Thursday, December 23, 2010

An annoying question about the pro-life movement in Canada

There's a little something that burns me about the pro-life movement.

Take Heather Stilwell's obituary in The Interim.

I'm sure Heather deserved every bit of praise.

The question is: why didn't I know about her?

Take a poll of 100 pro-lifers and ask them who Heather Stilwell is (was) and I'm betting dollars to doughnuts most of them don't have a clue.

If Heather Stilwell was so great (and I have no doubt that she was) why didn't I know about her before?

It's like when Joe Borowski died.

Joe who?

The guy who led the court battle to settle the question about the status of the fetus. His court challenge was made moot by the Morgentaler decision. Everybody said how great he was. I hadn't the faintest clue about him and I had to look him up on the Internet.

I've been in the movement for about ten years now, and every so often I see The Interim or some other forum praise this or that pro-life activist and I don't have the faintest idea who they are.

I feel so out of the loop, and yet here I am, in Ottawa, with access to some pretty big names in the pro-life movement, and I don't know who these people are.

Is the pro-life movement a clique?

Do we not celebrate our activists?

I know we're ignorant of our own history. Which I try to remedy in my own way.

If we are to be a serious movement, we're going to need a little more cultural and identity cohesion.