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Week of November 6, 2006
Teen thanks mom for the gift of life
Edmonton Pro-life youth conference declares life to be sacred
By BILL GLEN
- WCR photo by Bill Glen
Rob Blackmere sports a tatoo saying 'Let's make Abortion Extinct.'
"Why are people so unhappy that they are driven to abortion?
"Why is there such a lack of respect for life everywhere? We need to build a philosophical view about why life is sacred."
Guest speakers Tony and Colleen LaGrange passed around a framed photograph of a stillborn baby about 12-16 weeks old. Along with the photo was the baby's knitted burial shroud.
Michael Williams took a moment when the picture came his way.
"It was kind of neat seeing a premature baby," said Michael, 14. "When I'm older I want to be a pro-life leader."
His father, Bill, said seeing the photo hit close to home.
"We have been pro-life all of our lives. There is a moral conviction with the teachings of Christ that we believe," said Bill, a resident of Tofield.
"With that belief comes the understanding that life is precious and not to be denied. We have to do something about it."
Bill has held and baptized his own stillborn baby.
"I have been there. It is very personal."
Alyssa Kathol is the oldest of five children. She is pro-life because everyone deserves the same chance to live.
"No matter how young or unhuman looking, from the moment of conception we are all equal," said Kathol, 15.
Richert wants youth to be educated, motivated and activated. She wants young men to become just as involved as the women.
"As a group, the Knights of Columbus are one of the main male groups who stand up for the cause to life," she said.
"Society tells them to mind their own business because it is a woman's issue. But I challenge all men to stand up. With chastity, they know their responsibility. But with human rights, it's everyone's responsibility."
Richert challenged the group to make some kind of commitment to pro-life. They can write letters. Maybe form a pro-life group in their school. Whatever they choose to do is important.
"I know there are a lot of good pro-life teachers out there. They can form a club. They can write a science paper about the dangerous effects of embryonic stem-cell use. Sadly, a lot of our parishes do not have any pro-life work going on. Bring the message to the home, parish and community," Richert said.
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