Campaign Life Coalition argues tax dollars would be better spent on doctors, nurses
It was a slightly different message to hear from Margie Hynes, president of Campaign Life Coalition — Newfoundland.
“It’s one thing to have an abortion, but it’s another thing to expect someone else to pay for it.”
Margie Hynes, president of the Campaign Life Coalition — Newfoundland, stands in support of the “Defund Abortion” campaign. Across the street, two people of the opposing opinion hold signs, one of which reads “Abortion is health care.”
— Photo by Josh Pennell/The Telegram
It was something of a new approach in fact for the opponents of abortion gathering at the Confederation Building in St. John’s on Saturday. There was less of a moral edge to their message and more of a financial one.
The signs being held and waved at cars passing on Prince Philip Drive had slogans like “Defund abortion,” “Not from my wallet!” and “Kill babies with tax dollars?”
Of course, the moral issue was still at the heart of the debate, but the “Defund Abortion” campaign, which was was kicked off on Saturday and will be taken up by supporters across Canada is calling on all concerned taxpayers to rally together, rather than only opponents of abortion. A release from the coalition states that $1 million annually is used to fund elective abortions and that same money could be used to hire five family doctors or 14 nurses.
Hynes was front and centre at the Confederation Building on Saturday. For her, the argument for defunding abortion isn’t a new one.
“Years ago I remember when I used to do my tax return, putting in on my tax return that I opposed my tax dollars being used to support abortion,” she said. “We believe that it’s not medically necessary and we believe it’s a lifestyle choice. And that our health-care dollars shouldn’t be used for this.”
Any time the Campaign Life Coalition are out in force, the Voices for Choice — NL group are invariably on hand to offer a counter opinion. Though there were fewer from that group on hand than the 25 or so people the coalition had standing along the the parkway sidewalk with their signs, the Voices for Choice group was much more vocal. They stood behind the Campaign Life Coalition on the grass before the Confederation Building and chanted slogans such as “I asked God — she’s pro-choice,” “Keep it funded. Keep it safe,” and “No back alleys in the night — for safe choices we will fight.”
Janelle Skeard, the founder of Voices for Choice — NL, said in response to the “Defund Abortion” campaign her group had started a “Defend Abortion” campaign.
“The costs associated with childbirth are on average four times higher than those associated with abortion, not to mention the social costs associated with forced motherhood,” she said.
She said human health, and the funded health care needed to maintain it, is about much more than just fighting a disease, and the argument that abortion is an unnecessary procedure is a moot point.