The front page of today’s National Post contains a story by Tristan Hopper about late-term abortions that I’m sure was intended to evoke sympathy for women that find themselves in this particular situation.
After an ultrasound at 21 weeks “Carol” was told that the baby she was carrying had a severe bone disorder. She requested and received an abortion due to the “emotional trauma” of it all.
What struck me after reading this article was how modern science has been the cause of so many ethical dilemmas lately. Yes some medical advances have certainly benefited mankind but others have left us in a moral no-man’s land.
In earlier times (before ultrasounds) a woman in this kind of situation would give birth and then the child might live a short time thereafter depending on the severity of the condition.
But now women get to play God and might even elect to have an abortion because they don’t want to give birth to a child with any kind of defect – even one as minor as a cleft palate. (H/T – BerthaWilsonMotion)
But the monster isn’t really medical advancement. Rather it’s our failure as a society to even have the stomach for a debate about such matters.
Our elected officials are letting us down. But that’s only because we ourselves continue to take the path of least resistance.
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This is a Must-Read letter in the Star(!) Canada isolated on abortion debate:
…The simple fact that Canada is one of the only countries in the world (along with the U.S.) to permit abortion on demand without a gestational limit is, I have found, less well known back home than it is here in the U.K. or elsewhere, which suggests that much of the blame must be laid at the door of Canada’s incredibly insular media…
Also great letter in National Post – “Catch 22s and Abortions” (A Toronto doctor goes also goes after the liberal media):
That was a clever Catch-22 that Dr. Carolyn Bennett offered to Jonathan Kay when she challenged him to “find one late-tem abortion performed in Canada to a healthy mother with a healthy fetus.”
She would well know that such information is impossible to obtain in Canada, where both federal and provincial government agencies are scandalously lax at collecting basic data on abortion, and frankly obstructionist to freedom-of-information requests. The recent brush-off given by the Ontario government to such an enquiry is but one example. Statistics Canada has had trouble even obtaining the number of abortions performed at private clinics, much less other basic demographic data. To complete the picture, Canada’s socially liberal mainstream media roll over in supine apathy when abortion questions are raised…
Dr. Paul Ranalli, Toronto.