The lie about "social peace".Te "pro-choice" rally in Washington D.C. on April 25 attracted a reported 500,000-800,000 participants and extensive media attention. Even numerous Canadian papers ran large colour photos and broadcasters featured it prominently. Yet few Canadians would know that several hundred "pro-choice" demonstrators held their own rally honouring abortionist abortionist /abor·tion·ist/ (ah-bor´shun-ist) one who performs abortions. Henry Morgentaler Henry Morgentaler, M.D., LL.D.(hc), (born March 19, 1923, in Łódź, Poland) is a Canadian gynecologist and pioneering abortionist from Montreal.
Morgentaler is a Holocaust survivor. with the unintentionally ironically named "Lifetime Achievement" award in Ottawa. The fact that Canadian papers would give extensive coverage to an American news The American News is a newspaper in Aberdeen, South Dakota, published by Schurz Communications of South Bend, Indiana.
Schurz bought The American News from The McClatchy Company in June 2006 after McClatchy acquired Knight Ridder, the story when a similar, albeit smaller, event occurred in our capital is telling.
Just before and again during the 2000 federal election, Prime Minister Jean Chretien said that there should be no debate on abortion because in Canada we have "social peace" on the issue. He mistook silence for social peace, the lack of debate for disinterest dis·in·ter·est
1. Freedom from selfish bias or self-interest; impartiality.
2. Lack of interest; indifference.
To divest of interest.
Noun 1. .
The silence that surrounds the issue has resulted in stifled political debate and a deep ignorance about abortion. Many Canadians are misinformed about Canada's laws governing abortion; indeed, few know that Canada does not have an abortion law Abortion law is legislation which pertains to the provision of abortion. Abortion has at times emerged as a controversial subject in various societies because of the moral and ethical issues that surround it, though other considerations, such as a state's pro- or antinatalist . Consequently, a pregnant woman can have an abortion at any time, for any reason and at taxpayer expense.
Since the Supreme Court of Canada The Supreme Court of Canada (French: Cour suprême du Canada) is the highest court of Canada and is the final court of appeal in the Canadian justice system. struck down Canada's permissive law of 1969 as too restrictive, Canada has had no abortion law. The Mulroney Tories produced legislation (C-43) in 1990 but this was defeated in the Senate on a tie vote.
Only once since 1991 has the abortion issue come before the House of Commons House of Commons: see Parliament. . In 2003, a private member's motion was introduced to urge Parliament to study--merely study--whether abortion is, in fact, a medically necessary medically necessary Managed care adjective Referring to a covered service or treatment that is absolutely necessary to protect and enhance the health status of a Pt, and could adversely affect the Pt's condition if omitted, in accordance with accepted procedure. The motion was overwhelmingly defeated, 139-66.
South of the border, on the other hand, legislation is regularly considered at the state and federal levels. In the past seven months Congress has passed and President George W. Bush has signed the Partial-Birth Abortion partial-birth abortion
A late-term abortion, especially one in which a viable fetus is partially delivered through the cervix before being extracted. Not in technical use. Ban of 2003 Act and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act The Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-212) is a United States law which recognizes a "child in utero" as a legal victim, if he or she is injured or killed during the commission of any of over 60 listed federal crimes of violence. . Even though the issue is thought to be contentious, it is being discussed. In a democracy, few if any topics should be considered closed for debate.
But the political and media elite in Canada do not share such open-mindedness. However, that does not mean there is social peace.
There certainly is no consensus on the status quo [Latin, The existing state of things at any given date.] Status quo ante bellum means the state of things before the war. The status quo to be preserved by a preliminary injunction is the last actual, peaceable, uncontested status which preceded the pending controversy. . Extensive polling data demonstrates that there are deep divisions. A Leger Marketing poll from 2002 found 37 per cent supported making abortion illegal from the moment of conception compared to 30 per cent who supported keeping abortion legal until the moment of birth.
According to the same poll, another 19 per cent supported a gestational approach to restricting abortion (13 per cent at three months, 6 per cent at six months). In summary, 56 per cent of Canadians oppose the status quo, i.e. limitless abortion-on-demand. Leger replicated these results in a 2003 poll.
A 2001 Gallup poll found that 32 per cent of respondents wanted no restrictions on abortion, compared to 13 per cent who thought it ought to be prohibited, and 52 per cent who thought abortion should be legal "only under certain circumstances." Polls illustrate that, far from accepting abortion on demand, Canadians do not support the status quo.
Despite the diversity of opinion within the country, no mainstream political party holds a pro-life position and no major daily newspaper takes a pro-life editorial position. Why the silence? I thought the media liked controversy.
It is not good for issues, especially issues as serious as abortion, life and death issues, to be considered "verboten ver·bo·ten
[German, past participle of verbieten, to forbid, from Middle High German, from Old High German farbiotan; see bheudh- " topics of discussion. A recent example illustrates how keeping abortion out of sight and out of mind may affect the public policy debate regarding Canada's demographics.
In April 2004, Statistics Canada released two reports within weeks of one another. The first reported the number of abortions in 2002. Those media that covered it (which were few) reduced the story to a news brief or a mere mention on the broadcast.
The second report documented Canada's stagnant population growth. This story got more attention and the general consensus was that more immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. was needed. Several stories mentioned lifestyle changes, including increased access to contraception, but none reported the obvious reason for Canada's below-replacement-level fertility rates: abortion.
The reason for the problem documented in the second report was made vividly clear in the first report. With birth rates failing precipitously, is it difficult to conclude that one in four pregnancies ending in abortion would be a major culprit? But the silence that surrounds abortion prevented this analysis to occur.
Ideally, debate in a democracy ought to persuade citizens of the superiority of one position over another. In Canada, after the proponents of abortions won the debate (with the help of the Supreme Court), the debate was declared permanently over. This does not occur on any other issue.
Paul Tuns is editor-in-chief of The Interim, Canada's monthly life and family newspaper.