Tag Archives: G8

Taboo

by Marissa Poisson

I enjoy a good game of Taboo more than the next person, but I like to be able to speak freely outside of party games. Unfortunately, it seems as if much of our society is holding a Taboo card that looks something like this:Despite all the controversy about the decision to exclude abortion from the G8 maternal and child health initiative, much of Canada has had a proxy debate, a debate about whether we should reopen a debate that has never really been settled, rather than a hard look at the reality of abortion. Is it above our pay grade to even ask when human life begins? Why not look into how women who have had abortions are faring? What about valuing the act of love it is to choose adoption and questioning the incoherence of publically funding both abortion and fertility treatments? If women are solely responsible for exercising choice, are men not free to be irresponsible? Why can we kill a fetus when it would be viable outside the womb but not a baby born prematurely?

If abortion was covered in the Canadian edition of Trivial Pursuit, a majority of Canadians wouldn’t be able to answer the most basic questions. What protection does the law offer the unborn child? (None throughout all nine months of pregnancy.) How many abortions are carried out annually in our country? (About 100,000.)  How can we begin to discuss sex‑selective or post-genetic-screening abortions without widespread awareness of basic facts like these? We need to wake up to the fact that abortion is anything but a trivial matter. Canadians need to know what it is they’re talking about and have an honest debate because we shouldn’t be playing games with human life.

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Urgent Call to Action!

By Daniel

Your voice is needed urgently! Whether or not you are Canadian, please take a few minutes and email Canadian Members of Parliament ASAP!

Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal Party are scheming to force the Conservative Government to promote abortion as part of Canada’s push to fight maternal and infant mortality at the G8. The G8 is an annual summit for the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, and Canada as well as the European Union (I know that makes 9). Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced:

As president of the G8 in 2010, Canada will champion a major initiative to improve the health of women and children in the world’s poorest regions. Members of the G8 can make a tangible difference in maternal and child health and Canada will be making this the top priority in June. Far too many lives and unexplored futures have already been lost for want of relatively simple health-care solutions.

But the Liberals are introducing a motion in Parliament on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 that would force the Government to include abortion and contraception in this effort to help mothers and infants among the world’s poor.

Please email your Member of Parliament, as well as other Members of Parliament, letting them know that you oppose this move by the Liberals that would take a great initiative and turn it into an opportunity to force abortion on the world’s poor. There isn’t time to mail letters via snail mail, so I suggest sending a brief email. For information on finding out who your MP is and how to contact her or him see: http://4mycanada.ca/ParliamentaryContacts.html

We’d like to thanks 4MyCanada for informing us of this issue. You can read more about it and they’re call to action here: http://4mycanada.ca/Emails/20100320.html

Please contact all interested friends and family regarding this issue and encourage them to make their voice heard ASAP!