Sixty percent of Canadians want some form of regulation or limits on abortion. Justin Trudeau believes that any limit on abortion is a limit on individual freedoms.

–Kimberly Slauvre

Although PM Stephen Harper prevented the abortion debate from being reopened, there is still a sense of general unease and uncertainty about the future of reproductive rights in Canada, particularly concerning a woman’s rationale for not carrying an unwanted pregnancy to full term.

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkin’s controversial tweet last week prompted conservative pundits and politicians to again kick the hornets’ nest in an effort to free the majority bent. The question at the forefront of this new debate is not so much about the legality of abortion, but whether there is any cause to place limits on it. One thing is clear: further politicizing and bureaucratizing abortion is dangerous, especially with lives at stake.

“Abort [the baby with Down Syndrome] and try again–it would be immoral to bring it into the world,” Tweeted Dawkins…

Amid all the buzz and stinging, only one voice has remained constant: Justin Trudeau’s.

Trudeau argued:

Any limit on abortion is a limit on a woman’s right over her own body. The right to have an abortion is an inalienable right…
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Justin Trudeau, who many feared would distance the Liberal Party from Dawkin’s statement, followed-up his defense of abortion with this remark:

Dr. Dawkins plainspoken wisdom might be difficult to digest, but his reason is as good as any other. What is important to recognize is that only one reason need be given in defense of terminating a pregnancy, and that is ‘because I can.’

…only one reason need be given in defense of terminating a pregnancy, and that is ‘because I can.

Embracing a secular utilitarian ethic, as Richard Dawkins has, Trudeau has made it clear that there is no imperative to carry a deformed or physiologically damaged fetus to full term. The law cannot force trauma upon its citizens, and doctors should not moralize them to consider it. When a child is less miracle and more burden, the choice, intimates Trudeau, is clear.

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With more than half of Canadians desiring some form of regulation or limits on abortion, it is especially important for the Liberal Party to ensure blanket protection for women’s reproductive rights.

Some Canadians want limits on sex-selective abortion. Others want to prevent late-term and partial-birth abortions. Some think that infanticide is always wrong.

The Liberal Party of Canada will place no limits on sex-selective abortions…

Justin Trudeau recognizes that some ethnic groups simply don’t want baby girls or certain genetic traits in their offspring, which is why he has decided that the Liberal Party of Canada will place no limits on sex-selective abortions. For the government to insist that aspiring Canadians leave their pregnancies to chance is symptomatic of a patriarchal, classist system. What of the poor new Canadian who needs sons to run her family business? Must she suffer through several unwanted pregnancies until finally having her desired one? The only reason she needs to offer? “Because I can.”

It is never too late to make a choice.

Justin Trudeau also knows how difficult the decision to keep or terminate a pregnancy is, and that sometimes it takes up until the ninth month to make the right choice. He knows that Canada is great, because it’s comprised of the world’s greatest. Any fetus with a cognitive impairment or a physical disability simply cannot live up to the standards we all uphold—the standards that the Liberal Party of Canada trusts we can pass on to our carefully chosen children.

Any fetus with a cognitive impairment or a physical disability simply cannot live up to the standards we all uphold…

Just as fewer unwanted pregnancies means fewer unloved and unwanted children, fewer physically challenged babies also means fewer dependents on the government and fewer vexed parents.

The false distinction between abortion and infanticide has jeopardized the well-being of too many Canadian women…

Although there are no limits on abortion, the false distinction between abortion and infanticide has jeopardized the well-being of too many Canadian women, not to mention had a deleterious impact on the economy. Justin Trudeau knows this and seeks to remedy the legal deficit.

This sac of cells could mean a lot of problems for a lot of people.

This sac of cells could mean a lot of problems for a lot of people.

The distinction between in utero fetuses and ex utero fetuses is far more delicate than our adjudicators and political representatives make it seem. To many, this may all seem one morbid game of semantics. But consider this: studies show that a child born today will likely be dependent upon its parents for the next twenty-two years. Would it seem imprudent, granted this seeming biological parasitism, to penalize patient and doctor for an eleventh-month abortion?

The distinction between in utero fetuses and ex utero fetuses is far more delicate than our adjudicators and political representatives make it seem…

With Justin Trudeau, infanticide is no longer a bad eleven-letter word. It now means hope for all of those who no longer need to be weighed down by nature’s imperfections. It means hope for those who chose not to abort, but only too-late realized their mistake. With Justin Trudeau’s abortion initiative, choice is not a one-time offer.

With Justin Trudeau’s abortion initiative, choice is not a one-time offer.

Remember in the next election that Justin Trudeau has made a profound and noble choice to protect choice. By choosing Trudeau over Harper, you’re making sure that no one—whether it be the crotchety old Tories in Parliament or the sperm donors who believe they have a say in the matter of life or death—can tell a woman how to choose, when to choose, or why to choose.