In the now week-old debate over whether “Dr.” Henry Morgentaler should have been honoured with the Order of Canada medal, the pro-abortion crowd has taken a PR beating in its attempt to stifle any dissent against the status quo. Light has been shone on the fact that Canada “leads” the world by having not a single restriction on the destruction of in-utero life. Light has been shone on the far-left partisanship of the Order’s selection committee, starting with the chief justice of the Supreme Court herself. And the abortion debate has been reopened again, as pro-life and pro-“choice” sides go at it across the country. For more on this line of inquiry, read Father Raymond de Souza’s fine column from today’s National Post, “Abortion isn’t the settled issue it was supposed to be”.
Three of the most compelling arguments, though, that helped turn me from agnostic on the topic to strongly anti-abortion (except in the less-than-one-percent cases of rape, incest, fatal abnormalities, and legitimate fatal threat to physical life of mother), have scarcely been mentioned by the media, and, as far as I can tell, have not been brought up by even the most staunch opponents of Morgentaler:
1) The proven negative impacts of abortion on the mental and physical health of women, always derided, minimized, or simply ignored by ideological proponents of “choice”. For links to the scientific research on the links between abortion and breast cancer, decreased fertility, birth defects, miscarriage risk, and various mental health issues, check out this page at Heartbeat International.
2) Easy access to unlimited, unquestioned abortions in free private clinics like Morgentaler’s butcheries has made it nearly impossible for thousands of stable, loving, but infertile couples from finding healthy North American newborns to adopt. With the popular culture, and the Planned Parenthood-led “crisis pregnancy counselling” machine driving the vast majority of “accidental” pregnancies to the vacuum suction table, the supply of up-for-adoption babies in North America has virtually dried up. The costs of adoption are obscene due to this scarcity, and the choice is often limited to the offspring of the mentally ill homeless and the addicted, or the residents of third-world orphanages. (Do these children deserve a loving, caring family? Yes. Are most adoptive parents willing or able to deal with their associated problems? No, unfortunately, not.)
3) Eugenics as the driving ideology behind unlimited-abortion extremists. Question: what was completely whitewashed by the media on July 2, 2008? Answer: Morgentaler’s opening statement to the media in reaction to the news that he received the Order of Canada, exposing his eugenicist agenda. A transcription: “I wrote this statement, which is not long. I want to say thank you, and I’m genuinely honoured. In addition, I’m proud on my behalf, but also because we now know that 20 years after unwanted pregnancies become less common, violent crime becomes much rarer. In other words, because there are fewer unwanted pregnancies, there are people alive today who would otherwise have been murdered, and that makes me very happy indeed.” Not a single journalist, far as I can tell, challenged the veracity of this statement in print.