OpinionMon Jan 30, 2012 - 6:24 pm EST
Morgentaler’s legacy: dead baby girls
January 30, 2012 (Unmaskingchoice.ca) - Tiny baby girls can be killed in Canada today (with our tax dollars), thanks to a decision whose anniversary was this past Saturday, January 28.
The ironic effect of a case that was supposedly about advancing women’s rights - the 1988 Supreme Court decision which struck down Canada’s abortion law - is that pre-born women lost all protection. For any reason or no reason, early in pregnancy or late, because she’s a she or because he’s unwanted, the dismemberment, decapitation and disembowelment of pre-born children is a regular occurence in our country.
This sobering reality should prompt people of conscience to stand up, speak out, and be a witness for those too vulnerable to speak for themselves. This past weekend, the survivor generation - young people who survived their time in the womb when many of their peers did not - bore witness to the ugly reality of “choice” in Toronto, Lethbridge and the Fraser Valley. Some oppose the display of bloody images, but shouldn’t we be more horrified that children are being killed than we are horrified of being informed of that reality? After all, do we blame the news when they report on injustices from around the globe?
When the Morgentaler decision came down in 1988, Supreme Court Justice Bertha Wilson said, “The right to liberty contained in s. 7 guarantees to every individual a degree of personal autonomy over important decisions intimately affecting his or her private life.”
How tragic that of all people it was a woman whose words would do to the pre-born what men once did to women. Just as a man cannot justify denying personhood status to, or abusing, women on grounds that he has the right to “liberty,” neither should a woman justify denying personhood status to, or killing, pre-born children on the grounds that she has the right to “liberty.” Since when does liberty permit us to deprive innocent human beings of their right to life? Moreover, the right to life is needed in order to exercise one’s right to liberty.
So in the name of a perverse notion of freedom, from British Columbia to Newfoundland, two-by-two, mother and child are walking into abortion clinics today. Each time, only one will come out alive. Some Canadians are celebrating this slaughter. We must not let the silent screams go unheard.
For those who know we need to EndtheKilling, the question we must ask ourselves is this: Are we as determined to save babies as abortion advocates are to kill them?
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Stephanie Gray is the executive director of the Canadian Center for Bioethical Reform. This article reprinted with permission from unmaskinchoice.ca.