Moving the Abortion Debate Forward without Changing the Law
But I think these incidents (Lewis is referring to the showing of graphic photos of abortion and the controversy that arises from this) reveal something more troubling. The only time society in general discusses these issues is when it is debating the pros and cons of demonstrations and posters. Politicians never discuss it unless it is to confirm a “woman’s right to choose,” which means a woman’s right to have an abortion.
What if Jack Layton were to get up and say that it is unacceptable that so many poor women are forced to have an abortion because they have no financial support? Layton is a big supporter of the poor. What if he suggested that the government help those women realize their dreams of education and job and find way to help them keep their babies?
What if he and Stephen Harper joined together ― not to change the law, because that is not going to happen ― but to show Canada is a place that cares deeply about its young people, its future generations and about life. It would show that Harper still listens to those social conservatives who were his earliest supporters.
This will not happen though because politicians are terrified of the issue. They are so concerned about offending anyone who would think this a first step to making abortion illegal that they have become tongue tied.
So the debate will continue to revolve around posters.
h/t Where the Rubber Hits the Road