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had a sense on this one, as I was typing my reply to the burning stupid present on this site, that my commentary might not be published.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.
The struggle for women’s rights is never over. Let us commemorate those who fought for our freedom and that are still fighting to preserve it.
Filed under: Feminism Tagged: 40th Anniversary, Abortion, Feminism, Roe v Wade, Women’s Rights
Go to the Guttmacher Institute website for more information.
Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Abortion, Feminism, Pro-Choice, Pro-life
My tweet this morning: “Liberal Groundhog surfaces … sees shadow and runs back into hole … women’s rights too scary to deal with! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2013/01/10/pei-abortion-rights-study-584.html … #peipoli” that was in response to this:
Last night UPEI professor Colleen MacQuarrie released preliminary findings of her research project regarding the practise of sending Island women off-Island for abortion services. Her findings: P.E.I.’s policy of sending women off-Island for abortion services infringes on the rights of disadvantaged women. And what I anticipate to be this PEI gov’ts response – NOTHING – except the scampering of tiny (Read more…)
Hey folks, by now I think you are aware of my positions on pretty much every contentious issue that comes down the pipe. We here at DWR regularly lay waste to the shitty anti-choice arguments that cross our path. We take the time to deconstruct the bullcookery and show people how wrong our opponents are for the edification for all that bother to visit this little corner of the blogosphere.
I want you to go to Everysaturdaymorning’s blog, it is the experiences of people who escort women to a reproductive health centre in Louisville Kentucky.
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Force Birth Advocacy – Anti-Woman all the Time
If Islanders wondered for even a moment if they made a difference this year fighting for their particular cause, they can rest easy. Proof that you had an impact was in the Premier’s year end interview on CBC Compass where he referenced some portion of Islanders as being people whom he will never please … he’s not able to appease everyone … in otherwords … we are unpleasable. Our Premier would have us believe that those of us who have continued to demand to be heard are no longer just concerned citizens. We are something to be dismissed as irrelevant. He would have us believe that we are wasting (Read more…)
Eventually, surely eventually I will take a big lesson from these experiences and learn to do as my wiser, and usually more educated reproductive rights counterparts do when they see the kinds of anti-choice propaganda that sends me over the edge. I rant, and I call some people some choice names by email and I walk around fuming. What do they do? They get to work. Full stop.
In October, 2012 there was a Pan Canadian day of Reproductive Justice held … well … all across Canada. Kicked-off in Charlottetown because we have the lovely distinction of being the only province in Canada (Read more…)
The Guttmacher Institute is all about giving women the rights to control their reproductive future and of course their bodies. The pro-woman, pro-choice position is based on evidence and facts that no amount of prayer, handwaving or appeals to emotion can over come.
Being that your position(my beloved anti-choicers) is almost always a combination of those three factors it has come time to admit you’ve lost and now its time to move on. I’m sure there are other worthy causes that require your nuanced attention – perhaps trying to get creationism into the school science curricula, or getting
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Evidence in Action – Plug your ears now Anti-Choice Advocates.