Canadian laws should extend to the unborn

Letter writer Mel Middleton follows up on a previous letter to the editor from Alan Trenzek on the unborn.

Editor:

Alan Trenzek’s letter (April 9) hit the nail on the head.

In the 1800s anti-slavery groups were often vilified, mocked, and hated by those who made money owning slaves. Pro-life people today are often similarly demonized, and culturally silenced.

Just as the laws in 1850 failed to regard slaves as “persons,” the law today in Canada fails to accept the personhood of the child in the womb.

With ultrasound and DNA science there is now no excuse for ignorance about the full humanity of the innocent unborn child. Yet Canadian law stands in flagrant violation of the “Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child” which clearly states in its preamble that: “Whereas the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.

Today there is no legal protection whatsoever for unborn children in Canada — even until the time of birth.

Future civilizations will look back on us someday with the same horror that we now regard 19th century slave owners. With shocked bewilderment they will ask: How, even after we knew the truth, could we have remained so indifferent?

How could we have been so silent in the face of such violence against precious innocent lives?

How could we have callously denied the most vulnerable among us the very right to life?

Thank you Alan for bringing this important issue to our attention.

Mel Middleton

Williams Lake