By Meagan vande Bruinhorst
My husband, Alex, and I recently moved to a new house in Calgary. I’ve been taking our daughter in the stroller for walks and as we explored the neighbourhood, we found a really nice path that winds through tall evergreens up on a bit of a hill that allows you to look out a ways. You can see the downtown and Nose Hill Park. You can watch airplanes coming in and taking off. But you can also see the Peter Lougheed Centre.
They do abortions at Peter Lougheed. This is also the only hospital in Alberta which does abortions, which means that when you look up abortion statistics for Alberta, all of the abortions in hospital would be taking place there. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, 1535 induced abortions were performed in Alberta in 2018. That’s 1535 abortions which happened within walking distance of our home in one year. Being open only on weekdays, that’s about 6 abortions each day and they’ll do abortions up to 20 weeks.
As I drive to go pick up groceries from Superstore, I drive past Peter Lougheed. And so does everyone else. Inside of me, something screams, “Do they know?! Do they know babies are being killed right THERE? Maybe even right now?!” The evil is hidden and traffic continues to stream past.
Am I supposed to keep seeing this hospital when I go for a walk? Do I have to drive past this hospital every time I go do groceries or get gas? It’s such a heart-breaking reminder.
Yes. Because until abortions stop in Canada, I need to be confronted with the reality of what’s happening, to be reminded that something very tragic is happening. That’s also why we must show people the victims of abortion. Many of the people driving past Peter Lougheed drive past in oblivion. They don’t know what happens in that monstrous brick building. How will they be confronted with the reality of abortion? I remember a talk I heard from Jonathon years back where he said that if Canadians had to walk out their door each morning and go past all the corpses of the broken babies killed the day before, they’d be doing something about it.
Fellow Canadians, is abortion real to you? Where’s the closest abortion clinic or hospital to your home? How many abortions do they do there? Have you looked at the face of a baby killed in an abortion? Have you studied her fingers and toes, beautifully formed yet on the ends of arms which have been torn off her body?
And now ask yourself this: what are you going to do about it?