Where are stud­ies of women’s views?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

There is a say­ing that goes “lies, damn lies and sta­tis­tics.” Any of us can find, if we search long and hard enough, some ba­sis on which to sup­pos­edly prove a point def­i­nitely and with im­punity. We wal­low in num­bers and dol­lar fig­ures while day by day ba­bies in their mother’s womb are killed. The num­bers are stag­ger­ing, amount­ing over past years to many mil­lions ba­bies here in Canada and added to par­tic­u­larly in our own At­lantic re­gion.

Only one ju­ris­dic­tion in North Amer­ica stands out as be­ing a “life sanc­tu­ary” and it is ours. Now we are in a head­long push it seems by per­sons within our sanc­tu­ary bound­aries to join in this ut­ter dis­re­gard for hu­man life.

The statis­tic that is never seen or nor pub­lished flows from the views of women fol­low­ing hav­ing suf­fered the loss of the baby, the life, that they car­ried within them un­til that fate­ful de­ci­sion to have that baby de­nied life. That statis­tic will show that there is deep re­morse, heavy sense of loss af­ter­ward.

It flows from the re­al­iza­tion that they have in­deed com­mit­ted an act that ended a life, an ac­tion that they would not even con­sider oth­er­wise rel­a­tive to any other hu­man.

We have moved from a sit­u­a­tion where some pro­fes­sional con­sul­ta­tion and ad­vice might be pro­vided to any woman in the sit­u­a­tion of con­tem­plat­ing tak­ing such dras­tic ac­tion to none and com­pounded that by rush­ing that woman off to her child’s demise. Al­ter­na­tives are well known and are avail­able lo­cally. A study of the af­ter­ef­fects and most cen­trally the tak­ing of a hu­man life will present a much dif­fer­ent view of the con­se­quences that flow from an abor­tion. Vin­cent E. McIntyre, Cor­ran Ban

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