Canadian politicians like to say there is no longer debate on the topic of abortion, yet Americans campaign on the issue.
At least 1,500 cities and towns in both countries host life chains where over 30,000 participants in Canada alone, demonstrate that human life has value and choice is not simply one between tea or coffee, but a vital choice, requiring time, information and assistance because abortion kills Canadians.
This annual life chain will take place in Nelson this Sunday. Participants will line streets holding signs with varied positive messages to convey that abortion is not a solution to women’s problems, and that help is available. Like the sign that reads “She’s a Child not a Choice” the area Right to Life Society believes every woman should make a choice both she and the baby can live with. In order to “Love them Both/Choose Life” as another message reads, the group knows it is important to actively offer help and support to pregnant women. This help can be found locally at the Nelson Crisis Pregnancy Centre 250-354-1199.
Many participants have themselves had abortions and know the importance of forgiveness, yet want to let others know that help and support is available. Women who have had abortions can contact canadasilentnomore.com or local organizers for support.
November is National Adoption Awareness Month in Canada and the sacrifice of placing your child with a loving family is an image needing to be changed from one of giving away your baby. There are five-year waiting lists to adopt children. With the changing methods of open adoptions, some of the trauma of placing a child has now been lessened.
Abortion is not a resolved issue, but rather an on-going concern. It is the number one cause of preventable deaths and women are usually victims as well. Participants in the life chain hold different political and religious viewpoints. They gather not to be righteous, but rather to raise awareness of the most controversial medical procedure (contradiction) in modern history. Abortion is an important human rights issue and alternative support is available.
Nelson’s life chain will be at 2 p.m. on Front Street.