Dear Canada: Our Silence is Bad Science
This week I got an email titled: “It’s an exciting time to be a Liberal woman.” The fact is, it’s not.
Currently Canadian law deprives a child of recognition as a human being until the moment of complete birth. Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth has put forward a motion to revisit Section 223, which states that a child is not a human being until “it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother.” He is suggesting that Parliament study what modern medical information tells us about when a child should be considered a human being.
And the Liberals are opposing it point blank.
When did Opposition become about opposing ideas, regardless of their good?
According to a 2011 Environics poll, 92% of Canadians feel strongly enough about sex-selection abortion, that they want to see it banned, and 72% of Canadians feel that there should be some protection for all human life before birth (boys and girls), so how is it that Parliament insists on stifling the issue of unborn human rights?
My party’s suppression of debate is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Today I am saying sayonara to my Liberal membership.
In the email I received, Liberal Women’s Caucus President Caprice Barbour writes:
“In the House of Commons, a Conservative Member of Parliament has tabled a Bill that if passed, will upset the hard won and delicate balance that Canadians have achieved in giving women access to safe abortions. This Bill is a first step in turning back the clock on choice. Abortion has not been a criminal offence in Canada since 1988 and the lives of many women have been saved because of it. The Women’s Commission has taken a strong stand in support of Canadian women having access to safe abortions no matter where they live. We hope you will stand with us.” (Emphasis mine.)
What is the balance she speaks of?
We’ve gone long enough without laws protecting the unborn. The issue has laid dormant since 1989, when the Conservative Mulroney government neglected to challenge a tie in Senate. We need legislation that supports children and women. Legislating against partial-birth abortions is good thinking and sound healthcare.
Because if someone on the street carefully cut open my eight-month pregnant stomach with a scalpel, inside they’d find a fully-formed human, a little girl or boy, ready to take on life on the outside.
If the same person took a rock and began hammering on my belly you, along with 99% of Canadians, would be horrified. Because that’s a living person inside.
Yet, if I were to take my 36-week pregnant body to a local abortion clinic, under current legislation, it would be legal for them to dispose of my baby, no questions asked.
In the wake of the last election I remained a Liberal in hopes of progressive change within the party. I never thought abortion would be on the table. Now that it is, the game has changed.
I am turning in my card. I don’t want red on my hands anymore.
An important note from Stephen Woodworth:
“There is no question that our seventeenth Century law declaring that a child is not a human being until complete birth is related to the issue of abortion. However, whatever view one might take of abortion laws, isn’t it important and helpful to know whether the child is a human being? Shouldn’t a law with fundamental human rights implications be informed by truthful science and just principles? If a child is actually a human being before complete birth, should any Canadian law be so arbitrary as to designate anyone who is human as less than human? This has far wider implications than merely for the abortion issue. Parliament should not accept any law that says some human beings are not human.”
Abortion in Canada
MP’s motion aims an arrow at the self-deceptions of abortion.
CHANGE MY MIND: When Should a Fetus be Recognized as a Child?
MP Stephen Woodworth – Motion 312