By Jonathon Van Maren
One of Canada’s best pro-life bloggers is Pat Maloney, who writes at Run With Life and has consistently made use of Freedom of Access to Information Requests to uncover shocking and sobering information about Canada’s ugly abortion regime. Her work on the issue of babies born alive in Canada after abortions and left to die, and her research into the 491 babies that survived abortions and subsequently died between 2000 and 2009 triggered a National Post investigation and a call by Members of Parliament for RCMP involvement. In a country where there are no legal restrictions on abortion from fertilization until birth, awful things are guaranteed to occur. Maloney has been fantastic at uncovering those horrors.
Her latest discovery is timely considering the fact that abortion, as always, is a hot topic in Canada’s federal election (never in the history of the country has there been a “closed debate” that receives so much media attention, stump campaigning, and oppo research.) Canada’s progressive politicians (who only campaign on their pro-abortion credentials in English and French, but ensure that their campaign literature in Punjabi, Urdu, and other common languages avoid all social conservative issues to avoid alienating new Canadians, who reliably tell pollsters that regardless of how they vote, they are very traditionalist in regard to their values.) Research like Maloney’s is very inconvenient to the progressive narrative of a compassionately pro-choice country:
Live birth abortions continue to happen in Canada.
20 of these born alive abortions were greater than 25 weeks gestation.
107 of these born alive abortions were between 21 – 24 weeks gestation.
23 of these born alive abortions were 20 weeks gestation.
Note: These are for hospital abortions only and do not include clinics or physician’s offices. These numbers also do not include late-term abortions done in Quebec.
Think about this carefully for a moment: A “born alive abortion” means that the child was born, and then subsequently died, often in the presence of parents or medical personnel. This is happening in Canada, while Justin Trudeau scampers across the country claiming that opposition to these sorts of things is evidence of a medieval mindset. His government is funding the death of these children around the world and in developing countries—and although he likes to claim that Canadians are in lockstep behind him on this issue, keep in mind that a full 80% of Canadians do not know that we have no restrictions on abortion. That means that the vast majority of people who are claiming to support Canada’s abortion regime have no idea how brutal and extreme that regime actually is.
And that, of course, is why abortion activists will do everything to try and close this debate, including the censorship of billboards that simply read “Canada has no abortion laws.” The supporters of Canada’s abortion regime would like the discussion to be filled with rhetoric and devoid of facts—and they want to keep the babies who perish after being born out of sight, tucked away in medical bio-hazardous waste buckets or in dumpsters with lids shut tight. Maloney has reminded us once again that they were here, briefly, before dying before they could even see or enjoy this country that our politicians will spend the upcoming weeks bragging about. For them, the promise of Canada is a cruel joke.