Several weeks ago, I enjoyed the blue skies, the cold winds and the generous hospitality and warm greetings of the people of Yorkton as I visited to share the message of the Christian Heritage Party (CHP Canada). I enjoyed a couple of radio interviews, a TV interview and a newspaper interview with reporter Cory Carlick, who expressed interest in the CHP’s platform of Life, Family and Freedom and our plans for Canada’s Election 2019 this fall.
Unfortunately, I feel I must correct and clarify a couple of points made by Mr. Carlick in his article in Yorkton This Week Feb. 6, 2019 - statements which are obviously reflective of his opinions on social issues and do not accurately reflect what I intended to communicate.
First, The CHP is not trying to “eliminate Canada’s abortion laws”. Canada does not have any abortion laws. In Canada today, it is legal to kill a baby right up to the moment of birth. Over 100,000 babies are killed by abortion each year in Canada (the equivalent of 4,000 classrooms of children every year). The CHP would like to provide good information to pregnant women about fetal development and about the health risks associated with abortion. We would also like to protect women and girls from coercion to abort. Approximately 60% of abortions are the result of coercive pressure from a boyfriend, husband or parents. That is not “choice”. We would like to make adoption easier and more affordable and to support pregnant women who choose to carry their babies to term. And we would like to have legislation that recognizes and protects the personhood of the preborn child.
We do support the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. And we support parents-not the government-as the primary educators of their children in matters of gender and sexuality.
On the issue of assisted suicide, Mr. Carlick describes a hypothetical case of a patient at end-of-life in unbearable pain but the assisted suicide epidemic now underway since the legalization of so-called “medical assistance in dying” is resulting in many premature deaths (about 2,000 per year) and pressure is already mounting to include teens, infants with disabilities, people suffering from loneliness and depression and those who may be incompetent to give informed consent. In Europe, where enthanasia has been in place for some time, many deaths are without consent and some are motivated by a shortage of beds and resources. We would like to increase the availability of palliative care for the terminally ill; we also support MP David Anderson’s Bill C-418 which would provide conscience protection for doctors and healthcare workers who cannot-in good conscience-participate in the premature ending of a human life.
I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight on these issues.