I suppose this is one post that crosses borders, and can be posted here and on The Roaring Lion, and so it will be.
It appears that after far too long, an MP from Ontario is attempting to open up the abortion debate in Canada, producing a private members bill to discuss when life begins.
It’s a step in the right direction.
The following article appears in the most recent edition of The Carillon News, a local weekly newspaper:
Status quo on abortion not acceptable
Canada is one of only four countries in the world with no law restricting abortion (the other three being China, Vietnam, and North Korea).
This legal vacuum came about as a result of a unique set of circumstances. In 1988 the Supreme Court struck down Canada’s existing abortion law on the grounds its procedural requirements were manifestly unfair. Contrary to popular myth, the Supreme Court did not rule that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees abortion rights. In fact, the court even invited Parliament to draft a new abortion law.
The Mulroney government proceeded to do so and introduced a bill that would have banned abortion except when a doctor determined the mother’s life or health was threatened. While it received approval in the House of Commons, it was defeated on a tie vote in the Senate. Since that time, no federal government has chosen to tackle this issue.
Although many abortion rights supporters claim Canadians have arrived at a pro-choice consensus, the reality is considerably different. In a 2010 Angus-Reid survey, only one-fifth of Canadians were even aware that abortion is completely unregulated in this country. Other surveys indicate most Canadians believe some restrictions on abortion should be in place.
For example, two Angus-Reid surveys conducted in 2010 reveal more than half of Canadians believe girls under the age of 18 should not be able to get an abortion without parental consent. A 2008 poll by Environics showed almost two-thirds of Canadians would support informed consent laws requiring doctors to provide women with information about fetal development (i.e. ultrasounds) before performing an abortion. In a 2011 Environics poll, 92 percent of Canadians stated the selective abortion of female fetuses should be illegal.
It’s not difficult to see shy most Canadians are uncomfortable with an extreme pro-choice position that assigns no rights to the fetus. The science of embryology makes it clear the fetus is more than a blob of tissue as it develops a heartbeat and brainwaves remarkably early in the pregnancy. It is illogical to recognize a newborn baby as a full-fledged person and simultaneously deny personhood status to an equally developed nine-month-old fetus.
Interestingly, some pro-choice advocates recognize the lack of distinction between born and unborn babies and support the right of parents to kill babies even after birth. A recent article in the Journal of Medical Ethics by Drs. Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva argues parents should be allowed to conduct “post-birth abortions.” In other words, they call for the legalization of infanticide.
Although Giubilini and Minerva acknowledge fetuses and newborn babies are human being, they deny this gives them an inherent right to life. “Merely being human is not in itself a reason for ascribing to someone a right to life,” argue these doctors. In their view, all babies, born and unborn, are merely potential persons because they lack self-awareness.
Fortunately, most pro-choice advocates distance themselves from the extreme views of doctors like Giubilini and Minerva. However, the fact Giubilini and Minerva are able to use many of the standard pro-choice arguments to support infanticide should give us pause for concern.
Some lawmakers are looking to introduce some legal rights for the unborn in this country. Stephen Woodworth, a Conservative MP from Ontario, recently introduced a motion in the House of Commons to legally define fetuses as human beings. It will be debated some time in April.
The status quo on abortion in this country is unacceptable. At a minimum, we need to recognize that unborn children need some legal protections. Accepting Woodworth’s motion would be a first good step.
I agree Michael.
Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to Canada!
I am having a difficult time this morning. The issue of abortion lays heavy on my heart all the time. I find it appalling that people would willingly decide to kill a baby through abortion techniques. There are way too many babies who never see the light of day because of abortion. And then a loving, caring, hungry-for-more-of-God family gets pregnant wanting their child, and for reasons unknown to humans but part of a greater plan, the baby dies in the womb.
I have shed so many tears already, and know that my crying isn’t over yet. I lived a joyful life the last sixteen weeks knowing another child was coming to a loving couple. I never got to hold my niece. I weep.
This past week i had the opportunity to attend the Onething conference in Kansas City that the International House of Prayer puts on every year from Dec. 28 – Dec. 31. As always it was an enjoyable time. Lou Engle, one of the leaders at IHOP and founder of Bound4Life, was speaking on the last day of the conference and he said something that greatly impacted me. He was speaking about President Obama, and how for 390 days he would be praying for Obama. His prayer would be that President Obama would become a Pro-Life supporter and change the laws of the U.S.A. that would make abortion illegal.
Immediately as he said this my heart was impacted for our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. Harper is a Christian and has done a lot of great work as far as his political life goes. I have heard people in the political realm say that Prime Minister Harper is one of the smartest politicians to ever be in office, regardless of what party is represented, and that gives me hope for our country. As i am reminded, i pray for various polititians, but something about Lou Engle’s cry of the heart for President Obama resonated with me.
The reality of the situation is that Canada’s laws towards abortion are worse than those of America. In Canada, it is legal to have an abortion right up until birth. I have even heard stories where doctors have pushed the baby back into the womb during the birth process just so they could still legally administer the abortion, because technically the baby is not born yet. This is sick. It’s twisted. And it needs to stop.
In the past few weeks i have been looking to re-write my prayer list. And what better time than this? As i re-write it, i will be adding certain politicians to the list, including Prime Minister Harper, on every day of the week. I will be praying that God will impact Mr. Harper so that he will change the laws of abortion that we currently have in Canada, to make abortion illegal in all respects.
Please join me in this prayer…
I came across this video on a friends blog and had to share it. So moved to tears by how people can be so awesome…
After considering the comments made on my blogs as well as the conversations i have had with people in my life, i have decided to take an extended break from blogging for a time of discernment. I apologize in advance to you, my readers.
I just watched this video. I’m undecided as to whether or not i like his approach, yet at the same time it does cause people to stop and think.