The Shotgun Blog
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Person to person
Abortion is not murder in Canada, of course, because one can murder only a legal person. And, as we all know, Canadian courts have repeatedly ruled that the fetus is not a legal person. So, while ending the life of an unborn child certainly constitutes a killing (because the fetus is undeniably alive) and might even be considered feticide, it cannot be seen as a murder.
I'm thinking of these things this morning in reaction to news that "Montana's Senate passed a constitutional personhood amendment (SB 406) which would recognize all human beings, including the unborn, as persons, in a 26-24 vote last week."
There appears to be a central organization behind the personhood initiative, Personhood USA. The Christian group's website notes that seven states have launched personhood drives, and the group's ultimate aim is to protect "every child by love and by law" and to move "churches and the culture to make the dehumanization and murdering of pre-born children unthinkable."
There is no indication yet that the group intends to expand northward. Pity.
This is great news! Its just a shame that there is no such political pressure in Canada. The news makes it seem like there are almost no pro-lifers up there. A fetus has a heartbeat at 3 weeks. The fetus has a functioning nervous system at 7 weeks. How can something that is supposedly a non-being have both a heartbeat and a nervous system? Abortion kills innocent children whose only "crime" is to be born at an imperfect time.
Conservatives, religious people, and libertarians should unite against abortion. Libertarians often discuss the rights of the individual. The fetus is a living individual. He or she has committed no crime. They have a right to a life of freedom and opportunity. It is for this reason that libertarians should unite for life!
Posted by: David | 2009-03-03 7:34:45 PM
There are enough forced pregnancy activism groups in Canada already - we don't need any more.
Posted by: Alex | 2009-03-03 10:31:36 PM
The Mouse Who Became a Cat
A Fairy Story for Children
By Paul McKeever
John pointed to a mouse, and said "I move that this is a cat. It's a cat!" The motion was seconded. A majority voted in favour of the motion.
And mice lived happily ever after, never a one ever again being eaten by a cat.
Posted by: Paul McKeever | 2009-03-04 11:18:19 AM
Alex - we all know the birds and the bees. Sex can cause babies. Just because someone does not like the natural biological consequence, does not mean they have the right to kill.
I have hope that the pro-life movement will gain speed as more and more genes and disorders are isolated and fetuses are terminated for being gay, blue-eyed or whatever. Our brave new world needs moral fortitude.
Posted by: elizabeth | 2009-03-04 1:15:04 PM
Part of the problem is Québec, which is still trapped in the 1960s socially. That's a significant demographic to pull against, especially when Torontonians, the other major voting bloc, are not much more up to date. Even so, abortion is declining in this country as fewer people decide to have them. Converting the children of the Sixties is a lost cause. But with new generations all things are possible.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-03-04 2:15:33 PM
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