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EZRA LEVANT | QMI AGENCY

In Abbotsford, BC, a property owner has set up a symbolic cemetery on his own land, with 1,862 miniature crosses on it, to symbolize the number of abortions each week in Canada.

It's like those small memorials along highways where people have died in car accidents.

Is it shocking? Maybe. But if it bothers you to think about what those crosses symbolize, that's the point. And that's why a pro-abortion extremist group wants the government to shut it down.

Joyce Arthur, executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition, has written to the mayor of Abbotsford demanding the city order the private landowner to take them down.

"Many women having abortions are not Christian and would find it doubly offensive to have their abortion represented by a cross."

So, because Arthur thinks someone could be offended, the city ought to tear down the crosses.

The silent monument is a "misappropriation of a woman's private experience that is absolutely no one's business."

So, in the name of a fake privacy violation and the counterfeit human right not to be offended, Arthur demands the government should violate the real privacy and property rights of a landowner, as well as his freedom of speech.

This is not a debate about abortion. It's a debate about whether we're allowed to have a debate about abortion. It's the censorship of the discussion itself.

That discussion is desperately needed in Canada, one of the only countries with literally no laws governing abortion whatsoever, from the moment of conception to the moment of birth, for any reason or no reason at all.

That is a bizarre anomaly in a political culture that seeks to regulate everything about our bodies, from what we drink and smoke to how much salt and trans fat we can eat.

But when it comes to abortions, Canada's political bosses take a peculiar turn towards total deregulation.

More than that, actually. Left-wing advocates who would normally condemn any private-sector health care at all positively demand that governments pay for abortions provided at for-profit private clinics.

Yes, there are things to discuss. But the status quo is so absurdly pro-choice - the pendulum literally cannot swing any further in that direction - that some pro-abortion extremists would do anything to avoid a reconsideration of things. They want to stop the debate at all costs.

We have seen uniformed police officers arrest pro-life students in Ontario and Alberta for peacefully manning pro-life displays on campus. Joyce Arthur's demand for state action in Abbotsford is really no different: Anything to avoid discussing abortion itself. It's why peaceful pro-lifers like Mary Wagner serve months in jail for violating so-called "bubble zone" censorship laws around abortion clinics that would outrage the civil-liberties left if applied to black bloc anarchists at the G-20.

Practically speaking, abortion cannot be banned anytime soon in a country where a third of the population thinks it ought to be legal. But there is surely political consensus to rein in the extremes - to end partial birth abortions, to provide for parental notification for young girls, to have PR campaigns denormalizing sex-selection abortions targeting girls.

We need to change the culture - to make going through with a pregnancy as socially fashionable as abortions have been made; to make adoptions easier; to bring back a culture of sex and life, to counter the culture of sex and death. That's a discussion Joyce Arthur wants to stop.

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