And may we someday have the human decency to cherish and protect all of God’s creations – not just the animals and Mother Earth.
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Canada Enters the Culture War over Abortion – NewsRealBlog
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Saving women’s lives without abortion – Jonathan Kay, National Post. The whole column deserves serious contemplation, but here are some of the more salient points :
“Why is the Prime Minister denying the fact that maternal health must include access to safe and legal abortions be it in Canada, or be it outside of Canada?” asked Michael Ignatieff. “The government is reversing a 25-year-old position of consensus on this issue in Canada on this question.”
Although this bickering match has been going on for a while now, I feel compelled to wade in to say two things that seem very obvious to me, but which somehow have eluded most commentators:
First, there is no abortion “consensus” in Canada. So stop talking about the issue as if it’s settled.
Second, even if a complete maternal-health package for poor countries is deemed to include access to safe abortions (a premise supported by the available public-health data, and with which I happen to agree) there is absolutely nothing that says Canada must be the country that provides it.
On the first point, those who argue that Canada has reached a “consensus” on abortion are either willfully lying or deceiving themselves. What Canada has is not a “consensus” (which my computer tells me is an “agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole”) but rather a legal vacuum left behind by 20 years of Canadian political inaction…
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…unsafe abortion was responsible for just 3% of the total loss of human life (as much as this can be measured through such utilitarian tallies) in the maternal and perinatal area.
Put another way, Harper’s plan would concentrate Canada’s foreign-aid resources at the service of health conditions that account for 97% of the risks befalling women and their newborn children. Only 3%would be left to other donor nations, or indigenous health services–a small price to pay, some would argue, for ensuring that the millions of pro-life Canadians in this country do not feel alienated by an aid plan that, no matter how you slice it, would save thousands of lives all across the developing world.
Only in Canada could such a sensible approach become the subject of such extreme criticism. Perhaps when we grow up enough to have a proper abortion law, we’ll also be sufficiently mature to avoid this sort of unedifying political hysteria over public health.
The Liberals and NDP should be ashamed of themselves for trying to politicize this aid strategy.