One of the most predominant challenges for pro-life activists has always been a simple one: Most Christians do not take abortion seriously. While those of us who work in the pro-life movement know that abortions take place with chilling frequency within Christian schools, churches, and organizations, many Christians feel as if this is a problem “out there.” Some church leaders, of course, know that abortions take place—it’s why many are so reticent to allow pro-life speakers to present to their congregants in the first place. It’s too controversial, we often hear.
It’s a sad reflection on the scientific knowledge of our culture that the abortion crowd is falling all over themselves to promote a new video by Bill Nye the “Science Guy,” a former engineer, TV host, actor, and comedian, on abortion. He makes his first scientific mistake in the title of the video: Can We Stop Telling Women What To Do With Their Bodies? Apparently, the science guy is unaware that the human being developing in the womb has a completely separate body, but that doesn’t stop him from spending the next four minutes delivering a diatribe dripping with condescension.
It’s official: Michael Coren has gone from parody to parrot. He now writes what everyone else writes, but several weeks later.
His newest offering in the Toronto Star takes aim directly at the No2Trudeau Campaign, a joint effort of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform and Campaign Life Coalition. After, one presumes, watching a stream of mainstream media coverage decrying the delivery of postcards with abortion victim photography as extreme, graphic, and insensitive to (living) children, Michael Coren chimed in to say all of the same things.
In 2012, those of us at the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform launched our EndtheKilling Plan to change public opinion on abortion in Canada with the New Abortion Caravan, a cross-country tour that followed in the steps of the 1970 Abortion Caravan, which left the Vancouver Art Gallery and headed across the country to Ottawa 45 years ago. For years I had heard my history professors at Simon Fraser University brag about the Abortion Caravan, as one contingent had actually left from SFU. It was, we students were told, a great moment in Canadian history.
Justin Trudeau’s ghost-written memoir—Common Ground—is many things. It’s as excruciatingly slow as Hillary Clinton’s Living History, and contains passages as painfully adolescent as Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue. But since the self-styled everyman Justin could very conceivably be the next Prime Minister of Canada, I forced myself to slog through fake apology passages in which Justin cloyingly implored his readers to forgive his over-the-top patriotism and trumpeted his wealth of inexperience. “If I sound a bit rhapsodic, you’ll have to forgive me.
“Abortion access grim in English Canada,” warns the headline of a November 20 article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The grimness being referred to here, however, is not the macabre spectre of dismembered Canadian fetuses in clinic dumpsters. It is, according to a fairly new report on abortion access in Canada, about the apparently alarming lack of such clinics and their accompanying dumpsters in certain areas of Canada. After reading through the report, a few observations:
Over half of Canada’s abortion clinics are in Quebec.
Abortion activists seem to be launching a (sort of) new strategy: Telling as many people as possible that they personally have had an abortion. Bloomberg Politics published a lengthy cover story titled “How Do You Change Someone’s Mind About Abortion?
“As soon as he grows his own uterus, he can have an opinion.”
That was a comment left on The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada’s Facebook page by a woman who presumably opposes men speaking out against misogyny, domestic abuse, rape culture, and female genital mutilation as well. Apparently, you see, male genitals disqualify people from speaking out on various human rights issues deemed by women who define themselves by their uteruses while protesting angrily against being defined by their uteruses as “women’s issues.”