Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pro-life laws in US yes, in Canada not-so-much

If abortion proponents condemned 2011 as “the year of abortion restrictions… mark[ing] a sea change for abortion rights,” and 2012 as “an unmitigated disaster for abortion rights,” I can’t imagine what they will say about 2013.

In 2011 there were a record 92 pro-life laws enacted in the states, followed by the second highest number, 43, in in 2012. This year has already seen at least 14 pro-life bills become law, according to Mailee Smith, Staff Counsel for Americans United for Life, so we are on track for another banner year.

But in 2013 we are not only seeing a high volume of typical pro-life legislative fare, we are seeing passage of pro-life legislation on steroids, the likes of which has never been observed in 40 years of legalized abortions throughout the U.S.

92 pro-life laws enacted in the United States in one year; and in Canada, a total of zero in forty years. And the current motion by MP Warawa, which simply expresses that we do not support discrimination against girls in sex-selection abortion, has been deemed "unvotable" by the Subcommittee on Private Members' Business. The consensus is that this directive came from Prime Minister Stephen Harper who refuses to open the abortion debate, in any way, shape or form.

A democracy?  someone the other evening said that we Canadians should realise that we have the greatest freedom of speech, more than our American counterparts. Now, this man is someone I respect, and he has lived for more than 13 years in Muslim countries where freedom of speech is non-existent. I think he can be forgiven for thinking we have much freedom here compared to other countries. But, when a private member of Parliament is censored from speaking, we have to admit that we only give lip service to freedom of speech.

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