A couple of days after Judge Nancy Key denied me standing to bring a Judicial Review of PEI’s Abortion policy before the PEI Supreme Court, the Guardian Newspaper published an editorial titled, “Time to Move On: Abortion Debate Long Over.” I wasn’t planning to write another Guest Opinion on abortion anytime soon; however, the Guardian’s editorial was so factually inaccurate, biased and unfair it demands a response.
I sent the following Guest Opinion article to the Guardian today, July 25, (which I’d be very surprised to see them publish) and I also uploaded it to my website. My hope is that other Islanders will now speak out publicly in support of the unborn and not give in to the intimidation and bullying tactics of abortion supporters – such as the Guardian editorial staff – who would obviously prefer to never again be reminded that unnecessarily destroying the lives of innocent unborn children is wrong.
After all my legal research and public writing on abortion, I wonder how many Islanders are aware that the provincial government is still breaking the law paying for abortions which are not medically required? Section 4(h) of the Health Services Payment Act remains in force and reads: “It is the function of the Minister and the Minister has power….to withhold payment for basic health services for any entitled person who does not, in the opinion of the Minister, medically require the services.” When the Liberal Cabinet recently removed the regulatory requirement that abortions be “medically required” they (ironically) triggered the legal duty of the Minister to not pay for them! But of course they will. The Liberal government has shown nothing but contempt for PEI’s abortion law since coming into power, and they will likely continue to do so, especially now that the PEI Supreme Court has allowed their breach of the law to go unchallenged. The question now is whether the Official Opposition has the courage to challenge the government for its blatant disregard of the law.
If surgical abortions aren’t medically necessary – which Canadian Physicians for Life and countless other international gynecologists and obstetricians have declared – then we simply shouldn’t be paying for them, as our health law says!
And why has the Guardian shown no concern that the Liberal government is breaking the law? If the law said that the government “must” pay for all abortions, even when not medically necessary – and the government refused to do so – well, I’m sure the Guardian editorial staff would have lots to say about that!
Rather than report the facts as I presented them at the Supreme Court hearing on July 18, the Guardian editorial staff chose to insult me and tried to intimidate all pro-life Islanders into silence by declaring that the abortion debate is “long since over” and its time to move on. The abortion “debate” has indeed been over for a very long time, but only because those advocating for abortion-on-demand refuse to acknowledge key facts or address certain arguments; they just keep repeating falsehoods such as: “The Morgantaler case ruled that women have a constitutional right to abortion;” or: “The Charter compels the province to offer and pay for abortions,” while being careful to never mention or discuss the unborn.
Sure, everyone is entitled to their opinion; but when you control the most influential newspaper in PEI yet feel the need to state that weeks of voluntary legal research by an Islander on an ethical and social issue of concern to thousands of other Islanders was a “waste of 90 minutes” of the judge’s and Court’s time – without challenging a single argument or fact – well, that’s just mean-spirited and very unprofessional. Islanders want the Guardian to be a “news” paper; not a tabloid gossip rag.
If you really want to know what I presented to the court, please read it yourself before accepting the Guardian’s complete dismissal of my attempt to advocate on behalf of the unborn and hold the PEI government accountable to the law: https://kevinjarsenault.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/supreme-court-presentation-july-18.pdf
Please don’t give up. We need strong advocates, brave souls such as yourself. The world is spinning in the wrong direction. When opposing voices are silenced by the Media there is a feeling of hopelessness. Who will hear us? How will the rest of us know that there are many many of us who support the un-born souls. How can we make a difference when our Government is blind to the injustice and are raming these laws through?
I appreciate all your hard work and for the Supreme Court of PEI to deny a Judicial Review is incomprehensible. God bless and continue to be a voice for the unborn.
Thank you so much Kevin for all your work in defending and seeking justice for the pre-born of PEI. Please keep at it. You have my full support.
Thank you Kevin for the countless hours of research you gave to the unborn and to all who believe in The Right To Life. Anne
Way to go Kevin! You stick to your Guns! My friend!
The Guardian has insulted not only Kevin, but all Islanders who are lumped as “other pro-lifers” as if we were some kind of fringe group with no right to have an opinion.
Right on Barb. Not nice to live in a country for over 70 years and to be classed as “others” just because I Am against the Genocide of the next generation.
God Bless you Kevin and God bless us all