“If you’re pre-born you’re fine, if you’re pre-school you’re fucked”

As the children of Attawapiskat endure yet another day of grinding poverty, the “Harper Government” cries “Oh look!  A fetus!”:

A Conservative MP is seeking to reopen Canada’s abortion debate, apparently against his government’s wishes, by asking Parliament to consider “21st century medical evidence” on when a fetus becomes a person under the law.

It was only a matter of time before another member of the CPC’s perpetually-muzzled and brainless Fetus Fetishist Contingent got off-leash and ran amok all over the neighbourhood, barking deliriously, upending garbage cans and rolling ecstatically in the rotten swill before making off with the choicest bits of dreck.

Yesterday’s foul-smelling trash-toting garbage dog was MP Stephen Woodworth of Kitchener Center, who trotted up to the Media wagging his tail and proudly holding this hunk of rancid meat in his teeth:

A recent poll disclosed that 80% of Canadians believe that Canadian law protects the fundamental human rights of children before birth in the later stages of gestation.

In fact, the opposite is true.  Canadian law provides no human rights protection whatsoever for children before the moment of complete birth.  This results from an unusual Canadian statute which defines a human being as a child who has completely proceeded in a living state from the mother’s body, whether or not the child has breathed.  This means that in Canada a child is legally considered to be sub-human while his or her little toe remains in the birth canal, even if he or she is breathing.

I can almost hear the Fetus Lobby squealing “Good boy, Stevie, have a cookie!”

It’s a sad commentary on his demented priorities that while living, breathing Aboriginal children exist in such desperate squalor that the UN is calling our government out on it, Woodworth is preoccupied with those that haven’t even been born yet.  “Pro-Life”?  “My-Ass”.

Woodworth’s press release, in which the word “abortion” is sneakily absent, nonetheless reiterates the popular anti-choice contention that women and doctors are so intellectually and morally bankrupt that abortion 2 minutes before birth is an option they’d actually consider.  Intelligent people recognize the notion for what it is: fatuous at best and a savagely misogynist insult to women (and the medical profession) at worst.  Which is why the idea typically goes down in flames, amidst raucous laughter and hoots of derision, whenever one of these crackpots raises it.

But that doesn’t stop them from trying.  The latest kick at this well-worn can may be an attempt to light a fire under this goofy little project, which in spite of its elegant slavery and “3rd Reich” analogies doesn’t seem to be attracting anyone except other fetus fetishists to engage in “The Debate”.

(h/t – DammitJanet)

11 Responses to ““If you’re pre-born you’re fine, if you’re pre-school you’re fucked””


  1. 1 bleatmop Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I do believe I had called it. Unless Harper ejects this guy from caucus, this first attempt is only going to be repeated again and again unit the fetus fetishists get their way. I doubt it’ll be a single bill that they try either, but rather take a cue from their USian financiers leaders bosses brethren and try and whittle down the rights ones by one until you have to basically get out the hanger or fly to Cuba if you want an abortion on this continent.

    • 2 JJ Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

      Abortion will never be banned in Canada, it would be unconstitutional. The only way would be to invoke the Notwithstanding clause, which I’m sure Harpie wouldn’t want to do for such a lame issue. Same goes for so-called “fetal rights” legislation.

      But although an outright ban isn’t possible, there are a lot of things they can do to reduce accessibility, which ultimately amounts to almost the same thing. So there’s every reason to be fearful about the availability of abortion care, even though it will always be legal.

  2. 3 Beijing York Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    This is definitely a Harper Government™ approved trial balloon. He has also given provinces carte blanche to stop abortions in their track with the next health accord.

  3. 5 fern hill Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Yup. Canada Health Act with respect to PEI and NB has been toast for eons. Now, any province with healthcare funding problems can delist abortion/contraception with not a murmur from Ottawa. We know Hudak in Ontario was on board to do it.

    Defunding (see Planned Parenthood, USA) is the way to go.

    Open season has been declared, sistas.

    • 6 JJ Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      I’m not sure if it’s “open” season: I’d compare the CPC’s potential moves on this to be more akin to poachers than licensed hunters. Which is what makes the alarm bells go off… sneaky snakes.

      An outright ban isn’t in the cards, but as we know there are other things they can do to reduce accessibility, which ultimately amounts to the same thing for average women (the wealthy & well-to-do will always have access). I agree funding is the softest target: it’s not just fetus fetishists who might be okay with abortion being removed from the list of funded procedures.

      Then there’s the law aspect — a lot of people who call themselves “very pro-choice” nonetheless think a law limiting it to 20 wks might be a good idea. It wouldn’t change a thing that’s being done, but it would still be a good idea :roll:

      I suspect this has been chosen to replace the long gun registry for fundraising purposes.

  4. 7 queerthoughts Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    It is amazing that they don’t give a damn after you are born, but god help you if anything happens before that event.

  5. 10 rev.paperboy Friday, December 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    so Mr. Woodworth wants a discussion about when life begins as a backdoor to an abortion discussion. I think CC said it best on Twitter, to paraphrase: the only thing that needs to said in this discussion is “Shut the fuck up”

    • 11 JJ Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      There was another CPC fetus fetishist who decided to jump in yesterday, and he was quoted in the news media as saying something to the effect of “If we don’t have this discussion in parliament, then where should we have it?”

      I commented: “We” shouldn’t be having it at all unless “we” are a pregnant woman and her doctor.


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