By Melissa Otten

Do you promote violence against women? Or, to engage in a less personal Shakespearean monologue… “To endorse violence against women, or not to endorse violence against women… That is the question.” Or… is it possible to do both and ignore the blatant contradiction?

Amazingly, many people vote for the last option. At Brock’s vendor fair, I stopped at a booth advocating women’s rights. Part of their goal was to stop violence against women—violence in the form of date rape and other atrocities. Another part was to promote abortion. Is that an inconsistency? Many argue that abortion is an important means to end violence against women. Yet, ironically, abortion supports instead of stops this violence.

First, who is aborted at least 50% of the time—or perhaps more due to a phenomena sometimes called ‘gendercide’? Female babies. Now, according to the Canadian Criminal Code, subsection 223(1), a ‘foetus’ does not become a human being until the moment of complete birth. Based on this definition, aborting a female foetus is totally irrelevant to any violence against women. However, this is a 400 year old law. Based on current scientific research and evidence, these female foetuses are very much human beings!

In the medical field, a person’s heart and heart rate are often used to determine whether that person is alive or dead. In the case of the foetus, their heart chamber is already developing 25 days after conception and before they are 2 months old their heart is beating distinct from its mothers at twice the rate (Tsiaras, Alexander. “Conception to Birth Visualized.” Ted Talks. Filmed Dec. 2010; Posted November 2011). This foetus is already an unique individual at a time when his/her mother is usually only becoming aware of his/her existence! On the “When Does Life Begin” section of the St Catharines Right to Life website, they explain that by 6 weeks doctors can even measure the baby’s brain waves with an electroencephalogram.

One women in particular comes to mind when I think of those affected by abortion. Gianna Jessen is one of the aborted who lives to tell about it. She survived a saline abortion, and because of that procedure deals with cerebral palsy every day of her life. This all goes to show that abortion, often targeted against baby girls, is very much a nefarious form of violence against women. The question then is: when do we stop promoting violence against these women and start fighting it?

Abortion doesn’t only hurt the baby girls. Many grown women also suffer, physically and mentally, as a result of having an abortion. They suffer physically—even when performed properly and legally, abortion is never a ‘safe’ procedure. Abortionincanada.ca details some of these many risks involved: short term risks include retained fetal and placental tissue, endometritis (infection of the lining of he uterus), uterine perforation and lacerations, hemorrhage, cervical lacerations and injury, and saline poisoning, to name only a few. Longer term risks include breast cancer, premature labor in future pregnancies, and even infertility.

They suffer mentally. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign highlights the stories of many women who suffered as a result of their abortions. One woman speaks of how her “abortion regret haunted very part of her life for years.” Another woman documents the horror of a forced saline abortion in a Canadian hospital, a contradiction to the supposed love for women in difficult pregnancies and their freedom of choice. Interestingly enough, research by the Campaign for Life Coalition website documents that 64% of women who had abortions did so because they felt pressured to by their doctors, boyfriend, or other people. By advocating abortion, one is really minimizing a woman’s freedom of choice instead of truly leaving open her options of adoption, support and seeing the the pregnancy through. Doesn’t this constitute violence against women, especially when women who undergo abortions are 155% more likely to commit suicide?

Abortion imposes pain and violence on numerous baby girls and women. Since abortion became legal in Canada during the 1970s, doctors have performed over 3,000,000 abortions. Recent statistics show that St Catharines averages one abortion per day. If you really want to stop violence against women, you need to seriously take a second look at abortion.




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