Conflict continues between pro-life and pro-choice
Yesterday was either a day of celebration or one of mourning, depending on what side of the abortion fence you stand on.
It’s been 20 years since the Supreme Court of Canada decriminalized abortion, a decision that was celebrated again at Vancouver’s Harbour Centre by academics and leaders in the human rights movement.
Joyce Arthur, with Pro-Choice Action Network, which helped organize the anniversary celebration, said legalizing abortion clinics has made the procedure safer and more accessible.
"We’re never going live in an ideal world, and women are always going to need abortion services," said Arthur. "We support the woman’s right to choose what’s best for her, whether that’s having an abortion or having a baby."
But Yvonne Douman, executive director of ProLife B.C., said yesterday her community wasn’t just "mourning the unborn children that have died," but also the women who have suffered as a result of the choice they made.
Douman said ProLife B.C. doesn’t call for an end to current abortion laws, but wants to arm women with all the facts, and to understand all her options, before making what she said could be a potentially heartbreaking decision.
"The pro life movement (isn’t) a bunch of radical fanatics (that) don’t care about the woman," she said. "We want to be there for her. More often than not there is more support for than she realizes."
The conflict between pro-life and pro-choice groups is also taking place at Capilano College, where a pro-life student group, the Heartbeat Club, has taken its student union to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.
The group alleges the union is discriminatory for denying it club status.
Lindsay Kasting, education council representative, said the union feels the club is based on sexist principles and "doesn’t have a place on campus."