Lies, Damn Lies & Damn Tweeted Lies

As mentioned in my elegant little Public Service Announcement, though I haven’t been around blogs much lately (including this one), I’ve been slogging around in my hip waders on Twitter’s Motion 312 timeline, known in the Twitterverse as “#M312“. (Hip waders? you ask… Yes, the bullshit’s that high.)

As we begin the feverish countdown to the Motion 312 debate and the vote that will put the whole ridiculous farce to sleep for good (September 18 & 19 respectively), Twitter has been an interesting read.  Motion 312 was conceived on Twitter with MP Stephen Woodworth’s insipid ejerkulations about a “respectful debate on when life begins”, so it’s not surprising to find much of the battle over it being waged there.  With “tweets” limited to 140 characters, it’s also the medium of a jabbering fetus fetishist’s dreams: a venue ideally suited to spitting out rapidfire gobs of propaganda at breakneck pace.  Even sweeter, anyone who asks a question or makes a dissenting point can simply be “blocked”, the Twitter version of “disappeared”.

And so it’s gone with the antichoice Twitter campaign in support of the nefarious Motion 312: long on lies but extremely short on feedback when lies are called out.  No surprise there since lying is like an uncontrollable, violent verbal tic with these people. It’s how they roll in any venue: Twitter just makes it easier.  Every day #M312 is inundated with the same boring talking points, the same lame videos, the same spamload of gawdawful embarrassing pleas imploring MPs to vote “YES! Because I love Motion 312!”.  But after awhile some disturbing inconsistencies were noticed…

Antichoicers in general and Woodworth in particular have always gone to great pains to emphasize that Motion 312 was NOT about abortion, or personhood, or so-called “fetal rights”.  Yet the fetushists’ tweets in M312 are routinely tagged “fetal rights” and their content is often abortion-related:

…both of these being things they continually insist are unrelated to M312. Questions about this incongruity are ignored, questioners blocked.

Remember now, these are the people who were shrieking and panting for a “debate”.

Despite their bellowing (We want the debate!), it’s clear they want anything but a debate, or at least, a “debate” with only one side.  I came up with a Twitter hashtag for it — #Masturdebate — but humour aside, it seemed to me that we were missing something.  The flip side of never blaming on Malice what can be explained by Stupidity, you know?  All these little inconsistencies might be part of an overall Plan…

…if “debate” isn’t what they want at all, and never has been. What they really want is a venue, an opportunity to mainstream their goofy language about “fetal rights”, by getting prochoicers to engage with them.  We are, after all, the mainstream.  Remember the Team Fetus Rolling Roadshow earlier this summer?  How much media attention did they get before pro-choicers started pushing back with counter-protests?  I rest my case.

Look, antichoicers have always had trouble getting any mainstream traction, or even attention, especially here in sane, pro-choice Canada, where they’re largely ignored and considered nutbars and flaming religious fascists.  To the broader Canadian public, a fetus is a lower life form than a pregnant woman and abortion is a private reality best kept between patient and doctor.

And that’s the way we’d like to keep it.

There’s little chance of “fetal rights” becoming an expression that will get you much other than a look of fear and loathing or at least puzzlement and a quick end to the conversation, before Motion 312 bites the dust. But it’s something to keep in mind for the next time they screech for a “debate”: that what they’re really doing is trying to fast-track their language into popular lexicon.

Change the language, change the attitude.

It’s pretty slick: in the states antichoicers buy a lot of this kind of advice from expensive, high-pressure marketing consultants. I was in the business and I recognize certain strategies when i see them.

8 Responses to “Lies, Damn Lies & Damn Tweeted Lies”


  1. 1 fern hill Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Woo. Excellent round-up of the state of play.

    Fetus fetishists have been successful at moving on the language in the US. Not here. We’re more than ready for them.

    NOT gonna happen.

    • 2 JJ Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Heh. The sad irony (for them) of borrowing strategy from the US is that we’ve had a chance to anticipate it & see how it works & are more than up to the task of fighting it. They won’t even get a chance to slip this one onto the rink, let alone past the goalie ;)

  2. 3 kayveee1000 Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Excellent perspective and totally agree. Debate is not what they are seeking. As well, I can attest to the fact that at their last ‘Horror Show’ protest site in Ottawa, they literally hid in their Church with all of us chanting out at them for four and half hours – cowards! I also agree – 140 characters is quite sufficient for the obtuse drivel the #fetusfetishes expel on Twitter.

    If anything, Motion 312 has proven that women cannot let their guard down on the hard fought rights we had accomplished from both the first and second wavers. Day by day more and more of our rights are being eroded and challenged within political forums, as well as private, public and governmental services.

    It is difficult to have to go through this SHIT again! I was in my 30s when Abortion became legal in Canada. Back in High School, I remember two girls specifically being shipped away when they became pregnant and before they started to really show, and to this day I don’t have a clue what happened to them (how sad!). These dark days cannot be allowed to ever occur again, and will require women of all ages to learn and fight for their rights again; and let this be a lesson to all of us, our daughters and grand-daughters… complacency is not an option once rights have been won.

    MHO (or maybe not so humble :)

    • 4 JJ Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Hi KayVee

      Oh yeah, I’m old enough to remember “homes for unwed mothers” as they were called back then: baby clearinghouses basically where the girls were treated like cattle.

      No, we ain’t going back.

    • 5 Nancy Cosgrove Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      What about the innocent child ripped painfully from a mother’s womb. Half of these babies are women. And you talk about the “War on Women” An abortion stops a beating heart and breaks the heart of the mom. Adoption is the loving option. Why are you so against learning the truth. I am praying for you all. God ‘s Heart must break every time a baby is killed.

  3. 7 Ann Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

    It is funny that you are all alive, were given life, but you promote the detruction of children in the womb.


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