In September 1984, we wrote that abortion is the election issue. Nothing has happened in the past four years to make us withdraw that statement. In fact, November 1988, the situation is even more critical.
The political report card for the last four years shows that grassroots pro-life work has begun to pay off. In June 1987, the pro-life Mitges’ motion was lost by only 27 votes. In July 1988, the House of Commons could not agree on abortion but pro-life support was strong and we came within 13 votes of a vote for a protection of life amendment.
There has been a steady growth of sentiment against the brazen insistence of the radical feminists and the abortionists of this nation for abortion on demand. The latest poll shows only 10 per cent of Canadians still support them.
As we have said so many times before, traditional preference must be set aside. Why? First, because all three party leaders accept abortion in principle. Second, candidates of whatever party who accept abortion disqualify themselves from office. Not all agree with us.
Some believe (but only with respect to abortion), that everyone should be allowed to do his or her own thing because we live in a pluralistic society.
Others think that pro-lifers are extremists and that “we don’t want extremists dividing the country and having politicians running scared, looking over their shoulders.” (The Interim, July/August issue, page two)
Some others believe that is a candidate is acceptable on nine points out of ten, one should not quibble about the last point.
But we say that if a candidate if fine on nine points, but the tenth proves he or she is a racist, or an anti-Semite, or one who accepts nonsense about a woman’s “right” to kill her pre-born baby, he or she is thereby disqualified from office.
Strangely, many people are taken in by the idea that only pro-lifers are “single issue” people. They don’t notice that the three national parties and their entourage, including certain clerics, are asking Canadians to vote for or against candidates on one issue: free trade.
We think that legalized killing of human beings is a far more important issue than free trade. Our issue concerns not merely the conditions of life, but human life itself. Indeed, this issue is so crucial that we list and call upon all to support pro-life candidates only. All others are disqualified.