I’m not sure they’ve helped the pro-life cause though. I wonder what the poor souls who had to make these plastic babies thought: A rapid increase in demand for fetal development education in the U.S.A. perhaps?
Tip courtesy of FiveFeetofFury.
The headline said “Women still earn less than men for same work”
But that’s not what the Equal Pay Coalition said at all. What they want is that “female jobs be paid the same as male jobs of similar value…”
Big, BIG difference. But in the end George Jonas is still right. These folks aren’t worried about evidence. There’s no glass ceiling, so they continue to bang their heads against a big ole’ concrete wall.
I’m not sure what we know about “glass ceilings.” Was there one, or do the equality people make that up too? One of the problems in the history faculties these days is the rewriting of history to suit different perspectives and a “gendered perspective” is top of the list. It always made me wonder about the veracity of what I was studying, and whether we weren’t layering on way too many of our own perspectives, without letting the historical facts and faces tell the story.
All it took was a couple of complaints and Don Hull, Hamilton’s director of transit took the ad above down.
Councillor Brian McHattie said he asked for the ads to come down after his office heard from upset residents. “For me personally, it definitely was offensive.” Personal opinions on abortion aside, he said the city shouldn’t been seen to support or promote either side of such a controversial issue. “It’s totally inappropriate for the city.”
What part of “have we gone too far?” is offensive? Your answer might be no, it might be yes, it might be a shrug – which is to say, you never pondered it before.
I’m offended that they took the ads down. But I don’t suppose that means they’ll put them back up.
What is it about “being offended” that has become sacrosanct these days? Since when must we not offend? Life without offense would be very boring, as I’m sure any hockey fan will agree.
Shutting these ads down because a simple question was posed? I think that’s “totally inappropriate.”
580 CFRA, an Ottawa radio station reports about our ideas here.
And Lifesite news reported about us here.
Thank you also to all who have emailed–and so many of you have. Your appreciation is, well, much appreciated, and I’m going to respond to each note individually as soon as I can.
Then there are the detractors, of course, which to be perfectly honest, I appreciate as well. Votelife Canada’s blog wrote about us here. One comment on that. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, founder of the largest abortion clinic in New York City a couple of decades ago, turned pro-lifer (and after he became pro-life he converted to Roman Catholicism) says this, and I’m paraphrasing: The country that can outlaw abortion doesn’t need to, and the country that needs to, can’t.
It’s Ye Olde Catch 22 of this thing we call democracy. I may well be Canada’s first pro-choice pro-lifer. But I’m not “OK” with the abortion choice and that’s why I started this group.
Incidentally, there are more radio shows to come and we’ll keep you posted on those as they get closer.
Brigitte agrees wholeheartedly: I don’t believe the issue should revolve around who’s pure of heart and who isn’t. There are 100,000 abortions in this country every year. True, if abortion were illegal there would be a whole lot less. But unless you spend your spare time burying your head in the sand, you know it’s not likely to be made illegal soon. So in the meantime, instead of griping that some of us aren’t pure enough, those of us who’d rather work on that aspect of the issue ought to try our best to change the culture. There should be room enough in the pro-life movement for all of us.
Stalin, he has concluded after years of reading, was not the murderous villain who killed millions of opponents including intellectuals, peasants, and artists like him.
You could be shocked, or you could be totally unsurprised. I am the latter. If many Canadians lack the visceral horror over Joseph Stalin’s endless atrocities and murder of millions – it’s not that surprising that his own family would think him a “great leader.” Overturning years of misinformation is a tricky business.
So apparently the students at Lakehead University could have had a pro-life club, they just can’t
Next thing you know they might want to hold an event. Clearly, this club is demanding.
I’m not even going to get into the delicious irony of a university that forbids education from student clubs. A new motto perhaps? “Lakehead University–no learning, now or ever”
I’ll keep brainstorming…
I know I enjoy a good walk down memory lane so whilst you are enjoying this clip from the 1973 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, let me discuss today’s news. Today Judith Timson in The Globe and Mail writes an article called The unthinkable shmashmortion: When did abortion become a dirty word again? It’s another article despairing that Hollywood has not put enough effort into glamorizing “women’s choices” (read abortion) and has made movies like Juno and Knocked Up, showing other options. To quote:
When I was a teenager in the mid-sixties, an unwanted pregnancy was a nightmare. One girl I knew who did not want to tell her parents travelled secretly to a small town to visit a semi-competent abortionist. Another 17-year-old friend had an abortion performed on her family’s kitchen table by two women who injected a saline solution into her as her wealthy mother stood by. She delivered a fetus into the frilly wastebasket in her bedroom.
She also touches on the gritty 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, a film about an abortion in communist Romania, which had Timson “protectively pressing my legs together, thinking back to those comparatively benign but still bad old days in Canada.”
Someone send this woman a history book: Comparing communist Romania with Canada in any fashion is hopelessly naive and historically untenable. Did I say “hopelessly naive”? Back to the topic at hand.
Abortion has not become a dirty word “again.” It was always a dirty word. She’s cheering the normalization of death that never happened, the women’s right that never materialized, because whether into a wastebasket or a sterilized hospital dish, women, girls, none of us, are comfortable with delivering our unborn children–dead.
Timson says she feels like she’s living in a time warp. How to put this delicately-that’s because she is. Her own 1970s time warp. Since then, time has shown the supposed liberation of abortion to be nothing more than science fiction–a cast of eccentric characters dancing over graves. The modern and hip know how abysmal the whole affair is.
On January 10, the Lakehead University student union denied the pro-life club official status.
Generally speaking, when the anti-democratic, myopic nitwits at Canadian university student unions go about banning pro-life clubs, as they have done at Carleton University and at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia already, they do so on the grounds that the pro-life view is hateful toward women. You are either pro-life OR pro-woman, and ne’er the two views shall meet. I wrote about this flawed thinking for the Ottawa Citizen at the time of the Carleton “debate.”
If I were a student at Lakehead I’d get every student to start their own club. A chess club, a new age mysticism club, a Muslim club, a doily crocheting club and yes, of course, a womyn’s club-all with the express mandate to do nothing but discuss the theology of the body and watch abortion videos, whilst doing other club activities. Which club would the student union ban first? Would they have the tenacity to ban the Muslim pro-lifers? Or would they target the chess players first, which would allow the chess players to rightly assert they have been unfairly discriminated against. It could take months to sort out the banning order. But it would be good preparation for their first jobs at human rights tribunals.
[Side note: Indoctrinate U is playing in Ottawa on February 18.]
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.