Woodworth Will Get His Day in the Commons

I’m sure you remember what Stephen Harper said during the election campaign last year. Well, that was one big fat lie, as expected. Stephen Woodworth is an MP who has been agitating to re-open the debate on women’s reproductive rights (what year are we in?) and today, a committee of MPs has agreed to debate his private member’s bill.  ...

Genocide Awareness Project Straight to Your Mail!

Desperate time call for desperate measures… If you live in Calgary, it is possible that you received a postcard with a GAP image (and no, I don’t mean a slim, retouched model promoting overprice apparel). The people behind it are from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, fronted by one self-righteous individual named Stephanie Grey, who had this ...

Stephen Woodworth Makes a Comeback

Much to my annoyance, Woodworth didn’t go away. I really did hope that he would, but given his pre-Xmas efforts to reignite the “debate” on women’s rights failed, he’s back for some more. “Don’t accept any law that says some human beings are not human beings! […] It’s because each of you is a journalist! At some point in ...

Stephen Woodworth’s Little Toe Debate

There’s been a lot of coverage on the (supposedly) potential re-opening of the abortion debate (yet, again) in the living rooms of the nation (not likely) and in the Parliament (highly unlikely). The latest attempt at igniting bickering comes courtesy of Kitchener Centre MP Stephen Woodworth. Badly timed, I think. I attended a family reunion over Christmas and ...

Abortion Access in Prince Edward Island

Can be best described as non-existent. According to the CBC’s The Current, some women are so desperate to terminate their pregnancies  that they self-induce. Those who are able to afford the expense are required to travel to Fredericton or Halifax for their procedures. However, the province will not cover the costs unless the patient receives two separate referrals from two different ...

Angela Lanfranchi is Not a Feminist

I feel like I’m going more and more annoyed as time passes with pro-lifers who think that it is feminist (for whatever reason), to deny women the right to our bodily integrity. And now, they are combining that strange hybrid of feminism and misogyny (see, it doesn’t make sense!) with their usual fear mongering of ...

Shoppers Drug Mart Locations Support Anti-Choice Orgs

It has come to my attention that the same company that happily provides me with birth control pills (and even Plan B) in exchange for my hard earned cash is equally happy to donate funds to crisis pregnancies centres through their annual Tree of Life campaign, which ended on October 14th. Some sane pro-choicer voiced ...

The Importance of Funding for Abortion Services

In light of some skewed statistics coming from Campaign Life Coalition & co., I was happy to come across a very well written essay by Joyce Arthur, Why Abortion Care Must Be Fully Funded.  Whereas some misogynist heartlessly dares to claim that abortion is a “lifestyle choice,” Joyce writes, Funding abortion is the right thing to do, despite some people’s ...

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada and Pro-Life Comments on This Blog

Argh. Some time ago, one of my acquaintances was trying to cheer me up. She was trying to convince me that it is possible to turn positive into negative. She probably read one of those self-help books which I loathe and of course I didn’t buy her argument, until now.  I don’t approve comments that I get ...

Kelowna’s Anti-Choice Week

If you live near Kelowna, BC or plan to visit it anytime soon, there’s a good reason why you might want to boycott local tourism, businesses or wineries. It appears that the city is observing something called “Protect Human Life Week.” The city council has again caved in to the demands of some fringe pro-life ...

Non-Religious Pro-Lifers?

For the last few years (circa 2008 or when I started to pay attention to this anyway), the pro-life movement has been attempting to brand itself as non-religious. “Pro-life because we are pro-fetus… No, wait. This sounds better: Pro-life because we are pro-woman. There, that should fix it.” I wonder why. Perhaps harassing women outside ...

More of Those Classic “Abortion is Murder” Images

Once again, pro-life demonstrators display lack of common decency and decide to parade with a bunch of Genocide Awareness Project photographs, this time in Ottawa Valley:   A group called Show the Truth, which aims to provoke debate by displaying explicit photos of aborted fetuses, targeted Almonte, Arnprior and Carleton Place as part of a ...

Linda Gibbons Resurfaces in Front of the Morgentaler Clinic in Toronto

Just like she promised back in June, Linda Gibbons is continuing her crusade of harassment of women entering abortion clinics in Toronto. However, as she must have expected, her usual martyrdom was cut short, first by the security guard employed by the clinic and then by a couple of police officers. And now there’s a video of ...

Anti-Choice Picketers Arrested in Vancouver

What a surprise. In Canada, if you break the law, you will be charged, and if you found guilty of violating it, you will be faced with consequences, even if the law attempts to strike a balance between the rights of two distinctive societal groups. Meet Don Spratt, a man charged and convicted of breaking ...

Why Your Comment Wasn’t Approved or Your E-mail Not Answered

Occasionally, here at Pro-Woman, Pro-Choice, we receive inane e-mails and comments, which are usually from anti-choice men who feel the need to lecture us on the evils of feminism and how the movement is responsible for everything that is wrong with the world. Sometimes, we admit, it is hard to keep track of what “everything” ...

Fetal Rights Legislation in the US and Canada

When I started this blog back in April (even though it had been on my mind prior to that for months), I decided that I wanted to focus on reproductive rights within the Canadian context as my main subject. I felt (and I still do) that there aren’t enough blogs within the Canadian blogsphere that ...

Outrage in Calgary Over GAP Images

I wonder why the folks from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) are so shocked (shocked!) to discover that they are not welcome to shove their medieval beliefs down students’ throats outside of high schools in Calgary. Stephanie Gray was in tow, of course, and they all came equipped with those classic “abortion is ...

Linda Gibbons is Set to Continue Her Crusade

Ugh, what a surprise. Two days after being released from jail, Gibbons revealed in an interview with the National Post (the only paper that bothers reporting about her legal troubles) that she would continue to trespass onto the properties of several abortion clinics in Toronto and harass the staff and patients after she visits her ...

Linda Gibbons Out of Jail

Linda Gibbons, the second Canadian candidate for pro-life martyrdom (the other being Mary Wagner)  and the self-styled “prisoner of conscience” (which tells me that her conscience is insane, being the principal reason why she has managed to be arrested so many times for trespassing), was released from jail today: “After a grueling twenty-eight months of ...

If Canada Were To Become A Theocracy…

Not surprisingly, abortion rights would be the first to go. According to one of my least favourite online reads, Life Site News, the Knights of Columbus (read: old white men) are joining forces across Canada to make all pregnancies, wanted or unwanted, planned or unplanned (you get the idea) compulsory under the banner of “the ...

To Stop Abortion, Kill Sluts: Facebook Groups

It has become commonplace for pro-life web sites and blogs to insert a disclaimer of sorts which states that pro-life activists don’t condone violence, as though they attempt to distance themselves from convicted murderers like Scott Roeder. But I think that having such a proclamation in the first place is rather telling. There are radical ...

Mary Wagner Let Off the Hook

The charges against Mary Wagner, the Canadian candidate for pro-life martyrdom, have been dropped: Wagner recently stood trial on charges of trespassing and mischief. But after noting irregularities between Mary’s summons, the charge, and the testimonies, the judge decided to drop the charges [source]. Wagner was arrested following her illegal entrance into one of abortion ...