Youth Protecting Youth

Defending the Dignity of All Human Life


Press Release- October 3rd 2013



Victoria, BC (October 3 2013) – On September 26th, 2013, Cam Côté, representative and past president of the pro-life club at the University of Victoria (Youth Protecting Youth (YPY)), filed a constitutional lawsuit against the University of Victoria in the BC Supreme Court.

The lawsuit, which seeks to restore YPY’s freedom of speech and expression on its campus, is in response to a number of discriminatory actions the University of Victoria has taken against the club. This includes the university’s cancellation of a previously approved “Choice” Chain event, the suspension of the club’s outdoor booking privileges for a year, and threats to punish club members who participate in similar events in the future.

This “Choice” Chain event, which involves club members peacefully engaging students in dialogue while holding signs of either aborted fetuses or naturally developing pre-born humans, was approved by the University until the day before it was scheduled to occur. The University then reversed their initial decision and cancelled the event, citing the University of Victoria Student Society’s (UVSS) 2012 assertion that this event constituted harassment under their harassment policy.

“We were very disappointed when our university administration upheld the UVSS’s efforts to censor our message. We hope that this petition will ensure YPY’s right to freedom of speech and expression on campus,” says Côté, now graduated and working as an Activism Coordinator for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

“A university cannot censor students when they deem their views to be unpopular and the promotion of these views to be potentially disconcerting to others. Freedom of expression is essential to a university, particularly when the issue at hand – abortion – is a matter of life and death for pre-born Canadians.”

The BC Civil Liberties Association has joined Cam Côté as a co-petitioner, and together they are represented by Craig Jones, Q.C., and Emily Unrau of Branch MacMaster LLP.

For further information contact:

Cam Côté (YPY Representative) 778 678 4275

Youth Protecting Youth



You Don’t Have to Be Pro-Choice

Recently, while doing a “Choice” Chain display at UVic I asked a friend and fellow biology student what he thought about abortion, and he responded by saying that he “pretty much had to be pro-choice”. Confused by this response I asked him what he meant, and he replied “well, I’m going into med-school, so I pretty much have to be pro-choice. You know, with the whole Hippocratic Oath and everything.” Though initially I was caught off guard by this gross misinterpretation of the Hippocratic Oath, what disturbed me the most was that this student felt legitimately obliged to support the decapitation, dismemberment, and disembowelment of pre-born children because of his future career.

The more I think about this conversation, the more I realize how many people have accepted and even embraced the idea that they are for some reason required to hold the pro-abortion position. Countless men have told me that because they are men they either cannot have an opinion on the issue, or have to support a woman’s choice. Similarly, many women have told me that they must support abortion if they are to fight of gender equality, and many others have offered comparable reasons as to why they are obliged to be pro-choice.

Though you could certainly argue that some of these people are simply making excuses for choosing to adopt the more culturally acceptable stance on abortion, it has become more apparent to me that some people legitimately think that they have no choice but to support abortion. To this I can offer only one response: You do not have to be pro-choice.

Being a man does not mean that you have to forfeit your support of pre-born children. Standing up for women’s rights does not mean that you have to support a woman’s choice to end the life of the child developing in her uterus. And being a doctor or nurse does not mean that you have to turn a blind eye to the most vulnerable in our society. No employer, government, or significant other can force you to support abortion. You do not have to be pro-choice.

– Cam Côté

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What’s New?

When you think about what has changed at UVic and with Youth Protecting Youth since this time last year you might think that there isn’t anything new. UVic is still one of the most liberal campuses in Canada, abortions are still fully legal in Canada through all nine months of pregnancy, and approximately 300 pre-born babies are still being decapitated, dismembered, and disemboweled every day. Oh yeah, and we’re still paying for every one of these abortions with our tax money. So what’s new? Lots.

Our participation at the President’s Day barbeque and our time spent at the UVSS Clubs Days table has translated into over a dozen new members, all excited to join us in our mission to defend human life at all ages. While at Clubs Days we also spoke with leaders from many of the other campus clubs, and we hope to network with them, getting even more students and community members involved with spreading the news about the humanity of pre-born children and the inhumanity of what abortion does to these, the most vulnerable members of the human family.

Within the club we’ve already done multiple training workshops, designed to prepare club members to be ambassadors for the pro-life movement. We’ve spent hours doing practice dialogues, preparing ourselves not only for the common arguments presented to us by abortion advocates, but also preparing ourselves for times when we encounter someone that needs support, help, or healing. And we’ve found time to build community and fellowship, uniting ourselves behind this common desire to defend the dignity of every human life.

Through this we have kindled a renewed fervor for this work, and have over 20 members prepared to engage the students and staff at UVic in conversations about abortion. We have a greater urgency now than ever before for the pro-life cause, and this has translated into a number of big ideas about how we will show the University of Victoria the truth about abortion. This school year, we will expose the injustice. This year, we will confront the UVic culture. And this year, we will change more hearts, more minds, and save more lives than ever before. Get ready UVic because this is what’s new with YPY.

Cam Côté

Vice President

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Welcome Back!

Youth Protecting Youth, the pro-life club at the University of Victoria, would like to offer you a warm welcome to our website and blog. Whether you are a club member, a student at UVic or Camosun College, or a just an interested member of the community, we hope that your time spent on our blog will be informative and thought provoking. This 2012/13-school year we are looking to post more articles, get more views, and provoke more discussion than ever before.


As a club made up of primarily students, we hope to offer a wide range of articles that articulate, examine, and showcase what it means to be pro-life. We are committed to publishing high quality posts and articles that are creative in nature and honest in substance. We hope that the articles you find on our blog will encourage you to examine your beliefs, and if you find that you disagree we hope that you will be open to respectful debate and discussion. As always, you are welcome to contact us via email at Happy reading!


YPY Executive 2012

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A Simple Survey

On March 13 and 14, 2012, members of Youth Protecting Youth were out distributing surveys to UVic students. Here are the answers and appropriate references.

1)    When does human life begin?

a)    At the moment of fertilization

Human development begins at fertilization when a sperm fuses with an oocyte to form a single cell, a zygote(original emphasis). This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual,” (Moore and Persaud, 2013, Page 13)

b)    At birth

c)     When the child is no longer physically dependent on the mother

d)    When the child is conscious and self aware

e)     Other______________________________________


2)    When does the fetal heart start beating?

a)     At birth

b)    Somewhere between the 24th and 25th week of gestation

c)     Somewhere around 22nd day of gestation

“Major changes in body form occur during the fourth week…. The heart produces a large ventral prominence and pumps blood.” (Moore and Persaud, 2013, Page 76)

d)    Fertilization

e)     Other­______________________________________


3)    During prenatal development, the pre-born human…

a)     Is a part of the mother

b)    Is completely independent of the mother

c)     Is a unique individual, but completely dependent on the mother until around 22 weeks gestation

Human development begins at fertilization when a sperm fuses with an oocyte to form a single cell, a zygote (original emphasis). This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual,” and “There is no sharp limit of development, age, or weight at which a fetus automatically becomes viable or beyond which survival is ensured, but experience has shown that it is rare for a baby to survive whose weight is less than 500g or whose fertilization age is less than 22 weeks.” (Moore and Persaud, 2013, Pages 13 and 94)

d)    Is simply a parasite

e)     Other_______________________________________


4)    The Canadian Law on abortion states…..

a)     All clinical abortions are illegal

b)    Only clinical abortions in performed in the first trimester are legal

c)     There is no abortion law in Canada. Though few doctors will perform late term abortions, abortions are legally permitted during all 9 months of gestation (Morten, 1992)

d)    Clinical abortions are legal only when the mother’s life is in danger

e)     Other_______________________________________


5)    Every year in Canada there are approximately…

a)     2 000 000 clinical abortions

b)    200 clinical abortions

c)     No clinical abortions

d)    100 000 clinical abortions

Statistics Canada 2005

e)     Other________________________________________



Legal Abortion in Canada. Retrieved from

Moore, K., & Persaud T.V.N. 2013. The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology (9th ed.). Elsevier Saunders. Canada.

Morton, F.L. 1992. Morgentaler v. Borowski: Aboriton, the Charter, and the Courts. McClelland & Stewart Inc. Canada.

Induced abortions, by age group, Canada, provinces, and territories. Statistics Canada. Retrieved from,%201988-2005.pdf.

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You are loved

This weekend some of us had the joy of meeting two of the Sisters of Life and hearing about their ministry. They are a community of women who devote their lives to “the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life.”

They shared with us stories of the women they work with and walk with, and gave beautiful insight on how they go about their ministry.

What struck me most was their love. These women radiate love for everyone with whom they come in contact. And so, I have a message for you from YPY, which reiterates our very first blog post, but which cannot be said enough:

You are loved. You are loved regardless of your actions, regardless of your circumstances, regardless of your views on abortion or your opinion of us. You are a person of value and dignity simply by nature of being. Whoever you are and wherever you go, you are loved.