I recently made a donation to the Miriam Centre of Ottawa, for which I received a beautiful thank you note. The note said in part:
"Your generosity allows us to welcome with love and compassion, mothers who are facing a difficult pregnancy. On behalf of all our mothers and their families, we wish to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your gift."
The Miriam Centre's services are provided without federal, provincial or municipal funding, and are funded only with donations.
Their goal is:
"to minister love and compassion to all mothers and also to those involved in their pregnancies.
Mothers, single or married, regardless of age or situation, are welcomed to the Centre before and after the birth of their child.
Miriam Centre offers assistance to mothers who have already given birth and are having difficulty adjusting to their new lives. Thus they are more confident of their future and that of their child."
It got me thinking.
On the one hand, here is an organization; run by a handful of staff members and some volunteers; whose only source of revenue are donations from the public; who receives no government funding; whose goal is to help a woman with a crisis pregnancy.
On the other hand, Ontario doctors performed at least 44,000 abortions last year; publicly funded by the taxpayer; at an average cost of $800 dollars per abortion.
That's about $35,000,000 Ontarians paid in 2010; for a procedure that is not medically necessary; that is harmful to women and their families; that doesn't help society; that destroys innocent human beings; in a time where every health dollar spent in Ontario is crucial.
Is it only me, or is there something wrong with this picture?