Today Canada‘s House of Commons struck down Motion 312, aimed at re-opening the debate defining when life begins, by a vote of 203 to 91. Ponder the fact that 91 Members of Parliament voted in favour of the motion.
Abortions were illegal in Canada until Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau decriminalized them in 1969. Abortions were then allowed provided a committee of doctors ruled it was in the best interest of the mother. In 1988 R.V. Morgentaler was the deciding case in which Canada’s Supreme Court struck down the 1969 law as unconstitutional. Since then there have been no laws to limit abortion in Canada. In Canada life “begins” when a foetus exits a mother’s womb.
Roe V. Wade seemingly settled the abortion debate in America. The 1973 Supreme Court decision effectively invalidated all state laws restricting a woman’s access to an abortion during her first trimester of pregnancy.
Most certainly beyond pondering, I’m astounded by this backward slide. The State of Arizona recently voted in a law defining the beginning of life as “calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman” in other words – before she is even pregnant.
A lot more attention should be paid to our governing bodies. If this isn’t a wake up call to ponder, I don’t know what is.