International Women’s Day

by Theresa Stephenson

Today is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women. While there have been many significant achievements for women in the past century, I cannot help but view this day with unease. Of course I’m happy to have the right to vote, access to education and gender equality in the workplace. But what about that one “achievement” for women that’s named “reproductive rights”? What has abortion really done for women?

As Patricia Heaton, the Honourary Chair of Feminists for Life said, “Indeed the tragedy of abortion haunts women from all walks of life. Abortion advocates are spending millions to package their tired rhetoric and half-truths in cutting-edge advertising campaigns targeted to young women.” Women are not liberated by abortion, they are degraded. They are hurt. They are emotionally scarred. They are sold a lie.

In Canada, there are no restrictions whatsoever on abortion. Women are able to have their babies aborted at any time during pregnancy and for any reason. In 2007, for every 100 babies born in Ontario, 37 were aborted.

So today, let’s think about all those little babies, half of them girls, who are being killed in hospitals and clinics under the banner of “women’s rights.” Let’s think about the women who have been hurt by abortion. Let’s remember that abortion is a step backwards for all women.

3 thoughts on “International Women’s Day

  1. Kenneth J. Harvey

    A Doctor Sues to Terminate his Girlfriend’s Pregnancy as “Return of Property”

    * Read an excerpt at

    Based on contemporary cases where frozen embryos and vials of sperm have been classified as “property” by probate courts.

    by Canadian author, Kenneth J. Harvey (


    “Profoundly entertaining.” – The National Post

    “Reinventing the Rose delivers timely counterpunches against the economic and
    cultural policies of every political regime that uses the language of stable government
    and family values to overturn women’s rights.” -The Globe & Mail

    “Beautiful… Marvelous.” – The Halifax Chronicle Herald

    “A potent page-turner.” – NOW Toronto


    As a fatherless girl with a mother who persistently encouraged her daughter’s
    artistic temperament, Anna Wells is highly sensitive to the life developing in her when
    she discovers she is pregnant. Anna’s gynecologist boyfriend, Kevin, considers the time
    just not right to have children, so Anna moves to a 100-year-old house in Bareneed,
    an abandoned cove in Newfoundland, where she takes comfort in renovating the interior
    of her new home and working on a series of paintings detailing roses.

    Paralleling Anna’s own journey is a minutely detailed, day-by-day development of
    the embryo. All goes well until a car arrives delivering a court summons. Kevin has
    filed a statement of claim seeking the termination of the embryo as “return of

    One night, while still in Bareneed and upset over the impending legal action, Anna
    discovers an abandoned little girl almost frozen to death in her front yard.
    Mysterious circumstances continue to surround the children in Bareneed as pro-choice
    and pro-life factions marshal their forces.



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