Bill Whatcott grew up in a broken, alcoholic home and spent his teenage years in a series of group homes and foster homes. After spending a few years on the street (and some in prison), Bill turned his life over to Jesus Christ and embarked on a new path.
In 1991 Bill graduated from Humber College as a Practical Nurse with honours and pursued a successful career in nursing. In 1994, he became a volunteer at Aid to Women, and as a sidewalk counselor he reached out to abortion-bound mothers to offer them life-affirming help during their time of crisis. From there, Bill became a dedicated and outspoken family-values activist—who found himself in jail again, only this time for doing good.
Bill eventually embarked on a path that took him into court battles against his nursing association, two universities and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. Those court cases made it to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeals, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and even the Supreme Court of Canada, setting important precedents, impacting free speech and religious liberty in a way that affects Canadians from all walks of life. Bill won some and lost others; but in the end, we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude: he “fought the good fight” for all Canadians—born, and not-yet-born.