I believe in praying for the unborn, but don’t the people who pray outside abortion clinics put another burden of guilt on women who have abortions?  Many do not know what they are doing.  (S.S., Barrie, Ontario)

In the pro-life movement we do not make judgments concerning the guilt of women who have abortions.  We are not the jury, and we are certainly not the judge.  Counsellors and others giving witness outside abortuaries can cite many cases of young girls who are literally dragged, in tears, into the abortion mill.  Other women, not physically pressured, are under other types of stress.

Can we not do as much good praying at home, or in church, rather than on the streets?  (S.S., Barrie, Ont.)

All prayer is good whether at home, in church, or on the sidewalk.  However, the people who pray openly outside an abortuary are giving public witness to the fact that the building is a killing centre, that the victims are innocent preborn children, that abortion is against the moral order, and that it is in opposition to the law of God.

Prayer vigils not only save lives, they also educate the public.  Abortionists do not have shop signs advertising their business, and usually it is only the pro-life witness that alerts the passers-by that the building is one where preborn children are being killed – at this very moment.

What, exactly, did the Hippocratic Oath, formerly taken by doctors, say about euthanasia and abortion?  (A.S., Bradford, Ontario)

The relevant passage reads: “I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion.”

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine (460-377 B.C.), began a new chapter in the history of man.  To quote the late Margaret Mead: “For the first time in our history there was a complete separation between killing and curing.”  Doctors were to be “dedicated completely to life under all circumstances, regardless of rank, age, or intellect – the life of a slave, the life of the Emperor, the life of a foreign men, the life of a defective child.”  Dr. Mead added, “This is a priceless possession which we cannot afford to tarnish but society always is attempting to make the physician into a killer – to kill the defective child at birth, to leave the sleeping pills beside the bed of a cancer patient…..”

Her conviction was, “It is the duty of society to protect the physician from such requests.”  Pro-lifers are trying to do exactly that.

If Canada had an annual national protest against legalized abortion, like the January 22 Rally in Washington, D.C., which date would be most appropriate?  (A.H., Toronto)

Probably two dates would be considered: January 28, the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision which struck down Section 251 of the Criminal Code and left Canada without any abortion law; the second date in May 14. Of these two dates, May 14 is by far the more significant.  On that date, in 1969, Parliament passed the Omnibus Bill C-150 which ostensibly legalized some abortions but to all intents and purposes opened the way to abortion on demand.  That bill has resulted in the deaths of one million preborn Canadian children.

It is important to remember that abortion was legalized in the United States, not by Congress, but by seven of the nine Supreme Court judges in the Roe v. Wade decision.  In Canada it was Parliament, under Trudeau and John Turner, that legalized abortions.  Parliament took away the right to life of the preborn child; only Parliament can restore that right.