One in five pregnancies ends in abortion in Canada

Statistics show that in Canada, Great Britain, France and Spain, one in five pregnancies ends in abortion.

Great Britain, France and Spain have legal limits on abortion and Canada does not, yet the end result is the same. On the other hand, abortion is illegal in Ireland with the unborn child’s right to life protected in its constitution.

Countries with legalized abortion are aborting their future, one life at a time.

May 2019 will mark fifty years of legal abortion in Canada.  The Criminal Code was amended in 1969 to allow for legal abortion under certain conditions. The Supreme Court of Canada struck down the 1969 law in its 1988 Morgentaler decision. The Court however did not find a constitutional or Charter right to abortion. Since 1970, Canada has sanctioned the deaths of more than four million babies awaiting birth.

Image from Alliance For Life Ontario

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Canadian hospices are being bullied into hosting euthanasia

Canadian hospices are being bullied into hosting euthanasia

Forcing hospices to betray their no-kill founding principles will not deliver better care
Will Johnston | Feb 2 2018 | comment

Dr. Will Johnston

Increasingly aggressive euthanasia activists are attempting to rewrite the meaning of palliative care across Canada.

Canadians who are sick and suicidal can now be put to death under various medicalized and government-approved protocols, following court and legislative victories by euthanasia activists.

These activists are now turning their considerable talents to a coercive makeover of the palliative hospice movement by demanding that hospices founded on a promise to never deliberately hasten death should provide a death-hastening service.

Before they got their way in the Canadian Supreme Court, the public posture of euthanasia advocates was one of caution, reassurance and limitation of objectives. After their victory, partisans of the medical killing movement have become impatient with individuals or institutions who want no part in suicide and euthanasia.

Activists recommend expanding access to include all the people who were strategically excluded from the plan that had been sold to the public: children, people with chronic nonfatal conditions, the physically disabled, the cognitively disabled, psychiatric patients.

Now, even changing the location of a patient requesting suicide — from a euthanasia-free hospital or hospice, to one that does offer it — is being protested as a cruel imposition. In doing so, the death-seeking person is set up as a victim, and the hospital or hospice is portrayed as a victimizer. Never mind that hospital wards routinely transport people in complete comfort to procedures like X-rays or scopes, or to another location to continue care.

There will be much harm done by forcing it into their midst.

The implications of this are dire. Many hospices serve patients who want nothing to do with assisted suicide, and there will be much harm done by forcing it into their midst. Every community in this country has the resources to provide a distinct euthanasia-free space. That distinct space and its staff could be specialized and uncoerced into death-hastening.

The unpleasant alternative was demonstrated by the recent “sneak attack” on Louis Brier Hospital, a Jewish retirement home in Vancouver. This was the work of euthanasia activist Ellen Wiebe, idolized by like-minded columnists for her aggressive death-providing practice. Rather than arrange a simple transfer — perhaps to the home of one of the suicidal father’s daughters — the patient was killed by Dr Wiebe against the firm policy of a facility with an understandable aversion to euthanasia.

As Louis Brier’s director protested, “We have a lot of Holocaust survivors. To have a doctor sneak in and kill someone without telling anyone. They’re going to feel like they’re at risk when you learn someone was sneaking in and killing someone.”

What Dr Wiebe was doing by giving the finger to Louis Brier is a form of ethical bullying, masquerading as an altruistic claim that her client should come first and trump other people’s rights about the kind of place they want to live in.

Wanting Dr Wiebe to kill you is a tragedy, not an emergency. It is a personal preference, sadly now provided by the Canadian health-care system, but without any judicial or parliamentary authorization to force others to accept involuntary proximity to your actions. It is also, increasingly, about people who are not dying, except in Dr Wiebe’s elastic interpretation, but about those who have lost meaning and hope. What they get from the euthanasia provider amounts to a heartless endorsement of the hopelessness of their situation, cloaked in the language of autonomy.

Rather than look for a win-win compromise over this issue, the board of Fraser Health Authority, a large BC hospital system, has imposed euthanasia provision in all its palliative hospices. This edict, totally uncalled for by provincial or federal guidelines, caused the high-profile resignation of Palliative Care Medical Director Dr Neil Hilliard.

Meanwhile, our governments are, in Dr Hilliard’s words, “guilty by neglect” of a “palliative care access gap,” and your sick family member who seeks care, not death, may not find it “equitable or timely.”

Forcing hospices to betray their no-kill founding principles will not close that gap; it will just torpedo the 40-year struggle to convince often-fearful patients that palliative hospices are not about hastening death.

Fraser Health and any other misled health bureaucracies across Canada should back down. Don’t bully hospices as though there are no fair alternatives. Don’t bully Catholic hospitals, founded on a reverence for life long before the public purse got involved.

Will Johnston is a family physician in Vancouver and chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of British Columbia.

This article republished with permission of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

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Nurse Caren’s experience with abortion

Nurse Caren Ni hAllachaain ‘s story of her experience with abortion.

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The reality of abortion

The Life Institute in Ireland recently launched a new campaign,#MyAbortionStory. A battle is brewing in Ireland between those who want to legalize abortion and repeal the 8th amendment which offers constitutional protection for the right to life of the unborn child and the mother and  those who want to keep the 8th amendment and protect unborn children and women.

The Life Institute writes:

Here are the abortion stories you will never hear. This is the #RealityOfRepeal

The Save the 8th campaign has launched the #MyAbortionStory platform, which will give a voice to those who have seen what the reality of legalised abortion can mean, including former abortion workers, nurses who have seen children who survived abortion and women hurt by abortion.

Speaking at the launch today in Buswells Hotel, Caren Ní hAllacháin, a nurse, said she believed the government had put together this abortion proposal without fully consulting with medical practitioners and without considering what legalising abortion can mean for medical staff, even for those who do not carry out abortions. She told the press conference that she had witnessed a baby who survived an abortion, but had been powerless to help the child because abortion was legal and she was not permitted to intervene.

“I was an agency nurse in Sydney Australia in the early 90s and I was on a ward one night when a woman had come in for an abortion. She was 22 weeks pregnant and had been told her baby had a chromosomal abnormality. I went into the sluice room and I saw the baby, a 22 week old baby boy, in a kidney dish in at the sink where all the clinical waste was flushed. He was small but he was perfect. You could see his toes, his hands, he seemed like he had blond hair. He was the full size of the kidney dish and he was alive. I could see the rise and fall of his chest, he was breathing,” she said.

“I was a young nurse and I did not know what to do. Because this was an abortion I wasn’t allowed to intervene, I couldn’t get help for the baby, I couldn’t hold him or comfort him, or get oxygen for him or ask anyone to help him live. To see that baby trying to breathe, and nobody helping him, was so distressing and it will haunt me for the rest of my life,” said Ms Ní hAllacháin. “I fear for nurses like me if this abortion proposal is passed, and for the culture it will create in Irish hospitals. I fear that doctors will be expected to sit in judgment on the value of a baby’s life because of a suspected abnormality. There is a heart-breaking reality to repealing the 8th amendment and legalising abortion that is largely being ignored. I never want any nurse to see the heart-breaking reality that I saw.”

The conference also heard from Noel Patrún, a psychiatric nurse who also worked as a scrub nurse for a considerable period of time in gynaecology & obstetric theatre units in the UK and who assisted in carrying out abortions.

“I got placed in gynaecology and obstetrics theatre department, which also handled STOPs which are suction terminations of pregnancies. I often saw women coming in for abortion in great distress, and sometimes under obvious duress from their partners. Many other women came in on their own, because men do not man up and take responsibility, sending women for abortion while they were nowhere to be seen. I heard patients say ‘my boyfriend bullied me into this’. It began to prick my conscience that what was being described as a matter of choice felt more like women having no choice because they were being bullied and coerced into having an abortion.

“When I told my Charge Nurse however that I didn’t want to do terminations anymore I was shocked and upset to find that, in reality, my right to opt-out of performing abortions was not protected. I continued to be rostered to assist with abortions despite repeatedly stating that I did not want to do terminations anymore. I then became the target of persistent bullying, and experienced verbal attacks and psychological harassment which became more and more difficult to endure. In the end I was forced to leave my job,” said Mr Patrún.

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Abortion = no life for the unborn child

 

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When you’re pregnant, it’s a baby

About fifteen years ago, Action aired a campaign of television advertisements about abortion. One advertisement featured a woman explaining  that she used to be ‘pro-choice’ but in examining the topic, she began to ask questions. She said “Why is it a baby when you want it but something else when you don’t? Think about it.”

Language has always played a prominent role in the debate. Abortion advocates will refer to the unborn child as the product of conception, a clump of cells and tissue making it seem as if this child is not human. The health warning on this cigarette package shows the undeniable reality, if you’re pregnant, it’s a baby. Ask Health Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

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How euthanasia and assisted suicide affect society

Mark Pickup, a Canadian living with multiple sclerosis commented on the impact of the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide on Canadian society. Mark was interviewed by documentary filmmaker Kevin Dunn. Mark said:

“…by definition, civilized, and enlightened societies never endorse or support killing its citizens — especially those who have despaired of life and are vulnerable to suicide. Civilized people certainly don’t help the suicidal kill themselves. Autonomy is a myth. If I choose suicide, it doesn’t affect me alone.  It will affect my wife, children and grandchildren. It will affect my physician because I will ask her to stop being my healer and become my killer. And in a small way it will impact my nation by helping to further entrench the notion that there is such a thing as a life unworthy to be lived. No matter how sick I become I still have a responsibility to others, the Common Good and posterity.

You can’t have unfettered autonomy and interdependent community too. They are diametrically opposite ideas. You can’t have both. You must choose which it shall be.

Canada post-2016 will not only kill its sick and disabled, it may well kill the collective conscience of a nation and gut its soul.”

Mark blogs at http://www.humanlifematters.org/.

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Think about adoption

If a child is unwanted by his biological parents, there are many couples willing to adopt and love that child. Being wanted or unwanted has no bearing on a human being’s right to life.

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Ontario Court rules against physicians’ conscience rights

 

The Divisional Court of Ontario in a unanimous decision (3 Judges) ruled in favour of the  College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and its “effective referral ” policy. An effective referral means that physicians who have a conscientious objection to certain procedures such as euthanasia, assisted suicide and abortion, must refer the patient to another physician willing to do the deed. For physicians unwilling to kill patients, the referral, they believe, makes them complicit with the act.

Albertos Polizogopoulos, a lawyer representing a coalition of 4700 physicians opposing the effective referral policy, argued that it violated their section 2 rights to freedom of conscience and religion protected in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court found that while the effective referral policy infringed on the physicians’ freedom of conscience and religion, it was justified in order to ensure access to health care.  According to the Court, the effective referral policy was a “reasonable limit on religious freedom, demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”

Mr. Polizogopoulos commented: “Our position is doctors who opposed assisted suicide or physician assisted death are put in a position now where they either need to violate their conscience and their religious and moral belief or face being disciplined by the college – and that’s not a good place to be.”

Canadian Physicians for Life responded to the Court’s decision with a media statement from their President Dr. Ryan Wilson:

“This is a disappointing decision and puts our doctors – doctors who entered the field of medicine to provide quality, compassionate, and patient-centered care – in an impossible position.They don’t believe ending a patient’s life is medicine, and they don’t believe they can offer hope and healing in one room while assisting in killing a patient in another. Ultimately it is patient care that suffers, as our doctors will retire early, relocate, or change fields. For many, their religious and conscience rights are being violated and they won’t be able to practice medicine in Ontario. This is a significant loss for the entire health care system in the province and will have a direct impact on patient care.”

 

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Canada Summer Jobs program discriminates against Canadians unwilling to support abortion

The letter to the editor below was sent by Action Life to the Ottawa Citizen in response to an opinion piece on the Canada Summer Jobs program. The piece was published on January 19th  under the title Pro: Grant program does respect rights. http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/gilbert-student-jobs-grant-program-respects-charter-rights.

Our letter to the Ottawa Citizen:

As reported in a 2008 Epoch Times article, Daphne Gilbert, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, commenting on the 1988 Supreme Court decision in Morgentaler, said “The Morgentaler decision didn’t say a woman has a constitutional right to abortion, it didn’t go that far… pro-choice is not a legal question, it is a social/cultural issue.” In her January 19th opinion piece, Ms. Gilbert advances that since the Morgentaler decision, the Court’s interpretation of section 7 of the Charter has “progressed to the point that it is clear women do have charter rights to reproductive control”. No, the Morgentaler decision still stands and nothing has occurred in the last thirty years that has altered the Court’s judgement and made abortion a Charter right.

In striking down the 1969 law, the Supreme Court of Canada did not establish a Charter right to abortion. The law was struck down for procedural inequities related to the system of hospital abortion committees which the Court found in violation of a woman’s security of the person under section 7 of the Charter. Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island, Gerard Mitchell, wrote of the Morgentaler decision in a letter to the Charlottetown newspaper the Guardian in 2014: “None of the seven judges held that there was a constitutional right to abortion on demand. All of the judges acknowledged the state has a legitimate interest in protecting the unborn.”

Osgoode Hall Law Professor Shelley A. M. Gavigan explained in a 1992 essay that “The Supreme Court’s decision, profound as it was, did not create a right to abortion for Canadian women, nor did it offer any resolution of the abortion issue.” The Court left it to Parliament to come up with a new law. A legal vacuum exists today since Parliament has yet to come up with legislation. Contrary to Ms. Gilbert’s assertion that the attestation for the Summer Jobs program is misunderstood by religious groups, they understand only too well that it violates their right to freedom of conscience and religion. The federal government’s attestation which requires support of abortion among other things contravenes actual Charter rights. Equally, pro-life groups, non-profits organizations or businesses have a right to freedom of expression, association and conscience as do all Canadians. This attestation does not advance equality rights but actually discriminates against some Canadians because of their beliefs.

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