I Oppose Creating a Right to Abortion
TO: Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
I oppose the creation of a “right to abortion” in Canada.
In response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, the Trudeau government is loudly denouncing the loss of the so-called "right" of a mother to murder her preborn child south of the border. Many Liberals in positions of power are now demanding a “right” to abortion be enshrined in Canadian law.
In a show of dramatic pseudo-concern for women’s rights and bodily autonomy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared the end of Roe v. Wade in the States “horrific”. He then promised to “always stand up for [a woman’s] right to choose.”
Jeff Gunnarson, Campaign Life Coalition president, responded, “What’s horrific is that we have a Prime Minister who is absolutely callous toward the some 100,000 preborn Canadian children who are killed every year by abortion. What is truly horrific is the disembowelment, dismemberment, and decapitation of these innocent human beings. My heart goes out to the some four million victims destroyed by abortion in what is the greatest human rights abuse in our nation’s history.”
The fact is: There is no right to abortion in Canada; and there can never be such a right! No one has the right to kill another human being no matter his or her age, stage of development, or disability. There is no place for this in our laws, regulations, or Constitution.
Justin Trudeau's father, Pierre Trudeau, passed a tragic law in 1969 that allowed for the abortion of a preborn child in certain circumstances. Under that law, if three doctors agreed that a mother's life or "health" was at risk, an abortion could be committed.
Nineteen years later, in 1988, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that this abortion law was unfair, primarily due to geographic considerations, since it was easier to find three doctors in a big city than in a rural area with few doctors.
As a result, five of the seven Justices struck down the entire law as “unconstitutional”. This was not because they recognized some inherent “right to abortion”, but because the law was inconsistent in its application to women in cities versus rural areas, and thus, it supposedly intruded on a woman’s “privacy” and “security” rights.
According to a former Justice for the PEI Supreme Court: “None of the seven judges held that there was a constitutional right to abortion on demand. All of the judges acknowledged the state has a legitimate interest in protecting the unborn. Even Madam Justice Wilson, who rendered the most liberal opinion in favour of a woman’s rights, advocated an approach to abortion that would balance those rights with the state’s interest in protecting the unborn.”1
Due to the 1988 ruling, a legal vacuum was formed in the matter of abortion in Canada. Suddenly, there were no rules, regulations, or restrictions pertaining to abortion. When the Parliament addressed this unconscionable situation shortly thereafter, it proposed a compromise law that failed to fully protect the pre-born, which ultimately failed to pass.
As a result, Canada remains in that legal vacuum to this day with effective “abortion on demand” through all nine months of pregnancy. An expectant mother may elect to have her preborn child killed by abortion for any reason or for no reason at all. This is not because of any established “right to abortion”, but because there is no law against it.
The Canadian government must not codify this travesty of justice by enacting a groundless and unprecedented “right to abortion” in Canada. Over four million innocent Canadian lives have been lost through abortion thus far. How many more must be killed? Mr. Trudeau does not have the right to take away anyone’s God-given, constitutional right to life!
1. Mitchell, Gerard, “Clarifying facts on Canada’s abortion law, or lack of,” The Guardian, May 22, 2014.
* The above petition is also available in a PDF version that can be printed and signed by hand.