Protesters make their point at a March for Life event in ottawa (left). The National Post’s Jonathan
Kay (top right) does not view the debate in religious terms. andrea Mrozek (lower right) says that
showing very graphic images allows women to grapple with their feelings for the first time.
in Canada show that in 2010, 13. 7 per cent of abortions in
Canada were to girls under 19, and 25. 8 per cent happened
to women between 20 and 24 ( www.abortionincanada.ca).
That is precisely why CCBR staff spend a lot of their time
on sidewalks outside high schools where students congre-
gate at lunch hour. Gray is amazed at how candid teenagers
can be about their sexual activity and the abortions they
have had. Instead of debating right or wrong, she asks stu-
dents why they believe what they do about abortion, and
listens to their stories to see how they came to those views.
When Debate Is Shut Down in Canada’s Highest Places
By Faye Sonier
Many were astounded by the com-
mittee’s finding. M-408 was simple
and straightforward: “That the House
condemn discrimination against females
occurring through sex-se-
lective pregnancy termina-
tion.” The motion met the
legal requirements to pro-
ceed as a private members’
motion and be presented to
Some observers be-
lieved the decision was the
result of politicking at its
worst. Most agreed it’s a re-
sult of the aversion of many
parliamentarians to discuss, debate or
even consider Canada’s abortion status
quo. As we all know well, abortion in
Canada is legal through all nine months
of pregnancy, without restriction.
Sex-selective abortion, or gendercide,
In March, member of par- liament Mark Warawa’s (MP, Langley) motion
M-408 was deemed non-votable by the committee
responsible for assessing
new private members’ bills
and motions. His motion,
which called on Parliament
to condemn sex-selective
abortion by means of a
public statement, could
not proceed to the House of Commons
for debate or vote.
PHOTO: RYAN PAREN T PHOTOGRAPHY
is the killing through abortion of a child
because of his or her gender. M-408
would condemn the practice. This is
happening in Canada in cases where, for
cultural or other reasons, men are valued
more highly than women, thus boy
babies are wanted more badly than girls.
It is gender discrimination at its worst.