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Bottles of the abortion-inducing drug RU-486. Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo

Global News recently reported “Abortion pill prescriptions likely to rise after 4,253 women used new option last year.”

“One year after the abortion pill became available to Canadian women, new numbers show thousands have used the new option for reproductive health care and sexual health experts say they expect that number to keep rising.

Mifegymiso is the commercial name for a two-drug combination approved by Health Canada to be used to terminate early pregnancies up to nine weeks, which was approved in 2015 with tight restrictions but only became available to the public in January 2017.”

In a Pill-Popping Society – what’s another Pill?

Is this a case of “oops, I did it again”? Unprotected sex, casual sex, or just a case of “didn’t want children right now” sex – taking a pill to terminate the child is an easy way to clean up an accidental spill, all the while not being in touch with what life is.

Sure, just take a pill for that. I get it. It’s harm reduction at it’s most relationally disconnected. People weren’t intending to make another person, they were just wanting to have fun.

Before You get all Moralizing on me

I am not intending to be about anti-abortion (sic); I’m trying to pump the breaks on a trend that further de-humanizes and de-personalizes us all.  A society that so casually devalues pre-born life surely must eventually answer questions about the value of life at any stage.

But then, our society is already answering that question with hastening the end of life with Physician Assisted Death legislation. I am sure they’ll get around to finding “there’s a pill for that” too.

What’s the Concern?

The concern of “Reproductive Rights Advocates” (sic) isn’t about the life of the per-born child (of course not), or about a society that so casually terminates so many unwanted pregnancies. Instead,

“Reproductive rights advocates had raised concerns about the restrictions on the drug… While advocates say there is still much work to be done to improve access to the drug, they told Global News they’re encouraged to see the demand for the medication among Canadian women seeking abortions.

“It was really great to see that number,” said Frederique Chabot, director of health promotion for Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.”

Is it really “Great” to see the Number?

Really? Each year in Canada, roughly 100,000 women terminate their pregnancies.

Is it encouraging to see that number too?

How about the “great” number of abortions for no other reason than to eliminate more females than males from the gene pool?

Where the Conversation goes from here

If you want to keep the conversation about abortion firmly in the realm of “a woman’s right to chose what to do with her own body,” then I understand: this discussion means nothing to you.

If I have caused you some discomfort by bringing up this topic – I am sure you can take a pill for that.

What does it mean to be a Person?

However if you want to explore what it means to be a person… there’s more to the issue.

For more see “What it means to be a Person.