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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Resolution P-207 is a good place to start

The passing of resolution P-207, which seeks to add charges to anyone who kills or injures a fetus during the commission of a crime against a pregnant mother, has many Canadians seeing this as the thin edge of the wedge threatening the status quo of the abortion issue. Personally, I hope it is.

Let me be clear: I support a woman’s right to choose an abortion. I’m not totally comfortable with it, but accept it as I do other social practices with which I’m somewhat at odds.

The prospect that a six to nine month old fetus can be aborted on anyone's whim is abhorrent to me. Such a prospect should be totally outside the bounds of any civilized society.

It is not a women’s right to choose that I object to, it is the nature of this right: it is unlimited, unfettered, unregulated and absolute.

Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee Canadian rights as follows:

Part I, Sec.1: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. [Emphasis added]

Why should a woman’s right to an abortion be unique and not be subject “to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society?”

Unregulated abortion on demand and government funded/sanctioned leads to abuse, just as all absolute rights tend to lead to abuse. Moreover, it is just plain wrong—it is inhuman. Surely, once the fetus has reached the point it could survive outside the womb, we should extend the protection of the law to that unborn child.

As I have written before, however, the mere mention that some measure of protection should be extended to unborn children brings shouts of derision, name-calling and outrage—never mind the fact that some aborted babies are old enough and healthy enough to survive outside the womb without heroic care. (Sceptics should read here and here.)

The Canadian social fabric has been stained before by what in retrospect we consider disgraceful practices. Late-term abortions are but one more stain which in time will be washed clean.

Many Canadians believe that abortions in the third trimester of pregnancy are already illegal, but unfortunately they are not. However, I think that late-term abortion will begin to so offend the consciences of Canadians that it will cease to be political suicide to raise the issue in parliament.

Then we can have a free vote on the subject.smleaf

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