I reflected upon the TVO discussion as I skated home on the Rideau canal in my full studio-professional makeup last night. One thing I note is that everyone seemed to agree that abortion is a tough decision, not to be taken lightly. But pro-abortion groups can’t both counsel that it is tough and say it is a valid choice. Of all those 110,000 abortions annually, do pro-choicers try in every case to weigh the options very critically, very seriously? From what I’m hearing, they really don’t. If you think about it, it’s because they simply can’t. If abortion is private, between a woman and her doctor, that’s where they have to leave it. There can be no strenuous advocacy for a different way, which leads me to ask this: Do they really think it is such a tough decision after all?
And as if the topic of abortion were not uncomfortable enough already: This just in from the UK on fetal pain.
I’ll be on TVO’s The Agenda tonight discussing 20 years of Morgentaler. The show is live at 8 pm.
I’ve been gabbing on about how freedom of speech on abortion is limited. But in a real and personal way, I realized during this morning’s interview that my opponents in many cases do not acknowledge an alternate, legitimate viewpoint. Talk about a dialogue of the deaf. (The difference is, I have heard of this thing called “being pro-choice.”)
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I’m going to be on CTV’s Canada AM tomorrow morning, at about 7:40 am, discussing the anniversary of the Morgentaler decision. They will also have a pro-abortion person there too.
Ninety-four per cent said that an alcoholic who refused to stop drinking should not be allowed a liver transplant, while one in five said taxpayers should not pay for “social abortions” and fertility treatment…
Managers defend the policies because of the higher risk of complications on the operating table for unfit patients. But critics believe that patients are being denied care simply to save money.
It’s not because the government cares about us that we have such a zealous anti-smoking campaign. It’s ’cause when we smoke, it costs them money in treatment. Now this article from the UK discusses other problematic aspects of health care. Ending taxpayer funding of “social abortions,” would be a real coup, where in Canada at least, the vast majority of abortions are done for social reasons. But denying the elderly? The obese?
No health care crisis here. Nope, there’s nothing to see here. Pro-choicers talk incessantly about access as if they’d like a clinic beside every 7-11. Here’s betting the vast majority of Canadians are more concerned about the fact that they can’t find a family doctor.
Whether it’s because we’ve all fallen asleep at our tasks like Snow White, or whether we’ve been outplayed in a subtle and long-standing culture war, what is clear is that we are living in a new era of post-feminism.
From yesterday’s Globe: A discussion of why feminism is out of style. Maybe it’s because no one knows what “feminism” means. Or maybe it’s because feminism today has built itself up on false notions, like “abortion rights.” Or maybe, or maybe… Either way, the fish and bicycle act did get old, like an overtold joke.
ProWomanProLife welcomes Patricia Egan as a permanent blogging contributor.
Patricia Egan was born in Saskatchewan, but has lived for the past 15 years in Toronto’s west end. She completed a bachelor’s degree in history and French at Trent University. She went on to get a bachelor’s degree in both civil and common law from McGill University.
After graduating from law school, she worked on Bay Street, including six years of part-time work in the legal department of a “big five” Canadian bank. During this period she also had five children. “Contrary to what one might expect from the corporate world,” she says, “they were very good to me as a working mother.”
Trish “retired” from the practice of law in 2006. Since then, she has “a life of leisure” with her five kids (ages 3 – 11) and teaches a Canadian history class to the grade seven and eight class at her daughters’ school.
Trish came to be pro-life inadvertently through CBC radio. She recalls her mother listening to the coverage of the first Morgentaler trials on the CBC. When Trish asked what it all meant, she was completely horrified by her mother’s explanation. “And for some reason,” she says, “that reaction survived seven years of post-secondary education and remained an ongoing concern.”
The issue took on a new immediacy for Trish when her youngest daughter was born with Down Syndrome. “My husband and I encountered people who viewed my daughter as someone who had somehow slipped through the cracks of responsible health care and decision making,” she says. “We realized we are facing a world where people like her might not exist and that there is an ethos of human life positing this would be a good thing.”
At the same time, her daughter’s birth opened up a whole new world of kindness and charity and natural virtue, she says. “I discovered seeing those perceived as ‘weaker’ can draw out a kind of charity in the human spirit, a charity that is profoundly moving. In my opinion, each abortion eclipses an opportunity for someone to exercise such charity, and that is a second loss.”
Hanging outside her kitchen door is a poster with the words “Keep calm and carry on” – these posters were printed up by the British government in 1940 and stockpiled in anticipation of a Nazi invasion. “There’s something that I love in that story and having the poster on hand reminds me to, um, keep calm and carry on. Can’t put it much better than that,” she says.
PWPL looks forward to Trish’s blogging when she finds a calm moment.
ProWomanProLife in the news: Today’s Post reports on the great divide between pro-choicers and pro-lifers. And the first quote from yours truly says I am still sometimes embarrassed to be public on the issue. Um, well, I guess in public forums it’s a tough topic to broach. But I don’t want people to think I don’t have talking about this in me. I’m not soooo embarrassed that I won’t do the CTV morning show on Monday at 7:40 am, and CHRI in Ottawa at 8:30 and AM 940 in Montreal at 12:30. And I finished up the day yesterday with The John Moore Show in Toronto, which went rather well.