After nearly three years of deliberating, Health Canada has approved Mifepristone for use in Canada. The process has not been without controversy, as it expands abortion services in a nation that is among the most radical in the world when it comes to the lack of protection for the preborn. Linepharma International, the small European drug manufacturer of the Mifepristone tablet, more commonly known as RU-486, faced obstacles right from the genesis of its foray into the Canadian market.
A story out of New Zealand recently told of a school nurse booking a student for an abortion, driving her there during school hours, bringing her home late, and lying about why they were late. Weeks later, as the girl deteriorated emotionally and physically, it came out that she had received an abortion that day. The surgery damaged her uterus and she will now never be able to have a baby.
The Canadian pro-life group We Need a Law submitted the following to LifeNews:
When the horrors of the Holocaust became public in the 1940s, eugenics faded to the background. But once again we are witnessing science being manipulated in an attempt to create a more “perfect” society.
A political campaign being carried out by anti-abortion groups is evoking reactions from across the country. The two groups, Campaign Life Coalition and Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform have combined their resources and are in the process of delivering one million postcards in advance of the October federal election. The postcards show an aborted baby juxtaposed with the well-known face of Justin Trudeau and the phrase “No 2 Trudeau”. It's a provocative message to be sure.
Should Christians rally on the steps of government? Does Scripture allow for peaceful protest? While many answer in the affirmative there are some Bible believing Christians who do not support any form of protest and see it as an act of aggression against God-ordained civil authorities. As a response to those who do not support the annual March for Life demonstration I quote my colleague André Schutten. In an article he wrote for the Reformed Perspective magazine he says,
A few years ago, John Dixon of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association was asked what he thought of attempts to prevent the distribution of pro-life flyers in a Chilliwack, B.C. neighbourhood. Dixon pointed out that, while his organization staunchly supports a woman’s right to choose abortion, he nonetheless was “discouraged to see old comrades in the fight for democratic freedoms acting as though they are so afraid of argument and advocacy for the other side that we should embrace the illusory comforts of censorship.”
Well this is interesting. In spite of refusing to budge on a proclamation which bans pro-lifers from the Liberal Party of Canada, the federal New Democrats think Justin Trudeau is not pro-choice enough.
The unjustifiable killing of a human being is always a tragedy. When the victim is carrying a pre-born child the tragedy becomes all the more complex. In two alarming news stories this week from two separate jurisdictions we once again are confronted with the need for just laws that protect the human rights of all human beings.