The London Area Right to Life Association (LARTLA) is an educational, registered, charitable organization based on the belief that every human being is unique and of infinite value. We believe in the sanctity of all life, from the moment of conception until natural death. Every human life has a right to care and protection before and after birth and society has a duty to protect these rights.
In 1969, the government of Canada liberalized the abortion law. By the end of 1980, just ten years later, statistics indicated that over half a million unborn babies had been “therapeutically” aborted in our country.
In 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada threw out the abortion law completely, leaving the unborn with no protection. Treating abortion as a humanitarian means of quickly solving a problem has led, not only to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of unborn, but also to a social attitude which cheapens and destroys respect for all stages of human life. This utilitarian attitude has frightening implications for the peace and safety of each of us. We are already witnessing a wider acceptance of mercy killing and withholding treatment for “defective” persons.
Started in 1967 as “Defense of the Unborn” by Dr. Barrie deVeber and other “concerned citizens”, London Area Right to Life Association has been active in London and surrounding area promoting pro-life attitudes.
Members receive newsletters updating them on local happenings and pro-life related issues. Periodically, conferences and special meetings are held when videos are shown and literature is distributed. This offers an opportunity for caring, concerned people to “do something. “
London Area Right to Life Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. This body meets once per month for a business meeting. Every member is invited and encouraged to attend the Annual General Membership meeting, which is held in the spring.
Our speakers give presentations in schools, to youth and church groups, and to organizations free of charge. These presentations may include an audio-visual presentation, discussions, and an opportunity for questions and answers.
Our office is well stocked with pro-life literature, including a library of books and DVDs. Our literature provides information about the development of the unborn child, teenage issues, abortion, post-abortion syndrome, euthanasia, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), stem cell research and adoption.
Our Aims & Objectives
To uphold the dignity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death. To defend the right to life for all human beings regardless of age, religion, race, sex, or any physical or mental handicaps. To educate Canadians in the knowledge that the right to life is the basic human right on which all other rights depend and to encourage Canadians to work for the legal protection of this right. To present to the public or private groups information pertaining to the objects and purposes of our Association. To hold meetings and conferences and exchange views in matters concerning the Right to Life.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors has a regular meeting once a month and special committee meetings as needed. They are elected by the general membership at the AGM each year.
Current board members:
- Jeffrey Belanger, President
- Anna Marchand, Vice-President
- Judy Balasch, Secretary
- Linda Prickett, Treasurer
- Jordynn Fraser
- Adam Helmers
- Luis-Alsonso Jimenez
- Joyce Lamb
- Nathan Marchand
- Janice Rutledge
Do you think you have a calling to be on our board? Contact Bonnie Pember, Office Coordinator at 519-659-3334 or email her at email@example.com so that she can connect you with our President, Jeffrey Belanger. God bless you!