Pro-Life NL statement on Frank Coleman
It was refreshing to hear of Frank Coleman’s intentions to seek the leadership of the province.
Being aware of his involvement in the faith community and the prolife movement, we were delighted that someone principled was stepping forward. However, his latest comments regarding not imposing his pro-life views are a little puzzling.
While respecting diversity of practices and opinions is a noble thing, the primary role of government is to ensure that certain standards are met and reasonable limits are not exceeded. However, there is a gaping void in relation to abortion, caused by Parliament’s failure to take the 1988 Supreme Court’s invitation to draft a law restricting abortion, which said it would be a “perfectly valid legislative objective.” Thus, Canada is in the company of the human rights travesties of China and North Korea, the only other nations without any restrictions on abortion.
This void has left our nation at the perils of the abortion industry imposing itself upon its victims. Abortion is often imposed upon women who want to give birth by unsupportive partners and others who bully and violently coerce them to act against their own will. Abortion is imposed upon women by the abortion industry, complete with private-for-profit clinics, that fails to provide information about the risks and alternatives. Abortion is imposed on those not legally old enough to consent to many actions but can have one without the knowledge of their guardians. Abortion is always imposed upon the most vulnerable, up to nine months in gestation. The abortion mentality is often imposed upon individuals who fear being lambasted by anti-lifers for being a vocal representative of the silent majority.
The pro-life movement stands for human rights, especially the most basic one of life. It seeks to help people make free and informed decisions. These pro-life aims are virtually universally accepted as positive government responsibilities, not negative impositions as some claim.
As premier, Mr. Coleman has a role to play. A well-formed conscience does not allow for one view privately and another publicly. We have only one soul that it with us in both realms. To whom much is given, much is expected. We hope that Mr. Coleman’s conscience will guide him in accepting the responsibility and using the great influence he has been given.
Ideally, we would like him to abolish abortion completely in Newfoundland and Labrador as it is in Prince Edward Island. However, we know this may not be instantaneously achievable as not every politician is principled. We agree with Saint John Paul II’s Evangelium Vite 73 that says: “... when it is not possible to overturn or completely abrogate a pro-abortion law, an elected official, whose absolute personal opposition to procured abortion was well known, could licitly support proposals aimed at limiting the harm done by such a law and at lessening its negative consequences at the level of general opinion and public morality.”
Mr. Coleman can be assured of our continued prayers.
By walking up a small hill behind my house I can see with the naked eye the CBC communications tower in St. Chad’s.
It relays the CBC Radio One signal from Gander to the communities in Bonavista Bay. It was there when I moved to Newfoundland in 2004 to become a livyer after 32 years as a summer resident.
I knew in 2004 that tower emitted only the Radio One signal and nothing else. Unless something changed, I would be doing without Radio Two and the two Radio Canada French language stations, la Première Chaine and Espace Musique, that the taxpayers of Canada finance.
I had listened to all four daily in my home studio in Gatineau, Que., and had done so for 25 years. Since the tower was already in place, I was optimistic that some lobbying would convince our public broadcaster to start sending out the other three signals from St. Chad’s.
I was optimistic, certainly, but also naive as things have turned out.
Recently, CBC/Radio Canada announced the layoff of 657 employees, eight per cent of the workforce, along with drastic cuts in programming.
While there have been cuts before to the CBC, it was not until Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in office that overt hostility toward public broadcasting became government policy.
Harper doesn’t like publicly owned anything, except prisons. He specially dislikes public broadcasters who expose his skullduggery and weasel-like ways.
It would be naive indeed to imagine that I will be hearing any new signals from the St. Chad’s CBC tower in the foreseeable future.
This was what I was thinking as I took my customary daily walk over to the post office. As I approached, I was greeted by the sound of public broadcasting that I can always count on. The 13 ducks that greet visitors to the post office with their joyous quacking helped me briefly forget Stephen Harper’s most recent attack on my belief that Canada, and above all rural Canada, is a wonderful place to belong to.
It didn’t last. Stepping into the tiny post office, I tuned into an explanation, already in progress, of the latest way the Government of Canada has found to make its citizens feel unwanted: the postmistress’s hours and salary were being cut by 25 per cent.
She was explaining to us that the workload would remain exactly the same, but she would be required to accomplish it in three-quarters of the time normally available. She was not happy. Who would be after receiving a one-quarter cut in pay?
This is a person who is unfailingly helpful, even coming downstairs from her kitchen to the post office during her lunchtime to help a customer waiting for something important in the mail but who had to go out of town and wouldn’t be able to make it back before the post office closed.
She fears this pay cut is Canada Post’s way to push her into quitting. Then they would shut the post office and replace it with communi-