Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
May 17, 2010
TV talk show host lays out the case against abortion
Argument for life is not religious or even moral – it's logical, says Coren
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
EDMONTON - The pro-abortion movement maintains that taking away a woman's choice to abort her child is like taking away her right to vote. Unsurprisingly, controversial Sun columnist Michael Coren disagrees.
"A woman's right to vote is about equality," he says. "A woman's right to choose (abortion) is giving someone the right to kill."
Speaking at a pro-life gathering May 8, Coren said when it comes to life there is no choice.
"The right to choose implies that the equation involves one person. It doesn't. It is a blessing that a woman has a child in her womb. At that point, it's not a choice because it involves another human being."
Coren, a father of four, says he is tired of hearing pregnant women say they didn't intend a pregnancy.
ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES
"You know what, you probably did something to make it happen," he said to laughter from his audience. "Accept the consequences. You don't have to raise that child but you don't have the right to kill that child. There is a whole line or list or queue of people waiting to adopt your baby."
Coren was the keynote speaker at Life 2010 Provincial Pro-Life Conference at King's University College. Some 150 people, many of them pro-life leaders from across Alberta, heard Coren's address following the convention banquet.
LaRee Pickup and her husband Mark Pickup, who is disabled with degenerative multiple sclerosis, spoke about the sanctity, dignity and equality of all human life earlier in the day.
Coren, author of several books and host of the nightly television show The Michael Coren Show, shared some of his basics beliefs. Life begins at conception and the only place for a sexual relationship is within marriage, he said, stressing that "marriage is the union of one man and one woman."
The pro-life movement has the logic, the science and the intellect and the reasonable arguments on its side. Yet, the pro-abortion movement, which bases its arguments on emotion, hysteria and hyperbole, has, for the most part, successfully pigeonholed life supporters as "religious extremists and right-wingers."
"We have to be careful and make sure that people understand (that this) is not actually a religious argument, not even really a moral argument; it's a scientific and logical argument," Coren said.
Quite simply, he added, a baby is a separate being, accepted by science as unique at conception.
"At the point of conception a child has a complete distinct, unique DNA and a genomic character, which is entire unlike anyone who has ever been born before or will ever be born in the future. It can never be replicated. It's an absolutely unique human being."
Abortionists insist on calling unborn babies "fetuses" because it is much easier to kill those we have dehumanized, Coren said.
"We have dehumanized an entire group of human beings, the most powerless, just as we did with slaves," he said. "They have no souls; we have a right to do this. We didn't have a right then, we don't have a right now to kill our own children."
Added Coren: "Men do not run to their pregnant wives and put their ear to the womb of their wife and say, 'I can hear the fetus.' Women do not say, 'I felt the fetus kick today.' They are human beings. You know it and they know it."
The feminist movement, Coren said, has campaigned obsessively for abortion rights but now finds itself in a dilemma because many female unborn babies are being selectively aborted in developing countries.
In China, for example, if a woman finds out she is carrying a baby girl, she can have an abortion immediately. The same thing happens in India, where gender selective abortion is normal.
Feminists suffer "because they know it's female life being destroyed but they are so obsessed with defending abortion that they cannot say it's wrong," Coren noted. "They (feel they) have to defend abortion at all costs."
Now abortionists have added race to the equation. "When it comes to race, just like big tobacco targets the ethnic communities in the United States, big abortion is targeting in particular the black community in the United States," he said. "They are also trying the Spanish community (which is generally Catholic and harder to convince) but are setting up abortuaries in the black communities."
Africa is underpopulated, yet the West insists that African mothers should have fewer and fewer children, said Coren.
African women do die in childbirth but that's because of a lack of sanitation and medical resources. "Any normal human being would say the solution is to make sure in Africa they have hospitals and clean blood and clear water. No, Michael Ignatieff and his friends say 'Let's just kill their babies,'" Coren said.
"The solution to children being in poverty in Africa is not getting rid of the children but getting rid of the poverty."
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