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 . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Sensible Approach
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 . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Proud to be part of a Liberal Party that stands for choice
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. . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Justin Trudeau plays the long game on abortion
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 . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On "Matters Of Conscience"
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 . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Crazy Train Wreck #nlpoli
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 . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Reasons for the Declining Rate of Abortions in the US
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 . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Sanctity of Human Life?
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 . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Forced Birth Advocate has a Sad at Being Called a Forced Birth Advocate
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 . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Pro-Life Mendacity Kills Women
Here’s the deal. We get you like the fetuses. We get you want to hold them and pat and call them George. Well guess what? Now you can. Just steal borrow an ultrasound from someone you don’t know and have no business interfering with and have this company print out your very own . . . → Read More: April Reign: Psstt… Hey you! Ya You Poking Your Nose In Other People’s Wombs.. Come Here
Nice to have a handy reference poster to deal with our anti-choice, forced birth friends.
Filed under: Education, Feminism Tagged: Abortion, Anti-Choice is Anti-Woman, Anti-Choice Zealotry, Pro-Choice, Pro-life, Pro-life fail
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Medical Facts keep getting in the way of Pro-Life Argumentation
And here is why :
Abortion fails to meet the legal definition of murder even when abortion is illegal (Interesting huh?)
Unlawful – Abortion is not unlawful in North America.
Person hood– A fetus is not legally defined as a person. Nor can it be defined scientifically as a person. Person hood is . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: News Flash: Abortion isn’t Murder
In the Byzantine land of Texas Law, it seems that an arcane piece of legislation passed in the 1980s is being used to usurp the wishes of a woman who died of a pulmonary embolism.
The diagnosis was crushing and irrevocable. At 33, Marlise Munoz was brain dead after collapsing on her kitchen floor in . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Hypocrisy of "Pro-Life" Laws
I see the Harper PMO must have found another muppet to write opinion pieces for them. In the National Post, we find Yaakov Roth expounding on the “problems” he has with the way the Supreme Court of Canada has been ruling on such matters as safe injection sites and prostitution. The first thing I want . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: No, Yaakov Roth, The Supreme Court of Canada Is Not Overstepping Its Boundaries
With the Supreme Court striking down Canada’s prostitution laws, they have forced the issue into the public sphere. Within a year, Parliament has to decide to pass new laws regarding prostitution, or decide not to. Undoubtedly this is going to be a highly politicized topic and much like the Liberals new stance on marijuana is . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Prostitution is like abortion: you can’t stop it
Another ardent believer in free speech, as long as you aren’t calling them on their bullshit, Gnyii has managed to append my last comment on a thread that, as usual with the deluded religious right, is strong with the fetus-fetish. Thus, in the interests of clarity, I’ll republish the last comment that I replied to.
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Reactionary Stupidity from Bullshite Mountain
Sadly, Rob Ford epitomises what Canada has become With his crack smoking and drunken misbehaviour, Toronto’s mayor personifies our crude, swaggering, bungling New Canada Robert Hays in the Guardian Fri Dec 13 2013
Speak for yourself, Hays..truly the East seems to have adopted the crudities of the HarperCons and their (Rob)in of the . . . → Read More: Left Over: The new Canadian Plague: Have We all been Infected?
From the article on Reality Check.
“Abortion is often framed as a mercy bestowed upon a woman who has committed the “crime” of having had sex. Mercy is something that someone else grants you, however, and not something you can simply decide for yourself that you deserve. That’s what people are stabbing at when they . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Every Reason for an Abortion is a Good Reason
Filed under: Education, Feminism Tagged: Abortion, Feminism, Forced Birth Advocates need to know, Pro-Choice, Pro-life
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Dear Forced Birth Advocates…
Why the tactics of the current anti-abortionists are making me pro-choice.
Abortion has and always will be a sensitive topic and rightly so. How can we properly define something that relies on different perspectives pertaining to faith, life and overall morality. It is like looking at a painting with someone and having a discussion regarding . . . → Read More: The Political Road Map: Anti-Abortion Banner Backfire
This and that for your Sunday reading.
– Agence France-Presse reports that even the IMF has reached the conclusion that higher taxes on wealthy citizens are a necessary part of competent economic management – even as the Harper Cons and other right-wing governments keep trying to peddle trickle-down economics to everybody’s detriment.
– Susan Delacourt . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
Yesterday, Canada’s Minister for the Status of Women spoke on the recent decision for Canada to restrict funding related to War Rape and Forced Marriage victims to organizations and programs that exclude abortion. As a pediatric surgeon, she said she’s confident Canada has chosen to target its aid where it will do the most good.
. . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: When Logic Does Not Factor Into Policy
This and that to end your weekend.
– Daniel Goleman writes about the role of wealth in undermining empathy: (I)n general, we focus the most on those we value most. While the wealthy can hire help, those with few material assets are more likely to value their social assets: like the neighbor who will keep . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links
(..if they could get away with it):
International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the government will not fund overseas projects that allow war rape victims and child brides to obtain an abortion…Paradis says the government’s policy would follow the same logic as that behind Canada’s $3-billion G8 funding commitment for maternal and child health — . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: What our Conservative government would do here on abortion..
Since 2006, Harper has repeatedly “refused” to open the abortion debate in Canada … or at least so he claims.
But then again, there’s the old saw about “actions speak louder than words”. Once again, the Harper Government has taken actions which very clearly articulate where they stand. On Huffington Post, the headline reads “Tories . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: What Was That About "Not Re-Opening the Abortion Debate"?