In an opinion piece published by the Los Angeles Times on January 22nd, Frances Kissling and Kate Michelman write that the phrase "culture of life", coined by Pope John Paul II, has had a significant impact.Canadian poor-choicers appear to be in slightly better position than their US colleagues, since we don't have that many pro-life MPs, let alone having a pro-life Prime Minister. But at the very least the House of Commons agreed to have a debate on whether the criminals should be held responsible for injuring an unborn baby during an attack on a pregnant women. Yes, I'm talking about the bill C-484, the Unborn Victims Of Crime Act, which wasn't declared a non-votable item this time and which is supported by 72% of Canadians.
"To some people, pro-choice values seem to have been unaffected by the desire to save the whales and the trees, to respect animal life and to end violence at all levels," they write.
"Pope John Paul II got that, and coined the term 'culture of life.' President Bush adopted it, and the slogan, as much as it pains us to admit it, moved some hearts and minds. Supporting abortion is tough to fit into this package."
The authors' also admit that the pro-life movement's focus on the unborn child and its attempts to limit access to abortion have worked, both politically and socially. They lament that "Twenty years ago, being pro-life was déclassé. Now it is a respectable point of view."
As the bill was debated in the Parliament, the Bloc MP Meili Faille couldn't find any other arguments against the bill, beside appealing to the worn-out mantra that abortion on demand is a "woman's right" which is "non-negotiable", as well as stating how shocked she was that such debate had actually taken place in the House of Commons. No wonder she doesn't want any debate on the issue. She knows she has no arguments against a simple fact: Unborn babies are humans too.
P.S. It's projected that bill C-484 will be debated again on February 29, 2008. The vote is expected to take place on March 5. Please contact your MP (no matter what party he is from) and encourage him to support the Unborn Victims Of Crime Act.