by Rebecca Richmond
In class this morning I was chatting with the guy who sits next to me about school and mentioned the fact that I was heavily involved with a club on campus. When asked what club, I replied, “Ottawa Students for Life. The pro-life club on campus.”
“Careful. Don’t say that too loud,” he warned with a smile.
Why? Because the class we were in was Feminist Theories, a third year Women’s Studies course I’m taking as an elective. I’ve spent a good portion of my year in classes related to gender issues and even when the class isn’t related, I tend to gear my essays towards life and women’s issues.
That conversation should not have taken place. It should be perfectly natural for me to broadcast my pro-life affiliations and beliefs and to not attract stares, angry glances, and cold or hostile words. But in any sort of course related to women’s issues, and in many other disciplines as well I’m sure, this isn’t the case.
Please believe me when I say that I don’t consider all women’s studies students to be intolerant or belligerent and there are, I’m sure, a few pro-lifers among them.
My point is that a pro-life position is generally considered antithetical to a pro-woman or feminist position. I, however, believe the opposite. I believe that being pro-life is to be pro-woman. I could articulate my viewpoint further, using plain speech or even feminist jargon but I’ll let you hear it from Andrea Mrozek, the founder of the popular blog prowomanprolife.org. (see the ad at the top of our blog).
I will say this, however. On January 28 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada strikes down Canada’s abortion law as unconstitutional, leaving in its wake a vacuum of law. Now women across Canada are taught to believe that this is a simple procedure that won’t hurt or have long term consequences. This vacuum of law has rendered women vulnerable to the pain, the physical consequences, and the emotional bereavement that abortion can carry with it. It has made discrimination against fetuses for any reason legal, including gender (sex-selective abortion) and developmental (abortion of developmentally challenged and handicapped individuals).
It’s time for society to speak up. Women deserve better.