I reside in liberal Toronto, where the trite phrase “a woman’s right to choose” is trotted out as the answer to every single question about abortion. Does a fetus, or an embryo, constitute human life? Is it OK to abort such a life before a certain gestation date? Why is the last day of the first trimester any different than the first day of the second trimester? Would it have been OK if your mother had aborted you, or your brother or sister, in the first trimester – would that have been a fine choice for your mother to have made? And what about the thousands of infertile couples waiting for years, and paying tens of thousands of dollars, waiting for a healthy newborn to adopt? Somehow, “it’s a woman’s choice” doesn’t quite cut it.
As it happens, I respect a woman’s right to choose whether to have sex with a man – but once a unique individual begins to grow inside of her as a result of that choice, the choices . At that point, it’s time to grow up and choose between the two remaining options: marry the father and raise a family, or carry the child to birth and grant the gift of life to a loving adoptive family.
But I digress: this post is to promote today’s column by of one of our rare clear-thinking Canadian writers, Barbara Kay, “Sacrificing conscience to the sanctity of Abortion”. The column touches on many questions about the absurd state of abortion in Canada, focusing on two recent events: the proposed fatwa against doctors-of-conscience to refuse to promote abortion by the College of Physicians and Surgeons Ontario; and the public criticism of V-P candidate Governor Sarah Palin for carrying her Down’s Syndrome child to term by the executive vice-president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, Dr. André Lalonde.
To my liberal Jewish friends and family, I encourage you to open your minds to this liberal Jewish woman’s take on the cult of abortion. If it’s about “a woman’s right to choose”, then what about a doctor’s right to choose? And if it’s about compassion for women, then what about compassion for those who live life with the extra chromosome, who are now told that they should never have been born? If your answer is “it’s a woman’s right to choose”, then perhaps you may be unwilling to face the complexity of the issue.