While I agree that teens should be encouraged to abstain until they are mature enough to understand and deal with any potential problems that might arise, it is also important to let them know that having sexual feelings, desires, or curiosities is normal and healthy and nothing to be ashamed of. It's also important to let them know that at the right time and with the right person, sex can be a fulfilling and enriching aspect of their lives.
And let's not forget fun! The abortion issue may finally be dead in Canada, politically speaking. At the March convention for the federal Conservative Party of Canada in Montreal, delegates formally rejected re-opening the abortion debate when they voted not to try and pass new legislation regulating abortion. The move was an endorsement of the stand taken by leader Stephen Harper, who earlier announced he would not introduce legislation to regulate abortion if he was elected prime minister. A second resolution had also been up for debate, calling for a "ban on the performing and funding of third trimester partial birth abortions, also known as dilation and evacuation.
The two contradictory motions highlighted the deep divisions in the party over the abortion issue. The social-conservative faction tried to return the party to its right-wing Alliance roots, while more moderate conservatives, including the remnants of the former Progressive Conservative Party, advocated a tolerant position on social issues. Relieved pro-choice delegates said the decision would "instantly" make the party a viable force in the next election, especially for female voters. According to the Canadian Press, the vote represents what may be a "historic shift" in the abortion issue, which a reporter called "one of the most divisive, bitter, and longstanding morality debates this country has ever seen.
The Conservative Party's internal battle with abortion stems from last June's federal election, when several right-wing candidates spoke out against abortion or called for regulations on abortion. They were soundly vilified by the media and Liberal candidates during the campaign, forcing Stephen Harper to proclaim at every turn that he would not be supporting any new legislation against abortion. Many pundits blamed the ensuing Conservative election loss, at least in part, on the intemperate outbursts of its anti-abortion candidates.
The bill would have granted pregnant women the "right" to full disclosure from their doctors of the "dangers" of abortion. It also called for "penalties for physicians who perform an abortion without the informed consent of the mother or perform an abortion that is not medically necessary. It remains to be seen, however, whether the new pro-choice policy will really end divisions in the party, let alone curb the introduction of private members' bills trying to regulate abortion.
Anti-choice delegates at the convention unanimously declared that they would live to debate the abortion issue another day. Something that might help them do that is a resolution that delegates passed to allow free votes on issues such as "abortion, the definition of marriage, and euthanasia.
Although the Supreme Court of Canada struck down restrictions against abortion 17 years ago, Canadian women still confront barriers to reproductive control. Access to abortion facilities and funding for abortions remain hurdles yet to be overcome in many regions. The failure of provinces to pay for the procedure in clinics contravenes the Canada Health Act. Yet, two provinces, Quebec and New Brunswick, have still not rectified this problem. Pro-choice proponents have instigated court challenges in both provinces that will hopefully lead to a long overdue, just ruling. The battle for clinic funding has finally been won in Manitoba.
In , two Manitoba women known as Jane Doe No. Their complaint focused on the province's refusal to fund abortions at the private Morgentaler Clinic in Winnipeg. Facing waits of four to eight weeks for province-paid procedures at the hospital, both women opted to pay for their abortions at the clinic where they received the procedures within a week. Refusing to pay, the Manitoba government argued in court that women do not have the right to dictate when and where they can have therapeutic abortions. In December however, Associate Chief Justice Jeffrey Oliphant ruled in favour of the Jane Does, stating that the government had committed a "gross violation" of their rights.
Specifically, he ruled, "In my view, legislation that forces women to have to stand in line in an overburdened, publicly funded health-care system and to have to wait for a therapeutic abortion, a procedure that probably must be performed in a timely manner, is a gross violation of the right of women to both liberty and security of the person. This finding allows for thousands of Manitoban women to seek compensation for the hundreds of dollars they spent procuring private abortions. In January, the Manitoba government appealed the court ruling, saying it had to protect its right to decide how health-care dollars are spent.
Another important development in Manitoba occurred in April , when eighteen pro-choice women bought the Morgentaler Clinic, renaming it Jane's Clinic. Three months later and before Oliphant's decision, Manitoba began funding abortions at the clinic, finally bringing the province into compliance with the Canada Health Act. Soon after his appointment as Federal Health Minister, Ujjal Dosanjh began to address the issue of provincial funding of abortions at clinics. In October , he launched new talks with New Brunswick over its refusal to pay for abortions at the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton.
Dosajnh said he was "very concerned" that New Brunswick consistently ranked among the most difficult provinces for a woman to get an abortion and instructed the province in its responsibility to cover the cost of all abortions performed by doctors in the province: It's as simple as that. Currently, the province only pays for abortions that are both performed in hospitals and approved by two doctors, as per a provincial regulation that is both illegal and unconstitutional see press release below.
Dosanjh said if it can't be settled amicably, a dispute avoidance and resolution process will be invoked, and financial penalties may apply from the federal government. There is no exception to that rule," Dosanjh said. Robichaud has repeatedly vowed that the province will not fund abortions at the Morgentaler Clinic, saying that access is adequate at hospitals, even though only one hospital in New Brunswick regularly performs abortions and women usually have to travel to access services.
Henry Morgentaler initiated a still-ongoing lawsuit against the New Brunswick government for failure to pay physician and facilities fees at his clinic. A coalition of anti-choice groups tried to obtain intervener status in the lawsuit, but a judge denied the coalition's application, noting the lawsuit dealt primarily with financial issues, and the coalition's preoccupation with the morality of abortion was not relevant.
The coalition appealed to the province's highest court, but lost again in January. It's their choice and we must respect that choice in the way we deal with our health-care system. Pro-choice activists applaud Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh's determination to ensure that New Brunswick obeys the law by funding abortions at the Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic. New Brunswick is the only province in Canada that is still enforcing an illegal law that restricts abortion. As a result, many women can't get an abortion in time, or at all. Calling the abortion regulation an "an embarrassment to Canada," Arthur explained that "Canada is respected internationally as one of the most pro-choice countries in the world because we have no laws against abortion.
That's because our Charter of Rights guarantees equality to women, which includes freedom of choice on abortion. Yet here's New Brunswick, forcing women to jump through unconstitutional hoops before they can access a necessary medical service. Arthur noted that New Brunswick could easily resolve the situation by converting the Morgentaler Clinic into a publicly funded clinic and repealing the province's illegal regulation. Henry Morgentaler's current lawsuit against the province, to force it to fund his clinic. This regulation violates women's constitutional rights, as well as all five principles of the Canada Health Act comprehensiveness, universality, accessibility, portability, and public administration.
Also, hospitals in New Brunswick perform abortions only up to 12 weeks gestation. This arbitrary policy exists even though the province forces women to wade through red tape that often delays the procedure past 12 weeks.
There is no legal or medical justification for imposing gestational limits on abortion. He will return to court to enter a plea in April. Little has not paid taxes for 7 years and said his tax money should not be used to fund abortions. He plans to use the Charter's guarantees of freedom of religion and conscience clauses to make his arguments, and ultimately hopes to reach the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Society was forced to hold a vote in February on the anti-choice motion. A panel of pro-choice speakers appeared on the evening before the vote to defend the policy and help get out the pro-choice vote, and a rally was also held the next day. The motion was defeated by a wide margin. He called the promotion "callous" and a sign of the "deadly blindness come upon our society.
New Brunswick Woman Murdered for Having Abortion - In a Fredericton murder case last September, the court was told that a murder suspect's estranged wife, who later turned up dead, had an abortion without his knowledge and it enraged him. A Fredericton psychiatrist testified that Abdul Bari was referred to him by his family physician in April for depression.
His wife, Shaila Akther Bari, was found dead in her apartment on July 16, Bari pled innocent, but a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. Loss of a Fetus Cannot be Charged as Homicide - In November, an 8-month pregnant woman lost her fetus in a car accident. Aimee Wilson of Vancouver, 25, lashed out at the law, upset because her unborn child was not considered a person under the law.
She said the driver of the other car, a young man, killed her baby and she wanted him charged accordingly. Police replied that such charges cannot be laid because under the Criminal Code, because a fetus does not become a legal person with rights until it is born alive. Henry Morgentaler - In January, a dramatized biography of Canada's abortion pioneer was broadcast.
The Henry Morgentaler Story covered the two-decade span beginning in when Morgentaler ignited the abortion debate, and culminating with the Supreme Court decision that vindicated him and struck down Canada's abortion law as unconstitutional. The movie starred David Eisner as the doctor and was well-received by critics. Morgentaler in a human and compassionate manner, highlighting his courage, persistence, and unwavering commitment to women's free choice on abortion without having to provide a reason.
The University of Western Ontario will award Dr. Morgentaler an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in June for his accomplishments. Most Young Women Unaware of Dr. Morgentaler or couldn't identify him accurately. Pro-choice protesters were required to stay outside a 9. Paul Sutton, safety coordinator for the UBC student society, said in November that GAP displays have led to a spike in student visits to counseling services. GAP displays have become more common on Canadian university campuses over the last year, causing a spike in pro-choice activism on many campuses.
In March, however, the Bank of Montreal asked the group to remove a link on its website allowing members to sign up for the card. The bank said they had started to receive angry complaints from the pro-choice movement. E-mails were circulating across the country, calling on pro-choice supporters to cut up their MasterCards and boycott the bank.
Carroll Rees, executive director of Life Canada-Vie Canada, said the group complied with the bank's request. Abortion Rates Drop Slightly in - Statistics Canada reported that Canadian women obtained , abortions in , down one percent from , in The rate of abortion fell marginally to Busy Bill Whatcott - In a anti-choice protest in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Bill Whatcott was arrested for being among other things a traffic hazard.
In October , however, he won his appeal for the conviction, with the court upholding his right to publicly protest and finding that police wrongly restricted his free expression. The charges stemmed from Whatcott's public demonstrations against Planned Parenthood Regina. A refusal to pay costs could result in permanent suspension. That same month, Whatcott was arrested for trespassing at the University of Calgary after leafleting car windshields. He was released on condition that he stop leafleting and was prohibited from the campus indefinitely. Quebec Wants to Do Late Term Abortions - In September , Quebec health officials announced plans to hire a physician to provide late-term abortions.
Currently, Canadian women go to Kansas, Colorado and Washington State for abortions after 22 weeks that are required for compelling maternal health reasons or for severe fetal abnormalities.
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Quebec's Roman Catholic bishops objected, arguing that since Canada has no law governing abortion, it is unethical for Quebec to make it easier to obtain one. Most of that will go toward core financing of the reproductive health program that has been seriously damaged by the U. Several new federal laws restricting abortion are slated to be passed in the United States by the Republican-controlled Congress this spring or later this year.
President Bush is expected to sign them all.
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The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act will force abortion providers to warn women having abortions at 20 weeks or later that their fetuses will feel pain, and offer them the option of pain medication for their fetuses. However, there is no sound scientific evidence that fetuses feel pain, plus telling this to a woman could cause unnecessary emotional trauma and guilt.
Abortion providers have also pointed out that giving medication to the fetus would not only increase the woman's medical risks, but would be technically difficult, if not impossible to do. The second new bill is the Child Custody Protection Act , which criminalizes non-parental adults from helping pregnant minors cross state lines to circumvent abortion laws requiring parental notification. This law would jail well-meaning adults like grandmothers who try to help young girls who are unable to confide in their parents, such as girls from abusive families.
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By delving into the lives and beliefs of activists and nonactivists alike, Ziad W. Munson is able to lucidly examine the differences between them. Through extensive interviews and detailed studies of pro-life organizations across the nation, Munson makes the startling discovery that many activists join up before they develop strong beliefs about abortion—in fact, some are even pro-choice prior to their mobilization.
Therefore, Munson concludes, commitment to an issue is often a consequence rather than a cause of activism. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life. Viability By Mike Fichter A groundbreaking analysis of seven key fundamentals for a thriving pro-life movement that is built for long-term effectiveness.
Students for Life of America does a large-scale campus tour every semester. This fall, we decided to bring the conversation back to the littlest victim with the TheyFeelPain tour. With many states still behind the ball on passing week bans, it seemed like the perfect time to re-emphasize the barbaric nature of late-term abortion. TheyFeelPain has already made stops at dozens of campuses nationwide — check out some of the highlights so far! Not only did we get a TON of signatures for the petition, but we also navigated many difficult conversations. To make the day even more interesting, there was a moment when a group of students from other countries who, after finding out abortion was legal in the United States, especially after 20 weeks, were completely horrified!
They called over their friends all the way down the hallway to come sign our petition. Lastly, we a had great discussion with a moral relativist who lived his life by a utilitarian value system, and we were able to explain our side and have a rational discussion with civility and tact. By the end, our new guest appreciated our conversation, noting how we had given him many things to think about!
We had a minute conversation about the abortion procedures used and how abortion has oppressed the black community.