To think: I could have had ProWomanProLife up and running years ago and retired at 25 to Hawaii.
More women than men are pro-life. 34 per cent of Canadian women believe a baby should be protected from conception, as compared with 26 per cent of men. Read it here.
Now why bring out this news from October? Because information and good, old-fashioned logic are the main defence against those in favour of extreme choices, like abortion. And they’ll be out, guns a blazin’, to celebrate Morgentaler this month. [Editor’s note: “Guns a blazin'” is an idiom. No human rights tribunals, please, on how I have hurt some downcast feminist’s feelings over her passionately non-violent stance on everything but abortion. Thank you.]
That’s interesting. I wonder what the reason is for the discrepancy. I think one function of readily available abortion, though, has been to weaken the link between sex and reproduction in a way that particularly lessens men’s responsibilities toward an unplanned child.
I think we all need to thank my former employer Ezra Levant for this. That Alberta Human Rights Tribunal employee worked for her (taxpayer-funded) pay that day.
My favourite exchange comes around the three minute mark:
Ezra Levant: I published those cartoons to use the maximum freedom allowed. I published it without reservation. I published it in the most unreasonable manner.
Bureaucrat: What do you mean by unreasonable?
Ezra Levant: Whatever offends you most.
This blogger with Canoe.ca talks about Juno, the new movie whereby a pregnant teenager has the baby in stark contrast to Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a movie I grew up with.
All I can say to that is that “choice” implies making a decision based on a set of options…
Options. I can recall thinking in my teens and even 20s that I’d rather be dead than unexpectedly pregnant. I meant it. In hindsight, that wasn’t the most mature response, but there you have it. Would have been great to have some mentors putting things in long term perspective.
But a movie that shows there is life for the mother, forget about the baby, after an unplanned pregnancy, is a good thing. And another good thing is to have a Canoe blogger writing about it.
Even if he is a man, and should therefore, by conventional wisdom, sit silently and quietly reflect on how abortion has nothing to do with him.
Another Juno article in the NYT on January 13: “Sex and the Teenage Girl”
I liked her comments, especially “….Nor is an abortion psychologically or physically simple…”
Hats off to George Jonas for this in today’s Ottawa Citizen.
The suggestion that America, or western societies in general, are still patriarchal is a state of mind. Evidence that in key professions — law, medicine — where female graduates now either match or outnumber males, won’t make a dent in it.
He goes on to discuss how evidence will not sway equality commissions, convinced of glass ceilings and a pervasive conspiracy attacking women. However, the problem may yet be inequality — between women. With apologies to George Orwell, some women are indeed more equal than others. Would the representative on the equality commission who represents pro-life women please raise her hand? I’ll keep waiting.
He goes on to discuss how evidence will not sway equality commissions, convinced of glass ceilings and a pervasive conspiracy attacking women. However, the problem may yet be inequality
— between women. With apologies to George Orwell, some women are indeed more equal than others. Would the representative on the equality commission who represents pro-life women please raise her hand?
I’ll keep waiting.
Today, feminists everywhere celebrate what would have been Simone de Beauvoir’s 100th birthday. She was Jean-Paul Sartre’s “life partner.” But let’s be perfectly clear: It’s not that she would have needed Sartre, no no, she was indeed independent. No woman ever needs a man. It’s just that articles about her tend to mention her relationship to him straight away, and then segue into her completely unique contributions to feminism and philosophy. One of her beliefs, as per Der Spiegel:
…Beauvoir refused to buy into the notion, considered a matter of course in the bourgeois society of the day, that beauty and intelligence are incompatible.
Though it’s certainly not clear that they always go together, either. Probably need to go on a case by case basis on that one.
They say they face persecution. I’m going to guess that ProWomanProLife is among the few to find that ironic.
What’s that quote-no policy win is permanent, no defeat everlasting? In Australia, the Howard government had banned aid to fund abortions in developing nations. Now an opposition coalition is moving to overturn that ban.
A federal Liberal MP who chairs an all-party parliamentary group wants the Rudd Labor government to end the ban on funding family planning advice for women in developing countries, calling the ban stupid and anti-women.
Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson said Australia must do everything it could to give people in the developing world a reasonable expectation of a healthy life.
Anti-woman? Abortions offer a healthy life? Hello, unsubstantiated opinion-goodbye reasonable effort to stop the advent of abortion in developing countries where access to basic health care is a problem, forget about abortion.
The bottom line: Don’t count on governments to stem the tide of abortion extremism. And I might add, that’s a good thing. We should be able to discern all on our own what constitutes good policy, without the reigning elite telling us.
Part of the mantra-say it with me-abortion is a woman’s right-denies the fact that men are ever involved, or that they might want a say.
This article from the Los Angeles Times highlights how abortion affects men, after a conference in San Francisco for post-abortive men. Raises the valid question: If men and women have children together–as in these are “our kids”–do they not also have the abortion together?
Reminds me of this young rapper mourning the loss of his child. Watch the video above and tell me that men don’t care.
Who is more in favour of “abortion rights? ” Says Hillary: “I am!” Says Barack: “No, I am!”
It’s really hard to win an imaginary war–“abortion rights” don’t exist. “The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of abortions” ain’t enshrined nowhere.
Good luck, then, to both of them in this politicking over nothing at all. We all know they are on the same page on abortion, anyway.