Lest we for­get. They died that all may live.

Vet­er­ans thought our lives so valu­able that they were pre­pared to give theirs on the bat­tle­field

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OPINION - Pat Wiede­mer Pat Wiede­mer is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, P.E.I. Right to Life As­so­ci­a­tion

It is a rare oc­ca­sion when some­thing so bla­tant is so man­i­festly ig­nored by so many peo­ple. We have been sub­jected to knowl­edge of in­no­cent death. I re­fer to the re­cent re­lease of statis­tics on abor­tion pill pre­scrip­tions in Canada (at least 13,000) and in P.E.I. (70) and the statis­tic of 3,700 cases of eu­thana­sia and/or as­sisted sui­cide (an in­crease of 30 per cent).

The anonymity of death via the abor­tion pill or “MAiD”, i.e. eu­thana­sia or as­sisted sui­cide, is a sell­ing fea­ture.

I also re­fer to the re­cent pub­li­cized (glo­ri­fied?) choice for death by Au­drey Parker. Parker went pub­lic with her story that she was ap­par­ently be­ing forced by the gov­ern­ment to choose an early death. She feared loss of com­pe­tency which would dis­qual­ify her for eu­thana­sia. The very pro­tec­tive mea­sure which pre­vents unlov­ing loved-ones from abus­ing the el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble is what Ms. Parker wanted re­moved from leg­is­la­tion. There are some mas­sive faults of logic here.

No one was forc­ing Ms. Parker. She made the de­ci­sion her­self to choose Nov. 1 as her day of death. Think about her al­le­ga­tion: If we re­ally had a gov­ern­ment that was “forc­ing peo­ple to choose death,” we would have a state like Stalin’s Rus­sia or Hitler’s Ger­many. As bad as things are right now, that is not the case.

Fur­ther, Ms. Parker claimed the al­ter­na­tive is to “suf­fer a cruel and painful death.” Again, what kind of in­sult­ing state­ment is this about the care good doc­tors, nurses, pal­lia­tive care work­ers, etc. ex­tend to their pa­tients? The in­sin­u­a­tion that th­ese mod­els of purest com­pas­sion, pa­tience and skill would deny mod­ern med­i­cal care and the most so­phis­ti­cated treat­ments avail­able (we are a first world coun­try) to a dy­ing per­son is lu­di­crous and must be re­futed vo­cif­er­ously.

This Sun­day, Nov. 11, we re­mem­ber the deaths of our sol­diers, those who died anony­mously in bat­tle many years ago. Our en­tire na­tion stops to re­mem­ber them. At the same time, our en­tire na­tion is do­ing ev­ery­thing so that 13,070 ba­bies and the 3,700 peo­ple can die by abor­tion and/or eu­thana­sia anony­mously, qui­etly away from our sight, to be for­got­ten. Is this what those ser­vice men and women died for? So that we can have a so­ci­ety that chooses death anony­mously and no one calls it for what it is?

“Lest we for­get” is in the fore­front of ev­ery­one’s mind. Lest we for­get that th­ese vet­er­ans thought our lives so valu­able that they were pre­pared to give theirs -- so that we may live. May this sac­ri­fice never be for­got­ten. Ev­ery life is valu­able from fer­til­iza­tion un­til nat­u­ral death - in­clud­ing Ms. Au­drey Parker.

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