By Alissa Golob
When I was a kid I hated my birthday. No point in having an Arthur birthday when everyone was off vacationing in tropical lands with their families for March Break. As a teen, the soothing thought of sharing my special day with one Freddie Prinze Jr made the occasion much more bearable. Today, as a young woman in her twenties, March 8th is more meaningful to me than ever before. Not only is it the magical day that the laws of my country finally chose to recognize my humanity, it is the day that women across the world celebrate their humanity and achievements as well. I never understood the significance of my birth on International Women’s Day until I started to become a woman myself.
In 1929, after a long and drawn out battle of the sexes, women were finally recognized as persons in Canada under the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. Who knew that almost one hundred years later, Canadians would still be fighting the same battle. Who knew that almost one hundred years later, the Canadian Medical Association Journal would release an editorial entitled, “It’s a girl!”- could be a death sentence. Who knew that some females would still be defined out of existence.
When my mother was just nineteen years old, she had an unexpected pregnancy. A first-year student at the University of Trent, she never expected to go from choosing her major to choosing baby clothes. When the doctor confirmed my mother’s shocking news, the first words out of her mouth were, “I’m pro-baby and everything, but I can schedule you an abortion if you like”. With a simple “yes” my life could have legally been taken in a blink of an eye. My value and worth as a female could have been literally sucked from me- no questions asked.Read more: Happy International Women's Day!
The caption says, “If abortion providers were obliged to ask women whether their decision was freely made, Charlotte Dawson might still be alive today.”
Charlotte Dawson (pictured) was an Australian supermodel whose life spiraled into depression and ended when she committed suicide last week. Ms. Dawson’s testimony as recorded in her 2012 autobiography is that her depression was connected to an abortion procedure which ended the pre-born life of the child she and her husband, Scott Miller had conceived shortly after marriage.
Coercion to abort is common, but rarely receives any level of attention. In compiling research for their new publication, Complications: Abortion’s Impact on Women, deVeber Institute researchers interviewed 101 Canadian women and over two-thirds were pressured or coerced into having an abortion. One woman said,
“He wanted me to get an abortion, and all, when I was pregnant...He was never around. When he was, he was hitting me and being abusive when I was pregnant.”
“He threatened to burn my house down and take the baby away after it was born.”
Incredibly heart-wrenching, but also entirely preventable. As Barbara Kay puts it,Read more: Charlotte Dawson
By Niki Devereaux
Two countries, two families, two babies and two very different outcomes.
Last November a woman in Texas who was 14 weeks pregnant experienced a suspected pulmonary embolism. About a month later, a woman in Victoria, British Columbia suffered from a fluke random blood leak into her brain – she was also pregnant.
The family of the Texas woman, the Munoz family, engaged in a heart-wrenching legal battle with the hospital: the family wanted to have their wife, mother and daughter removed from life support, but the hospital argued that they had a legal responsibility to keep Mrs. Munoz on life support, so long as the preborn child was viable. On Sunday, January 26, the family won their legal battle. Mrs. Munoz was taken off life support which ended both her life and the life of her preborn child.
Meanwhile, a family in similar circumstances chose a different path.