The Toronto Star has three hilarious stories about abortion today. Story one, story two, and story three. Methinks some folks are in danger of getting a touch hysterical. But hey, great! The more panicky they sound, the better. Like, say, this, from the first story:
Pro-lifers want to revert to the status quo ante, a time when police arrested doctors who carried out safe, therapeutic abortions and put them on trial — until they found that juries would not convict them. Then the Supreme Court struck down those anti-abortion laws.
To be honest, I don’t know what other pro-lifers want (other than the obvious). I’m sure you can find some who are in favour of prosecuting abortion doctors. But I’d be surprised if you found many. Certainly over here we’re not keen on stuff like that. And speaking just for myself, here is what I want: I want women to think of abortion as an unthinkable option – all by themselves. If more of them did, there would be fewer abortions, and that would make me very happy indeed. Other than that, I would like various levels of government to stop funding abortion (except in the very rare cases where the mother’s life truly is at risk).
I’m going to try to accomplish these things without getting too hysterical. Panicking is rarely a good strategy.
Andrea adds: Hysterical, yes. This sentence wins the “I work in downtown Toronto and have never set foot outside the shadow of the CN Tower” award:
In Canada, medicare covers legal abortions; yet we refuse the pleas of maternal health advocates [Andrea notes women overseas aren’t pleading for this, but “advocates” sure are] to continue funding safe abortions abroad — where the dangers of botched procedures are far higher. Now foreign aid groups say they have been unable to secure renewed funding from Ottawa for work that may include abortions.
This is very thinly veiled political advocacy that aims to legalize abortion, nothing to do with women’s health. If there is no access to any medical clinic of any kind, no access to electricity or to doctors, just how is it that even an abortion is going to be safe?
Incidentally, were doctors to be punished for providing abortions, I would see that as a reasonable action, rather like punishing johns for prostitution. That, alongside punishing Toronto Star editorialists for terribly inaccurate writing and severe naiveté.by