I`ve already in a former article, entitled "Why is the Government Funding Non-Medical Surgery?," broached the abberation of governments in Canada funding hospital and most clinic abortions (strictly patient-initiated procedures) under our much vaunted Medicare health care system. It is a national tragedy that physicians can be paid with public funds to end the lives of individuals who deserve to live just as much as the doctors who perform abortions in these hospitals and abortion clinics. Both our federal and provincial governments are indulging and pandering to the morally flaccid, self-loving minorities who are tearing us down. It has to be recognized that abortion has nothing to do with health but a heck of a lot with reckless behaviour, especially on the part of men. Well over 30% of abortions are repeats, but the government imposes no limit and it will pay regardless for a second or third, or even a mother`s eight abortion. We really have to wonder about the sanity of a health care bureaucracy that can define an unborn child - even a female fetus rejected because a male was wanted - as an "illness" to be treated by Medicare. Provincial Premiers don`t seem to care that for hundreds of thousands of voters, tax-funding abortions implicates them in what they consider homicide. It`s about time we questioned the vast expenditure on an elective medical procedure which cures no illness, injury or disease, but does result in the death of over 107,000 unborn children every year. And as far as can be ascertained, although many necessary medical services may be seriously affected by government cutbacks, money available for abortions has not been reduced by one penny. There are two major arguments made by the pro-abortionists in favour of tax-funding abortions that many pro-lifers find difficult to effectively counter. These are being used with great effect by Henry Morgentaler - Canada`s eminent philosopher-abortionist - following the opening of his eight Canadian abortion franchise in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and the provincial government`s refusal to fund his commercial abortions.

His first argument goes this way: "Abortions are funded in hospitals; therefore, why can`t they be funded at the Morgentaler Clinic?" The reply to this is simple. Taxpayers shouldn`t be funding abortions in hospitals any more than in abortion clinics. However, we can at least be reasonably assured that abortions in hospitals are done under strict medical supervision and that the patient is closely monitored by her doctor for weeks afterwards.

What a contrast this is with the situation at his Fredericton 'clinic' where a doctor is flown in from Toronto or Ottawa, with no hospital privileges whatsoever at the local hospital, with virtually no information about the patients he/she is about to treat in an assembly line fashion, with no medical supervision of the anesthetic and surgical services performed, with distraught patients sometimes leaving the clinic very shortly after their abortion (as one is known to have done with disastrous results at his Halifax abortuary), with no follow-up visit with the doctor involved after the abortion, etc. His other mainstay argument is presented thus: "The Canadian Health Act has declared abortion an essential medical service; therefore, the government has no choice but to fund it." This is a statement that baffles me. I really can`t figure out how the Canada Health Act can define abortion as an "essential" medical service. Even the pro-choice Canadian Medical Association reluctantly concedes that abortion is essentially an elective procedure and that there is nothing therapeutic about it. In fact, overlooking for a moment its immediate catastrophic impact on the unborn child, we find out - if we study the reports on it that close to 75% of women who have aborted experience severe and lasting post-abortion symptoms. And even if abortion is considered a needed medical service by our Canadian politicians, why couldn`t they decide not to fund it as they have with other even more essential services (we all probably can without any difficulty list a number of outstanding examples of this delisting of important medical services). Our provincial legislatures` decision not to fund abortion does not infringe on a woman's right to reproductive choice (i.e. abortion) as Henry Morgentaler claims; it is merely a question of who is going to pay. Legislators have the right to fund programs as they see fit. Advocates of so-called "choice" cannot compel taxpayers to fund what many are convinced is the painful destruction of human life. Even our questionable Charter of Rights and Freedoms would recognize that forcing citizens, who reject abortion on conscientious grounds, to subsidize abortion through payment of taxes is an unjust, coercive practice that adds still more divisiveness to the conflict over abortion.  The government has in fact made all Canadian taxpayers unwilling accomplices in the taking of innocent lives by forcing us to pay for an elective procedure that has nothing to do with health, and treats no medical, psychiatric or social problem. Quite the opposite, it fosters an economic crisis in the health care system because it creates extensive and very costly physical and psychological complications that cause a serious drain on scarce health resources. As arguably the most publicly recognized pro-life and pro-family Christian organization in the country, we Canadian Knights of Columbus must renew our resolve to work even harder to keep government money from killing the innocent preborn - over two million of them since Catholic Pierre Trudeau and John Turner lifted criminal restrictions on abortion.

Vivat Jesus!

Thaddee Renault