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.
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 ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.