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Standing for Life: Week 8 – Right to Life during COVID-19

13 May, 2020


Dear Supporters of Life,

With recent announcements regarding restrictions beginning to be lifted, Right to Life NSW staff are starting to transition back to working in the office.  To remain compliant with government directions and health recommendations we are restricting the number of people in the office at any one time.  As a result it will be a while before we are able to all return to work at the same time and even longer before we can begin to host volunteers in our office... but at least this is a start!

By now, everyone on our physical mailing list should have received our "Pro-Life Puzzle Book" to help alleviate the boredom of staying at home.  If you missed out for some reason (or if you'd like some extras to share with family and friends), please reply to this email with your address and we will organise to have one  or two sent out to you!

Once restrictions are lifted completely and life goes back to some normalcy we have many ways which you can contribute to our work as a volunteer.  If you are not on our volunteer list, reply to this email with your details and the skills you wish to contribute and we will be in touch.  Together we can make a real difference!

In the theme of making a difference, I have chosen to highlight a very special young woman, Candice Lewis in our email this week:
Candice Lewis and her Mother speak against assisted suicide in
Fatal Flaws Documentary
When I watched the "Fatal Flaws" documentary a couple of years ago I can remember being profoundly impacted by Candice Lewis' story.  Here is an excerpt from a tribute written to Candice by filmmaker Kevin Dunn, written to mark the passing of this remarkable young woman:

We lost a real prophet of hope today: Candice Lewis of St. Anthony, Newfoundland. I interviewed her for our film Fatal Flaws.  Her mom, Shelia, texted me today to say that Candice died peacefully at home, almost four years after her harrowing experience when doctors tried to convince her to end her life with Canada’s new ‘medical aid in dying’ law. 

Candice lived with Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida her entire life. Her life was not an easy one but her story touched thousands around the world and became an instrument in changing public discourse on assisted dying laws.

...She wanted to tell her story so that others would see first hand how these laws put vulnerable people at risk when they are at their lowest.  “I don’t want to go” she told doctors that horrific night... 

...Candice showed all of us that our disabilities do not define us but they do define how we experience the world. That in the end, our value lies in our ability to give or receive Love.

... Thanks for courageously  sharing your story with us, Candice. The world is a better place for it.

You can read the full tribute here.

Final Word for Week 8
 
I hope that you have been enjoying our regular updates over the past eight weeks!  As restrictions ease over the coming days and weeks I pray that you are able to reconnect with ease and that you, and your families, stay safe and well.
Yours in the Defence of Life,
 
Dr. Rachel Carling
CEO - Right to Life NSW

 
We greatly appreciate all your support and generous donations.
Let's continue to stand for those who can't stand for themselves.
Be strong and take courage!
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CONTACT OUR TEAM:

Office Manager, Debbie Croker
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Membership Officer, Dominica Connor
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Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Rachel Carling
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Contact Dr. Rachel for any executive-level queries.  Dr Rachel is continuing to lobby parliament via teleconferences and video conferences! The work of Right to Life NSW has not paused just our physical presence.

     

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