Gazette columnist Henry Aubin should not be counted among the tiny minority of Canadians who want to make all abortions illegal. Yet he is offended by the Morgentaler award.
Columnists are supposed to have strong opinions, but on the abortion issue I’ve been on the fence. The arguments on both sides of the question have left me torn.
As I see it, it’s impossible not to feel sympathy for women, many of them in trying personal situations, who seek abortions. As well, it’s impossible to wish to outlaw abortions when that would mean returning to their back-alley substitute, with all its inherent health risks.
Still, it’s impossible to ignore that the fetus is an incipient human being. And it’s impossible to shrug off the time-honoured view that human life is sacred.
So call me confused.
On the Morgentaler’s membership in the Order of Canada. however, I feel no ambivalence whatever.
The membership of the abortion-rights crusader, announced Tuesday, is not only an affront to his pro-life adversaries, it’s also offensive to a middle-ground type like myself.
How many more like him, I wonder?