NewsFri Jun 29, 2007 - 12:15 pm EST
“Abolish Abortion”, the Number One Wish for Canada
TORONTO, June 29, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The leaders of pro-life organizations across Canada have been saying for decades that the majority of Canadians are not in favour of abortion on demand despite the mainstream media’s bias in favour of abortion absolutism.
Nevertheless, for many years now the abortion debate has been routinely silenced and dismissed as a ‘done deal’ in Canadian society; but when given the opportunity, it often resurfaces as one of the most poignant and impassioned national discussions. Recently, the CBC’s Great Canadian Wish List page on Facebook sparked a national debate about abortion that has been raging since its launch on May 28th.
The wish to "Abolish Abortion in Canada" has been the number one wish for a solid month. It remains in first place out of 2,950 wishes, with a membership of 8,311 supporters, fully 1,588 more supporters than the pro-abortion wish that "Canada remain pro-choice" (as of June 27, 2007).
The debate has been open, public and has allowed both sides equal access to the same technology and the same equal opportunity to get their votes in. So far the CBC does not seem to have interfered with the debate, and July 1st, when the contest comes to a close, is just around the corner.
"The Facebook debate poses some interesting questions for the liberal media who portray the majority of Canadians as pro-abortion." says Natalie Hudson, Executive Director of The Right to Life Association of Toronto. "The media has constantly given voice to an extremist view that abortion is an absolute right, whereas most Canadians are appalled to learn that there is no legal protection for the unborn what-so-ever."
The facts that seldom get airtime show that the majority of Canadians are not in support of the current situation that allows abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Annual polling done by Environics Research Group for LifeCanada consistently shows that two thirds (over 63%) of Canadians want some protection for unborn human life. The 2006 poll indicated that 31% of the 2,021 Canadians polled held that human life begins at conception and the rights of the unborn child should be protected from that point onwards.
The Right to Life Association of Toronto, says Hudson, believes that more debate on the issue of abortion would serve to better inform the public, and perhaps it may even lower Canada’s notoriously high rate of about 300 abortions per day. A more informed public and lower abortion rates are things that both sides of the issue can agree upon.
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