i posted this on the OTHER blog today too. We're counting down the final week of our vigil - & that's where my mind has been.
On Friday and Saturday i had the chance to attend the Life 2011 National Prolife conference. There were people who have been involved in prolife since before any laws even began to change, long before the years of publicly funded abortions, and certainly... before i was even born.
i was hoping it would be ok to post here some 'learning posts'... i think for me, better understanding our situation in Canada helps me to pray...
It was 1969 when abortion first began to be decriminalized in Canada. From there, we have never been able to stem the tide. The Canadian Supreme Court struck Canada's abortion laws completely in 1988 and declared them "unconstitutional". Since then, there has been no legal protection for tiny ones growing in the womb. In 1991, the supreme court ruled that a baby even in the process of being born, was not a person (even if the baby's head was outside of her mother's body).
In 1999 Calgary nurses from the Foothills hospital complained about a late term abortions in which the children were born alive and left to die, and in particular, a late (35 week) abortion in which the child was born alive and lived for 12 hours. The police found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, (without interviewing any nurses)- but the "pregnancy termination guidelines" were subsequently changed to suggest that doctor's consider feticide in utero before delivery (by intracardiac injection of KCI).
You can read more about Canada's timeline HERE and HERE. (You'll notice the slant in the language from the two websites - one being prolife, the other prochoice).
Since 1969, more than three million Canadian children have lost their lives to abortion. i wonder sometimes about those three million... some of them should be older than me by now... & every day the number grows. We can't leave this Canada to our children.
i hate hallowe'en, but at the conference this weekend, Peter Menzies talked about how there are dwindling numbers of trick or treaters as of late... He told us that the number of children between the ages of 5-14 has dropped by 10% in the past 9 years. He said it's the smallest number of children in that age bracket since 1988...
What happened in 1988 again?