“My government takes the position that we can in no way be a party to open abortion on demand. The court has spoken. We cannot stop abortions, but we can speak out on behalf of humanity, on behalf of those babies and in support of morality. We can respond to the many thousands of British Columbians who also are vehemently opposed and do not wish to labour to pay taxes which will then be used to pay for this process.
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The senseless termination of human life at the slightest whim or notion is simply removing yet another stone from the wall of an already crumbling society. And who is it that really suffers? The innocent. Our action is one of respect for life, in how we treat one another, in the way we physically and mentally abuse our children, our mates, our elderly, our handicapped.
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Our critics, many professing to be the defenders of people’s rights, say that the polls indicate the Premier and government are wrong and therefore must go ahead with paying for abortion on demand. Would they cut off welfare if a poll showed most people were opposed to welfare? Have they no courage to govern except for political expediency?
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I thank God for a government that decides not on the basis of political gains as determined by polls, the influence of the media or particular pressure groups, but which considers the long-term effect on society.
This government will work vigorously towards alternatives to abortions, and commits itself to fund programs and facilities to assist expectant mothers in need. This government again urges the Parliament of Canada to immediately adopt legislation as recommended by the Supreme Court of Canada. And this government firmly believes that our decision impacts the future of our province and our country. As the twig bends, so grows the tree.”