by Steven Ertelt
September 8, 2006
The Vatican (LifeNews.com) — In a meeting with Canadian bishops, Pope Benedict XVI criticized the North American country for its laws allowing abortion. He said they result in part because numerous pro-abortion Catholic politicians are ignoring their faith and putting their own beliefs ahead of the values of the church.
"In the name of ‘freedom of choice’ [Canada] is confronted with the daily destruction of unborn children," the pope said.
He added that laws allowing abortions are the result of "the exclusion of God from the public sphere."
He chided pro-abortion Catholic politicians for yielding to "ephemeral social trends and the spurious demands of opinion polls," according to an AP report.
"Democracy succeeds only to the extent that it is based on truth and a correct understanding of the human person. Catholic involvement in political life cannot compromise on this principle," he said.
"They are particularly damaging when Christian civic leaders sacrifice the unity of faith and sanction the disintegration of reason and the principles of natural ethics, by yielding to ephemeral social trends and the spurious demands of opinion polls," the pontiff added.
There were 105,154 abortions performed in Canada in 2002, according to Statistics Canada.
Some 15.4 of every 1,000 Canadian women 14 to 44 years old had an abortion in 2002, a rate which has been steady since the Canadian Supreme Court ruled abortions could be allowed in 1988.
Abortion in Canada hasn’t been entirely safe, as abortion advocates claim.
A Canadian woman who suffered from a botched abortion and nearly committed suicide twice afterwards because of the emotional pain she experienced filed a lawsuit last month. She also said the stress of the situation resulted in the breaking off of her relationship with her fiance.
The woman, a 28 year-old student, found out she was pregnant in June 2004 and was referred to the Kensington Clinic abortion facility.
According to the lawsuit, a degenerative hip disease made it so she could not carry the pregnancy to term.
Ted Busheikin did an abortion on her on July 21, 2004 at the abortion facility and the lawsuit says the woman continued to experience sever pain in her hips. The woman saw her doctor, Dr. John Barrow, to obtain pain medication, which she took for the next three and a half months without feeling any improvement.
The lawsuit says the woman underwent tissue and blood tests at Kensington Clinic following the abortion and officials at the abortion center assured her the abortion was successful.
“Three days following the procedure (she) received confirmation from the Kensington Clinic that the pregnancy was terminated,” the lawsuit said.
She went back to the abortion business for an ultrasound in October 2004 which confirmed she was still pregnant. She was told at the time that the tissue test had confirmed she was still pregnant, but she wasn’t told about the results.
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