Blog Archives: 2013

Eugenics by another name

by Catherine Shenton

“When I was small, I didn’t even know that I was a kid with special needs. How did I find out? By other people telling me that I was different from everyone else, and that this was a problem.”

- Naoki Higashida

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I think there are two different sides to wanting children to be healthy in our culture. There’s these-are-my-children-and-I-want-them-to-be-healthy, which influences all sorts of decisions about diet and environment and activities and so on, because we want to give children their best shot at being physically, emotionally, socially, etc. healthy. But this side also accepts that sometimes children will get sick, sometimes they will get better and sometimes not, sometimes they will be born with a disability that will shape their life and yours, but no matter what, they are still your children.

The post-abortive are pre-abortive

by Stephanie Gray

33,000: the number of Canadian women having abortions this year who have previously had an abortion. That’s according to the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada: “At least one third of women undergoing induced abortions in Canada have had a prior abortion” (2012; 34(6): 536). 

There’s no doubt that people of good will should do soul searching and ask, “Where were we before her first abortion?  Did we try to ‘rescue those who are being taken away to death’ (Proverbs 24:11)?”  But now, added to those questions are these: “Where were we after her abortion?  Did we say anything?”  All too often there’s silence.  Consider the most obvious place where one should expect to hear about abortion—churches—and how infrequently one hears pastors preach about the forbidden “A”-word.  Why is that? 

Inspiration from Atticus Finch

by Catherine Shenton

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” – Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

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We may never have to face a rabid dog or a murderous mob, but we will all have moments, large or small, when our convictions require us to go against what is commonplace, comfortable, or convenient. This is why Atticus Finch is so many people’s hero, fictional though he may be.

In To Kill a Mockingbird we see a man who values what is right over what is easy, and who strives to teach his children to do the same.

Fear and loathing in the abortion wars

by Jonathon Van Maren

“You should have been aborted.”

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Of all the random insults tossed at pro-lifers, this is probably the most frequent, tiresome, and predictable. When faced with people who say we shouldn’t kill other, inconvenient people, the knee-jerk reaction of these winsome ambassadors of Third Wave Feminism is to find that inconvenient, and suggest you should have been killed yourself. Thanks for proving our point, I think.

Bad, Bad Catholic

By Stephanie Gray

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A couple weeks ago, the popular blog "Bad Catholic" published pieces here and here that will be used by some pro-lifers as a case against abortion-victim photography.  Because writer Marc Barnes has quite the following and his pieces could lead people astray on pro-life strategy, here are 10 points in response:

What Children Know

by Catherine Shenton

“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

--Scout, To Kill a Mockingbird

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As I re-read To Kill a Mockingbird I was thinking about the way the children struggle to understand what is happening in their town and in their world. Why are people so upset that, when their father has been appointed as defense lawyer for someone, he intends to defend him? Why when that man is so clearly innocent, is he convicted? This brings the children to tears, and yet most people in town see it as a matter of course.

And why would a man consider it easier to pretend to be a drunk than to explain to his neighbours that he just loves his wife and doesn’t care what they think of inter-racial marriage? How can their teacher be so outraged about Hitler forcing Jewish people to live in ghettos, but so in favor of segregation right there in their town?

The Hierarchy of Anti-Abortion Argumentation

By Stephanie Gray

“Be it resolved that abortion is harmful to women.”

That was the statement late-term abortionist Dr. Fraser Fellows and I were asked to debate in our third public forum, this time at the University of Toronto this past November 8.  In preparation for the event, and in reflection afterwards, I was reminded of the hierarchy of pro-life argumentation.

In no way was I arguing that abortion is wrong because it is harmful to women.  After all, what medical procedure doesn’t have some risks?   Open heart surgery has risks.  So does chemotherapy. But plenty of people opt for these medical interventions because the benefits outweigh the risks.

Better Off Dead

by Catherine Shenton

“There is kindness in Love: but Love and kindness are not coterminous, and when kindness (in the sense given above) is separated from the other elements of Love, it involves a certain fundamental indifference to its object, and even something like contempt of it. Kindness consents very readily to the removal of its object— we have all met people whose kindness to animals is constantly leading them to kill animals lest they should suffer. Kindness, merely as such, cares not whether its object becomes good or bad, provided only that it escapes suffering... It is for people whom we care nothing about that we demand happiness on any terms: with our friends, our lovers, our children, we are exacting and would rather see them suffer much than be happy in contemptible and estranging modes.”

-- C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

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George Orwell on abortion: I shouldn't have been surprised

by Catherine Shenton

“Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” -- George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language,” 1946

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This was going to be a post about the importance of clarity in language and freedom of expression, full of all sorts of quotes from George Orwell, whose writing very effectively highlights the dangers of censorship and the ugliness of using euphemism to defend the indefensible. Just to be sure, I googled “George Orwell abortion”, in case he had made some wildly pro-abortion statement that I hadn't heard of, but that could undermine the point of what I was writing.

When Canada went to Holland

by Jonathon Van Maren

Earlier today, I headed to the Ancaster Cenotaph at the Old Town Hall to participate in the November 11 Remembrance Day Ceremony. The National Anthem, the laying of the wreathes, the reading of the Honour Roll, the moment of silence, the Last Post, and the Ode of Remembrance: “They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

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