On June 1 over 300 people attended the 15th Annual Focus on Life Benefit Dinner sponsored by Fredericton Right to Life.
Guest speakers were past Lieutenant-Governor Graydon Nicholas and his wife Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Nicholas stated that, “Abortion cannot be defined as a reproductive right because a human being already exists. To quote an aboriginal elder, a wise woman who held a doctorate degree in law: There is only one right: that is the right to life; everything else in life is a path of responsibility.”
She went on to comment how “Pope Francis tells us that the child in the womb, the disabled, the needy, the elderly, the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the refugee, the enslaved and the imprisoned are our brothers and sisters, all members of the human family. We are responsible for them and for one another.”
Speaking of the Carter decision of the Supreme Court of Canada on assisted suicide, Mrs. Nicholas said, “The purpose of the profession of medicine is to heal, not to kill. As you know, tremendous advances have been made in all fields of medicine, including palliative care, through the guidance of our Creator. God did not intend that those advances in medicine be used to destroy Creation, but to improve our quality of life and our end of life care.
Mr. Nicholas said he welcomed the opportunity to share his faith and convictions openly, after having served as a judge and Lieutenant-Governor. He spoke of how three personal situations had brought home to him the value of every human life: the loss of twin grandchildren in 1999 by their daughter-in-law and their son; the murder of his nephew in Virginia on February 28, 2004 where there is a death penalty; and the proposed turning off life support on his brother in October 2005.
He mentioned how moved he was to read about the conversion story of Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of the famous Roe v. Wade abortion decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. She “stopped believing in abortion as an alternative when she became a member of the Catholic Church,” he noted.
Mr. Nicholas closed his talk with the following reflection:
“Would you respect life in the following situations? 1. A preacher and his wife are very, very poor. They already have 14 kids. Now she finds out she’s pregnant with the 15th child. They are living in severe poverty. 2. The father is ailing, the mother has tuberculosis. The eldest child is blind, the second died, the third is deaf and the youngest has TB. The mother learns she’s pregnant again. 3. A white man raped a 13 year old black girl and now she’s pregnant. 4. Another teenage girl is pregnant. She’s not married. Her fiancé is not the father of the baby, and he’s very upset.
“If you thought of ending an innocent life was the best solution under these circumstances – In the first case, you have just killed John Wesley before he became the famed evangelist from England. In the second case, you aborted Beethoven and deprived the world of some of our greatest musical compositions. In the third case, you gave up on Ethel Waters, the renowned black gospel singer. In the fourth case, the teenage girl is the Blessed Virgin Mary, and you have just declared the murder of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”
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