Letters to the Editor

Canada’s abortion matter still not settled

Jan. 28 marked the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada decision, R. v. Morgentaler which struck down this country’s abortion laws, allowing abortion on demand for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.

This gives us good reason to reflect on the status quo that has been now for a quarter-century.

Looking at the past decades of political discourse it’s clear that even after 25 years, Canadians are nowhere near settled on the matter of pre-born human rights – and for good reason. Statistics Canada reports that in 2009 there were over 11,000 abortions after 13 weeks gestation.

Interestingly, other Western nations, some of which are more secular than ours, recognize in law the rights of pre-born children at 12 weeks gestation.

The issue of legal protection for children in the womb is difficult, but it does not justify inaction. It’s time for Canada to start setting things right.

Yes, the politics are complicated and difficult. But that should never excuse a First World nation from doing everything it can to protect the weakest members of society.

 

Mike Schouten, campaign director, WeNeedaLAW.ca

Surrey

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