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Pro-life hosts top fundraiser

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A guest speaker, entertainment and various fundraisers were all part of the annual fundraising supper for Pro-Life Estevan and Area on April 4 at Living Hope Community Church.

About 100 people attended the event. They heard from guest speaker Gilles L'Heureux, a Moose Jaw resident who discussed how he became involved with the pro-life movement, and the need for an abortion law in Canada.

Local pro-life president Bridget Bittman said that L'Heureux had a son, Matthew, who was born nearly 30 years ago with several defects. Doctors weren't sure Matthew would live for more than a few days or weeks, and suggested that Matthew should be institutionalized.

"Gilles sister, who was a nurse in Midale, said 'You guys could have the capability to look after this child, and it looks like he's going to live for a while,'" said Bittman.

Matthew died when he was about 15 months old, but brought great joy to the L'Heureux household. The experience with Matthew enhanced the family's awareness of pro-life issues.

L'Heureux has also been involved with Mike Schouten's We Need a Law campaign, which advocates the need for an abortion law in Canada. Canada is one of the few developed nations in the world that doesn't have such a law, Bittman said.

The first step would be to require pregnant teenage girls to have parental consent to have an abortion.

"If you're under 18, you have to have parental consent to go to a tanning salon, and you have to have parental consent to get a tattoo, but yet any young person can go for an abortion without parental consent," said Bittman. 

Some teens who have an abortion regret it for the rest of their life, she said.

If their efforts are successful, Bittman said the next step would be to outlaw abortions in which the gender of the unborn child is a factor.

Midale resident Nadia Babchouk, a professional violinist and violin instructor who originally hails from Ukraine, was the featured entertainer. Bittman noted that Babchouk was dressed in traditional Ukrainian attire.

Bittman, Martha Holzer and Molly Heier also teamed up to provide music.

A silent auction and a quilt raffle helped raise funds as well.

The event is the top fundraiser for Estevan's pro-life chapter each year.


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