Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
The man who fought to make abortion legal in Canada, and succeeded, has died. He is the face of abortion in Canada; his clinic website even boasts that all other Canadian abortion clinics, philosophies, and procedures stem from this man. And while many through the country, in some twisted way, applaud his life, his efforts, and his “fight for the rights of women”, countless others, myself included, will grieve.
I will grieve because babies have been slaughtered, legally, in this country since January 28, 1988: the day now called the greatest of Morgentaler’s life (Globe and Mail).
I will grieve because when the world reacts in shock and horror (rightfully so) to a baby found in the drainpipes of China, they largely remain okay with the fact that at least 330 million abortions have been performed in the same country, to the same kind of people (ie. babies) in the last 40 years.
Morgentaler’s death brings attention to the issue of abortion once again. People want it to go away, but it won’t. Despite what the majority of Canadians want to believe, abortion is not comparable to women’s right to vote. Making abortion illegal does not in any way affect the personhood of a woman. If I can choose to abort (kill) my 4 month old fetus (baby), then why can I not do the same to my six month old child, my two year old, my fifteen year old? They are after all, a lot more of an “inconvenience”, as pro-choicers would put it, after they’re born then before they enter the world.
A few weeks ago, I attended the March for Life. As we walked, others screamed, threw things, and cursed. I prayed then, and pray now, that the messages we carried may have affected one or many of those protesters.
We must not give up hope that abortion can be abolished. God is able to turn the hearts of our leaders, and our fellow citizens, to see the truth. Slavery was once socially acceptable, but small groups of people persisted, and with God’s help, it was abolished.
If you read the comments on the news articles about Morgentaler’s death, you will undoubtedly see many “Rest in Peace” comments. What a terrible and tragic lie people believe as they saunter the path to eternity. There will assuredly be neither rest, nor peace, for Henry Morgentaler. The truth is, of course, that we are all bound for eternity and we will either be numbered with the Morgentaler’s of the world, or saved by Christ. “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”