Canadian Education Official: Catholics Can No Longer Teach that Abortion Is Wrong

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Attacks on religious freedom are by no means restricted to the United States.

Laurel Broten is a practicing Catholic who sends her children to Catholic schools. She’s also the education minister of Ontario, Canada. And in a shocking display of infringement of religious freedom, she’s just decreed that Catholic schools can no longer teach that abortion is wrong.

“Taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be considered one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take,” Laurel Broten said during a press conference.

“Bill 13,” she asserted, “is about tackling misogyny.”

Schools are also being forced to establish gay-straight alliances in addition to preaching that abortion is acceptable.

This, quite frankly, is one of the most egregious and outrageous assaults on religious freedom I’ve ever heard of. The Catholic Church is ardently against abortion, and defends life in all its capacities. Now, Catholic schools are being forced to choose: go against their religion and principles, or break the law.

And while fighting against bullying and preaching acceptance are important, defending those who have no voice is even more important. Broten claims to respect Catholic education, but this is clearly a blatant attack on the Church and her teachings. The Catechism of the Catholic Church mandates the protection of human life, and Broten is forcing Catholic schools to turn their back on that.

As for misogyny in pro-life beliefs, millions of girls have been aborted over the years. Babies being aborted simply for being female is by no means rare. But where is Broten’s outrage over that?

What is truly frightening and offensive about this is that it isn’t enough for abortion merely to be legal — pro-aborts like Broten clearly want to make it illegal for those who seek to defend life to even have the right to speak out and practice their beliefs! The end goal is not just to keep abortion legal. It’s to silence the voices of pro-lifers.

This attack on religious freedom cannot stand.

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