9/27/2012 11:40:00 AM
Yesterday there was a private members bill in the house that if passed would have open the abortion debate. Backbench MP Stephen Woodworth brought forward the motion, tho he denied it was an end run to bring the most contentious issue in Canadian politics, back to the forefront. Most of us can smell BS even when we’re told it’s not. The motion was handily defeated 203 to 91. There were some ministers who supported the motion including Jason Kenney a devout Catholic and Rona Ambrose, whose logic remains a bone of contention this morning, likely because she is responsible for the Status of Women.
It was a free vote even though the Prime Minister said there would be no opening of the abortion debate. While he voted against the motion you have to ask why such a control freak even allowed the motion to get to the floor. Was he using his members to judge the appetite for such a debate? There are many questions about abortion these days. Why do we let women use it as birth control, gender selection or even as incubated parts? And there is no denying that in a country like ours, you still have to question why ANY girl is pregnant who does not want to be.
Still, here we are in the 21st century with a question that has dogged us since we walked upright. I can’t fathom a country that I would live in where my body wasn’t my body, to do with as I choose; but what about women who drink or use drugs, should they get to continue through their pregnancy? And should we HAVE to pay for those children the rest of their lives?
Look at children in foster care, kids shunted from home to home; or look at kids in homes where their parents are ill prepared to look after them. How sad that we do not truly revere children in this country. If we did, having them would not be an accident, having them would be the blessing it should be. Maybe Ottawa needs to have a real life debate, a debate where we talk about fetal alcohol, dead beat dads, underfunded social programmes, etc. Maybe Mr. Woodworth might want to re-think his priorities and deal with actual living children. Maybe he should listen to voices you can actually HEAR.