Saturday, April 07, 2012
I sometimes wonder whether people who were born in the Mulroney years or later can actually understand what it meant to Canadian women when, in 1988, the Supreme Court struck down Canada's abortion law, and the decision about whether to have an abortion became a woman's own decision to make.
Not an easy decision, nor a casual one, to be considered profoundly and made with regret -- but always, indisputably, the pregnant woman's own decision to make.
Those of us who DO remember it know that Stephen Woodworth's "let's have a respectful dialogue like reasonable people" approach is really just a backdoor attempt to criminalize abortion again.
And actually, I don't really care whether people who support Woodworth's "discussion" are just too young and naive to realize what is going on here, or if they actually share his goal of outlawing abortion again.
I agree with Orwell's Bastard:
I am not going to "debate" about the notion of fetal rights or when life begins or whether or not women have the right to control their own bodies. That's done. Anything that purports to "reopen" such a question needs to be seen for exactly what it is: a transparent attempt to reassert patriarchal control over women's sexuality and reproductive autonomy.
Anyone who wants to have that "conversation" can go fuck themselves.
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I'm baffled by the non-reaction of the young women I know to the danger of reopening this issue. I'm too old for it to affect me personally but they are right on the front lines and seem incapable of realizing that simple fact. They seem to have been parachuted in from outer space and have no connection with the basic background of this culture. I suppose the cons are counting on this non-reaction. Maybe young women need some sort of education campaign.
By 11:00 am, at
You suspect it's an age thing, but you don't care and refuse to talk to them about it? Advantage Woodworth.
It is astonishing, freedomlover. I too question the lack of outrage from the younger generation. But then again, it seems that people in general have disengaged from politics and can't be bothered with even decisions that will directly impact their wellbeing. Of course there are many exceptions, including Bridgette DePape who stood steadfast before Parliament with her 'Stop Harper' sign but I would like to see more.
I'm astonished by the lack of outrage some people have by not responding to someone who disagrees with them or letting people see that anyone has disagreed with them.
By 1:16 am, at
I see the re-opening of debate on abortion as part of a greater plan of racial fear-mongering and right-wing fundamentalist Christianity.
Most people have never read Steven Harper's defining speeches and white papers. He is Stockwell Day in a fuzzy blue sweater, Preston Mannng in an expensive suit.
Harper is from a Missionary Alliance Church background. This Rapture Cult is a breeding ground for racist proselitization, white-is-right elitism, Jesus-rode-a-dinosaur Bible thumping, glossalalia, and Klan-based Neo-Nazism.
A good Christian woman exists only to obey her chosen Husband/Master, and bear many children to serve and spread the Word of the Lord.
Birth control, and especially Abortion, is not an option.
My mother was southern Saskatchewan Missionary Alliance. A finer racist xenophobe never walked the Earth in all 6,00 years since it's Creation by Jehovah.
She was deathly afraid of the others, the black ones, the brown ones, the yellow ones, the red ones, the Papists and the non-believers. That ever-growing ever-threatening other -- the Hellbound.
After reading the Bible cover-to-cover several times, I knew I was an Atheist by age 12, but dared not reveal it for decades until I had escaped the warm embrace of Jesus and the family.
I know whereof I speak.
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