In 2012, those of us at the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform launched our EndtheKilling Plan to change public opinion on abortion in Canada with the New Abortion Caravan, a cross-country tour that followed in the steps of the 1970 Abortion Caravan, which left the Vancouver Art Gallery and headed across the country to Ottawa 45 years ago. For years I had heard my history professors at Simon Fraser University brag about the Abortion Caravan, as one contingent had actually left from SFU. It was, we students were told, a great moment in Canadian history.
“Abortion access grim in English Canada,” warns the headline of a November 20 article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The grimness being referred to here, however, is not the macabre spectre of dismembered Canadian fetuses in clinic dumpsters. It is, according to a fairly new report on abortion access in Canada, about the apparently alarming lack of such clinics and their accompanying dumpsters in certain areas of Canada. After reading through the report, a few observations:
Over half of Canada’s abortion clinics are in Quebec.
“As soon as he grows his own uterus, he can have an opinion.”
That was a comment left on The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada’s Facebook page by a woman who presumably opposes men speaking out against misogyny, domestic abuse, rape culture, and female genital mutilation as well. Apparently, you see, male genitals disqualify people from speaking out on various human rights issues deemed by women who define themselves by their uteruses while protesting angrily against being defined by their uteruses as “women’s issues.”
There are very few intelligent arguments in favor of legal abortion, but there are very few as exceptionally stupid as the one fired at me on Twitter yesterday by “ProChoicePEI,” who describes herself as a “Pro-choice advocate, feminist.
This story is truly disturbing.
According to the Huffington Post UK: “A ‘very damaged’ 13-year-old girl was ordered to have an abortion by Britain's most senior family judge, it has been revealed.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was impregnated by a 14-year-old boy and initially wanted to keep her baby.”
The other day, LifeSiteNews writer Hilary White posted an interesting question: “A question that has been haunting me lately: given what we know, given what is happening in the world, what business do we have pursuing a quiet, ordinary life?” That depends, I suppose, on your definition of quiet and ordinary, but it reminded me of a quote from Ronald Reagan that applies perfectly to today’s culture wars.
Many cultural commentators and media talking heads have labelled the 21stcentury the “surveillance age,” citing the increasingly omnipresent eye of the state and the slowly shrinking segment of our daily lives that remains unrecorded by the faceless automatons of government bureaucracy. The unsurprising revelations of former NSA employee Edward Snowden that the American government is actually recording more information than we knew previously has prompted countless comparisons to the dystopia of George Orwell’s 1984.