Who said the abortion debate is dead? Just check out yesterday's comments, and you will see that the only ones silent about this story are politicians and unborn babies.
The fracas has helped me to reduce the discussion to two salient questions:
1. Should there continue to be absolutely no legal restrictions at all on abortions at any stage in Canada, up to and including partial-birth abortions?
2. If we continue with the status quo, should all abortions be publicly funded on demand with no exception, no matter how many times a woman decides to use this as a form of birth control?
Regarding the legal question, some people have suggested that if it is true that life begins at the moment of conception, then we can't even condone abortion with regards to rape, etc. However, I personally feel that removing some injustice is better than not removing any. There is no question that a baby minutes away from delivery can feel pain. To have his head crushed, or scissors stuck in his neck at this point is far worse than destroying a two-week old embryo. I would prefer not to see any abortion, but sometimes a compromise is necessary.
Another argument used to support abortion on demand is that a woman has the right to control her own body. What about the baby's right to control her body?
Secondly, if we have to live with this travesty, why do we have to pay for it? Again, in some cases, I can see the need; especially if the mothers' life is threatened. But if a woman has repeated abortions due to poor planning, should we have to cough up the money?
Anyone who has valid statistics on any of this is more than welcome to submit them in comments. Please show the source. Thanks.
You may think I am beating my head against a brick wall here. However, I think that the feminists have done such a good job selling Canadian society a bill of goods on this subject, that we are all afraid to discuss it in public.
At least democracy lives on in blogs.