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BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Rules Of Engagement

Stephen Woodworth’s private member’s motion 312 is going nowhere, and its only a motion, not an actual bill, so it means nothing anyway.  Therefore the protest at Waterloo yesterday was just students killing time.  But that said, before the speechys start to howl at the way things turned out, it is worth noting the position . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Rules Of Engagement

BigCityLib Strikes Back: File Under: Bleeding Obvious

 “In the absence of anything else happening, it appears [Conservative] MP Stephen Woodworth’s attempt to re-open the abortion debate had the effect of hardening opinion in favour of legal abortion.”This is why I’m happy to let the Harper Tor… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: File Under: Bleeding Obvious

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Wacky Woody Show

About five years ago I made this button of Rona Ambrose. So I'm glad to see that my confidence in her was fully justified.Canada’s minister for the status of women joined nine other Conservative cabinet ministers and dozens of backbenchers in voting in favour of a motion to study the rights of the fetus, . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Wacky Woody Show

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Hands off my Uterus

Last night relief of the defeat of M-312 quickly gave way to anger. Given the rampant deregulation being implemented by this Government, it would seem that the only regulation they are interested in is the regulation and restriction of women’s rights.&… . . . → Read More: Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Hands off my Uterus

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Hands off my Uterus

Last night relief of the defeat of M-312 quickly gave way to anger. Given the rampant deregulation being implemented by this Government, it would seem that the only regulation they are interested in is the regulation and restriction of women’s rights. I am so incensed that women still have to…

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Alberta Diary: Motion 312 and reproductive rights: pay attention to what Tories do, not to what they say

What? What? I’m pro-choice and pro-life, Edmonton St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber seems to say in this shot grabbed from his website. Below: Kitchener Centre MP Stephen Woodworth.

In this era of routine political deceit, wise voters are advised to pay attention to what their elected representatives actually do, not what they say.

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Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Motion 312 – The Handmaid’s Tale

 A pregnant women has always been considered legally one person.  Bill C-484, introduced in Parliament on December 13th, 2007,  attempted to change that by seeking TWO murder charges against a person that killed a pregnant woman.  W… . . . → Read More: Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Motion 312 – The Handmaid’s Tale

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Motion 312 – The Handmaid’s Tale

 A pregnant women has always been considered legally one person.  Bill C-484, introduced in Parliament on December 13th, 2007,  attempted to change that by seeking TWO murder charges against a person that killed a pregnant woman.  Women are not stupid.  It was clear that…

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: In Canada, Abortion Could Become Illegal Again As Soon As This Fall

So say Canada’s doctors, and who am I to argue?

Canada’s doctors have sternly rejected what they see as a stealth attempt to recriminalize abortion.

At the general council meeting of the Canadian Medical Association on Wednesday, delegates called on the federal government to reject attempts by a Conservative backbench MP to amend the Criminal . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: In Canada, Abortion Could Become Illegal Again As Soon As This Fall

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Pride Festival’s political participants a positive sign of the times

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith is imagined being welcomed to Saturday’s Edmonton Pride Festival as Premier Alison Redford and Deputy Premier Tom Lukaszuk, at left, look on. In the event, Alberta political leaders may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: former politician Doug Elniski, cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead and so-con MP Stephen Woodworth.

It’s a . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Pride Festival’s political participants a positive sign of the times

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 26, 2012

Thursday, April 26 saw ample discussion of private members’ business – and if the Cons are now cracking down on such debate, the results of the day’s proceedings might give us some clues as to why.

The Big Issue

While it didn’t receive as much media attention as another issue which was debated for substantially . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 26, 2012

centerandleft: I Am Not Afraid of an Abortion Debate

If we, as Canadians, believe a woman ought to have the right to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy, why are we so afraid of having our views challenged? Why is it so frightening to open up debate on this socially contentious issue? If we are an open, democratic society, where free thinking is encouraged . . . → Read More: centerandleft: I Am Not Afraid of an Abortion Debate

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gruending On The One Year Anniversary Of The Harper Majority

Its all good, but I’ll just highlight a bit that seems especially pertinent:

It is worth noting, however, that Conservative backbenchers continued to bring forward private member’s bills that could curtail a woman’s right to abortion. We can expect religious conservatives to keep applying pressure, even as they continue to support Harper as their . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gruending On The One Year Anniversary Of The Harper Majority

Montreal Simon: Woody Woodworth and the Egg Man

Gawd. What a horrible way to begin my day.

All I could think of was Stephen "Woody" Woodworth polishing his big teeth, and preparing for his big day.

Even my egg started to look like him, and I hardly dared boil it, in case it should hatch. For who knows when life begins eh?

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Whip It Good

Stephen Woodworth’s  person-hood motion will not be defeated by Bob Rae’s whipping or not whipping his caucus against the measure.  It will be defeated because Stephen Harper needs it to be defeated or he will see his real agenda–deregulation, rolling back environmental protections–go up in flames as he panders to the CPoC right wing.  Nevertheless,  Mulcair’s . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Whip It Good

Impolitical: Against the Woodworth motion

Obviously, I am against the motion brought forth by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth who is indeed reopening the abortion debate, despite Harper’s blather that his government would not do so. That was lip service and to be expected. If Mr. Harper didn’t want to reopen the debate and stir up divisive emotions in the country, . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Against the Woodworth motion

Montreal Simon: Stephen Woodworth and the Abortion Debate

Oh. My. Gilead. When I saw those women in red on Parliament Hill today, I thought the Harper Cons were getting ready to re-enact their favourite scene from The Handmaid's Tale.

When the women are brought before the men, told to be submissive as Lord Harper's missionary church commands them. And a gnarly old . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Woodworth and the Abortion Debate

BigCityLib Strikes Back: On April 26th, The Abortion Debate Gets Briefly Re-Opened

Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth’s motion M-312 calling upon Parliament to debate whether an unborn child is a human being and the human rights implications of those findings, is scheduled for debate on April 26.

As Kady O’Malley notes through the link, I can’t see the Harper gov. letting this one pass, even if the only . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: On April 26th, The Abortion Debate Gets Briefly Re-Opened

Woody-Worthless!

Boys ‘n’ girls, it seems that that abortion debate is going to be reopened, whether we want it to or not. Yikes! Even certain “progressive” bloggers seem to be taking a shine to it. This one seems to not like it when a reporter is doing his/her job when questioning ol’ Woody-Worthless. Oh, . . . . . → Read More: Woody-Worthless!

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Susan Delacourt notes that while the NDP’s leadership convention points out some of the risks of online voting, the real problem lies in the people working to block democracy through any available means: While those who use computers have become accustomed to the system-fail message about files being . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Woodworth’s Wank Revisited

Like many progressives, fern hill is looking for a way to unite the opposition parties, and she may have found one. Regular readers will recall MP Stephen Woodworth’s bilious bleating on Twitter about “when life begins”, which unlike most Canadians, Woodworth contends is “in the petri dish”. His embryo-obsessed Twit-jaculations started in December and evolved . . . → Read More: Woodworth’s Wank Revisited

“Small Government” Conservatives to blow taxpayers’ money on meaningless debate

At a time when sane people are focused on important shit like the economy and jobs, this is how HarperGovInc wants to squander the money it’s paid to conduct the peoples’ business: with a debate to ostensibly decide “when a human being is a human being” (and by proxy, wedge a jackboot in the door . . . → Read More: “Small Government” Conservatives to blow taxpayers’ money on meaningless debate

BigCityLib Strikes Back: They Wanted A Debate

Ottawa A proposal from a Conservative backbencher to legally define fetuses as human beings – and reopen the abortion debate – will have its day in the House of Commons. 

…so let’s have a debate: …and then they won’t want to have that debate again for a long, long time. . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: They Wanted A Debate

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 . . . → Read More: Woodworth Will Get His Day in the Commons

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: First Abortion Then Contraception or is it the Other Way Around?

Remember the Lil Rascals and their He-man Women Haters Club?  Well they grew up and helped to launch the conservative movement.

In the United States, in the 21st century, GOP presidential hopefuls, are now arguing over the legality of contraception.  Can you imagine?

Contraception?

It’s being labelled a womens issue, but how many men out . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: First Abortion Then Contraception or is it the Other Way Around?