suicide to be as high as six times greater among women who
have had an abortion.
“The real tragedy for women,” says French, “is that their
health is subsumed under all the heated political rhetoric
and very seldom do we see good, unbiased research being
A CARING COUNTRY?
After more than 20 years, Christians of all ages – from veterans
such as Clemenger, Hutchinson and French to younger activists
such as Polizogopoulos and Gray – continue working in many ways
to help provide care and shape public policy affecting vulnerable people at the beginning and end of the human lifespan.
Pro-Life in the 21st Century
By Faye Sonier
When Canadians hear the term “pro-life,” most think of advocating on behalf of the unborn. However, the def- inition is actually much wider for many pro-life activists
and other Christians engaged with public policy.
Our concern is not only for the unborn children but also for
the mothers- and fathers-to-be, whether they decide to give
birth or to abort.
ask most pro-lifers and they will tell you they believe in the
sanctity of human life at all stages, from conception until a natural death.
Thus The evangelical fellowship of Canada (efC), one of the
country’s leading associations of Christians, promotes the biblical
belief of respect and dignity for all human life, including special concern for and protection of all vulnerable people – unborn children
and people who are elderly, disabled or chronically ill.
as a faith community, we find our foundation for the principle
of human dignity in the biblical teaching that human beings are
created in God’s image with inherent value and worth. This is why
all people are deserving of care and protection.
yes, we are our brother’s keeper, our sister’s keeper and keepers
of those who have not yet exercised their own voice.
These biblical guiding principles should inform all Christian
interactions with parliamentarians, policy-makers and the courts.
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The efC’s record in protecting life where it is most vulnerable is a
long and strong one, including three main areas: abortion and fetal
rights, euthanasia and assisted suicide, and reproductive and genetic technologies. in fact we can celebrate that, by God’s grace, over
the past 25 years there have been more successes than losses.
On the issue of fetal rights, the efC intervened in two historic
Supreme Court of Canada cases. in Winnipeg Child & Family Services v. G. (1997) the court had to determine whether to confine
a woman with severe addictions to a treatment program in order
to protect her unborn child. in Dobson v. Dobson (1999), the case
concerned whether a child could sue for injuries suffered in the
womb from a car accident in which his mother was driving.
in both cases, the efC argued that women owe a duty of care
to their unborn children and that it is legal fiction to consider a
mother and her unborn child as a single person. we challenged
the aging legal principle that a child needs to be “born alive” to
have legal rights.
in both cases the majority refused to extend legal status to the
unborn child. However, Justice Sopinka’s strong dissent in Winnipeg
Child & Family Services provided solid arguments in favour of the
unborn child that are morally sound, legally valid and may eventually impact the courts and the government.
efC staff continually put forward briefing papers to parliamentary committees, resources for Mps and senators, articles, letters to
the editor and webitorials on the topic of abortion and the need for
legal recognition and protection of unborn persons.