Writer weighs in on pro-life de­bate

The Compass - - OPINION - — Bill West­cott writes from Clarke’s Beach.

So, Margie Hynes pres­i­dent of “Cam­paign Life Coali­tion” New­found­land wants the Gov­ern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador to de­fund abor­tion.

Hynes and sev­eral of her sup­port­ers (pro-lif­ers) held a demon­stra­tion last Satur­day (Sept.28th) in front of Con­fed­er­a­tion Build­ing in St.John’s.

They were look­ing to sway mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic to en­dorse their cause — one that is far from one sided. I have a ques­tion for Ms. Hynes and her sup­port­ers.

Why shift re­spon­si­bil­ity onto the backs of gov­ern­ment and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to boost your moral stand?

I re­spect and en­cour­age any­one who wishes to ex­press their views on any sub­ject any­where to do so.

How­ever, don’t as­sume you have the right to force your opin­ions down any­one’s throat.You have ab­so­lutely no right to do that on a pub­lic road­side or oth­ere­wise. Gov­ern­ment of all peo­ple. I would imag­ine that there are many prac­tic­ing chris­tians and nonchris­tians who have dif­fer­ent views on the abor­tion sub­ject. The gov­ern­ment you ask to de­fund abor­tion is their gov­ern­ment as well Ms.Hynes.

It’s the gov­ern­ment of all our peo­ple. no mat­ter what their be­liefs rep­re­sent. How far do you think your “mo­ral­ity vs fi­nances” id­i­ol­ogy can fly Ms.Hynes?

Would you imag­ine if and when the gov­ern­ment grants your wishes, ef­forts can then be made to de­fund med­i­cal ser­vices to al­co­holics, drug ad­dicts and those with com­pul­sive crim­i­nal be­hav­ior to name a few? Where do one draw the line? Al­co­holics, drug ad­dicts and com­pul­sive crim­i­nals some­times de­stroy lives too. Should they be ban­ished into the deep with no fi­nances or pro­grams that re­quire gov­ern­ment fund­ing? Lock ‘em up and throw away the key in other words. Wrong ap­proach. Gov­ern­ment is by the peo­ple, for the peo­ple and should never be drawn into such con­tro­versy, not to men­tion pres­sured in pub­lic to take a dra­matic one-way stand on a ma­jor moral is­sue that is many ways a pri­vate and very per­sonal de­ci­sion.

As I said ear­lier, I re­spct Ms.Hynes and her sup­port­ers but on this par­tic­u­lar move they in my view, took the wrong ap­proach in front of Con­fed­er­a­tion Build­ing, the steps of which lead into a leg­is­la­ture that rep­re­sents all of us ir­re­spec­tive of our be­liefs.

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