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“Abortion is a Human Right” — Only When There Are None

by Kamilah Thorpe 
 
MP Niki Ashton recently put forward Motion 5-10, asking parliament to vote: “in the opinion of the House: a women’s right to choose abortion is a fundamental question of equality and human rights.”
 
This rather bold statement calls into question the human rights of the unborn child, but it also made me reflect on why anyone would be so bold as to say that the right to choose abortion is a fundamental human right.
 
I think that abortion is only ever seen as a “good thing” when all the other options seem worse. For this reason, I think that abortion can only be disguised as a human right in a society where women do not have any rights at all, and so abortion is seen as desirable because it offers what appears to be a quick fix to a much deeper social problem.
 
The sad reality is that there are places in the world where women really have no rights. There are places where a woman will be killed, banished, or dishonoured for conceiving a child out of wedlock. There are places where a woman is expected to bear children for her husband, despite any grave physical, emotional, or financial strain this might cause her. 
 
Canada, thankfully, is not one of these places. Here a woman can, and should, receive any aid she needs in pregnancy. If Canadian women feel the need for abortion, it is because we have failed to remedy underlying societal problems.
 
Abortion is a “Band-Aid solution” that offers women a quick fix to pregnancy, but if we really respected women and their bodies we would stop sweeping pregnancy under the carpet as something gone wrong. We would see it instead as a beautiful reality of womanhood, and of hope in the future of our country.
 
A woman who feels the need to be rid of her child because of external pressure is a slave to oppression. A woman who feels supported, respected, and honoured to be carrying the next generation inside her body is a woman who is truly free.
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All I Want for Christmas…

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by Kamilah Thorpe

We all know that giving gifts to those we love brings joy. Every Christmas parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles lavish the children in their lives with Christmas presents—small or big, expensive or inexpensive. Giving gifts is a sign of love.

I’ve experienced working in a toy store and had the pleasure of seeing many adults come in and pick out the perfect gift for a child, putting thought and affection—not to mention an economic investment—into their gift. The children who receive those gifts at Christmas are loved. They are wanted.

I ask myself why it is that some children are not.

Why is it that some children in the womb are awaited with joyful expectation while others are considered a curse to be rid of? Does the number of presents under the tree decide which child has worth and which child is worthless? Do wanted children have more of a right to life than those who are unwanted?

Abortion takes away the life of a child because that life is not wanted.

My wish this Christmas is that each child be loved regardless of the sacrifice it might take to give them a chance at life.

My wish this Christmas is that all children be wanted for who they are, regardless of the circumstances in which they come because every child is precious.