Editor: I just returned from your beautiful island where I attended the National Pro-Life Conference and had a chance to examine the front-page article in the Guardian (P.E.I. policy on abortions called harmful, Oct. 26).
I think that Prof. Colleen MacQuarrie should have attended our conference to listen to some experts eminently more qualified than she is to make statements on women’s health surrounding abortion policy.
Conference delegates heard from esteemed and award-winning gynecologists like Dr. Debra Zeni and Dr. Robert Walley that abortions are not safe regardless of how they are performed and that there are more complications, both medically and psychologically, from having an abortion than from giving birth. And they have had a lifetime of experience and statistics to back up their claims. But I guess you had to be there to hear the truth.
Abortion is never the “quick fix” that the pro-choice advocates claim. Pregnancy is a life-changing event no matter what course is followed. What is pathetically lacking in P.E.I. and other provinces as well is mandatory counseling for any woman contemplating abortion, so that she can be completely informed about what the procedure involves, the risks, consequences, and alternatives. In Fredericton, New Brunswick, a 3-D or 4-D ultrasound scan is offered free of charge so that the woman can see the growing baby in her womb.
Prof. MacQuarrie seems to be bringing a pro-abortion agenda into her research study that can only taint the results.