Calgary Bishop Fred Henry on Friday called Mr. Ignatieff’s proposal “pathetic,” while on Thursday Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto labelled the Liberal leader’s position on abortion and the developing world “sad.”
“In light of the many positive contributions that Canada can make to the improvement of maternal and child health, it is astonishing that the leader of the Opposition has issued an official statement advocating contraception and abortion as fundamental elements in addressing this important issue,” said Archbishop Collins. “Even those who think that abortion should be allowed do not, however, propose it as a positive contribution to the good of society.”
Bishop Henry was even more blunt.
“I thought it was pathetic for a political leader to suggest that abortion is somehow tied to the health of women and children,” said Bishop Henry. “It was a particularly crass remark in light of all the orphaned children we now see in Haiti. It was absolutely incredible that he would say that and he is alienating religious people with these comments. This will not win him votes.”
As a 22-year-old Canadian woman, I felt I needed to inform Ignatieff that there is by no means a Canadian consensus in favour of abortion. I believe that it is scientifically indisputable that abortion is the act of terminating a human life.We should all be committed to improving conditions for women in Canada and around the world so that no mother is ever in such a desperate situation that she feels forced to abort her child.In the 1988, the very year I was born, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down our country’s abortion law and Parliament has since failed to pass any bill at all on abortion.Abortion on demand became legal and funded by taxpayer’s dollars even up to the ninth month of pregnancy in Canada not because that is the will of all Canadians but rather because of political cowardice.According to a new Angus Reid public opinion poll, only 20 per cent of Canadians are aware of the current status quo of abortion in Canada. When informed about existing regulations, only 30 per cent endorsed them. This hardly amounts to a consensus.I can even offer further evidence that the pro-life position exists in our country. Last night, the Ottawa Students for Life hosted Andrea Mrozek, who spoke on the very topical subject of whether being pro-life is antithetical to being pro-woman.Let’s focus on saving the lives of women and children, not exporting abortion to other countries.Marissa Poisson,
If Harper didn’t set this up, it’s worked well for him nonetheless. Iggy is slowly finding out that abortion is not the passport to power it once was. By the end of this exercise, he’ll get the message. You’ll see.
But I still believe that Steve set Iggy up. And it’s working rather well.
p.s. Here’s another one. Hit the reverse button, Iggy.