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.
Media are reporting that Windsor police have made an arrest in the gruesome murder of Cassandra Kaake. Matthew Brush, 26, is charged with one count of murder. The arrest follows less than a week after Windsor police took the extraordinary step of canvassing an entire neighbourhood for voluntary DNA samples to rule themselves out as a suspect.
In a landmark decision already twenty-seven years old today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canada’s then-existing abortion regulations were unconstitutional. While many Canadians grieve the subsequent loss of a full quarter of their generation through abortion, others celebrate this day with exuberance, calling Canadians to protect their unfettered access to abortion at any stage of the pregnancy.
According to the Globe and Mail, Health Canada is close to making a decision regarding an application for RU-486 to be made available in our country. The decision is a long awaited one as it has been over two years since the application was made by Linepharma International. From the Globe and Mail:
Cassandra Kaake was found bludgeoned to death in a burned out Windsor, Ontario residence last week Thursday. Police revealed the next day that Ms. Kaake was seven months pregnant at the time of her death. Her murder is a tragedy, but she wasn’t the only one who lost a life that night. Her pre-born baby girl did too. Yet her daughter is not recognized as a person under Canadian criminal law because she hadn’t yet exited her mother’s womb. And because of that legal deficiency, no murder charge will ever be laid against the person who took her life.
Discerning the facts about abortion, abortion laws, and their impact on women’s health can be as challenging as understanding the rise and fall of the TSX. There are no shortage of opinions. And of course we have the perennial warning from abortion advocates telling us that restrictions will have dire consequences for women – “Outlaw abortion and abortion won’t stop. Women will just do it illegally and women will die!
The announcement today that New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant is removing Regulation 84-20 comes as no surprise. Regulation 84-20 requires that only medically necessary abortions be funded with tax dollars. Mr. Gallant made a commitment that if elected he would act swiftly to remove all remaining safeguards for women seeking to end the life of their pre-born child.