Tuesday afternoon, at his town hall meeting at McMaster University in Hamilton, the Prime Minister once again reaffirmed his controversial decision to deny funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program to pro-life groups across Canada.
This decision, which was announced in December of last year, required all employers applying for these grants to sign a waiver saying that their organization respects the rights of Canadians as laid out in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including the so-called right to abortion.
I use the phrase “so-called” because, despite the common erroneous media narrative on this issue, if you look closely at the Supreme Court’s landmark decision, as laid out in R. v Morgentaler, you will see that none of the seven judges found that there was a constitutional right to abortion during all the nine months of pregnancy.
That’s right. You read that correctly. Zero out of the seven Supreme Court Justices concluded that on demand, unrestricted abortion was a constitutional right.
Despite the Prime Minister best efforts to convince you otherwise, on demand, unrestricted abortion is not a right protected in the Charter.
To be perfectly fair, however, it would not be correct to conclude that all the Justices were staunchly pro-life in their rulings. Of the seven, one concluded that there was a constitutional right to early abortions and two said there was no constitutional right to abortion at all. Four Justices said that there was no need to make such a decision because section 251 of the criminal code (the section restricting abortion) was a violation of a person’s right to security because of the barriers it placed on women who needed abortions in situations where their health and safety were at risk.
All this being said, it is very clear that the Charter does not include the so-called right to unrestricted on-demand abortion throughout all nine months of the pregnancy. The fact that the Prime Minister is taking a personal ideology and forcing it on Canadians through this public policy, all the while masking it with a faulty and factually incorrect view of Charter rights, should deeply concern Canadians.
This shameless display of moral preening was on full display at the town hall yesterday where Trudeau stated:
“It does however mean, and this is where we get to the crux of the matter, that an organization that has the explicit purpose of restricting women’s rights by removing rights to abortion and the rights for women to control their own bodies is not in line with where we are as a government and quite frankly, were we are as a society.”
Attacking the ideas of many Canadians.
To be clear, regardless of my personal feelings on the matter (as you may have guessed, I’m pro-life), I am not calling for the Prime Minister to completely endorse the pro-life side of this debate either. Rather, knowing that he is usually very accommodating with other groups and viewpoints, it would be good for the Prime Minister to show a lot more grace and respect towards Canadians who hold pro-life views.
While abortion may seemingly be a black and white issue for Justin Trudeau, for millions of Canadians, it is not. Starting from the top, a little more class and good old fashioned Canadian courtesy would go a long way in finding a meaningful solution to this problem where rights and beliefs are respected.
The cutting of funding for pro-life groups through the Canada Summer Jobs program is a needless and pointed attack upon pro-life Canadians.
Canadian’s expect better behavior from their Prime Ministers and quite frankly, they deserve better.