Letter: End late-term abortion

Re “Red Deer area PPC candidates want to end late-term abortion in Canada” published in the Advocate on Aug. 9.

I am a conservative and a senior.

Back in November 1970, I was about 16 and pregnant and I was terrified.

The doctor recommended an abortion. I don’t hold the doctor responsible for a choice I clearly accepted. I don’t know how far along I was, but I was showing so I was definitely more than 12 weeks and the baby was moving.

A moving fetus has a heartbeat like you and I.

In 1983, I gave birth to my second child, a baby girl. She fought for her life for about five months after she was born. Today she is a beautiful 36 year old woman.

So what am I trying to say? I have lived to regret my actions to this day to abort and I’m 66 years old. Do you think it got easier over the years living with this guilt and emotional pain? If anything, it got worse. Being 16 was no excuse to abort my baby. Yes, I said baby, a human being like every one of us walking this planet.

Perhaps my mission in life is to wake women up to let them know abortion is not birth control. Perhaps my mission is to wake our government up to the fact that abortion is not birth control.

When did we as society decide that we are God and we have the right to end another human life?

I am deeply disappointed with Red Deer area MPs Earl Dreeshen and Blaine Calkins. Earl, Blaine, where were you Aug, 7 when People’s Party of Canada Red Deer candidates held a press conference urging MPs to come together and speak for the preborn? The PPC Red Deer area candidates Paul Mitchell and Laura-Lynn Thompson will introduce a private member’s bill to end late-term abortion if elected in the upcoming election. An abortion after 24 weeks is not an abortion. This bill still gives the mother a choice to abort but there will be limits as to when abortion is no longer an option.

I am now a true conservative. I will not be voting for Dreeshen or Calkins. On Oct. 21, my vote will be for the Maxime Bernier and the PPC.

Marie Hopman, Central Alberta resident

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