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Choice for Life, Liberty and Security

“Life is choices. One choice builds upon another and in the end our choices define who we become. Choices matter.” - Matthew Kelly

According to an article from the Leading-Edge Journal of Roberts Wesleyan College, the average adult makes over 35,000 decisions every day. Over 200 of these decisions are just on what food you are going to eat during a day.[1] Our choices shape who we are as individuals. Some of the choices we make are big and some are small. Some of our choices are life and death decisions. A woman’s choice to abort or keep her pre-born child means life or death for that child.

Women with an unplanned pregnancy are placed in very difficult circumstances. All too often, these women find themselves alone and without the support they need from family, friends or peers. Without this support, many of these women are prime targets by the abortion industry and those in the media determined to promote abortion {to keep it convenient and legal}. The choice to have an abortion is presented as healthcare by Health Canada[2] and looked upon as a woman’s “reproductive” right by the pro-choice movement. How did our society come to the decision that abortion should be a “right” for women? How is it that the “right to abortion” is promoted at women’s marches and by political leaders such as Justin Trudeau?[3] 

The child’s rights in the mother’s womb are rarely addressed in the pro-choice argument. The child is typically seen as a burden, or even worse, as something that is not human and therefore not deserving of human rights including the right to life. In Canada, the right to life, liberty, and security are the first three legal rights stated in section 7 of the Canadian Charter of rights and freedoms[4]. Since human life begins at conception, abortion must be a human rights violation because it violates these three vital human rights: life, liberty and security.

As a Canadian citizen, I am compelled to stand up for the unborn who suffer from these human rights violations. As a society, we are responsible to help those in need. As a pro-life movement, we should continuously strive to make sure that women have access to life-affirming support during their pregnancy and after the birth of their child. I am obliged to stand up for human rights in our country, as we all are, especially the right to life, liberty and security.

It is important to make good choices instead of bad choices. When discussing public health issues, doctors will often discuss or advise against allowing harmful substances from entering our bodies. An example of this are the labels on tobacco and alcohol products which discourage pregnant women from using and consuming these things. Abortions, chemical or surgical, not only kill a child in the womb but are also very harmful for women. But instead of advising women against making an unhealthy choice, in 2017, doctors prescribed over 4,000 chemical abortions to women in the form of RU-486 which was the first year RU-486 was available in Canada. All of this was funded by the tax payer which in an indirect way makes us all responsible.

While the National Abortion Federation stated, “Mifepristone has been safely and effectively used by millions of women worldwide to terminate an early pregnancy since 1988” the U.S National Institutes of Health list some of the side effects as: “Cramps, vaginal bleeding or spotting, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.”[5] Enduring these side effects for the purpose of ending the child’s life do not seem to be very safe. Just recently, the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) released the latest numbers from a study on four Ohio abortion clinics. This study compared the abortions that occurred between 2010 and 2014 before and after a law was implemented  concerning chemical abortion RU-486. The law allowed women to take Mifepristone up to 70 days after the beginning of the last menstrual period in stead of the previous 49-day restriction. The study shows that for the 2,783 women who had a chemical abortion, additional medical intervention was needed for 14.3% of the women after the law compared to 4.9% before the law. The rate of women reporting at least one side affect rose to 15.6% after the law compared to 8.6% before the law.

When I was on the subway the other day, I saw a poster telling customers to give up special blue seats to the customers who are pregnant. On one end, our society recognizes the need to protect the unborn child and help mothers throughout their pregnancy as demonstrated by the subway signs and product labels, but on the other hand, abortion is wrongfully promoted as a woman’s “reproductive right.”

We need to increase the support that mothers need to help them choose life for their children and continue parenting or placing their child into an adoptive family. Tax payer’s dollars should go towards the support systems necessary to nurture and protect children instead of ending the life of preborn children.

In life, there are good choices and there are bad choices, some lead to life, others lead to death. We should choose to stand up and be vocal for the safety of all women and the pre-born child’s right to life, liberty and security, so that all women choose life for themselves and for their unborn children.