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Help Gabrielle build a new pregnancy resource center next to a Calgary abortion facility: LifeFunder

(LifeSiteNews) — On today’s episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, I spoke with a Canadian pro-life leader who’s found a creative way to work around the nation’s “bubble zone” laws.

Gabrielle Johnson is the executive director of the Alberta Life Issues Educational Society and also does day-to-day operations at The Back Porch pregnancy resource center in Edmonton.

Today, Johnson shared her plans to build another pregnancy resource center right next to an abortion facility in Calgary, just like The Back Porch. Click here to make a donation through LifeFunder so she can help more mothers choose life.

“The main reason that a lot of women come to us is because they mistake us for the abortion clinic at the outset,” Johnson said. “So when they walk in the door, we have about 30 seconds to engage them in conversation because they’re here for their abortion appointments.”

Johnson also pointed out how Canada’s “bubble zone” laws prohibit pro-life picketing and protesting within 50 meters of a facility, but if a pregnancy resource center is right next door, that also effectively bans any pro-abortion picketing and protesting right outside their building.

“While people for 40 Days for Life can’t stand there with signs, neither can people who are going to come and harass us and the work that we do, or tell women they should not speak to people who are trying to promote life-affirming options,” she said.

The John-Henry Westen Show is available by video on the show’s YouTube channel and right here on my LifeSite blog.

You can send me feedback, or ideas for show topics by emailing [email protected].

Help Gabrielle build a new pregnancy resource center next to a Calgary abortion facility: Click here

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.


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