Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with a local MP to discuss the upcoming vote on Motion 312. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Motion 312 proposes the formation of a committee to discuss the Criminal Code’s definition of when human life begins. At present, the definition is scientifically out-of-date, declaring:
“A child becomes a human being…when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother…” (Section 223 of the Criminal Code of Canada)
The wording of this is so bizarre that I’m surprised a committee hasn’t tackled it already. What are they suggesting the ‘child’ is before it’s a human being? What species is a woman carrying for those nine months? Technology has given us amazing insights into human development in the womb. Anyone performing pre-natal surgery, or viewing an ultrasound image, would be hard-pressed to argue that the unborn child is not a human.
Though the MP I spoke with didn’t disagree with me there, he did state that Canadians found the current Criminal Code to be ‘acceptable’, and indicated that most people in the riding agreed with him.
I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t find it ‘acceptable’ that the current Criminal Code is in direct conflict with biology and sound logic. Clearly, I’m not the only one: a 2011 poll by Abacus Data showed that 59% of Canadians advocate legal protection for children at some point before their birth. An astonishing 72% said the same thing in a 2011 poll by Environics. In each poll, almost 30% believed that such protection should be offered from the point of conception onwards. Clearly, Canadians are not on board with the unscientific, absurd oddity parading around as law. Why, then, are our government representatives not aware of this?
I’ll be honest – at 23 years old, I had never met with an MP before. I have a hunch that there are a lot of youth out there who are not familiar with local politics. However, in a society where often only the loudest are heard, I think we need to be considerably louder. We can respectfully make our views known to our local representatives, so they’re no longer laboring under the illusion that they’re accurately representing the views of their riding. We need to get involved with pro-life activism, to show that we are not okay with the current lack of abortion legislation. We can become involved on the provincial level as well, and make it known that we do not think our tax dollars should go towards funding abortion on demand.
There are certainly many branches of the pro-life movement that are worthy of our attention. It’s crucial to talk to individuals, and change people’s minds one at a time. It’s important to spend time supporting women in crisis pregnancies, and to continue supporting them once their children are born. However, the law needs to change too. Every day that abortion is still legal in our country, and our tax dollars are going towards it, we carry the weight of responsibility on our shoulders.
At the end of the day, the goal is to have a country where abortion is recognized as the murder of a human being – recognized both in the hearts of its citizens, and in its law. In order to achieve this, we need to speak up, shake ourselves out of complacency, and make sure our MPs know that the current state of things is not ‘acceptable’.
For more information on Motion 312, and how to contact your local MP, visit letsstopthepretense.com. Send an e-mail, call them on the phone, or meet them in person — let them know that you support Motion 312, and you hope that they will too.