And there can be no denying pro-life’s growing strength. Whether it’s
cyclical, as Byfield suggests – waves
of apathy followed by waves of
awakening – or if technology and
vibrant young women are effecting
the change together, it’s hard to say.
Derwey has seen this in action:
“Universities have more pro-life
groups being created all the time.
The younger generation in Canada is
becoming increasingly and actively
pro-life, and you see thousands show
up, every time, for the March for Life
Others have taken note as well.
MP Olivia Chow, NDP, sounded on
the defensive when she shared her
thoughts recently with a pro-choice
group: “We know that the majority
of Canadians support our cause,
support choice, support the right for
a woman to make a decision, sup-
port the fact that every child born
should be loved and wanted. The
majority of Canadians believe that.”
In fact, the majority of Canadians
do not support abortion. Although
Canada is the only country in the
developed world with no legal limits
on abortion through all nine months
of pregnancy, almost 60 per cent
support legal protection for unborn
children. Most of the time, people
don’t agree with abortion, but they
stop short of infringing on the right
of another to have one.
That said, young pro-life women
also recognize some of the concerns
of their sisters on the pro-choice side.
Gray points out: “The pro-choice
proponents are not the enemy – the
sin of abortion is.”
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“In every case we were proven wrong, and we are now
ashamed, but it takes several generations to change that
thinking. Between the end of slavery and now is a long
time, but I think we’re definitely heading towards that
with the [unborn child], and that the line in the sand has
Like their parents opposing the Vietnam war, or their
great-grandparents supporting suffragettes, many young
pro-life people agree this is a social justice issue about the
inhumane treatment of the weak, and about recognizing
who is a person.
“Our record in deciding who’s human and who’s not
– women, blacks, Jews – is not great,” laments Bergeron.
Young women today are the greatest beneficiaries of
those social reforms – as well as being survivors of a
generation that has only known legal abortion. Not only
do they realize they have a voice to protect the weak, says
Stephanie Gray, they’re using it. FT
aLEx NEWMaN of Toronto is a senior writer
at Faith Today.