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Editor: Re: “Abortion Clinic Closure Dismays P.E.I. Women’s Advocacy Group” The Guardian, April 12. The closure of the Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton again puts before the public the question of a woman’s right to end the life of her child versus her child’s right to live.  It is perhaps the most difficult issue to consider because there is no middle ground.

As a Christian, I believe human rights are founded on our dignity as human persons; governments or organizations have not granted them to us, and governments or organizations cannot take them away. The right to life from conception to natural death is an inalienable right and it is the foundation of all other rights.

Those who are pro-life are sometimes justly criticized for restricting their concern to the time before a child is born. It is true that our society, our churches — indeed our culture — often falls short in advocating for and providing essential needs for life – food, clean water, adequate housing.  However, the failure to fully support other human rights does not justify denying or diminishing the position of those who insist upon protecting the most basic of all human rights.

The Advisory Council on the Status of Women has done and continues to do admirable work on behalf of women, in particular the rights of those in greatest need — the right to equal pay for equal work, the right to participate fully in our society, and all of the rights we cherish in a democracy.

It is tragic, then, that they do not advocate for the right to life — the right upon which all other rights are grounded, and without which all other rights are meaningless.

Pitting the rights of a mother against the rights of her child solves nothing; in fact, it creates new problems. As a society, let us devote our efforts, not to providing greater access to abortion, but to providing more and better choices for life for parents and for all in need of care from infancy to old age.

Catherine Mullally,


Organizations: Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Geographic location: Fredericton, Charlottetown

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