Abortion law unlikely without change in tactics

08/06/2012 / blog posts 

In a special to the BC Catholic, Dr. Paul Ranalli asserts that the all-or-nothing approach by some pro-lifers to force policy against ‘choice’ hasn’t worked. 


Ruth Shaw of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform; Dr. Alexander Moens, a professor of political science at SFU; Mike Schouten of weneedaLAW.ca; and Stephanie Gray, the executive director of CCBR; at the “New Abortion Caravan” launch. Paul Rannalli argues that Schouten’s weneedaLAW campaign is greatly needed. Malin Jordan / The B.C. Catholic.Ruth Shaw of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform; Dr. Alexander Moens, a professor of political science at SFU; Mike Schouten of weneedaLAW.ca; and Stephanie Gray, the executive director of CCBR; at the “New Abortion Caravan” launch. Paul Rannalli argues that Schouten’s weneedaLAW campaign is greatly needed. Malin Jordan / The B.C. Catholic.Within the community of those who work to promote respect for the innocent unborn, few can claim to match the passion, commitment, and work ethic of Jakki Jeffs, executive director of Alliance For Life.

That said, what are we to make of her latest iteration of the “all-or-nothing” approach to pro-life political action?

Many of us share her unwavering gaze on the goal of “legislated protection of life for every Canadian citizen in or out of the womb.” Ah, but how to get there? How to translate undoubted conviction into concrete achievement?

Sadly, the answer, by any objective standard, would not be to follow the political tactics exhibited over the years by AFL. While these groups do much good work in pro-life education and awareness, their legislative achievements have been an utter failure. Read more...

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