Nova Scotians United for Life acknowledges that human life begins at conception and ends at natural death.

In Canada abortion is allowed (legal) at any time before birth even up to delivery as long as the baby’s head is still in the birth canal.

A woman, no matter what her age, can have an abortion without her parent’s knowledge or consent, and without the baby’s father’s knowledge or consent.

Nova Scotians United for Life (NSUL) is not just concerned with abortion, but with all human life and related issues. Our pro-life group is concerned with anything that attacks or undermines the sanctity of each and every human life.

We seek not only to educate individuals and the public about these issues and the negative consequences of these practices, but to offer hope and healing.

Below are a few of our educational topics.

Abortion
Chastity
Euthanasia (end of life issues)
Infertility

NSUL, as a pro-life, profamily organization is concerned with abortion which is the intentional taking of the life of the unborn baby while it is still growing in its mother’s womb. Abortion can be done during all 9 months of the pregnancy up to the time of the delivery as long as the head is still in the birth canal.

It is impossible to address the topic of abortion unless we first address the topic of pregnancy. Pregnancy is the term used to describe the period in which a fetus (a human being) develops inside a woman's womb or uterus.




When someone mentions ‘sleeping around’, ‘making out’, you might be inclined to assume that they are not planning to practice the virtue of chastity. Neither are dirty jokes, indecent dress, or vulgar actions a reasonable sign that someone is endeavoring to practice the virtue of chastity.



Euthanasia

Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible.

Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.

Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator. The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded.1

References:
1. Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Wanderer Press, 1994, paragraphs 2276 and 2277, p. 549



"NaPro Technology® and the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System [CrMS] are natural procreation technologies that have their origins in the work of Drs. John and Lyn Billings, the Australian physicians who created the Billings Ovulation Method over 50 years ago."1

"Because the CrMS is based upon biological markers that include not only the cervical mucus, but also the absence and the presence of various types of bleeding, it can be used as a means of monitoring and maintaining reproductive and gynecologic health. Investigation of this has given birth to the new women’s health science of NaProTECHNOLOGY."2

"After many years of extensive evaluation, these biomarkers have been shown to reveal the presence or absence of certain types of pathologic or physiologic abnormalities. They give the physician and the patient a “handle” on the menstrual cycle and allow for its proper evaluation. It allows one to treat abnormalities of the menstrual cycle in cooperation with its function."3

References:
1. LifeCanada, Fertility care as nature intended.
2. and 3. Creighton Model, Unleashing the power of a woman's cycle.



in vitro fertilization (IVF). Photo credit ZEISS Microscopy.

ART is an acronym for "Assisted Reproductive Technology"


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART):

includes all fertility treatments in which either eggs or embryos are handled. In general, ART procedures involve surgically removing eggs from a woman’s ovaries, combining them with sperm in the laboratory, and returning them to the woman’s body or donating them to another woman. They do NOT include treatments in which only sperm are handled (i.e., intrauterine—or artificial—insemination) or procedures in which a woman takes medicine only to stimulate egg production without the intention of having eggs retrieved.1


ART includes:

• In vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET). Approximately 99 percent of ART cycles performed are IVF-ET.
• Gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT).
• Zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT).
• Frozen embryo transfer (FET).
• These techniques also apply to oocyte donation and gestational carriers.2
• Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).3


According to the Mayo Clinic the term "cycle" in the context of IVF is as follows: "During IVF, mature eggs are collected (retrieved) from ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. Then the fertilized egg (embryo) or eggs (embryos) are transferred to a uterus. One full cycle of IVF takes about three weeks. Sometimes these steps are split into different parts and the process can take longer."


Some things you may not know about ART:

• The average cost of an IVF cycle in the United States it $12,500.
• The average cost of drugs per cycle used by women undergoing IVF is $5,000.
• The average cost of a donor egg cycle is $30,000.
• Egg donors are paid anywhere between $5,000 and $100,000 or more depending on private contract negotiations.
• Surrogacy ranges on average between $75,000 and 200,000 or more depending on private contract negotiations.
• The average cost for a woman to freeze her eggs with an unproven technique known as vitrification (flash freezing) is between $10,000 and $22,000.4

In addition, as of 2013, assisted reproductive technology (ART) contributed to 1.6% of births in the United States.5


Issues with ART:

Problems with IVF from the perspective of someone who went through the treatment.
The Untold Stories of IVF



References:
1. CDC - Assisted Reproductive Technolgy (ART)
2. Miriam Zoll. Fertility Facts.
3. Yue-hong LU et al, Long-term follow-up of children conceived through assited reproductive technology, Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE B (Biomedicine & Biotechnology) 2013 14(5):359-371.
4. Miriam Zoll. Fertility Facts.
5. Contribution of Assisted Reproductive Technology to Overall Births by Maternal Age in the United States, 2012-2014, JAMA March 28, 2017 Volume 317, Number 12.

Keep up to date on what Nova Scotians for Life and Project Rachel here in Halifax are up to.

Latest newsletter: Dec. 2020.  In PDF format: Dec. 2020.



SPIRITUAL ADOPTION OF AN UNBORN BABY.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen felt the only way to overcome abortion was through prayer and sacrifice/fasting.

He suggested that we ask the Lord to allow us to spiritually adopt an unborn child who is in danger of abortion. We can choose a boy or a girl and give them a name. And then mark down the date of your adoption.

Pray the prayer daily for 9 months, along with sacrifice and fasting. Then offer the Lord thanks and praise for the child’s life for the next 3 months.

Here is Archbishop Sheen’s spiritual adoption prayer:
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
I love you very much.
I beg you to spare the life
of the unborn child that I
have spiritually adopted
who is in danger of abortion.

(Free prayer cards, with this prayer on them, are available through this website. You may also contact St. Joseph’s Workers for Life and Family, www.sjw.ca)