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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Letters 4 Life smashes goal of 100,000 pro-life letters to Parliament
BY PETER BAKLINSKI
Wed Sep 19, 2012 19:20 EST
KINGSVILLE, Ontario, 19 September, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In less than 6 months a 17-year-old Ontario girl on fire for the pro-life cause has rallied the country to send Parliament 100,000 letters in support of unborn human life.
After becoming appalled by Prime Minister Harper’s apathy towards young life in the womb, Alexandra Jezierski started Letters4Life last March, a campaign to write 100,000 letters that “speak out against abortion.”
As the campaign progressed, Alexandra turned the emphasis towards supporting Steven Woodworth’s Motion 312 which seeks to establish a parliamentary committee that would examine evidence for the humanity of the unborn child. After Mr. Harper was reported to have put pressure on his caucus to vote against the motion, Alexandra included MPs in the campaign so that they would, as she said, “feel support coming from the public.”
Letters4Life not only reached its goal a few days ago, but surpassed it by 16,000 letters.
“It’s exciting: I didn’t expect to reach 100,000 letters at first, but I’m amazed at what has been happening lately,” Alexandra told LifeSiteNews.
“People got their churches involved and spread the word to their friends and family, and those people spread the word to all of their connections, and the campaign just spread like wildfire.”
Alexandra hopes that MPs will be “persuaded to vote in favor of Motion 312 now that they are feeling the pressure of so many Canadian’s who want the motion to pass.”
Alexandra’s campaign received a huge boost recently when she teamed up with Miles Driedger, founder of MP Postcards (http://mppostcards.webs.com/), a campaign responsible for 69,000 postcards being sent to MPs across the country asking them to vote in favor of the motion. Every postcard sent, said Driedger on his website, acts as a “voice for unborn children” to government officials who are “responsible for their protection”.
Alexandra told LifeSiteNews that starting Letters4Life was her way of getting involved in the pro-life movement.
“Before doing this, I was against abortion, but the abortion issue just seemed like a bunch of statistics. Throughout the campaign, I’ve come to feel that every day and every moment there are actual lives out there at stake. Every letter that was sent represents the voice of a child killed this year by abortion in Canada.”
According to Statistics Canada, approximately 100,000 babies are killed annually by abortion in Canada. Since the country’s Criminal Code does not protect a baby until after it has been born, a baby can be killed in a mother’s womb for any reason and at any moment during nine months of pregnancy.
Alexandra pointed out that Letters4Life became for many teens their first step in becoming involved in the pro-life movement.
“I never realized that there are so many young pro-life Canadians out there who want to get involved, but like me, they just don’t know where to start.”
Alexandra says that she will continue to help young people “keep getting active” in the pro-life movement, especially now that she has made so many connections with people across the country through Facebook and email.
“We need to activate all those people who are passionate about the abortion issue, especially young people, because there are so many of them out there who are pro-life and eager to do something with their convictions.”
Alissa Golob, director of Campaign Life Coalition Youth, called Alexandra’s achievement “inspirational”.
“This is an inspirational story of how one person can make such a huge difference. Young people have a special role to play in influencing politicians, and Alexandra’s determination in reaching her goals is a shining encouragement to all young people to become more politically active in the pro-life movement.”
Posted by Kitchener Waterloo Traditional Catholic at 7:37 AM