MP Stephen Woodworth did what many thought was impossible – he put the issue of abortion back on the political front burner in Canada. By trying to establish a parliamentary committee that would look at medical and other evidence of whether the unborn child is human, he made the rights of the unborn a topic of discussion across Canada.
Of course, the issue has never gone away. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said the abortion debate is closed. What a silly statement! Elected officials have considerable power, but they don't have the power to state that people can no longer discuss an issue.
Indeed, despite the legalization of abortion in 1969 and the 1988 Supreme Court decision that tossed out the ineffectual 1969 law, Canadians have continued to talk about abortion. It is those politicians and mainstream media who say there is such a thing as the right to kill an unborn child that want to force down the cone of silence on the issue. And, when you control the microphone, you can do that to an extent.
The issue, however, will not go away. As long as this is a free country, people will continue to debate the pros and cons of abortion.
You have to ask why that is. From the secularist viewpoint which supports legal abortion, the pro-life movement is composed of mentally disturbed people who cannot cope with a changing world, are intolerant and desperately want Western society to revert to the Middle Ages.
A better answer is that it is simply true that the unborn child is a person. One either accepts that or spends an enormous amount of psychic energy in repressing that truth.
MP Irene Mathyssen, who opposed Woodworth's motion, said, "A fertilized egg is not a class of person." If that were so, one would think that Mathyssen would be only too happy to have a parliamentary committee establish that as fact. However, she voted against any investigation taking place.
Truth is a funny thing. You can deny it, fight against it, even call the people who announce that truth a bunch of lunatics. But truth itself is impervious to all attempts to suppress it. It continues to be simply . . . truth. It won't go away.
In the United States, it took centuries and a brutal, horrible war to deal with the truth that black people are human and possess natural rights. Even with all that and another 150 years to boot, the issue is still not settled in some people's minds.
There is no easy way to end the suppression of truth. But Stephen Woodworth helped Canada take a little step forward. He and those who supported him may find their career paths blocked. But elected officials with guts are willing to risk that.
Faced with a choice between gaining power and upholding truth, the righteous person will stand for truth. Every time.