During our latest call to action to help a pro-life candidate in Scarborough, I met an amazing volunteer named Lee-Anne Wachtel. After seeing her dedication and hearing her story and background, I asked for an interview. Here’s what she said.
1. What motivated you to become active in the pro-life movement?
I decided to become active in the pro-life movement to be a voice for the voiceless. I realized that there is a growing number of people who feel the same way. I realized by coming across pro-life pages such as Right Now that there is a way to get involved and make a difference.
2. Politics can be intimidating to some people. Why do you think it’s important for pro-lifers to get involved in this area of the movement?
I think that it’s important for pro-lifers to get involved since it’s the only way we’ll see pro-life legislation.
3. Helping on the Dasong Zou campaign was your first time volunteering for a pro-life candidate. Can you tell me a bit about what your experience was like?
My experience was a rewarding one. I met some amazing like-minded people that were committed to a cause and I felt like a sense of community when I went door- knocking. My team came together and made sure we were committed to getting pro-life voters to come out and vote.
4. Even though Dasong lost, do you still feel like you made a difference?
Yes of course I felt like I made a difference. When an election is close, knocking on doors can increase voter supporter turnout by 12%. We increased the vote in Scarborough Agincourt riding by 2.6 points overall.
5. After volunteering on a big campaign, what message do you think it sends to the campaign manager and campaign team when they see groups of pro-life volunteers come to help them?
I think it sends a very positive message. It also shows a very dedicated, committed group of volunteers are ready to work for a cause in an effective way. I also think it will encourage hope and optimism during tough campaigns and build bridges between the pro-life movement and political operatives. This will pave the way for pro-life legislation to actually pass in future.
6. You mentioned during our conversations you were born with Turner’s syndrome. Can you talk a little bit about that and how you don’t let it hold you back from taking part in activism you care about?
I was born with Turner Syndrome and diagnosed at birth. Turner Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder with a chromosomal abnormality. It only affects women. Instead of the Standard XX chromosome Turners Syndrome recipient’s are missing one of the X chromosomes. Turners Syndrome recipient’s aren’t at risk for intellectual challenges but may or may not have learning disabilities. However Turners girls can live healthy productive lives. For more information please visit the website of the Turner Syndrome Society of Canada here. I’ve never let my Turners define me or stop me from taking part in activism that I care about. I also didn’t let it stop me from graduating high school with honours. I also graduated from Seneca with my Diploma in Office Administration. I’ve been employed with CIBC for 9 years. My parents always encouraged me to do my best. They never treated me different than my siblings. My parents always encouraged me. This stands with me today.
7. What message do you have for pro-life supporters who are on the fence about volunteering for a pro-life candidate?
Don’t think that you can’t make a difference. Even if we lose a by-election on the rare occasion, the more people we get out to vote for this cause, the more we will win in future. It’s impossible to lose. We’re sending a clear message through our regular victories. Don’t ever give up.
8. Do you have anything else you would like to say?
Yes I would like to talk about my family background. I’m (observant) Orthodox Jewish which contributes to my pro-life views. My family is Jewish but not observant. I started exploring my Jewish roots 15 years ago. As a Turners Syndrome recipient, my issue is with selective (ie: Down Syndrome) and gender selective abortions. I also have an issue with a abortion on demand. The original feminists stood up against abortion. We should follow in their footsteps and do so as well.
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