How would you feel if the government wiped out an entire city the size of Kingston, and everyone in it every single year? The majority of Canadians would probably not agree with this idea. In fact there would probably be riots in the streets. Yet that is precisely what is happening in hospitals and clinics all throughout Canada each year on a much smaller level.
In 1969, the Canadian government struck down all Canadian laws restricting abortion in Canada. Many people mistakenly believe that abortion is legal in Canada, when in reality; we are the only western nation that simply does not have any law restricting abortion. The result has been a steady increase in the number abortions performed each year in Canada, since 1969. There are now around 100,000 abortions performed in Canada annually.
Abortion has seen a steady increase around the world, for example in China, families who choose to have more than one child are fined, punished, and the mothers are often forced to have abortions and are sterilized. Since males are highly valued in China, girls are aborted at a much higher rate. Girls that are fortunate enough to be born in China are often discarded and left to die.
Catholic teaching on the matter of abortion is very clear. In the book of Jeremiah chapter 1:5, it says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” This forms the basis of section 2270 in the catechism of the Catholic Church which states “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person. Among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.” This teaching is very clear, abortion is always wrong, with no exceptions. While some people may not be prepared to be mothers and fathers, abortion is never the answer. The end never justifies the means; in other words, you can never commit an evil act (such as abortion) to ease the burden you are currently carrying (in this case the baby).
Many famous Catholics and non Catholics have spoken out against abortion. Mother Teresa wrote “Abortion is a crime that kills not only the child but the consciences of all involved.” Former US president Ronald Reagan once said “abortion concerns not only the unborn child; it concerns every one of us.” And finally in a very harsh tone Martin Luther once said “those who have no love for children are swine, stocks, and logs unworthy of being called men or women.”
There are a number of things that each of us can do in order to help reduce the number or abortions in this country. We can pray for the doctors and there associates who perform these evil acts. We can also pray for the mothers and fathers who have chosen to avoid bringing one of their children into the world. And then we can pray for the family members, grandparents and relatives who have been touched by abortion. The more fearless among you could write a letter to your member of parliament or your local newspaper. Or you could join my family and I as we attend the 14th annual March for Life in Ottawa this May 13th where thousands of ordinary Canadians will gather on Parliament Hill to prayerfully and peacefully to tell the government that we do not have social peace on abortion. There will never be peace in the world while we allow children to die in the sanctuary of a mother’s womb.
Peter Beneteau, 13 years old, received an “A” for this speech.