Give it up, Woodworth

When you’ve lost the National Post, it’s Game Over:

Anyone paying attention over the past few weeks would have spotted the most unlikely of Canadian events: a debate over abortion.  [...]

Mr. Woodworth’s quixotic campaign — and the P.E.I. activists’ failed attempts — prove that a broad debate in Canada on abortion is almost incapable of lasting more than a few weeks.

And it’s not just the National Post pronouncing that Woodworth’s sleazy little campaign to make Abortion the Canadian Political Topic du Jour is stillborn, DOA, pining for the fjords, etc.:

Even the Catholic bishop of Calgary, Fred Henry, agrees there is more to what Mr. Woodworth is proposing than meets the eye, even though he is sympathetic with what the MP is trying to do.

“He’s reaching for straws,” said Bishop Henry. “He’s grasping for anything that will open any kind of debate on abortion.

Bishop Fred Henry… gee, that name sounds so familiar.  And who exactly is Bishop Fred Henry?  One of these radical pro-choice Catholics?  Not exactly:

Calgary’s Catholic bishop said Tuesday he’s prepared to order Calgary Separate School Board officials to ban Progressive Conservative Leader Joe Clark from its schools.

Calgary’s Bishop Frederick Henry told a local radio talk show Tuesday that it’s “scandalous behaviour” for a Roman Catholic politician like Clark, MP for Calgary Centre, to declare himself pro-choice on the abortion issue.

Much as I support your right to talk and tweet and write little pressers about whatever tickles your fetus fetishizing fancy, if I were a friend my friendly advice would be to drop this particular crusade and move on to something that’s less likely to end in crushing, psychologically-debilitating disappointment.  You lost this one years ago to the side of liberty; it’s probably a bad idea to invite the public humiliation of losing it all over again.

Also, I don’t know if it’s occurred to you, but in this Foul Year of Our Lord 2012 Canadian taxpayers would no doubt prefer that the hard-earned money they’re paying their elected representatives is being spent on something a little more pressing than revisiting some long-dead Culture War issue.

Ya think??

15 Responses to “Give it up, Woodworth”


  1. 1 bleatmop Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I don’t think this is game over. Now that the CPC finally has their majority the “wait until we have our majority” sooth talking will no longer work on their social conservative supporters. So far, only about 4 CPC members have come forward trying to “reopen the debate”. I see this only as a trial balloon, to see if they can get some sort of public support behind this issue, especially among those who voted for them in the last election. This is still in the first year of the Harper Majority Government(tm).

    Expect more of these trial balloons to fly up, looking for something that they can get some traction on. A lot of CPC members in swing ridings can expect a steep decrease in social conservative votes if they don’t take action on this issue This tells me that the closer they get to an election date, the more these MPs are going to be willing to support some measure, any measure, to attack reproductive freedom. Their future pensions jobs depend on it.

    • 2 JJ Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      This could get interesting.
      In spite of their seeming lockstep obedience to the Party, the CPC has internal differences on social issues. Harper himself I’m pretty sure could care less about them: at least there’s nothing in his past that I’ve been able to dig up that indicates otherwise. But OTOH, his caucus is crawling with fetus fetishists, homophobes and assorted knuckledraggers, and it will be interesting to see how mouthy they’re allowed to get. I suspect they’ll only be allowed to toy with the abortion issue for awhile, to wind up the base and get them writing cheques. (They need a fundraising issue to replace the long gun registry, this might be it.)

      Otherwise, Harper knows that he only got a majority because he’s seen as a social moderate. It would be political suicide for him to start taking any regressive action on social issues.

  2. 3 BC Mary Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Is it possible that Bishop Frederick Henry is a dog? Like, an exuberant party-animal like, well, a Labrador who just can’t give up hope for another hootenanny?

    DOWN, boy.

  3. 5 fern hill Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    It will never be over. We sane people are getting better at smacking them fast and furiously though.

    I was kinda feeling sorry for Woodworth on Twitter. He’s clearly clueless about it. Various feminazis were smacking him around, then CC got into it.

    He hasn’t been heard from since. https://twitter.com/#!/WoodworthMP :D

    • 6 JJ Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      I was kinda feeling sorry for Woodworth on Twitter.

      Don’t. He wouldn’t feel sorry for you or anyone else who had an unwanted pregnancy: it’d be “Get thee to the Home For Unwed Mothers, Incubator!”

  4. 7 Beijing York Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Nah, he’s back at posting the same “time for reasonable discussions” and “new 21C evidence” the needs to be weighed.

    Hey fern, I did a “Tebow” before an important throw during our curling game this afternoon. And praise Jeebus, I successfully peeled the opponent’s rock and kept mine in the house. There must be something to this magical thinking ;-)

  5. 12 fern hill Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    BY: Hooo-kay. (Know zip about curling except is Olympic and you can drink and smoke during. So All Good.)

    As I said, Woodworth is totally clueless.

  6. 14 Ray Blessin Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I agree that this “issue” will probably fade into the background, but it is extremely important to understand that it is one of many that Steve would impose if he thought he could get away with it and retain power. These issues will lurk until he and his are gone.

  7. 15 Summer Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    “Canadian taxpayers would no doubt prefer that the hard-earned money they’re paying their elected representatives is being spent on something a little more pressing than revisiting some long-dead Culture War issue.”

    I wish the same could be said for American taxpayers!


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