Mere weeks after Conservative Party MP Stephen Woodworth called for a renewed public debate on abortion, another bombshell has landed that has made the subject impossible to ignore.
Writing in an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr Rajendra Kale has warned that abortion for the purpose of sex selection is happening in Canada. He suggests it may be prevalent among Asian immigrants to Canada. It's a common practice in India and China, where parents prefer having boys over having girls.
Of course, the question that Kale is asking are forbidden on more than one count. Not only is he asking questions about abortion -- forbidden by those most invested in Canada's lawless abortion status quo -- he's also asking hard questions about multiculturalism.
That's what the far-left considers a double no-no.
What's bound to infuriate the far-left most is that the kind of Charter arguments they favour -- using the equality provisions of the Charter to attempt to empower their agenda on a Constitutional basis -- against the abortion-related status quo.
“It really works against everything we believe in Canada in terms of equality. It works against our Charter [of Rights and Freedoms],” explains University of Toronto bioethicist Kerry Bowman. “At very least, it would be fair to ask why a couple wants to know the gender of their child ... because that in itself is not directly linked to the health or well-being of the child, except in rare cases of sex-linked diseases or disorders.”
To make matters even more concerning, UBC economist Kevin Milligan has identified, via analyzing census data, an unnaturally high prevalence of male births in areas with large South and East Asian immigrant populations. And those pattenns of male births? Yeah, they're consistent with those in areas in Asia where sex-selection abortion is practiced.
Of course this isn't supposed to be happening in Canada. We aren't supposed to discriminate against women or girls in Canada, regardless of whether that discrimination is taking place before or after birth.
Of course, there are those who are going to insist that it's those who are now raising questions about sex-selection abortion who are being discriminatory. I fully expect to be called racist over this -- it's the typical impotent response offered by those who have nothing else to say.
But they'll have a far more difficult time making that argument about Dr Rajendra Kale. He was born in Mumbai.