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M-312 - There are no words

Mon Apr 23, 2012 Miss Vicky 

There are no words that describe the depth of my fury over Stephen Woodworth's private member's motion M-312, which would set up a Parliamentary committee to determine when human life begins.

When questioned, Woodworth acts oh-so-reasonable, talking about rational discussion and a 400 year old definition of human being that needs to be updated. But he refuses to answer why he thinks we need to have this debate, or what laws need to be changed as a result of the outcome of this exercise.

That's because the logical extension of opening up the thin edge of this wedge issue is the scary freakiness that has become the reproductive rights debate south of the border.

I see a lot of my friends post links to news about the bills that are passing in state legislatures. We can't afford to be smug in Canada, because the same folks that fund and organize successful anti-choice political action campaigns in the US are busily working to erode the gains we have made here.

Not that the gains we've made are equally enjoyed by all Canadian women. Just ask anyone living in PEI or New Brunswick or in First Nations communities or in any remote area.

So we can't afford to take our rights for granted. Today bloggers from all over are writing about M-312 - Dr Dawg for example, and the fine folks at Dammit Janet are tracking the issue and responses. There is a great Collection of resources on the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada's website, including petitions (online and hard copy), letters to MPs, facts and arguments and other tools.

And then there's my favourite response, the Radical Handmaids. Using Margaret Atwood's novel as an illustration of where we might be heading, the Handmaids will be holding an action on Parliament Hill this Wednesday at noon. Wear red and show up at the Eternal Flame.

Women have fought so hard for what little equality we enjoy.
It's time to get angry and let MPs know we won't stand idly by while our rights are debated like so many angels on the head of a pin.

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