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May 11, 2009
COLF says national abortion debate overdue
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS
OTTAWA — The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has called for a public debate on abortion.
In a message to coincide with the National March for Life May 14, COLF director Michele Boulva noted that it has been 40 years since Parliament decriminalized abortion and 20 years since the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s abortion laws.
Boulva said Canadian society continues to ignore the facts concerning the unborn child’s humanity as well as evidence of the harm abortion causes women, families and society.
“We shut our eyes to the reality that while some mothers marvel at four-dimensional ultrasound pictures of their unborn babies and follow their weekly development on pregnancy websites, others are told those same unborn babies are not yet human, do not have a right to life, and can be eliminated,” she said.
“We chant that abortion is a woman’s right, but we ignore the witness of countless women who testify that abortion has ruined their lives.”
Boulva said efforts to suppress the pro-life message must be confronted. Freedom of speech and conscience rights must be defended.
She pointed out “that human reason, science and human experience are on our side, and that speaking up on a matter of fundamental human rights is our duty as concerned citizens.”