By Jonathon Van Maren
While many fixate on the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court may soon overturn Roe v. Wade (I think they will likely weaken it further rather than doing away with it entirely), it is important for pro-lifers to remember that there are significant battles being fought worldwide. Here’s just a brief roundup of important news from the frontlines of the pro-life fight around the globe.
The mainstream media is increasingly concerned that pro-life campaigners are gaining ground in Croatia, where, according to the Irish Times, “the anti-abortion movement has become increasingly loud in public discourse.” Although the constitutional court stated that abortion must remain legal several years ago, there is growing support for other restrictions that would reduce the abortion rate, and pro-life politicians willing to champion the cause. Abortion even became a political issue in last year’s elections, with angry debates regarding when a human life begins erupting during the campaign.
In Canada, fewer women are traveling to the United States for late-term abortions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Global News report was intending to expose a lack of access, but actually revealed a number of things about Canada’s abortion regime. Between March 2020 and April 2021, for example, 11 Ontario women obtained late-term abortions in the United States, paid for by the province (which is a significant drop from previous years.) Late-term abortions are offered in Montreal, London, Vancouver, and Toronto. And, finally, the Trudeau government —which considers abortion a core value — is pouring money into ensuring “travel and logistical support to individuals who have to go long distances to access abortion care.”