An Intimidating Threat

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As a Health Sciences student, I am constantly being fed facts which I, in turn, am expected to regurgitate on an assignment or exam. My ears are constantly infected with world-renown guest speakers, who, so eagerly want me to be stupefied by their work in “developing” (or more “politically correct” Low-Middle Income Countries -LMIC) countries – work which contributes to population control and sex education, which is apparently a huge problem. If you haven’t guessed already, I’m talking about birth control, safe abortions and sex education, all to improve the UN Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, promoting gender equality and empower women, improving maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS (malaria and other diseases), and ensure environmental sustainability.

Amid the academic crucifixion of the Truth of life, I witness a social crucifixion during the Annual National March for Life as well as the silent protests shedding light on abortion downtown Ottawa. Truth being crucified by lies, deception, anger, and wit. Those who stood and who continue to stand for Life and Beauty are crucified, not by Romans, but by apathy and a lust which sucks all beauty out of the consummation of love.

It was not until a few days ago that I realized something. It’s bit of a paradox, but not entirely. The presence and work of the so-called pro-choice groups such as the Radical Handmaids, actually validate what pro-lifers stand for – Truth. Too often and too quickly do I lose hope when it comes to such hot topics in global health, because I realize that pretty much the whole world – under the control of the Global North and global health professionals – is hard at work to promote and propagate this ideology.

Insidious pessimism.

Just like the domain of promiscuity and the grace that comes from consummating love within marriage, abortion and the appeal for a culture of life are at war because the opposition sees, perhaps subconsciously, an importance in the issue, a threat to its nihilist existence. That is what Truth, Beauty and Life does. It threatens deception, ugliness and death. “Pro-choicers” continue to fight for something they already have (don’t they have the laws and the United Nations, the WHO…etc. in their favour?). They have yet to see that their glittering pyrite wasn’t gold after all.

“From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring

-Tolkien