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Sunday, February 17, 2008

An Open Letter to Parliament re: MP Ken Epp's Unborn Victims of Violence Bill

Dear Parliamentarians,

It has come to my attention that pro-abortion lobbying groups are working hard in trying to undermine MP Ken Epp's Private Members Bill C-484, "Unborn Victims of Violence Act". These groups are trying to ensure that supporting this bill makes you look like some sort of retrograde misogynist, or one of those icky, uncool pro-life bible-thumpers. I would like to suggest that most Canadians actually think quite the opposite: that opposing this bill actually makes you look, at best, a cowardly political calculator who caves in to ideological bullies, or, at worst, a callous person with a major empathy void.

Please understand the common sense missing from the pro-abortion lobby's "slippery slope" argument. These activists are trying to equate all unborn children, without acknowledging the difference between an unwanted pregnancy, and a fetus that a mother fully intends to deliver safely into the world. Abortion activists can still pursue their argument to keep abortion legal while accepting this distinction, and allowing basic human rights protection for wanted unborn children.

If this bill causes Canadians otherwise unengaged with this issue to take pause and think deeply about the value and ultimate humanity of an unborn fetus, let it be so, and do not let the debate be stifled by those with an ideological axe to grind. At some point, we are going to have to address the untenable flaws in the arguments defending our anything-goes, unrestricted pro-abortion legal regime in Canada. Specifically: how can we treat the deliberate killing of a preemie as murder, while treating the destruction of a baby that has reached full gestation, but simply hasn't passed through the birth canal yet, as something beyond reproach? How can we claim that a fetus is simply a "clump of cells" or a "parasite", when medical science tells us that it is an independent being with its own unique DNA at conception, and that it has a beating heart of its own within three weeks? And, philosophically, how can we explain all the care and sensitivity we provide to expectant mothers in our society, if we truly believe that all that woman is carrying is some sort of tumor that she can have suctioned out with a vacuum extractor at will?

If the passage of Mr. Epp's bill leads to a re-opening of the uncomfortable issue of Canada's missing abortion law, so be it. But if it makes us a more caring, sensitive, and civilized nation in the process, then we'll all be the better for it, and you will be rewarded with the respect of a nation for tackling a serious, crucial void in our country's legal heart.


Neil Flagg


(Cross-Posted at Flaggman's Canada)

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Hear hear!

Posted by: SUZANNE | 2008-02-18 10:35:06 AM

It's a very good bill, and there is no reason it should not be law.

Posted by: Pissinginthetent.com | 2008-02-18 4:43:58 PM

AS a Pro-lifer... this is a great bill to be passed. But lets get one thing straight the hope is by this bill being passed that it will not only help unborn children be labeled as victims to an abuse of the carrier, but that it will set precedent to them being victims in any circumstance of aggression, including abortion. This bill will hopefully bring about a consciousness that unborn children are not just a "clump of cells", but they are children.

Posted by: Redneck Ryder | 2008-02-19 9:46:46 AM

No to the bill! It is a slippery slope - it is a transparent agenda - just make the penalties stiffer for homicide in the first place - don't kill the mother or the baby - that's just common sense. Don't give the Harper government a door through which to drive an anti-abortion law.

Posted by: sensible | 2008-02-25 8:02:03 PM

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