May 14, 2015

#MarchForLife: "To be a voice for the voiceless"

Marissa SemkiwArchive

We asked men and women of all ages why they were at the March for Life in Ottawa on May 14, 2015.


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commented 2015-05-16 03:06:52 -0400
Marissa, another great piece. Canada has been avoiding the elephant in the room for far too long. I’m not sure I’d go so far as to call it a human rights crisis, but our complete lack of legislation concerning abortion is a national embarrassment.
A number of recent nationally-conducted polls show that the majority of Canadians — not distinguished as either pro-choice or pro-life — support enacting some form of abortion legislation to fill the vacuum (as do I). However, one or two polls also reported that some 20% of Canadians believe Canada already has too many limits and restrictions on abortion, which pretty much confirms the uselessness of opinion polls.
The fact is that Canada is in a rather unique position among all western, developed nations, by having no abortion law whatsoever. I’m not in favour of resurrecting unconstitutional laws or of criminally regulating access to abortions, but the complete absence of legislation has led to abortion being treated as routine, subject only to provincial and municipal regulations. In some places, it’s more difficult to get an appointment to see a dermatologist than it is to get an abortion. There is little to no oversight, no assurance of support and counselling for the woman, and no checks on how often abortion is being used as a form of birth control, with some women having not just one, but two, three or more throughout their lives. Most importantly, there are no laws regulating access to late-term abortions (at 5+ months). Not only are late-term abortions much more dangerous to the health of the woman, but can result in live births.
Provincial colleges of physicians (which regulate the professional conduct of doctors in the province) enact various “Guidelines” for doctors when dealing with abortion. On average, physicians are discouraged from performing abortions after 20 weeks (five months) without a good reason, but when they are performed, the Guidelines advise injecting digoxin or potassium chloride into the fetus or the amniotic sac to kill the fetus so that it dies before being removed from the mother’s body. Since the fetus is no longer breathing when it emerges, it has no rights and no one involved has any further obligations or legal responsibility toward it.
Given this is an issue of national importance, I’m not sure that creation and enforcement of such “Guidelines” over abortion should be left to the individual provincial medical colleges. Rather than bring back laws targeting the women who seek access to abortions, I believe there should be a national law aimed at the doctors and health care professionals, especially concerning late-term abortions.
One of the most consistent lines of division over the abortion issue is the philosophical/religious debate over when life actually begins, but I argue this is just a red herring, often used by both sides as a means of claiming some sort of moral high-ground in order to justify their positions. Believing life begins at conception, at the moment of live birth, or somewhere in between, is irrelevant, and every Canadian citizen is entitled to their own opinion. They’re also entitled to express, argue and defend their opinion in public, even if others may disagree or become offended. Too often, we avoid talking about the reality of an issue for fear of being accused of harbouring politically incorrect views and/or of causing offence to any one of the many protected classes of individuals in Canadian society, and this must stop.
There’s been no serious attempt to federally legislate abortion since the Mulroney conservatives tried in 1988-89, following the SCC decision in R v Morgentaler. Yet leftist conspiracy theories about the existence of a so-called conservative “hidden agenda” to re-criminalize abortion seem to pop up at the announcement of every government bill, regardless of its content. Today, any conservative politician or Christian individual who even utters the word “abortion” is immediately subjected to vitriolic, hate-filled, and even slanderous accusations and name-calling by leftists. It’s bullying, plain and simple, made worse by the left’s blatant hypocrisy in claiming outrage over this most recent info-graphic. For those who only watch CBC, Global and CTV and haven’t had the opportunity to see it for themselves, it’s an image of the Liberal shiny pony, Justin Trudeau, next to a photo of a bloody, freshly-aborted 10 or 12-week-old fetus, with the text “Trudeau supports abortion until birth”.
Graphic, yes. But it’s not a lie, or even misleading. Trudeau has publicly stated that — if he becomes PM — he will never legislate on abortion, under any circumstances, period, and in the absence of any legislation, abortion is technically available in Canada until birth.
Rather than address the statement and have a frank discussion about the real issue — abortion — these liberal wingnuts are screaming bloody murder over being forced to confront the reality of an issue they claim is a is a fundamental human (female) right. Sure, images of aborted fetuses are incredibly disturbing, but they are real. These idiots aren’t concerned with reality, they just want to silence anyone who shows people the truth.
I’m not against choice, but I do insist that when my tax dollars go toward subsidizing abortion on demand the women in question be fully informed and understand the real consequences of what her decision entails. I have to wonder at the true motives of anyone who would disagree with this. Are they concerned that being shown a picture of a bloody fetus might change a woman’s decision to have an abortion? I don’t doubt that it will, in some cases, but what right do they have to object, if the choice to have an abortion or not is truly an individual female right?
As if that’s not bad enough, the mainstream media is openly sympathetic to the bullies. Rather than objectively reporting the facts, the media pre-judges the issues and the parties and promotes its favourites, in this case by simply pronouncing that the image of the fetus is too graphic to show the public. Once the media determines the image to be so graphic and offensive that it cannot be aired, the bullies win. The news, which should be concerned with reporting an obvious infringement on individual rights and freedom of expression, turns the story into a fluff piece featuring Trudeau as a victim whose public image was tarnished by radical pro-life activists who dared to tell people the truth.
23,000 ordinary Canadians — from all walks of life — assembling in Ottawa to peacefully protest the lack of government legislation on abortion, and the mainstream media portrays them as criminals.
This is the real shame.
commented 2015-05-16 02:29:27 -0400
I stand for life!
commented 2015-05-15 17:54:39 -0400
“Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s”. Life is a gift from God. It is not a matter of choice for man to end it. And for a fact, abortion and euthanasia are not in the Charter of Rights. As it stands right now, we have no law in Canada.
commented 2015-05-15 12:13:45 -0400
Thanks, Marissa. I didn’t realize the demonstration was so large and so diverse.
commented 2015-05-15 08:22:07 -0400
I feel for all those that say abortion is against humanity, and that abortionist are murdering babies. I’m not for abortion but again I am for freedom. We choose this freedom of choice. To have anyone dictate to you about what freedoms they wish to impose on you or take from you is jot freedom but dictatorship. The right to choose ones own way of life as I’ve heard Ezra Levant says constantly is a charter right. But and there is always a but, only if one agrees with his version of freedom. Either have or we don’t, for me there is no middle ground. We have laws that dictate to us as a social society that we can all live by. This is not one of those laws. You can protest all you want and try to change that law to your liking. But as it stands right now, people in this country have the right to choose and I for one don’t want to tell you otherwise.
commented 2015-05-15 08:09:10 -0400
@peter: I hear you. I can’t wrap my head around it either.
commented 2015-05-14 21:07:04 -0400
I still reel from the fact that some people in Canada can think it is okay to murder babies. Life starts at the point o conception.
commented 2015-05-14 21:07:04 -0400
I still reel from the fact that some people in Canada can think it is okay to murder babies. Life starts at the point o conception.
commented 2015-05-14 19:15:49 -0400
Any society that trivializes divorce and abortion to the level of a haircut is destined to be replaced by one that did not….that is not dogma…that is not intellectual theory….that is not any sort of “ism”….that is simple arithmatic.