Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Another Sad Day for Canada: Dr. Henry Morgentaler receives the Order of Canada

Morgentaler award upsets critics

Dr. Henry Morgentaler says he is proud that Canada has "finally" recognized his contribution to women's rights. Dr. Morgentaler is an abortion rights advocate in Canada who played a key role in striking down Canada's abortion laws in 1988. Canada is now the only western nation without laws regulating abortion.

According to wikipedia, the Order of Canada is the highest civilian honour within the Canadian system of honours, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the order's Latin motto, taken from Hebrews 11:16, desiderantes meliorem patriam, meaning "they desire a better country." Created in 1967, the order was established to recognize the lifetime contributions made by Canadians who made a major difference to Canada, as well as the efforts made by non-Canadians who have made the world better by their actions. As of April 2008, 5,479 people have been appointed to the Order of Canada, including musicians, politicians, artists, television and film stars, benefactors, and others. Since 1994 Non-honorary members are the only regular citizens who are empowered to administer the Canadian Oath of Citizenship. The Canadian monarch, presently Elizabeth II, is Sovereign of the order, and the serving Governor General, presently Michaëlle Jean, is its Chancellor and Principal Companion.

On Tuesday, the Conservative government distanced itself from the appointment, saying it was not involved in the decision.

"Rideau Hall makes these appointments based on the recommendations of the Advisory Council for the Order which is chaired by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada,'''
Dimitri Soudas, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The Governor General's website states that Morgentaler was made a member of the Order of Canada for:

"his commitment to increased health care options for women, his determined efforts to influence Canadian public policy and his leadership in humanist and civil liberties organizations."

Naturally, a day after the Governor General announced Morgentaler's appointment to the Order of Canada, the former abortion doctor held a news conference in Montreal, stating his push to expand access to abortions in the country has made women safer. The disturbing appointment has given further ammunition to Dr. Morgentaler and his goal. In his own words:

"(It's a) sign of recognition for all the work I've done over the years and the sacrifices I've made," he said Wednesday.
LifeCanada President Joanne Byfield told CTV Newsnet shortly after Morgentaler's press conference the reasons behind Morgentaler's award don't make sense. She said Morgentaler has not saved women's lives because abortions are rarely performed because of life-threatening situations.

"How can my country tell me that this man is a hero for killing babies, he got it because he does abortions. If they don't have the guts to say it, why are we giving him the award?"

Affirming Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins words, the appointment is a "sad day for our country." I join with the Archbishop who is leading a letter-writing campaign to Ottawa to have Morgentaler's award rescinded.

I would also affirm his call on (Christians) to pray on Sunday that pleads for "the scourge of abortion to be lifted from our land"

My Letter to the Governor General sent to

Dear Madame Governor General;

In regards to the recent appointment of Dr. Henry Morgentaler to the Order of Canada, I believe it debases the order. I would concur with the comments of our Prime Minister who said that awarding Dr. Morgentaler the Order of Canada has sowed division in the country. Quoting his words, "My preference, to be frank, would be to see the Order of Canada be something that really unifies, that brings Canadians together…"

Since, members can be removed from the order if the Advisory Council feels their actions have brought the order into disrepute, I would request under section 25 (c) of The Constitution of the Order of Canada, that you, the Governor General, make an Ordinance terminating Dr. Henry Morgentaler’s appointment to the Order. This would restore the high honor of this award and return it to the purpose for which it was created.

In great respect;

Matthew Kratz

1 comment:

Caesar J. B. Squitti said...

The logic of Mr. Morgentaler ?

I recall seeing an episode of TV Vision own in-house programme, “Credo” that featured Dr. Morgentaler (produced in 2002) talking about his family’s experiences in the Holocaust, and speaks on his beliefs about the abortion business and advocacy.

In this program he states, or suggests that he saw the Hollocaust first hand, and what damages could be done by 'an unwanted child' i assume in reference to Hitler. So that it was now his mission in life to ensure that 'unwanted' children not be born, to save humanity from another 'Hollocuast.'

If I recall 'recorded history' it was the first world war, its consequences , together with a variety of 'political reforms' that happened throughout the world, that initiated the second world war

Tragically it is Mr. Morgentaler's black logic that has created what is now being called, 'The Silent Hollocuast' where millions of unborn healthy children have been terminated, half of which would have been women, in the name of preventing 'another' Hollocaust.

Seems that his logic is very questionable, but then again, his logic appears to be one of retaliation, and the question is has he succeededis ?

Caesar J. B. Squitti