ROTHENBURGER – And just like that, the abortion debate comes roaring back

Pro-Life flags at Supreme Court building in Ottawa. (Image: Pixabay)

WHO’D HAVE THOUGHT abortion would become an issue again? For 35 years or so we thought it was settled but it never really went away.

A pending U.S. Supreme Court decision against Roe v. Wade has us talking about it again.

It brings back memories of when Royal Inland Hospital was run by a board of directors. As each annual general meeting approached along with the election of directors, pro-lifers and pro-choicers would square off. The issue: should abortions be allowed at the hospital?

Oh, the headlines and rallies. Pro-Lifers planted fake tombstones in front of RIH to represent abortions and marched with placards. But the pro-choice side eventually won the day across the land, and a woman’s right to have an abortion was accepted, at least legally.

Every once in a while, the debate would be briefly rekindled.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – And just like that, the abortion debate comes roaring back

  1. John Noakes // May 8, 2022 at 6:29 AM // Reply

    BTW, Happy Mothers Day.

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