A Pro-Life Perspective: Andrea Giesbrecht Verdict

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On July 14th, 2017, Winnipeg’s Andrea Giesbrecht was sentenced to 8 and half years in prison for storing the bodies of 6 infants in a storage locker.

Based on this National Post article, it is clear that the judge presiding over this case believed that it was inappropriate for Giesbrecht to place the bodies of the infants in this storage locker. However, a careful reading of the article suggests that it was that action alone that warranted the resulting prison sentence.

The article clearly states that the crown was unable to show that Giesbrecht was guilty of murder because they could not prove that these children had lived outside of Giesbrecht’s body. This result shows once again that these infants were not viewed as human beings by the court, despite the clear tangible evidence that proves their humanity.

Furthermore, if you read the judge’s reasoning regarding the length of the sentence, it had nothing to do with the trauma and torture that was inflicted on these 6 innocent children:

Giesbrecht, (has) not committed a victimless crime. Anyone forced to grapple with the evidence in this case — the workers who found the bodies, the police officers who processed them, court officials, psychologists, and others who produced and scrutinized the evidence — had suffered.

Judge Murray Thompson

While I agree that those mentioned by the judge were victims of Giesbrecht’s actions, it is clear that there were 6 innocent infant children who were the ultimate victims. Unfortunately there was no justice issued on their behalf as Giesbrecht was not punished for the crimes that she committed against them.

While many in the pro-life crowd are appeased with the sentence, I believe that it shows the short comings of our society as it relates to how we view the humanity of prenatal children.

The way I look at it, this verdict suggests that Giesbrecht was guilty of nothing more then improperly disposing of the remains of 6 abortions. It suggests that she would have been perfectly innocent if the bodies of these infants would have been treated in the same way as the other 11 children she aborted.

Although I am clearly saddened by this verdict, I hope that it will show everybody involved in the case the humanity of unborn children. I do not believe in using graphic images like this as a tool to educate the public about abortions as it may cause people unnecessary  psychological distress, but now that these people have seen these infants first hand, my hope is that it will serve as a powerful reminder to them regarding the humanity of prenatal children!

Photo by Thomas Martinsen on Unsplash

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  • My name is Cameron MacDonald and I am extremely excited to join Life’s Vision Manitoba. I was born at 29 weeks gestation and have Cerebral Palsy as a result. Although my Cerebral Palsy prohibits me from: walking, driving, and writing legibly, it does not stop me from making the most out of the life that I have been given. I always strive to reach my God-given potential and do my best to show everybody who I meet that I have the ability to make a unique and positive impact on the world. I believe that success is measured by how much a person positively impacts the lives of those around them. In high school I was involved in many initiatives: I was Vice-President of the student council during my senior year, led a “Rachel’s Challenge” group which was dedicated to making the school a better place and spent time as part of the Recreational Athletics Leadership Program. My success in these leadership roles was recognized and I was presented the “Lancer Spirit Award” upon graduation. This award is given to the graduating student from Dakota Collegiate who dedicates himself to fostering school spirit in an effort to make the school a better place. After graduating high school I have not slowed down. I led a fellowship group at Canadian Mennonite University for two years, which focused on helping first and second year students to smoothly transition into university. Along with this, I have represented Canada twice on the International stage, including being part of Team Canada at the 2014 ParaPan-Pacific Swim Championships where I won a bronze medal. I believe that my story is a testament to the fact that every life has the potential to positively impact our society, no matter what challenges they face. For this reason, I champion the pro-life principles that strive to protect the potential of every human life from when it begins at conception until the very end. The pro-life movement is a movement of hope, one that looks out for the vulnerable while re-enforcing the values of character and perseverance that are starting to disappear from our society. There will be obstacles placed in the lives of everyone, but the best stories are those that focus on overcoming the obstacles that we face and using those experiences to connect with those around us who face similar situations. This will then allow our society to reach its potential!