I know that abortion is a tough subject to debate sometimes, crossing different political stripes, faiths and genders. My own personal opinion is her body, her choice, but I respect the passion and commitment of the marchers. They firmly believe what they believe, just as I do.
What I have a problem with though, are members of the Harper government taking part in these rallies, promising to work to change the laws; when they have an opportunity to exact real change.
Instead people like Kelly Block, Stephen Woodworth and Dean Del Mastro, speak at these rallies, scoring political points, trying to claim what they feel is the high road; while they clearly have no interest in the children once they're born.
In 2007, the last time the figures were provided, 637,000 children were living in poverty in this country. This accounted for 15% of Canadian children. Aboriginal communities fared worse, where 1 in 4 children live below the poverty line.
And remember these are 2007 figures, when our economy was strong, and before this most recent recession. The Kelowna Accord that Harper scrapped when assuming office, would have helped the First Nations, but that would go against the Reform Party belief.
Recent statistics have also shown that:
Inuit infants die at well over three times the rate of other Canadian babies, according to a massive new study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. And as if to underscore the tough situation facing aboriginal children in Canada's North, a second study in the same journal found that 70 per cent of Inuit preschoolers live in homes where there isn't always enough food ....(Bob Weber, Canadian Press, January 26, 2010)
As the young man in the video reminds us, this is not a society that values children; or at least not all children.
So people like Block, Woodworth and Del Mastro, who claim to be concerned about unborn babies, need to start looking at what happens to some of these babies. Otherwise, pro-life simply means anti-abortion.
If they were really pro-life they would vote down Jim Flaherty's budget, that is calling for HUGE cuts in corporate taxes, with more to come.
And if they were really pro-life they would demand that Jim Flaherty's budget includes initiatives to end child poverty, and focus on the health of all Canadians.
But then Stephen Harper once boasted that he was often sought out to speak against government money going out in the name of child poverty, so I'm not expecting him to have a change of heart.
However, by putting the needs of the wealthiest Canadians above the needs of the most impoverished, many women are left with few choices.
These sanctimonious and self righteous MPs might want to think about that.
IS THIS REALLY YOUR CANADA?