As many of you will recall, back in December there was what I can only describe as a "big to-do" between the new leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May, and hardcore left-wing political activist Judy Rebick. In an interview, Ms. May had expressed some sentiments on abortion that were clearly pro-life. Ms. Rebick later responded to her views by articulating the notion that even discussing abortion and a woman's "right to choose" was turning back the clock to an archaic way of life.
Intrigued by the discussion, I started looking at some of the debate around abortion in Canada. I discovered an overwhelming amount of misinformation and ignorance. In fact, there is a lot out there that borders on superstition. Discussions of fetal development and the question of "when does life begin" are not welcome. Many Canadian women are not aware that if they are pregnant, not only can they legally have an abortion up until delivery but their baby has absolutely no rights and no protection under the law at all. I also found that most people are not aware of the fact that we abort nearly one third of our incoming/non-immigrant population every year. For a country with a birth-rate as low as ours, this is sure to spell long term disaster.
I had initially planned to write series of posts all at once. However, since it will take too much time to do this, I will be writing a series of posts over the next few weeks, perhaps even months. These posts are primarily intended to inform.
It should be noted that I have no intention of hiding my personal bias in this matter. I am nearly 36 weeks pregnant. The fact that I could have an abortion, that my husband has no rights at all over my child, that someone could potentially harm or even kill my child and I would be left with little to no legal recourse, is a major concern to me. In addition to this, there are my religious beliefs. As with the rest of my life, God play the biggest role in the shaping of my views on life and how it should be treated.
Comments are welcome, of course. If you have any references that I might find useful, please provide them. I am always on the lookout for more information on the subject. If I do not provide any sources with a post, then I would recommend that you do a Google search for any of the following terms: abortion, abortion law in Canada, bill C-338, Elizabeth May and Judy Rebick, fetal rights movement and fetal development. Statistics Canada also provides some information on the number of abortions performed in this country.