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Right to Abortion Under Constant Scrutiny

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Right to Abortion Under Constant Scrutiny

With the U.S. election tomorrow, it seems any and every topic has become fair game. Personally, I'm somewhat annoyed that topics like abortion come up for discussion, just for political banter. But I like that it results in articles like this in the New York Times , which offer a different take on being pro-life. It's interesting how people can have such fierce opinions about preserving a fetus until it is born, yet don't seem to care much about that baby's quality of life once it has entered the world. Unfortunately, we're not exempt above the border from re-opening this can of worms either. Motion 312 was defeated in Parliament only this past September. Had it been approved, it would have resulted in the investigation of a section of the Criminal Code that determines when a fetus is considered a human. The only reason for such an investigation would be to start up the abortion debate again. The day after M-312 was beaten, a new motion (M-408) was brought forward that keeps abortion on the Parliamentary table. Motion 408 calls to "condemn discrimination against females via sex-selective pregnancy termination." While this may sound like a motion in support of females, in truth, it again calls into question whether women should have the right to abortion. It also brings under scrutiny whether parents should be told the sex of their unborn babies at ultrasound visits. For me, one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy was finding out the sex of my baby. I could not wait to find out, not only to give myself the illusion of better preparedness, but because I wanted to know everything I could about the wee babe growing inside of me. Had I been told that I was not allowed to find out the sex, I would have been more than a little PO'ed especially if the reason for this was to prevent unsubstantiated abortions that some ethnic groups are carrying out for the purpose of sex selection. Bottom line is, such Parliamentary motions might have good intentions behind them, but they often carry greater repercussions on women's reproductive rights than meet's the eye.
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