Letter: Religious rights shouldn’t override women’s rights

RE: March for Life is about preserving humanity, June 28-July 26 The nonsensical notion that life begins at conception is a religious conceit. If your faith is such that you believe that a child exists from the moment of conception then it’s your right to make your own decisions about your health and physical autonomy based on that. But, as with so many things that are part of personal faith, when people seek to impose those beliefs on others, it ceases to become a matter of faith and then becomes an issue of systemic and cultural oppression. The freedom of religion identified in the Fundamental Freedoms section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies to protect the freedom […]

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Letter: March for Life is about preserving humanity

RE: The annual March for Life is a misnomer, May 25-June 28 For over 300 years, the Atlantic Slave Trade saw the cruel mistreatment and forced labour of millions of Africans who were considered an inferior species. From 1939 to 1945, the world saw the murder of six million Jews whom Hitler saw unworthy to live. In 1994, Rwanda witnessed the slaughter of 800,000 Tutsi whom the Hutu ethnic majority deemed as “cockroaches” that needed extermination. Between 2010 and 2014, an average of 56 million unborn babies worldwide have been aborted annually, according to an article from the National Post. The March for Life simply begs the question: who is a person? We don’t have to look far to see […]

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Letter: The annual March for Life is a misnomer

The “pro-life” March for Life happens every year, and every year it’s met with resistance. This year, I attended the counter-protest, and it was eye-opening (and only affirmed my pro-choice leanings). One of the first thoughts I had approaching Parliament Hill was the number of high school students carrying pro-life banners. I then learned that Catholic schools across the province brought these children up, marketing it as a “school trip” to Ottawa. Apart from the few older people who cared about the pro-life cause, this is what most of the march’s crowd consisted of – teenagers who wanted to visit Ottawa, not a huge crowd of people passionately marching for life. Another point there–despite being called the “March for Life,” […]

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Letter: Progress still needs to be made in abortion rights

On Sept. 16, the government of Prince Edward Island (PEI) announced its intention to build the province’s first abortion clinic—a province of nearly 75,000 women. PEI has denied its population the right to seek an abortion within its borders for the last three decades. Prior to reading that article, I never would have thought abortion was a particularly contentious issue in our country. A Supreme Court decision saw abortion decriminalized in Canada in 1988. Public opinion is strongly in favour of a woman’s right to seek an abortion whenever she wishes, with 57 per cent of Canadians expressing this view in a 2016 Ipsos poll. Despite all this, Canada still has a lot of progress to make when it comes […]

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U of A pro-life group suing school over free speech infringement

A pro-life student group at the University of Alberta (U of A) is suing the university the over alleged violations to their freedom of expression on campus. About 3,000 posters put up by UAlberta Pro-Life have been repeatedly torn down and its events and displays disrupted on several occasion by other students, the group claimed. The pro-life group is being legally represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF). JCCF said, in a press statement, that U of A did not uphold its legal obligation to protect the free expression rights of the group. In March, large crowds of protesters shouted loudly to prevent UAlberta Pro-Life from being heard, according to Amberlee Nicol, the group’s president. Protesters used posters […]

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