Writer weighs in on pro-life debate
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.