Posted by: Tim | July 10, 2008

Lives Tragically Cut Short by Abortion: Letter to the Editor

I wrote a letter to the editor of the Three Hills Capital about Henry Morgentaler, the Order of Canada, and abortion.  It was published today (July 9) and given the headline  “Lives Tragically Cut Short by Abortion”. Here is the letter:

July 7, 2008

On Canada Day, July 1, it was announced that the Order of Canada will be given to Henry Morgentaler, Canada’s famous abortionist.

The Order of Canada’s official motto, DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM, or in English, “They desire a better country” is engraved on the medal that he will receive. This quotation is from Hebrews 11:16 in the Bible, which refers to men who lived by faith, such as Noah and Abraham.  Noah was commanded by God to ‘be fruitful and multiply’ to repopulate the earth (Gen. 9:1) and Abraham was promised by God that he would be ‘a father of many nations’ (Gen. 17:4-5). In fact the name ‘Abraham’ means ‘father of a multitude’.

So it is with great irony that Morgentaler would receive an award with the motto, “They desire a better country”. He is not a man who has helped our nation to be fruitful and multiply, or to produce a multitude. Instead he has led the way in making it possible for more than three million abortions to take place in Canada since 1969 (over 250,000 in Alberta). He and his life work represent the opposite of the Order of Canada’s motto.

Since the 1988 Supreme Court decision overturning Canada’s abortion laws, Canada has effectively had no abortion law, meaning that an unborn child has no legal protection inside the womb.

But science tells us plainly that an unborn baby is a human being from conception, a fact that almost any human biology textbook will confirm. It has nothing to do with religious belief. Science emphatically confirms that an unborn baby is as human as you and I, just smaller and less developed.

Philosophy may ask when this unborn human being becomes a person, but there is no consensus and the decision is often made on arbitrary grounds. I am glad that hunters understand that it is wrong to shoot at movement in the bushes if there is a question about whether it is a person or an animal. If only abortionists would also recognize that it is necessary to hold your fire when you are not sure if you are targeting a person!

For women who face the question of whether to have an abortion, I realize that the pressures you face can make it seem like there is no other choice. However, you do have better options than abortion, and there are caring people who are willing to help you. For example the Calgary Pregnancy Care Center ( has a 24hr hotline (403-269-3110) and the services they offer are free and confidential. They also offer help for women who have had an abortion, by offering them ‘a safe place to express and process emotions connected to abortion losses’. Also, the churches in Three Hills have open doors and can provide the hope and comfort that you need. Their contact information is always on the back inside page of the Capital.

I pray that one day our great nation will look back on the abortion era in which we now live, in the same way we look back today at slavery in the British Commonwealth and the United States, scratching our heads and wondering how civilized people tolerated such evils, let alone daring to award those who led the way.

Perhaps a Prime Minister will one day rise in the House of Commons and apologize for the millions of unborn Canadian children who were never given the chance to live a life worthy of receiving the Order of Canada, their lives tragically and violently cut short by abortion. There will be many tears, along with many prayers of thanks offered by those who survived the abortion era despite the efforts of Henry Morgentaler.

Tim Strickland

Three Hills, Alberta


  1. Re: “Since the 1988 Supreme Court decision overturning Canada’s abortion laws, Canada has effectively had no abortion law, meaning that an unborn child has no legal protection inside the womb.

    Not all of Canada’s abortion laws have been overturned. Canada still has an abortion law.

    Within the meaning of the Canadian Criminal Code, a “child becomes a human being” “during its birth” as a human being. The Criminal Code recognizes a “child” in “a living state” in the “body of its mother” “before” its birth as a human being.

    A child, in the body of its mother, within the meaning of the Criminal Code, is that which could completely proceed, in a living state, from the body of its human mother, whether or not (a) it could ever breathe; (b) it could ever have an independent circulation; or (c) the navel string is severed.

    Section 218 of the Criminal Code states:
    “Every one who unlawfully abandons or exposes a child who is under the age of ten years, so that its life is or is likely to be endangered or its health is or is likely to be permanently injured,
    (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or
    (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months.”.

    It is unlawful in Canada to abandon or expose a child so that its life is endangered. Aborting a child involves abandoning or exposing a child so that its life is endangered. Thus, an artificially induced abortion of a child is unlawful in Canada.

    People should have the “right to choose” to enforce Section 218 of the Canadian Criminal Code.

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