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Submitted by pale on Thu, 04/05/2012 - 09:58.
Nope. Not a horror movie. Well, kind of. The current Governments plans for the rest of us, are the stuff that horror movies are made of.
I have a long story to tell. Pull up a chair. Sit down. Make sure you close your knees.
Harper has sworn, up and down. Sideways. That the abortion debate will not be opened again in Canada.
But his MP's, members of his party that he has such control over in everything else have other ideas.
It's time to pay up the debt to the religious right, the fanatics who have helped them get into power.
As many of you know, we have no abortion laws in Canada. And it has worked out very well over the last years.
We have a lower teen pregnancy rate because we haven't traveled into the abstinence only la la land.
Yup. Isn't that the strangest thing? And since the numbers in this country would be more accurate as abortions are done in hospitals and not in back alley's under threat of arrest......I kind of think the difference in the numbers would probably be even more glaring.
While there are no laws in Canada, there are guidelines. The Fanatics would have you think that abortions are happening by the thousands in the ninth month of gestation. Just one day before the due date.
After 20 weeks? Abortions are performed for medical reasons. The fetus will never be viable, the Woman's health is in jeopardy. ETC.
To really grasp that sentence, the fetus will never be viable you would have to have gone through a situation where that is just the sad reality. I would not wish that on anyone.
Fetuses develop with no brain sometimes. Sometimes they have other lethal conditions.
It also happens that women may die or be put in a position of permanent damage. and an abortion must be done immediately.
Sometimes, the fetus dies in Utero. In the US, there are actually laws being written that demand a woman carry a pregnancy to term. Live fetus or not. This can be deadly or debilitating. It can also affect any future pregnancies. Indeed, it can even make future pregnancies impossible.
I was reading a post at Dkos a little while back, where the writer who has experience with Catholic hospitals outlined this scenario. Mind boggling. Complete nonsense brought to you by the Catholic church who have placed drastic restrictions on reproductive medicine, based on their religious dogma.
I highly recommend the entire post. Hard to comprehend such a twisted failure of logic directing medical treatment.
But, that is what we are dealing with.
So. MP Woodworth wants to hold a "debate" now. He wants scienemific evidence to prove his preconceived conclusion that a fetus is a full fledged human. Starting at conception.
This is a great read too BTW. A conversation on Twitter with Woodworth and a blogger. (Support Bro's ROCK!) Woodworth is all piss and vinegar, until the conversation hits a place he doesn't want to touch. I mean, abortion rights are just that. No matter if the pregnancy is the result of a rape, consensual sex, inside of marriage, outside of marriage...Etc. But at least there are Progressive males taking this on.
Some "progressive" males are on board with the other side. They think a "debate" is a fine ol' idea. If that debate was about their reproductive liberties, they would probably be singing a different tune. Every sperm is scared and all that eh?
This "debate" is actually like the climate change "debate". Just kept alive to divide and polarize. The climate change "debate" is all about money. This one is all about power over women and ideology. It feeds that rancid red (green and slimy) meat to the anti choice base. That is all it will do, and it will also bring us laws like these.
So what does that mean? It means misscarriages and stillbirths will even be subject to criminal investigations. It means that we will be looking a lot like this:
And we don't even have to guess on the way these laws are used. It is already happening in the good ol' USofA. Most of the Harpercons ideas are not terribly original as we know. Like a McDonalds franchise.
Woodworth keeps talking about a 400 year old law. An idea in that law that has actually been revisited over end over.
As I said above he wants to get all scientemific about it. So how about this part, that he would get the vapours over?
A Fetus is actually parasitic in nature, in the most technical of terms.
The anti choicers get their glory on when a woman makes the choice to sacrifice her life for a fetus. They want to canonize and martyrize that woman.
Woodworth wants a "debate".
He hasn't an honest bone in his body, and has been so determined to use mythology and lies to promote his worldview and ideology, what is the point?
He wants to make Women subhuman in his rush to declare that fetuses and embryo's are more important, and with more rights. He wants women chained to their reproductive cycles, and the Government in control of all women through their reproductive years. The Uterus police will come to the hospital to take the bloody remains of a D and C as court evidence for her trial.
Human embryo's and fetuses are human embryo's and human fetuses. True. Just as a strand of my hair is a human hair.
But they are not, and will never be human beings until birth.
I am a human being, and not an incubator owned by the state. That has been done before too. With disastrous consequences.
The facts tell us over and over and over again, that Canada's lack of abortion laws actually decrease abortion. Birth control is a good thing for society as a whole. And the only thing that these dangerous laws actually do is dehumanize us all.
If Woodworth was really so gung ho for teh babeez, then he would be trying to end this environmental war his party is perpetrating on us and ensure clean air and a healthy planet for living breathing people, and fetuses and embryo's too. He would be calling for an end to child poverty, and education cuts. He would be fighting for the human rights of me and my daughters.
But that isn't what he and his buds at the Knights of Columbus are all about.
Don't fall for it.
UPDATE: I just got caught up with the goings on at prob blogs. Gritchik thinks we should all get along. While she is using right wing/mythology talking points.
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