It's hard to believe 43 years have passed since the so-called Omnibus Bill (Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968-69) was pushed through Parliament. Among other things the bill legalized contraception and abortion. For the last 40 years, despite many attempts to turn back the clock on a bill that ushered in the Culture of Death, efforts of pro-lifers have been mostly without success.
Often framing the issue as an attack on women's rights, an unsympathetic political jet set has feared losing votes over setting any limits on abortion.
Stephen Harper is the most recent example of this, but he is not alone. Successive prime ministers, beginning with Brian Mulroney in 1988, have ignored Justice Bertha Wilson's reasons in the 1988 R. v Morgentaler decision, in which she led the Supreme Court, that effectively legalized abortion. In that ruling she left the judgment of abortion limits to "the informed judgment of the legislature."
She noted that elected officials would be in the best position to determine at what point abortion should be ruled illegal. (Wilson thought that somewhere between 15 and 26 weeks seemed reasonable.)
Abortion supporters can be so zealous about their omni-present defence of death that it becomes a panacea for every problem in society. Of course, instead of solving problems, far from it, abortion causes greater and deeper harm to women than the so-called "crisis" of being pregnant. For far too long the lie of abortion has been sold to generation after generation.
While "pro-choicers" trample on the rights of women - often denying them, via guilt and other means, free and fair access to the truth about abortion - the rights of anyone protesting abortion are thrown out of our judicial system. Linda Gibbons, Mary Wagner, and - closer to home - Sissy von Dehn are classic examples of activist courts trampling on anyone who doesn't fall down and worship the golden calf of on-demand abortion.
Sometime flickers of humanity make their way into the political sphere. In 2002, MP Gary Breitkreuz put forth a motion to protect unborn children. Unfortunately Liberal, NDP, and BQ politicians rallied to refuse consent.
In 2007, MP Ken Epp introduced private member's legislation that would have made it a crime to injure or kill a fetus in an attack on the mother, but the bill was defeated.
Now this week (starting April 26) possibly the most powerful pushback against the purveyors of the Culture of Death since the Supreme Court ruling in 1988 (and perhaps since 1969) will take place on the Hill. That's when parliamentarians will begin to debate the legal definition of when personhood begins.
Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth's motion (M-312) to debate the legal definition of a human person may do more for the pro-life cause than ever before. That's because recent scientific advancements offer irrefutable evidence (which shouldn't surprise anyone) that the baby growing in a woman's womb is not a clump of cells, but a viable life.
Every progressive western country, except Canada, has legal limits for on-demand abortion. From those champions of equal neutrality the Swiss (first trimester, with counselling) to the open-hearted Swedes (18 weeks), limits exist everywhere.
Do other countries know something we don't? Do the Swedes suffer from some backwater knowledge of pregnancy (the country has had legal abortion in some form since 1938) that enslaves women to lives of anguish and casts the country into societal decay brought about by radical limits on abortion? Meanwhile in Canada we adhere to a 400-year-old legal definition that a child is not a human person until it is born.
Abortion-rights zealots claim a clump of cells has no rights. But recently an unexpected monkey wrench was cast into the behemoth of pro-abortion machinery - the problem of sex-selective abortion.
This will be abortionists' biggest challenge - and perhaps the undoing of the abortion myth that an unborn baby is a clump of cells - because the issue of sex-selective abortions focuses on the protection of an unborn baby and not on a mother's right to unrestricted abortion. This will likely come out as M-312 is debated April 26, or subsequently.
Woodworth is only getting one hour of debate this week, but it may be the most important hour for Canada's pro-life movement since 1988.