The decision announced yesterday to induct Henry Morgentaler into the Order of Canada has completely debased and devalued the entire system because his so-called "contributions" do not warrant official state recognition. The Order of Canada ought to be restricted to individuals who make Canadians proud and who are worthy of our praise. Making it easier (in a system that had already been far too easy to acquire an abortion) is not a contribution of which we should be proud.
Although I myself am firmly pro-life, I do understand (although I do not agree with) why some people are in favour of abortions being available. I understand their motivation and agenda, but I cannot in any way understand why this man is being celebrated. It is one thing to reluctantly allow abortions, but it is another to glorify the procedure. Abortion should never be celebrated or honoured - it is not a "good" procedure; it is regrettable and unfortunate.
Morgentaler’s appointment to the Order of Canada debases the entire system because his so-called “contributions” do not warrant official state recognition. The legacy of enabling the termination of 1/3 of all births in this country does not constitute a contribution to society or “desiring a better country.” It’s appallingly ironic that as survivor of a Nazi concentration camp himself, Morgentaler holds so little regard to human life.
Morgentaler’s crusade does not constitute “desiring a better country”, as the Order’s mantra states. The Order of Canada needs to be focused on individuals who promote a better Canada, not one devoid of morality and principle.
The inclusion of individuals like Morgentaler and Buzz Hargrove (who has done far more to hurt Canadian workers with his stubbornness and arrogance than to help them) in the Order of Canada is reprehensible. As of yesterday, it has little worth in my mind anyway; it has become little more than a false, superficial honour bestowed on the most undeserving of individuals.