An editorial I wrote today in response to this article that ran in The Guardian today: ‘[Anti-choice] movement supporters restate their opposition to abortion’. Submitted it to the paper, maybe it will run on Monday, fingers crossed. ______________________________________________________________
PEI’s anti-choice Liberals In The Guardian on the 10th, was coverage describing the small march on Province house by a group of anti-choice folks. I was surprised to read that one Liberal MLA was in attendance, and provided his anti-choice opinion to The Guardian – Bush Dumville, MLA for West Royalty-Springvale. I have to wonder beyond Lawrence MacAulay, Sean Casey and (Read more…)
Canada’s annual protest against women’s rights was held at Parliament Hill on May 9, 2013, drawing thousands of right-wing busybodies who can’t keep their authoritarianism in their pants.
The name of the yearly “March For Life” is misleading, because most of the religious fanatics who attend these events are very selective about their concern for life. They almost exclusively focus on unborn fetuses, and spare almost no thought for actual human beings who have left the womb. Causes of premature death such as war, capital punishment, poverty, pollution, depression and unsafe working conditions are barely on their radar, if at (Read more…)
Saw this the other day over Twitter … Abortion pill now a reality. Australia sits poised to list RU486 as part of their Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which will make the once very expensive drug, available to all Australian women at a hugely lower price.
Medical abortion.Safe, effective and ACCESSIBLE.
So I google RU486 and I see that the World Health Organization added RU486 to it’s Model List of Essential Medicines, an inventory of 312 drugs that are considered benchmarks in meeting worldwide “priority health care needs”. (article, 2006) It is apparently, the preferred choice for medical abortion. Available in Australia, WHO thinks it’s important, it must be (Read more…)
The vast amount of shit the forced brith advocates spew into the interwebs lends new meaning to the word grotesque. Our anti-choice friends have been faffing on long and hard about Dr. Kermit Gosnell conveniently forgetting about Savita Halappanavar’s terminal experience with their fetid dogma .
Let me spell it out, you antediluvian, dim-witted, anti-choice bastion of fuckwitttery.
Cases like Dr.Gosnell’s are exactly what happens when you limit women’s access to abortion. His practice was under-regulated and in clear violation of any sort of reasonable set of medical expectations. We need less of what Dr.Gosnell did, not (Read more…)
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Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Abortion
I saw this today, it came across the status update on a Facebook Page I follow – I’m not sure who wrote it, but it seems to be a post on a blog called ‘Worry about your own Uterus’ (an interesting read in and of itself!). It jumped out at me because it’s basically hitting the nail on the head as far as the PEI Liberal gov’ts continued campaign to deny access to abortion services on PEI. PEI’s Health Minister is currently touring PEI ‘educating’ Islanders about the changes he’s decided to make to our health care system, tweeting daily as he ‘realigns healthcare’ (Read more…)
It is flat out no longer the case that Islanders are uninformed about their rights and the discrimination that they are enduring at the hands of a gov’t that refuses to allow women access to choices in their reproductive heatlh. Well, I don’t really think it ever was the case, but at least now I believe we have undeniable proof as more and more people speak out on the subject.
Our Health Minister has said recently that they’ve been consulting some experts as they work to bring PEI’s Health Care system into the future. I would ask why he continues to ignore
. . . → Read More: ROAR!: The Fight for Choice on PEI – Midwifery and Abortion
One sign that a country is in trouble is when the top court’s opinion is deemed controversial.
Canada doesn’t have to worry about that, not because its Supreme Court is so respected, but because of how little Canadians know about its rulings, in particular that our highest court believes abortion should be restricted.
It was only a few months ago when many MPs, of all stripes, attacked Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth‘s motion that sought to study when life begins, either pretending or genuinely not knowing their nation’s Supreme Court had asked for the government to do the very
. . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canada’s Supreme Court Wants To Restrict Abortions
The Right in Canada was bloodily united a couple of years ago under the banner the old, yet new again, banner of the Conservative Party. The two precursor parties were the Progressive Conservative Party and the (Wack-a-loon) Reform (Alliance/fascist/reactionary/etc) Party of Western Canada. Sadly, as I hail from Western Canada, I cannot but feel partially responsible for bringing the supernovae grade stupidity and fail into power. In my defense, I’ve done what I can helping elect, Federally, the only New Democratic Party candidate (woo!, Linda Duncan!) in this political backwater called the lovely province
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Sex Selective Abortion – High Octane Wankage from the Conservative Party of Canada
The RPOJ comes for thee BJ!
I had a sense on this one, as I was typing my reply to the burning stupid present on this site, that my commentary might not be published. Given that dudes, with what they deem to be important opinions, tend not to like being shown how audaciously wrong they are. I took it upon myself to save a copy of my reply. Much to my surprise(?) my comment did not make it past moderation, and thus, because of the supernovae grade idiocy on display, the commentary in question became a
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: *Wiggle-Wiggle* Goes the Red Pen of Justice – This is to You, Who Support Murder[!!1!1!]
CBC is reporting that Conservative MP Mark Warawa’s motion, calling on Parliament to condemn the practice of abortion being used to select the sex of a child, is tentatively slated to be debated on March 28th. Its a thorny issue, and it certainly stretches the definition of Pro-Choice in my opinion. Pro-Choice is…pro choice after all, you can’t have limits according to some. In other words if the choice is made to terminate a pregnancy because the fetus is female, that’s the choice being made. Don’t like it? Well, some will tell you that if you’re . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Pro-Life or Pro Choice? The abortion debate is back March 28
A couple Tuesdays from now, March 26th our PEI Legislature is to sit after it’s Winter break (or whatever you call it). To mark that occassion I sent all our MLA’s this email, I also sent it to a few others who might be interested in the general discussion of how our PEI Legislature is Anti-Choice. In the email I shared the wonderful and powerful video released just last week, where Islanders who gathered last Fall to protest PEI’s lack of abortion access left their video comments with event organizers. (A HUGE thanks to organizers and to the creator(s) of this video … you know who (Read more…)
Make no mistake, the pro-life-forced-birth lobby are advocating slavery for women. Dianne, in a comment on Pharygula, captures exactly the position our anti-choice friends would like to put women in.
Query: Why are they talking about the circumstances of the conception as though that matters? A forced pregnancy is slavery, regardless of the circumstances that led to the pregnancy. In the US, at least, people are never, under any circumstance other than pregnancy, required to give use of their body to another under any circumstance, even to save the life of the other person. Why are fetuses granted more
One of the cheap rhetorical tricks that forced birth advocates often use is the idea that somehow “Science” (ya know science, that vast shadowy monolithic structure) supports their crappy arguments and thus lends weight to their assault on women and their rights. One of the easiest tells illustrating the rhetorical, rather than scientific vein of this particular argument, is that idea that we have a definite grasp of when “life” begins. Unsurprisingly, the anti-choice position relies on a gross simplification of what the bio-medical position actually is on when life begins. The irony is very rich as
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Clarification for our Anti-Choice Friends: Life at Conception? Err..No.
Ah, the forced birth lobby has finally pissed off enough women to start the inevitable slapdown of their deplorable, retrograde fundamentally anti-woman position. Let’s keep this video in the “abortion” feed for a long time, in light of that goal, I encourage everyone to share and repost this clip on their blog, so our anti-choice friends know exactly what they are up against.
Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Abortion, Feminism, Pro-Choice, Pro-life
Many of Canada’s elected representatives are scared to death of the abortion debate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Federal minister for the Status of Women Rona Ambrose among them. Both are on record as saying that Canadians don’t want this debate re-opened, or words to that effect. Uh huh, right. Obviously they don’t want any debate to take place, and its easy enough to understand why. Its a vote loser no matter what they say. Come out in favour of any restrictions whatsoever and you inflame the Pro-Choice camp. Advocate for keeping the status quo and you . . . → Read More: Canadian Soapbox: Politicians afraid of the abortion debate – But are Canadians?
Steven Harper really enjoys floating trial balloons through his back benches. Another preemptive volley from the <a href=”http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-blog/2013/02/power-politics-ballot-box-question-187.html”>western conservative black hole of politics</a>has made it the media. The poll, of course, has been skewed by the screwball forced birth advocating religious right in Canada so ignore the results. However, one comment on the poll caught my attention and thus is reproduced here.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruling on the Morgentaler appeal in 1988 confirmed as Chief Justice Brian Dickson wrote:
“Forcing a woman, by threat of criminal sanction, to carry
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Canada, with Women on Abortion
It is nice when the anti-woman, fetus-fetish brigade starts getting worked up. The thin veil of “protecting life” is torn away leaving only the desperate misogyny that is so typical of the anti-choice zealots. This from the Feel that pro-life love! Tumblr.
Lol, people who think bodily autonomy is more important than the right to life.
Lol, people who think it’s okay to use someone’s body against their will and think that anyone will benefit from forced pregnancies and birth. Lol, people who think think that an embryo is
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Forced Birth Advocates – Anti-Woman all the Time
Transcript here (h/t).
Filed under: Feminism, feminisms, health care, pro-choice, reproductive freedom Tagged: abortion, contraception, Feminism, Jessica Valenti, Planned Parenthood, reproductive justice
Ah yes, the perennially wrong anti-choice, forced birth lobby loses again, and again and again. You never get to ignore the bodily autonomy of women and this comment from Pharyngula details precisely why.
“I’ll tell you why I hate those hypothetical near-birth abortion scenarios. It’s not that they’re stupid, or that they never happen, or even that there’s a real world problem of them encouraging the antichoicers to think of this nonsense as a real thing. All of which are true, too, and seriously annoying. But [that's] not why I get the white-hot HATE.
The hate is because the
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Hypothetical Near Birth Abortions – Why Pro-Life is *always* wrong.
What can I say? How did these 3 get loose from their leash? How can this be a good thing for the Conservatives?
They know that abortion is not homicide by law in this country. Hopefully the RCMP will tell them so and this will end there.
This just released today … MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release Premier maintains Anti-Choice Stance 25 years after National Decriminalization
Charlottetown – January 27th, 2013 – Since his 2011 statement that the “status quo is going to remain in effect” Premier Robert Ghiz has declined to respond to calls for action on the issue of PEI’s status as the only Canadian province without abortion services. In honour of the 25t…h anniversary of the decriminalization in Canada, the PEI Abortion Rights Network has asked the premier to clarify the position of his government, and have received no response. The Premier has (Read more…)
Well. I’m glad to see the Catlicks coming around on an important issue to women and their rights. This is an object lesson for the deluded pro-life movement. Your fetus worshipping is useful for whipping up the frenzy and getting people all frothy, but when serious issues come its time for you to sit the frack down and shut the frack up on cue while the adults talk about the serious issues.
From the Alter.net article -
And all of this—all of it—goes back to the Church’s insistence that life begins with your very
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Fetus is Not A Person, So Sayeth the Catholic Church
Shall we wake up to some historical notions? Has history ever been kind to women? The short answer is no. Why?
Today is not for learning about 101 level feminism. Today is calling down from pulpit the rage and the anger against the systematic oppression of women in our society. If you’re not “down” with Patriarchy and what it entails, I’m not here to explain it to your special snowflakyness (at least not today).
Today, friends, we address a structural question that I rarely see mentioned in the abortion debate. It is
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Historical Notions – Women’s Rights to Choose.