Over the years we have wondered who our opponents in the abortion debate really were. Were they like us, just Canadians who wanted to help others to understand what the abortion discussion is about and help families dealing with a crisis pregnancy find the resources to assist them in bringing their child to full term. Did they like us commit to setting up informal and then formal groups and organizations in communities across our province to help educate and provide support? Did they like us fund-raise for private donations to set up our offices for education, pregnancy support, accommodation? Did they raise funds to staff these offices, or find groups of volunteers ready to help in any situation and did they like us offer all our services free? But, I digress because we can see the face of “choice” in Canada and it appears that it is overwhelmingly the abortion industry masquerading as the voice for choice.
In Canada, there are four prominent groups who are regularly quoted in news releases or who hold news conferences (mostly at abortion clinics) and are considered by the media as being the pro-choicemovement in Canada. Why don’t we take a look at who they are?
The Pro-Choice Action Network www.prochoiceactionnetwork-
“The Pro-Choice Action Network was formed in 1987 to secure safe, fully funded, high quality abortion services for women. (Formerly known as the BC Coalition for Abortion Clinics, our groups name changed its name in 1998)…We have close working ties with the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.”
- This organization represents abortion clinics
Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada www.arcc-cdac.ca/about.html
“”The focus of ARCC-CDAC is to ensure that women can exercise their right to this health service [abortion] equitably and without barriers.”
- Of the 28 group members listed on the ARCC-CDAC website, 14 are abortion clinics or in the case of OCAC membership additionally represent the private abortion clinics in Ontario!
Ontario Coalition of Abortion Clinics http://ocac-choice.com/about
“OCAC was formed because clinics wanted to challenge a system that was denying abortion to their clients”
- There are 8 private abortion clinics operating at this time, of which we are aware, in Ontario.
National Abortion Federation of Canada http://prochoice.org/about_
“The national Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers in North America.”
- NAF trains doctors to perform abortion and provides referrals for women and as it says represents the abortion industry.
Over the years the abortion industry has demanded in press releases that no woman should have to pay for abortion – (government funding guarantees their income and high numbers of abortions), opposed third party counseling as unnecessary, what we are concerned about is whether these facilities would actually counsel women regarding the nature of the unborn child or inform them local help to assist them in carrying their child. On the blogroll “I’m not sorry” carried on the Ontario Coalition of Clinics home page you can read the following in the item “answering pro-lifers,”
“If you listen to the anti-choicers, they would have you believe that full-term babies are being ripped out of wombs and having their heads bashed in, when in fact what’s being removed is an alien-looking clump roughly the size of a kidney bean…”)
The abortion industry has opposed protecting the child before birth (should the mother be assaulted) saying that that protection would hurt pregnant women and effect what it calls abortion rights.It has challenged the Canadian Medical Association to take away a physician’s right not to be involved in abortion, by forcing them to refer patients requesting abortion, to another doctor. The ARCC-CDAC encouraged letter writing to oppose a bill which would have criminalized coercing a woman to undergo an abortion, http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/
In an October 22nd Events page (http://ocac-choice.com/events The Ontario Coalition of Abortion Clinics noted “Anti-choice organizations in Ontario are mobilizing to attempt to pressure the provincial government to defund abortion in this province”. Could it be that the industry can see their bottom line dwindling if our provincial government de-insured abortion?
In closing we would just like to state that every issue has movements which rise up to defend or oppose it and in any democracy this is a good and healthy thing. What we as Canadians need to realise is that overwhelmingly the so called “voice for choice” is actually the abortion industry itself, fighting to the death to keep abortion accessible and government funded. The abortion industry, is financed on the backs of terrified women experiencing crisis pregnancy. Is it in the abortion industry’s best interest for women to know that there are centres out there ready and willing to help, or that there are inherent risk factors in the abortion procedure, or to tell the mother that that her child is alive and growing. Every abortion not undertaken is money lost to the industry. How long did it take before the tobacco industry fessed up?
For these and many other reasons we want the debate.
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