6.29.2008

Morgentaler's Canada is not my Canada!

An email I just received from Jojo Ruba at the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform...

Dear friends,

To celebrate Canada Day, the Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean will be awarding Canada's highest honour, the Order of Canada to Henry Morgentaler, the man who helped legalize abortion in Canada. He is also one of Canada's most prolific abortion providers.

Though there has been no official confirmation yet, I have it on good authority that this will happen and it will be this week, just in time for Canada Day.

Though we at CCBR and much of the pro-life movement, have not had any time to officially respond (one of the reasons they are doing this on the long weekend, very few people will be paying attention), this is certainly something we are concerned about.

If you are someone who prays, please pray for this nation and its leadership. Though the Harper government has no official power to stop this action, I already know they are trying to pass the buck and not take any responsibility. They need, as well as every elected official, and the Governor General, to know that this is not acceptable to Canadians. Here's the GG's website:

http://www.gg.ca/menu_e.asp

The parliamentarians are at:

http://webinfo.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/MainMPsCompleteList.aspx?TimePeriod=Current&Language=E

As always, please conduct yourselves as good pro-life ambassadors and be polite but firm when you write.

I for one, will find it very hard to celebrate Canada Day this year. The tag line I'll be using is that Canada deserves better than this. Canada's women, men and children, born and unborn don't want and don't deserve their highest honour given to this callous killer.

This action is only happening because of the hubris pro-abortion leaders have about this issue. Let's help them understand that this debate is far from over.

As you ponder what to do in response as well, please do remember this work. I want more of you to help pray for us, finance us and work with us so that one day Canadians will recognize how unthinkable abortion is and how sad this action really is.

Godspeed,

Jojo Ruba

PS This is from the National Post Blog:

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/06/29/douglas-farrow-quot-henry-morgentaler-s-canada-is-not-my-canada-quot.aspx

Douglas Farrow: "Henry Morgentaler’s Canada is not my Canada"

Posted: June 29, 2008, 7:16 PM by Yoni Goldstein


Word on the street is that, barring an unlikely 11th-hour intervention, Dr. Henry Morgentaler, our country’s most famous abortionist, will be inducted into the Order of Canada.

The decision, which is to be announced in time for Canada Day, is clearly not driven by popular demand. For example, an online poll by the Globe and Mail, with over 300,000 respondents, went 92% to 8% against giving the award to Morgentaler.

Nor, I've been told, was the decision a unanimous one, as is normally the case. No doubt we will be hearing much more about this in the next few days — talking points were being circulated among MPs as early as Friday — and perhaps the facts will find their way out in spite of the spin. If and when we have the facts, here are four questions I believe must be addressed:

First, did the Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, who is chair of the awards committee, preside over this decision? And if so, why did she not recuse herself? The award to Morgentaler is not only linked to the subject of abortion — a matter on which Canada has been in legislative limbo for many years — it is a clear endorsement of the practice of abortion. But the constitutionality of some new legislation limiting that practice may yet be raised before her court. If it is, will she then recuse herself?

Second, how successful will the government be in distancing itself from this decision, which (if word on the street is to be trusted) it is preparing to do? The government has two members on the committee, one of which is a deputy minister. Perhaps these members were opposed to the selection of Morgentaler, for whatever reason. But if there was a change of procedure, did they consent to it, knowing what the result would be? (If there was a change, and they did not consent, that makes our first question still more poignant.)

Third, what business has the committee making such a controversial award, when it so gravely affronts a very substantial number of Canadians and, indeed, deeply offends their consciences? Some argue that this “brave” man must not be denied his reward for bringing down an unjust law restricting abortion. But many others argue that the real injustice is that Canada, thanks in large part to Morgentaler and his disciples, has no law at all against cutting up babies in the womb — indeed it is the only “civilized” country without such a law. Does the committee presume to settle this national argument for us? How else are we to read their decision to make the award? And what does that say about the state of democracy in Canada?

Last but not least, how will the living members of the Order of Canada — those, that is, who believe, for whatever reason, that a great wrong is being done here — respond to the situation? Will they return their own medals in protest? How will MPs and, for that matter, the Prime Minister respond? How will the bishops and religious leaders respond? How will the people of Canada respond, those who cannot in good conscience bear the burden of being told that abortion is a “Canadian value”?

I can tell you that I myself am pondering this last question very seriously. Henry Morgentaler’s Canada is not my Canada. I’m with the late Louis-Philippe de Grandpré, sometime justice of the Supreme Court of Canada: “Abortion at any stage of pregnancy is murder, and any attack against the fetus is a crime. To kill a fetus is murder.”

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