By Jonathon Van Maren
In the last week or so, two federal political parties have come out attempting to one-up each other on who, exactly, is more in favor of relieving Canadian women of their pesky fetuses.
[Former Canadian Premier, the late] Pierre Trudeau’s kid Justin announced that no one who favors any measure of nuance or thinks that life in the womb deserved any protection whatsoever was welcome in his new Liberal Party.
The NDP [New Democratic Party] , perhaps slightly offended that the Liberals seemed more “progressive” than they did (“progress” in this case referring to the taxpayer-funded killing of developing taxpayers), sent out the winsome and lovely Niki Ashton, whose heart for pre-born children is about as warm as her home riding (constituency) of Churchill, Manitoba.
Ms. Ashton presented Motion 510, which blithely asserts that “A woman’s right to choose abortion is a fundamental question of equality and human rights, both in Canada and around the world.” (Ms. Ashton, you see, is one of those humanitarians who sees starving women in Third World countries and concludes that emptying their uteruses is the way to go.)
Interestingly enough, though, the media backlash against Justin and Niki seems to indicate that even the typically 1968-esque pro-“choice” media realizes that the abortion debate is open and never really closed.
“Mr. Trudeau is pro-choice on the abortion issue but offers his candidates no choice or personal belief or the option to vote their conscience. Isn’t this hypocritical?” The Charlottetown Guardian asked.
Calling Justin’s position a “dictatorial stand on a highly controversial issue of conscience,” Lorna Dueck in The Globe and Mail revealed that, “I’ve listened to my birth mother’s harrowing despair of how she pursued four illegal attempts to end my life in the womb. I’ll never be neutral on this topic, and I’ve lived through the change of this era.”
Margaret Wente also went after Trudeau and Tommy Mulcair in The Globe and Mail in a column entitled, “Spare me the abortion absolutism.”
“But that’s the way liberal progressivism is going these days,” she noted scathingly, “It’s become as intolerant and doctrinaire as any fundamentalist cult.”
In The National Post, Margaret Somerville noted that only a small minority of Canadians support Canada’s current lawless status quo, but apparently no one else is welcome in the Liberal caucus: “Three in five believe that unborn children deserve some legal protection of their lives, at the latest at viability. Is that also hors de discussion? Do these people pass the “green light” test?” The National Post editorial board also condemned Justin’s move, along with Andrew Coyne, Barbara Kay, and Jonathan Kay in assorted columns.
Even The Winnipeg Free Press turned on Justin, stating with remarkable nuance that, “Canada is not done with complex debates over public policy riddled with morality. Euthanasia is a pressing legal and political debate that will demand consideration of all its implications. If Mr. Trudeau would have his MPs relinquish autonomy on a question so intimate as abortion, on what issue will he see fit to allow them the freedom to dissent?”
Justin Trudeau’s position on abortion isn’t surprising at all, even for a man who often seems surprised at what comes out of his own mouth. And Niki is always pumped to have something to say, and even more excited when that something involves abortion, where the full extent of her delusional beliefs regarding “human rights” can be on display.
But as commentators from across the country, both pro-choice and pro-life, have noted, the majority of Canadians think that some restrictions on abortion are warranted. R. v. Morgentaler [a 1988 Supreme Court of Canada decision] gave the House of Commons a mandate to create just such restrictions. As this debate progresses, Justin and Niki may find their abortion beachhead increasingly lonely. Dead babies tell no tales, true. But a new generation of pro-lifers is doing it for them.
Editor’s note. Jonathon Van Maren is communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. This first appeared at www.unmaskingchoice.ca/blog/2014/05/15/justin-and-nikis-abortion-beachhead