In Canada, the awarding of the nation’s highest civilian honor to notorious abortionist and actively hostile foe of all religion, Henry Morgentaler, has ignited protest against the suitability of such a person for the award. There appears to be widespread disgust, even among many Canadians who are not ardent pro-lifers, over the Order of Canada Advisory Committee’s sneaking through of this unexpected recognition of the abortion activist during Canada’s major national long holiday weekend.
Adding insult to injury, the head of the Advisory Committee, Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin, actively participated in the action which would appear to be a serious conflict of interest from which she should have removed herself. Her approval of the award, and the apparent unprecedented change to the unanimous vote tradition that brought it about, could easily be seen to contradict the decision that struck down Canada’s abortion law in 1988.
The Supreme Court justices in 1988 ruled that there was “a legitimate government interest in protecting the unborn” and they encouraged Parliament to draft a new law that would not violate the technicalities under which the old law was struck down. Henry Morgentaler, however, has always opposed any and all legal restrictions on abortion while insisting that governments fully pay for every abortion and for any reason.
It remains to be seen how all this will play out but one thing is certain – many Canadians are dismayed with the decision to grant the award to this abortion extremist, religion hater, self admitted womanizer and abortion chain owner who has personally highly profited from Canada’s lack of an abortion law since 1988.
Much of Canada’s mainstream media, especially the CBC, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, are responding with their usual abortion supporting tactics of painting all abortion opponents as violence prone religious fanatics and Henry Morgentaler as a compassionate, selfless crusader who acted on behalf of all the women of Canada. It will be interesting to see if today’s newer generation will swallow all the propaganda.
We will continue to report on this issue as things continue to develop.
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