time to stand up for the pre-born

By  Patrick Grant, Youth Speak News
  • December 21, 2016

In late March 2016, it was announced that a Women’s Wellness Centre was being built in Summerside, P.E.I. It is the first abortion clinic to open on the Island and is scheduled to begin seeing patients in January 2017.

This news was quite disheartening to the pro-life community. We’ve been working hard to uphold the right to life in our province and it was not easy to see our efforts thrown away like garbage.

While we might not be able to stop the government from having the centre built, there are still plenty of things that we can do to stand up for the pre-born.

In late November, almost 200 pro-lifers gathered close to where the centre is planned. I was part of this group and it felt good knowing I was standing up for a good cause. We stood in the cold rain for an hour holding signs with messages to encourage women to stay strong and to help educate people on abortion.

With the New Year approaching, there are still victories to be won in the movement. One of the hopes is to start a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil after the clinic is opened. I plan to help out when I can. It’s simple things like this that help people see the truth. Once a seed has been planted, who knows what can happen.

I’ve always been someone who hasn’t been afraid to share my beliefs and opinions. But I can definitely see why some people would be, especially when it comes to the topic of abortion.

As a young person, I think it’s important to stand up for the pre-born. More often than not, the media focuses on the older generations of the pro-life movement. They leave out the youth because they know that if society sees young people getting involved, they’ll see it’s not a dying movement.

I’m a nerd when it comes to superheroes. When it comes to topics such as my faith, I always think of Captain America.

I think of one of his most famous quotes from Amazing Spiderman #537: “Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — ‘No, YOU move.’ ”

The question I ask myself is, am I willing to fight both spiritually and in some cases physically for my faith and beliefs?

I’d like to think that I would, but I really don’t know.

The pro-life movement has been stirred up here in P.E.I. and I hope more people take the initiative to do something. This includes the youth. Start attending more public events like the March for Life and show the world that we aren’t a dying movement.

(Grant, 17, is a Grade 12 student at Colonel Gray Sr. High School in Charlottetown, P.E.I.)

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