In a tragic event in Quebec City on August 10, Marie-Pier Gagné, 27, was struck by a car as she crossed a crosswalk by the hospital. Sadly, she died as the result of severe injuries. But, before she died, medical staff were able to safely deliver her pre-born baby girl.
Being pro-life means, by definition, being for life. The same groups that recognize the value of children in the womb are those who recognize the value of the elderly, the terminally ill, the mentally ill, and all human life. With euthanasia and assisted suicide now accepted in Canada as additional ways to eliminate inconvenience and suffering, it is worth considering how interconnected the issues of abortion and euthanasia are.
Last week the Native Women’s Association of Canada released a strong endorsement for the Protection of Pregnant Women and Their Preborn Children Act.
The murder of Candice Rochelle Bobb from Etobicoke, ON is a tragedy complicated by the fact that she was 24 weeks pregnant with her third son. Since 2000, at least twenty-four Canadian women have been victims of violent assault or murder while carrying their child to term.
This week, tens of thousands of Canadians will leave their homes and jobs and spend part of their day marching. The annual, nationwide March for Life draws bigger crowds every year; people of all ages coming together to bring attention to the fact that Canada is the only country in the world with no legal protections for children before they are born.
Two papers published this week again drew attention to the ongoing practice of sex-selective abortion in Canada. With a focus on Indian communities, the researchers found a skewed ratio of boys to girls that cannot be explained by chance. While this study singles out a particular cultural group in Canada, sex-selective abortion is legal for anyone, at any point, as is all other abortion in Canada.
They had just received the news that two-year-old Lily, their only child, was diagnosed with autism. After receiving advice from a specialist, they scheduled an appointment at the clinic where she would receive the lethal injection that would end her suffering. The day arrived and they passed Lily to the attendant who took her away while her parents paced anxiously in the waiting room.
For those concerned about the health and safety of all Canadians, no matter their location, it was with nervous excitement that we received the news of Dr. Jane Philpott’s appointment as Minister of Health.
Justin Trudeau’s attempt to play wedge politics with the abortion issue fell flat at last week’s French language debate. This must have been disappointing for him as his position has been clear for some time: he supports every form of abortion – including for the sole purpose of terminating the lives of girl babies simply because they are female – at every stage of pregnancy. He even issued an edict stating that anyone who questioned the status quo was not welcome in the Liberal party.