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These are the types of NDP candidates Thomas Mulcair stands behind…


Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie

Alexandre Boulerice says the NDP is against the niqab! [VIDEO, en français!]


Jean-François Delisle says the NDP should reopen Constitution to deal with the niqab. FYI Jean-François Delisle has backed off his initial statement that the NDP should reopen the Constitution to revisit Freedom of Religion in order to rule on the question of the niqab.


Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas

ICYMI! Alex Johnstone made a penis joke about Auschwitz, a concentration camp. Apparently, Alex Johnstone, a school trustee, didn’t know what Auschwitz was…

Anti-Abortion, Anti-Same-Sex (Read more…)

Left Over: No Hope With This Pope…

Pope Francis tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

The Guardian

Tuesday 1 September 2015 16.46 BST

How condescending can this ‘religious’ leader get? Who cares about forgiveness when there is nothing to forgive? Will the Pope also issue orders to ‘forgive’ the man who didn’t wear a condom, or get it snipped, or whatever? Once again, the onus is on the woman, who, while only 50% of the equation must continue to suffer 100% of the consequences and the blame…. And, once again, the Catholic Church, along with every other form of organized religion, proves my point…organized religion (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Backed Into A Corner, Poked with a Stick – Arguing with Religious People.

How does one win an argument with another that doesn’t accept the basic tenets of reality. Recently over at Violet Wisp’s blog the religious element was once again taking the moral low road on abortion and left with trying to explain how their religion was explicitly “pro-life” when in fact their magic book is, in fact, pro-abortion. You can go over and read the thread yourself here, but I’ve screen captured the parts that I want to talk about.


Observe what is going on here. JZ is attempting to establish a coherence in what christian dogma (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Excerpt from “We Do Abortions Here” – Sallie Tisdale

This quote is from the Harper’s Magazine archive. We Do Abortions Here: A Nurse’s Story, is a powerful piece that goes beyond the well worn positions that are still being dragged about today. I recommend a full reading, go to Harper’s Archive to read it.

“Women have abortions because they are too old, and too young, too poor, and too rich, too stupid and too smart. I see women who berate themselves with violent emotions for their first and only abortion, and others who return three times, five times, hauling two or three children, who cannot remember (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – The Case for the Religious ‘Pro-Life’ Enslavement of Women

Religion treats people like shit, the further away you are from the white male ideal, the shittier your deal will be. The recent anti-choice propaganda wave in the US caused enough whinging in wordpress blogosphere that I felt compelled to wrestle with the full-blown stupid that is the anti-choice position. . . I went to this saintly dudes page and left my usual inflamatory comments – women are people, they have rights et cetera – the mind-blowing stuff that makes the zealots wail and froth. . . But rather than approve my comment, this dipstick emails a response to me (Read more…)

A. Picazo: The Assault On Planned Parenthood: A Long Campaign Against Reproductive Rights

In 2011, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding, a move deemed necessary to ensure no taxpayer dollars were used on abortion despite existing federal legislation which prohibits funds granted under Title X from paying for such services. This vote, a “culmination of a multi-year effort that involved parallel … Continue reading →

Dead Wild Roses: The Sum of Male Abortion Activism

Filed under: Feminism, Politics Tagged: Abortion, Dudes, Feminism

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Anti-Abortion Group Against Trudeau

So, this happened. Campaign Life Coalition Youth (CLCY) and the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR), two anti-abortion groups, announced that they are launching a nationwide campaign against Justin Trudeau because of his staunch pro-choice stance. Far be it from me to say anything that might dissuade them from this course of action. And I … Continue Reading

Dead Wild Roses: Canada’s Liberal Party Gets One Thing Right – They Are Unabashedly Pro-Choice

Conservative media has attempted to portray the notion of women as autonomous human beings as “radical”.

The recently decimated Liberal Party is stirring back to life with the election of a new Leader. Justin Trudeau has decreed that his MP’s will vote pro-choice, no exceptions.

The woolly anti-choicers that still remain within the party, or loosely affiliated, have recently penned an open letter to Mr.Trudeau about his policy.

“How can such a discriminatory policy serve the democratic ideals of our great nation?” wrote the ex-MPs, many of whom are known for being outspoken on socially conservative issues.

Actually (Read more…) - Alberta politics: Gay Rights, Abortion big issues at Conservative nomination debate in Medicine Hat

TweetThe Medicine Hat News reports that abortion and the rights of sexual minorities were the hot topics at a debate between Dan Hein and MP Jim Hillyer, the two candidates running for the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in southern Alberta’s newly redistributed Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner riding. “…I’m not interested in somebody parading in front of me their […]

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Dear SCotUS: You Blew It

When you ruled that Hobby Lobby could implement its ownership’s personal religious beliefs as policy imposed upon the company’s employees, you really opened up the door to a world of abuse.

Hobby Lobby is a privately held corporation.  As are the majority of companies in both Canada and the United States.  Hobby Lobby is unusual in being a large operation with several thousand employees, where most corporations are quite small – a handful of employees at most.

However, I don’t care what a corporation’s owners “believe”.  Frankly, I don’t give a damn whether they believe that a condom is (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Saving Women’s Lives – A Divisive Issue for Stephen Harper.

Letting women die because of unsafe abortions is awesome!

Isn’t is cute when our politicians decide that keeping the zany religious fruit-bats in their ‘base’ happy is more important that saving women’s lives? Just ask our lovely PM Steven Harper all about appeasing the religious zealotry that makes up a portion of his base on how the blood of women will appease their ignoble quest to save ‘life’.

“According to the World Health Organization, 21.6 million women experience an unsafe abortion worldwide each year. The 47,000 who die make up about 13 per cent of annual maternal deaths.

As part (Read more…)

somecanuckchick dot com: Misogyny quota for a millennia met!

Last week: Elliott Rodger’s murdered six people in Isla Vista, California [UC-Santa Barbara] because of his hatred of women, whom he blamed for a life of “loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires.”

Hours later: In Stockton, California, Keith Binder shot at three women who refused to have sex with him and his friends

This week: Bra straps make male students and faculty uncomfortable at a high school in Newfoundland, Canada.

Today: Prime Minister Stephen Harper deems a woman’s right too choose too divisive to fund, internationally.

How long before PMSH turns that spin on a woman’s right to choose, domestically?

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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Nasty, Just Plain Nasty

It’s not like it comes as a big surprise that the Harper Government is nasty.  But the extent of their vileness continues expand.

First, the Harper Government seems to have decided to shut down basic literacy programs across Canada.  The claims of the Harperites on this matter are the usual “we don’t believe these programs are useful in their current form”.  Basic literacy is always useful, unless you’re a Conservative and you like the idea of having an underclass of people who aren’t in a position to think about what’s happening to them because they’re struggling just to get by (Read more…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: I’m so Damn Sick of Junk Politics and Hopefully Trudeau is Too

There is a good book by Benjamin DeMott Junk Politics: Trashing of the American Mind

DeMott laments the loss of intelligent debate in the political arena, being replaced, in part, with “touchy, feely personal testimonials” and “feel your pain” forced empathy.

In the current Ontario election campaign we’ve heard party leaders tell us that they worked their way through school, were a grandchild of immigrants and like to run.

Who cares? How is that relevant? Any identification we may have with them should end there. Our concern before we give them control of our money and in some respects, our (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Abortion: Why Trudeau’s decision on pro-choice candidates is a good one

Justin Trudeau: Decisive

Ever since Justin Trudeau’s team came out with the announcement that anti-abortion supporters need not bother to run as candidates for the nomination of Liberal MPs in the coming election, the right wing has had a field day trying to make hay out of this single straw. Take the absurdity that Robyn Urback wrote in the National Post, as an example:

What twaddle. The Liberal Party supports the Supreme Court decision regarding a woman’s right to choose. Fullstop. So why not expect potential candidates to do the same in order to run for nomination? The Liberal Party (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Abortion: Why Trudeau’s decision on pro-choice candidates is a good one

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Sensible Approach

Justin Trudeau has received a significant amount of flak over his recent decree that incoming Liberal MPs after the next election will be expected to be explicitly pro-choice on the abortion issue.  This weekend, the Liberal Party released a very clear-headed e-mail:

“I had an extraordinary example in a father who had deeply, deeply held personal views that were informed by the fact that he went to church every Sunday, read the Bible regularly to us, and raised us very religiously, as Catholics,” Trudeau wrote. 

“But at the same time my father had no problem legalizing divorce, decriminalizing (Read more…)

A BCer in Toronto: Proud to be part of a Liberal Party that stands for choice

The drama around the revelation that only those with pro-choice views (incumbents exempted) will be allowed to run for Liberal Party of Canada nominations has been interesting to watch, with so many commentators turning to democracy arguments to seek to overturn something Liberal members have democratically decided many times: we are a pro-choice party. It goes beyond the last leadership campaign. Liberals at policy conventions have routinely made our position on this issue abundantly and emphatically clear. And now, finally, we have a leader who is willing to have our back on this and put the marker down. For me, (Read more…)

Progressive Proselytizing: Justin Trudeau plays the long game on abortion

The general response to Justin Trudeau’s new edict on abortion – that all new Liberal candidates must vote pro-life – has been overwhelmingly negative. Canada’s major newspapers’ editorial pages have lit up with titles like Margarete Wente’s “Spare me the abortion absolutism” at the Globe and Mail, Andrew Coyne’s “Trudeau ban on pro-lifers implies the issue is settled. It isn’t.” at the National Post and the ever colourful Rosie DiMano’s “Justin Trudeau imposes ethical lobotomy on Liberals” at the Toronto Star.

Much of the criticism is, at least, overstated. More importantly, there is a significant upside: it creates a (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On "Matters Of Conscience"

So, one of the Roman Catholic Archbishops thinks that Justin Trudeau’s recent implementation of party policy needs a rethink. Collins pointedly mentioned that there are two million Catholics in his diocese. He said he encourages them to get involved in politics as both voters and candidates. 

“It is not right that they be excluded by any party for being faithful to their conscience.”

Let’s get something absolutely clear here.  Abortion (which is what this is primarily about) is a matter of individual conscience.  That is to say, if you object to abortion on “conscience” grounds, then don’t have (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Crazy Train Wreck #nlpoli

Premier-in-waiting Frank Coleman was off in Toronto on Monday – reputedly undergoing intensive media training -  and so he wasn’t willing to talk to reporters about anything, least of all the controversy about his views on abortion.

When Bill Barry dropped out of the Conservative leadership on Thursday, Coleman became the leader by default.  The only thing left is for the party insiders figured out when they wanted him in the job.  That’s not a joke.  That’s pretty much what Coleman said last week after Barry bailed.

Other than that, Coleman issued yet another official statement rather than talk to people.  And when controversy erupted about his support of the province’s Right to Life group, Coleman issued another statement.

Memorial University political scientist Stephen Tomblin offered CBC some scathing comments on Monday about Coleman’s performance thus far.

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Dead Wild Roses: Reasons for the Declining Rate of Abortions in the US

Reasons For The Lowered Abortion Rate Available birth control Lessened stigma on birth control More education about birth control More comprehensive sex education than the past

Things That Barely (If At All) Lowered Abortion Rates:

Pro-Life harassment and violence Sidewalk protesting Restricting abortions Banning abortions

Things That Will Continue To Lower Abortion Rates:

Even more comprehensive sex education Even better birth control options Less stigma on sex, sex ed, and birth control More birth control options for those without a uterus Available and affordable (or free) birth control

Either Way:

Abortion is not evil. Abortion is a responsible choice. Abortion (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Sanctity of Human Life?

When arguing about abortion and other moral topics, one is almost guaranteed to hear this lofty phrase trotted out. Like a a gentle desert sirocco, you only miss it when it isn’t there. People seem to have some very strange ideas about how we regularly treat each other here on Earth.

Realistically speaking, the phrase “sanctity of human life”is a misnomer. We here in the ‘Civilized West’ extinguish human life at a record pace whether actively though war or passively through indifference and neglect.

“But Arbourist!”, says the lay reader of DWR, “we in the West, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Forced Birth Advocate has a Sad at Being Called a Forced Birth Advocate

What most abortions look like.

Having laid down the smack on this forced-birther, he then laments being called on his misogyny and fundamental disrespect for the female portion of the species. This is Red Pen of Justice Territory folks.

Before he gets deep into the anti-choice bullcookery we detour into his deep important thoughts about the Olympics and human rights. Let’s see what he has to say.

“No religion but Christianity can support them[human rights]. (Atheism certainly can’t, as is becoming increasingly apparent.”

Oh wow… christianity the saviour of human rights, but only if you happen to (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Pro-Life Mendacity Kills Women

So as it turns out women, mysteriously, don’t fall into the category of “life” that needs protection or saving. ‘Pro-life’ is anti-woman from snout to spade.


“Unsafe abortion is responsible for 13% of maternal deaths worldwide and represents one of the four major causes of pregnancy-related mortality and morbidity”

— WHO, Safe Abortion: Technical and Policy Guidance for Health Systems, second ed., Geneva: WHO, 2012.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Abortion, Abortion Facts, Anti-woman propaganda, Feminism, Pro-life

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