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Yesterday, I had the unfortunate experience of reading an article that reported on the decision Saskatchewan MP Maurice Vellacott had made in bestowing the Queen’s Jubilee Medal upon two convicts for their “good works.” He had made it clear that Mary Wagner and Linda Gibbons, two convicted criminals, were to be rewarded for their “martyr-like” behaviour with bullying both staff and patients at their local abortion clinics, because he couldn’t give the awards to the victims of these people being targeted.

What this did was got me thinking about the political choice made by Canadians from coast to coast.

A couple of years ago, Canada told the ruling Liberal party that it grew weary of the corruption and nonsense that had plagued it for over a decade. This country did so by hauling the lying butts of said party out of Parliament, and by then putting Conservative hind ends into those seats.

It’s been a scary slide backwards ever since.

While the Liberals have fought to rebuild their party in the aftermath, the ruling Tories have slowly introduced their “hidden agenda” we all feared would someday come home to roost.

While I must admit I’ve been surprised by the Prime Minister’s adherence to his political promise not to reopen the abortion debate, members of his party have been hard at work building a new foundation for the cause. With an introduction to a proposed study to decide when life begins, to this latest move involving an MP giving convicted criminals medals for harassing unfortunate women in bad situations, it’s becoming clear that this particular agenda isn’t so hidden after all.

Now, from doing a small amount of research, the spirit of the “Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal” is to honour those that have given selflessly to their community. It’s purpose is to elevate persons that have overcome hardships, or made their community a better place to live in.

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Choices are never easy

So…how does illegally walking into an abortion clinic and shoving ones personal mores down another’s throat improve the community. I’m admittedly confused. Well, according to a press release from Saskatchewan Minister Vellacott’s office, it’s been indicated he couldn’t present the award “to the victims of crime, because these baby victims are dead.” So, instead, he found it appropriate to give these medals to Mary Wagner and Linda Gibbons, two criminals charged with publicly harassing both staff and patients at their area abortion clinics.

Now, I’m all for standing up for what you believe in. And I salute these two women for putting their money where their mouths are. It takes a hell of a lot of courage to do something, repeatedly, that you know will land you in the clink. However, what I take an exception to is what they are playing martyr for.

I’ve always maintained that NO man has the right to tell a woman what to do with her body. And I find myself in an uncomfortable position, because instead of men, its women that are at the core of this issue. But, in stating this, it still stands firmly that whatever a woman chooses to do with her own body is between her and God. No other Canadian has the legal right to tell any woman she must carry an unwanted fetus to term, just to satisfy their personal morality.

Now, don’t get me wrong. The idea of a woman medically putting a potential child’s lights out is distasteful. But what I find a lot more difficult is the idea of a terrified young woman dying at the hands of some back alley butcher. Abortion rights became legal to prevent these types of tragedies from ever happening again in this country. I mean, who am I, and who are you to tell another what is right or wrong. Seriously.

Some may argue they are advocating for the unborn “child”. Ok, that’s all very well and good, but then, who’s going to take care of the child when it is born.

Adoption?

That’s yet another painful road to traverse. Sure, the baby came full circle, and is crying lustily in its nurses arms, but in the bed, looking towards that newborn is a young woman whose life is now in ruins, having to live with that sound resonating through her head and heart for the rest of her life. And add to that the idea that the baby was a product of a rape, or a terrible mistake when she trusted some smooth talking young man who only had his best interests at heart. Where is HIS responsibility in all this. And better yet, why should she have to bear that cross alone!

We could go back to a time where he found himself compelled to “do the right thing”, and what resulted almost always was a marriage made in hell. Child grows up in a hate-filled household, not wanted by either parent, at high risk to become an even worse parent to his own children down the road. I could go on and on with this.

The bottom line is, sometimes there are circumstances way beyond anything these people marching around with signs can fully comprehend. They would rather a child be forced upon an unwilling mother of 15, to be mired in unfathomable poverty, resented for simply being brought into this world. Or a growing reminder to a woman of a night of terror she had to endure at knife point. The point is, we don’t know what brought a woman to an abortion clinic. We only know that without this legal choice, and it is a choice, she would be forced into a much more dangerous situation, one which could take more than one life in the process.

Reproductive health is alive and well in Canada. Women give birth every single day to healthy, cherished little ones. And sometimes, women end that process, with deep regret, knowing that a child being brought into the world would not have their best start in life.

What truly saddens me as a Canadian resident living in a country so well-known for its human rights record is how inhumane some people are, all in the name of God. And to see that kind of criminal hatred rewarded quite frankly saddens me.

God is about love. It’s written in the Bible. It’s extolled to congregations by priests and ministers. So why then is God’s love forgotten when dealing with our fellow person. If a woman does something the “Old Boy’s Club” doesn’t agree with, I see anything but love coming her way.

It’s a fact that in a democratic society, there is always room for an opposing argument. But, what is wholly unacceptable is when hate finds its way to those with an opposing view.

So, I tip my hat to Maurice Vellacott, freedom fighter for the unborn. Your continued stance on rewarding hate and religious terrorism to those you see as “martyrs” just cements my strong detestation of your self-serving political and religious leanings.

I offer you my personal prayer, Mr. Vellacott.

I pray you never have a granddaughter in this kind of crisis. I’d hate to see the hell you’d put her through, if she was ever unfortunate enough to need to make a painful choice of her own.

May God bless you and your family, and may you someday see that you’re not the one having to live with the consequences you choose to inflict upon others, all in the name of “your” God.

May you someday see the God I know, one that has blessed free will to his children, and that loves, and more importantly, forgives them.

Amen.

Sources:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tory-mp-names-two-anti-abortion-activists-for-jubilee-medal/article4631383/

http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14019&lan=eng

http://www.mauricevellacott.ca/HH%20-%20Winter%202006-07.pdf

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