By Eliza Jane Phillis
As the Pro-Woman, Pro-Life event takes place tonight at the University of Ottawa campus in Lamoureux 122 at 7 p.m., I believe it is important to highlight the other victims of abortion: the women. As pro-lifers, we tend to become so focussed on the rights of the unborn that we forget that mothers are victims too. The unborn are not the only ones whose rights are being neglected by the abortion industry.
Women have the right to know all the facts and side-effects of every medical procedure they undergo; abortion is no exception. It has been attested by women who have had an abortion that they were not informed of the details of the surgery, the emotional scars or the possible life threatening and life altering physical side-effects.
Under Canadian legislation women have the freedom of choice but women have the right to make an informed decision. This means that they are given all information concerning ALL the side-effects of an abortion. As well as ALL the options available to them such as financial assistance and support for mothers as well as adoption.
Women have the right to be supported and loved even if the circumstances of their pregnancy is not what our society would deem desirable. This includes those self-proclaimed pro-lifers who would gossip and judge a women who is unexpectedly pregnant out of wed-lock…this is unacceptable and hypocritical.
Women have the right to be acknowledged when they suffer from the side-effects of abortion, and to receive caring and understanding counselling to help them accept the loss of their child and move forward in their lives.
These rights are not being respected today in our own society. We, as pro-life women and men, need to stand up for women’s rights.