The Canadian Cowardice on Abortion

How does one write about abortion in a 500 word posting?  You really can’t.

But the recent article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal calling for an end to revealing sex of fetuses before 30 weeks into a pregnancy has provoked the typical hyperventilating about abortion that seems particularly characteristic of the debate here in Canada.  While in the US they’ve resigned themselves to carrying on a ferocious culture war over the issue, and in Europe they’ve settled on limitations (more on this in a minute), in Canada where there are no limitations on abortion, the media aside from a few brave columnists get apoplectic at the thought of the debate because confrontation and drawing lines in the sand is so un-Canadian. 

And polls of Canadians seem to bear this out; depending on the poll usually 70% or so of Canadians do not want the issue debated or brought up.  Funny enough though, the numbers turn around when Canadians are explained that actually there are no limitations on abortion in Canada.  But sure enough, our conservative politicians, like most politicians, have no faith in either their ability to communicate the issues to the public or in the public’s ability to digest the issues, so they practice moral cowardice and follow Stephen Harper’s lead and do their very best ostrich imitation as soon as the issue comes up.

The CMJA article simply points out that the feticide of female un-born that has been happening in the developing and third world for a couple of decades now, replacing what was rampant female infanticide before, has shown its ugly face on our shores.  What did we expect?  That’s where our immigration has come from primarily over the past thirty odd years, and we’ve done nothing to try and mute their various cultural mores when they come here, all in the name of multi-culturalism.

So, Asian and South Asian families are electing to find out the sex of the unborn, and if it’s a female, abort.

The resulting demographic disaster, as has been documented in numerous places is a generation of “missing” females,  numbering approximately 163 million or more, and huge disparities are now apparent in some parts of the world in the number of males to females, a disparity that will only grow worse unless there is a dramatic shift in trends.

One of the progressive ideals is Social Harmony through Social Equilibrium.  And for feminists, this means gender power equilibrium, with ‘choice” being a critical measure of female empowerment.  But there won’t be any social harmony.  The feminist dream of the end of men is shattered by the reality that most cultures in our world, unfortunately, value men over women.  And social harmony?  “Societies top-heavy with men without wives, and potentially without jobs, can lead to unrest and violence.”

But the whole issue just needs some sensible discussion on our sides.  Because when can the sex be determined?  Twenty weeks give or take.  And so if we just have some kind of limitations, a la Europe, where 95% of the countries have a 12 week limitation on abortion, including enlightened socialist wunder-countries like Sweden, Denmark and Holland, then wouldn’t that at least cut down on the number of legally aborted female unborn?

We close with some quotes from Ronald Reagan taken from his elegant 1983 essay on abortion.

“If you don’t know whether a body is alive or dead, you would never bury it. I think this consideration itself should be enough for all of us to insist on protecting the unborn…

“The real question today is not when human life begins, but, what is the value of human life?…

“The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother’s body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being…

 “Regrettably, we live at a time when some persons do not value all human life. They want to pick and choose which individuals have value.”


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