Life Canada e-mail release:
Ottawa, ON – While some may celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to strike down Canada’s existing abortion law, LifeCanada will mark today as one of national mourning. For 25 years, the abortion debate has been couched in the language of women’s rights—ignoring the tragic reality that over 2.2 million unborn children have been aborted in Canada since the 1988 Morgentaler decision.It's been 25 years, however the abortion debate continues - much to the dismay of the pro-abort crowd:
With the advance of medical technology, including 3D and 4D ultrasound, and widespread access to information via social media and the Internet, it is impossible to hide the truth that abortion takes the life of a vulnerable human being.
And the results are beginning to show. Since 2002, Environics polls, commissioned by LifeCanada, have consistently found that most Canadians want some legal restrictions on abortion. 72% of Canadians responding to the latest 2011 poll said they wanted legal restrictions on abortion. The poll further found that 92% of Canadians want sex selection abortions to be made illegal.
Just a few days ago in the United States, which has at least some state restrictions on abortion, almost half a million people—mostly teenagers—gathered on Capitol Hill to call on their government to make abortion illegal. Canada should follow suit. The Canadian National March for Life in 2012 saw its largest crowd yet—with over 22,000 participants advocating for a law restricting abortion in Canada.
“The tide is changing,” says LifeCanada president Lisa Smith, “More and more people are realizing that unrestricted access to abortion is not something to celebrate. This is a critical debate which is not about women’s rights, but about human rights—the rights of unborn human beings, girls and boys. Today, we will not celebrate the loss of over 2.2 million Canadians. Today we will mourn.”
One may wonder why events that occurred 40 and 25 years ago are still so vigorously debated today. You would think these two court decisions would have been relegated to the annals of history by now. Instead, you will be hard pressed to find a court decision more talked about, written about and dissected in the past decades. So much so that Time magazine saw fit to feature Roe v. Wade on the front cover of its first issue of the year, with a proclamation that abortion rights activists have been losing ever since that fateful day in 1973.Quoting Stephanie Gray:
In spite of unfettered abortion being anchored in Canadian law for a quarter century, this country’s citizens continue to grapple with whether or not abortion is right simply because it’s legal. After all, history is rife with examples of injustices that were eventually corrected. One only has to recall the Dred Scott Decision of 1857 and the Jim Crow laws enacted between 1876 and 1965 which denied blacks American citizenship, questioned their full personhood, and mandated segregation, to observe that just because something is legal, it doesn’t make it right.
Social reform movements have played a major role in Canadian politics. From the so-called Furious Feminists of the ‘70s to the Occupy and Idle No More movements of today, societal ills will always engage large segments of the population. It’s no surprise that the pro-life movement and the push for pre-born human rights maintain a high profile in public discourse.
Pre-born childrens’ silent screams cannot be heard but their broken bodies can be seen—which cry out for justice.The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform is planning to hold a pro-life display outside the building where abortion clinics supporters hold their celebration of the Morgentaler decision. Hopefully the pro-aborts have much less to celebrate in the years to come.