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“A Woman Wants an Abortion Like She Wants…”

by Marissa Poisson

A couple of days ago, the topic of abortion came up in conversation and I decided to reveal my pro-life views. The acquaintance I was speaking with shared with me that someone she knows had an abortion last week. As I listened to her describe the woman’s circumstances, I could certainly agree that they were less than ideal for welcoming a child. Apparently, the woman didn’t want to have an abortion but, among other things, didn’t feel she could afford a newborn. There are as many different situations as there are women facing an unplanned pregnancy but, really, what woman wants to have an abortion? As Frederica Mathewes-Green wrote:

“For the question remains, do women want abortion? Not like she wants a Porsche or an ice cream cone. Like an animal caught in a trap, trying to gnaw off its own leg, a woman who seeks an abortion is trying to escape a desperate situation by an act of violence and self-loss. Abortion is not a sign that women are free, but a sign that they are desperate.” (http://www.feministsforlife.org/FFL_topics/after/rtnwrfmg.htm)

The conversation left me saddened and outraged. I am saddened because of the loss of life, of course, and for this woman, who will never be able to terminate her memories of the abortion. I also find it outrageous that abortion seems to be the only clear choice that caring, compassionate Canada has to offer desperate women. A choice is not a choice if you only have one option. A woman who says she’d like to have her baby but feels overwhelmed by seemingly insurmountable challenges needs help, not an abortion. We need to eliminate the obstacles the mother faces, not her child.

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!