Sanctity and value of human life
We affirm that human life exists and is sacred from conception and has God-given value, regardless of race, age, gender, or physical or mental handicap. We believe that the human body is the property of God, and that no one but God has the authority to terminate human life except in accord with the express provisions of the Bible. No person, institution, or government shall tolerate, encourage, or decree death by means such as abortion, euthanasia, or suicide.
We favour the elimination of all public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions. Abortion is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being, and therefore is a crime against God, the pre-born child, the mother and father, and society. It should be treated as such by the Government and must not be permitted or supported. The pre-born child has the right to life, liberty and security of the person from the moment of conception. These rights of the pre-born must be protected in Canada’s laws through appropriate amendments to our Criminal Code and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Once this protection is in force, any person who performs or assists in an abortion, or arranges for a woman to have an abortion, should be charged with a criminal offence. Any medical practitioner convicted of performing an abortion, or assisting in an abortion, or arranging for a woman to have an abortion should have his or her license suspended. Any individual or corporation that manufactures, distributes, sells, or administers any drug or device for the purpose of procuring an abortion should be charged with a criminal offence. The Government has a moral responsibility to provide financial assistance to social, community, and volunteer agencies, which provide care and support for women during and after crisis pregnancies. Medical treatment which is necessary to prevent the deaths of either the mother or the pre-born child, or both, but which results in the unintended death of either or both, should not be considered a criminal offence. Every effort should be made to save both lives.
The Netherlands experience, where official acquiescence became legalization, and led eventually to thousands of murders each year, shows clearly that we should not follow that path, but must retain the Criminal Code sanctions against “assisted suicide” and other forms of euthanasia.
Our full Euthanasia Solution can be found here.
Protection of the pre-born child
Section 7 of the ‘Charter of Rights’ should be amended to qualify the term “everyone” with the words, “including a pre-born child from the moment of conception” as having the right to life, liberty and security of the person. The Criminal Code must be amended to recognize the personhood of all human beings, from conception to natural death, ensuring their rights under the Constitution.
Adoption, not abortion
When a woman is faced with an unanticipated pregnancy, we should surround her with care, comfort, counsel and the information she needs to make a decision she will not regret later.
Every baby is a wanted baby, though not necessarily wanted by the natural parents. Many couples are eagerly waiting to adopt children and nurture them in a loving home. Adoption, therefore, must receive primary attention as a desirable alternative to abortion. CHP promotes improvements to our adoption system to make adoption easier and more affordable for married couples to adopt children. The duty to give conceived life the opportunity to develop in a secure and loving environment provided by adoptive parents must supersede any legal provision to terminate a pregnancy by abortion.
With a concerted effort by each citizen, displaying love in action, Canada will become once more a life-affirming and child-loving nation—a model for the rest of the world to follow.