by Marissa Poisson
An Ontario judge ruled on Tuesday that Criminal Code laws against keeping a common bawdy house, living on the avails of prostitution and communicating for the purpose of prostitution violated women’s Charter rights to freedom of expression and security of the person. (Prostitution is not illegal in Canada, but many of the activities associated with it are. Both the federal and provincial governments announced they will appeal the decision.)
What does this have to do with abortion? Firstly, I would say that proponents of prostitution and abortion have in common the idea that legalizing something dangerous makes it safe. Prostitution may become less hidden if the decision survives the appeals, but exploitation does not become safe by virtue of being legal. Similarly, legalized abortion does not change the nature of the procedure. It may be done in government-funded clinics now, but it is still chemically toxic or physically invasive for the woman undergoing it and deadly for her child.
Secondly, I’ve never met a little girl who says she wants to be a prostitute or have an abortion when she grows up. Women are driven to these things by desperation. A few vocal women may claim to be thriving as prostitutes, but most are addicted to drugs, undereducated and abused, and some are victims of human trafficking. Abortion, for its part, is sometimes used to cover up sexual abuse of minors and illicit relationships, and many women feel pressured to abort by outside expectations.
Thirdly, legal is not synonymous with moral. We don’t have to look far in history to find examples of this. Rulings on abortion and prostitution have been based on security of the person, but the safest thing would be for people to stay far away from both. We need to work to eliminate the conditions that lead women to these supposed choices because no legal ruling can make right what is inherently wrong.
uOSFL would like to remind all our readers that 40 Days for Life began on September 22 and will continue on until October 31 across from the Morgentaler Clinic at Bank and Sparks.
Although this is a religious event, uOSFL supports the amount of coverage this event brings to something that no one is willing to talk about – that abortions are carried out daily in our fair city.
As such, uOSFL will be participating on Fridays from noon to three. We welcome you to go and participate with any organisation you may be part of or with your friends and family, but we also welcome you to come stand with us. Regardless of your beliefs on prayer, we are a public presence against institutionalised murder.
For more information, please see 40 Days’ website.
by Theresa Stephenson
You can learn the simplest of lessons in the strangest of places. Last night, I learned a lesson while I was enjoying some Chinese take-out with friends. After we had satisfied our appetites, we opened our fortune cookies. Normally, I don’t place any trust in the messages inside fortune cookies, and I still don’t, but when I opened mine I was struck by the words:
“Stand up for what you believe in even if it’s not popular.”
Let’s face it: the pro-life message isn’t popular. As a pro-life club, we face persecution on campus. We have a hard job – the general reaction of the public is to ignore abortion. And most people will continue to ignore abortion as long as abortion ignores them. But averting our eyes from injustice does not make it go away. That means that our job is to expose the tragedy: to educate students about the 300 innocent lives that are ended by abortion every day in Canada.
This message is what makes us seem so offensive. By forcing people to realize this tragedy, we risk being mocked and ostracized. But it has to get worse before it gets better, or so the saying goes. So, as we start a new school year, let’s be prepared. Let’s stand together with the rest of the pro-life community to make abortion unthinkable. Let’s extend a compassionate and loving hand to the women and men who have been hurt by abortion. Let’s fight the good fight with earnestness and integrity.
No matter how hard the persecution gets, let’s continue to share our message: proclaiming, celebrating, and defending the dignity of all human life from conception until natural death.