We can't expect elected politicians to take tough moral stands. In our cynical, self-entitled, Me Generation, politicians in self-survival take the path of least resistance.
I feel sorry for PM Harper because as a practicing Christian he knows abortion is morally wrong. However, I believe he also knows if the Conservative Party became pro-life as policy, the media and Leftwing parties would destroy them. As every Western nation is currently in a debt crisis to one degree or another, the last thing Canada needs is reckless spending socialists in power.
So, PM Harper may have made one of those tremendously difficult moral choices, a political Sophie's Choice: defend the unborn, or risk Canada to bankruptcy. I wrote to my Conservative MP asking him to vote for Motion 312 but alas, he stayed in his seat when his name was called to vote.
The reality is this battle won't be won in the House Of Commons. For hearts and minds to change each and every individual who knows life begins at conception must take it upon themselves to acknowledge people are being killed daily in our country. Each person has to feel personally accountable for the modern day holocaust that is abortion.
Every person of good will needs to first arm themselves with the facts. Go to www.unmaskingchoice.ca www.abortionincanada.ca www.40daysforlife.com www.campaignlifecoalition.com www.abortionmyths.ca www.weneedalaw.ca and get to know the facts. There is no 'right to abortion' in Canada. In 1988 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the existing law was unconstitutional on procedural grounds and asked Parliament to make a new one. That's exactly what Mr. Woodworth was trying to do. Canada is the only democracy in the world with no abortion law. An unborn child can be killed up until the moment he/she has completely left their mother's body.
Most elected politicians will do what they think will get them elected. Thus, change won't start in Ottawa, it has to start in living rooms, coffee shops, arenas, anywhere this subject can come up. It won't come up on its own and most people don't want to even think about abortion, so the faithful have to be brave and bring it up themselves. Priests and other Christian ministers have to have enough courage and compassion to preach on the subject. It would be nice if our bishops showed some leadership, but alas...
Bringing the subject of abortion up in social settings will result in some unpleasant results. Your approach has to be always compassionate as many women have had an abortion and fathers who aided their wife or girlfriend carry guilt to. You have to be prepared to lose friends over this issue. It's not a totally fair comparison due to the circumstances, but remember there were many people living in the towns outside the Nazi concentration camps that knew exactly what was going on yet remained silent. We don't live in a fascist state so Gestapo agents won't show up at our door if we speak out against the government. History doesn't look fondly upon the people who knew fellow humans were being slaughtered then so how will future generation look upon us?
If you visit the websites I listed and read the recent opinion polls, most Canadians already want some type of abortion law. A complete ban like in Ireland isn't likely, but some protection of the unborn is desired by most Canadians. Since most abortions happen in the first trimester, why not make legislation to ban it anytime after? Sex selective abortion is also widely disapproved of so let's make a law. The strategy is creeping legislation - right now Canada has no law so even a small one is an improvement. Once that's established we can keep campaigning for more.
The 40 Days For Life Campaign is on. Anyone who cares about fellow human beings being slaughtered in publicly funded hospitals in Canada should donate at least one hour to stand outside that facility in silent prayer. It gives awesome testimony to those who drive by. Yes some people will honk and swear at you and when they do think of Christ on the Cross. It's the people who aren't pro-abortion that we're trying to reach and they are the majority. If we can engage them there will be new laws passed and children saved.
What I try to remember in those situations is a lot of Canadian women have had an abortion and many haven't dealt with it properly, if that's even possible. Someone can try and convince themselves that it's "just a clump of cells" but anyone with mild intelligence knows that's a lie. It's this inner guilt, the shame, the heartache that they spend the rest of theirs lives repressing so when they drive by a group of people praying outside an aborturary - maybe the one where their baby died - it brings out emotions they can't handle resulting in anger. I've never been more convinced the Devil roams the Earth seeking the ruin of souls than at a 40 Days For Life prayer vigil.