Interesting article in many major papers today (Globe, Post and Toronto Star) about how Canada came to have a void on abortion laws. Needless to say, Barbara McDougall doesn’t represent the views of the many women of the ProWomanProLife persuasion:
However, the judges also said a woman’s right to an abortion, especially in the later stage of pregnancy, can be subject to reasonable limits imposed to protect the unborn or the woman’s life or health, and it sent the issue on to Parliament to resolve.
The bombshell ruling elated pro-choice advocates and devastated anti-abortionists. It also created a legal gap that the newly released documents show left the Conservative cabinet bewildered. …
Health Minister Jake Epp, a devout Mennonite Christian from Steinbach, Man., persistently pleaded that an infant’s life starts at the moment of conception. Barbara McDougall, of Toronto, was the minister for the status of women and she urged more free choice for women.
Epp’s lengthy speeches predominate in the minutes, but at one point, Mulroney pointed out McDougall was the only woman sitting on cabinet’s powerful 20-member priorities and planning committee. Mulroney noted the imbalance did not represent the general population, and he warned committee members McDougall’s views on abortion “were therefore not to be taken lightly.
Abortion is neither compassionate nor liberating. Last I checked I am also a woman, therefore we can all stop with the notion so ubiquitous in politics that abortion serves women well.by