Well, that happened (Part Duh)

Motion 312 (aka Woodworth’s Wank, aka The Men Who Stare At Zygotes Motion) finally got its much-anticipated 2nd (and thankfully, last) hour of debate yesterday.

I had hoped to be all over it in Real Time, but as luck would have it I was waylaid by Real Life and away from my computer most of the day — in retrospect probably fortunate from a blood pressure point of view.  Through the miracle of modern cell phone technology I was able to keep track of the frenzied online response to the debate, but my participation was limited because I was preoccupied and I really hate typing on my phone, and frankly, after weeks of following this thing, I needed a break.  There’s a limit to how much idiocy one can endure, and the tsunami of stupid from Motion 312 supporters far exceeds it.

The debate itself started about 10:30am (Pacific), but the Twitterstorm raged all day and well into the wee hours of last night.  “#M312″ quickly became the 2nd-highest-ranking trending topic on Twitter in Canada, so furiously were people on both sides of the issue tweeting. I mostly just observed, other than a mocking tweet to USian fetus fetishist Lila Rose.  Her cataclysmic dumbness was irresistible: she seems to think that a deluge of letters from Americans is just the leverage our Parliament needs to pass Motion 312.  If anything, more foreign letters compromise the fetus fetishists’ already-compromised letter campaign, but hey: it works for me.

The actual debate went about as expected, from what I saw. The motion’s sleazy sponsor, Stephen Woodworth, made his last stand, referring to non-sentient, non-autonomous zygotes as “people” while not granting women the same courtesy.  Maybe thoughtless, badly-written prose is to blame; or maybe women really don’t count as more than receptacles for the Almighty Fetus in Woodworth’s antiquated view.  (I’m pretty sure anti-choice women, quislings all, are by now immune to such contempt since their churches have been laying it on them for thousands of years).  Woodworth and his small cadre of supporters performed as expected, obfuscation, wordplay, sophistry and dishonest rhetoric about fetuses as a “class of people” being the order of the day.  Nothing new to see here.

Then the opposition rebuttals: I was impressed with the NDP’s Irene Mathyssen, who hauled Woodworth out to the woodshed for a well-deserved spanking…:

“This is quite literally a slap in the face to women who have fought long and hard for the right to control their own bodies and their ability to determine for themselves when they wish to have children,” NDP MP Irene Mathyssen said Friday during the final hour of debate.

“The member for Kitchener Centre’s desire to open up this debate has an end goal of changing the legislation to enable the fetus to be declared a human being,” Mathyssen said. “We are all very aware that such a change in the definition will directly place Canada on the regressive path to banning abortions.”

…then kicked his flabby fetus fetishizing ass around the block:

She slammed Woodworth for suggesting a “fertilized egg” is a “class of people” and cited case law that says otherwise.

Criminalizing abortion, she added, is only going to drive it underground, the consequences of which can be deadly.

Hear hear. I’m definitely non-partisan, but as fern hill tweeted earlier this week, I know who’s got my back when it comes to reproductive rights.

That Motion 312 is doomed by virtue of being a dimwitted and dishonest scrap of pious reproductive tyranny with little support among Canadians is a foregone conclusion, and yesterday’s debate did nothing to change that.  But I have to say: after all these years, seeing womens’ liberty re-litigated in Parliament (and so disingenuously at that) is somehow a little nauseating — even from the winning side.  I look forward to Wednesday’s vote, a short celebration, and then back to the barricades.

8 Responses to “Well, that happened (Part Duh)”


  1. 1 fern hill Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I watched it and hung around afterwards on Twitter. It is nauseating.

    These discussions inflame the haters. There was — and still is — some horrible shit flying our way from the oh-so-Godly fetus fetishists.

    The more I work this beat, the more I’m convinced that the crazies among them believe that, given a chance, their mummies would have sluiced their little fetal selves down the nearest toilet bowl.

    And you’re right. We’ll be back at the barricades before we’ve recovered from this one.

    Eternal vigilance.

  2. 2 JJ Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I haven’t even watched the whole thing yet, I mostly caught bits & pieces via twitter & the MSM. As luck would have it, I’m busy again today, so I suppose I’ll watch it tomorrow if I can find a link to the vid.

    As for the haters, yeah, I’ve noticed that as the debate got closer they were getting crazier and more hateful. Yesterday that LettingSmokeOut asshole dumped on my follower Peter Williams with a disgusting homophobic rant… I felt awful for him :(

    But this is how it happens: this is how they get all wound up and some doctor ends up dead. Screenshot screenshot screenshot!

  3. 4 kayveee1000 Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I had pvr’d it and watched later yesterday afternoon~I truly was outraged… I literally felt attacked in every sense of the word. That I, and worse my daughter have no rights and subjugated to the role of human incubators. I honestly have never felt so ashamed to be a Canadian, and wished I wasn’t. As Woody stated his ‘last breath’, its back at ya time!

    As always, great info!

    • 5 JJ Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Don’t be ashamed to be Canadian: the vast majority of Canadians are pro-choice, and most see nothing wrong with the status quo on abortion. Antis have been unsuccessful in convincing people that abortions are happening *SHRIEEEEEEK* through all 9 months of pregnancy!!!

      It’s just time to dump this CPC government: Harper might be moderate on social issues, but there are too many ass-backward yahoos and flat-earthers like Woodworth in the CPC caucus, and nobody can stop them from tabling idiotic private members bills & motions like M312.

  4. 6 martindufresne Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Why weren’t more pro-choice MPs in Parliament Friaday to defeat the motion so that it dodn’t even go to a vote next Wednesday? Where were all these valiant NDPers and (some) Grits when we needed ‘em? Shame…

    • 7 JJ Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      I wondered about that myself. I’m not sure how these things work, but if it’s true that they could have voted it down & put an end to it on Friday, I’m disgusted that every single pro-choicer didn’t show up to make that happen.

  5. 8 bj Monday, September 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

    So I am debating some anti-choice assholes on yahoo, and I came across this:

    what a bunch of bullshit

    eclampsia is NOT a threat?

    and they don’t even put the health of the mother above the fetus because to ‘kill another to save the health of the other’ would be wrong

    I just had to post this here, even though its not entirely on topic because it makes me so mad.

    So much propaganda, so many outright LIES

    They minimize what pregnancy can do to a woman, they relegate women to statistics (well we can let a few women die from pregnancy as long as many fetuses are saved) and they elevate the fetus to something divine.

    Makes me sick.

    I found it because I am arguing with someone who is using the term ‘innocent child’ and we all KNOW that is a code word for the fact that this person is an evangelical, but I don’t quite know how to hammer that point home.


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