As everyone knows by now, that sleazy piece of legislative feculence known as “Motion 312″ is gone, gone, like the snows of yesteryear. Or in the contemporary vernacular,
When the deal finally went down on Wednesday afternoon, my final estimate on votes for and agin was just about right.
I predicted about 1/2 the CPC would vote “Yes”, simply because any more would make Harpie, who voted “No”, look bad: the actual vote was 52%. All in all, the slimy monster was defeated by more than 2 -1: a decisive defeat, if not the humiliating, crushing blow of my sadistic, seed-stealing, baby-killing, pants-dropping, man-hating feminazi dreams. But still, gone.
Gone but not *quite* forgotten, if Twitter’s “#M312″ timeline is any indication.
But so what? The Men Who Stare At Zygotes motion built a lot of momentum, thanks to Woodworth’s moving the vote forward from the original date in June. Rare is the anti-abortion motion that generates this kind of buzz, and it’s understandable that the fetus fetishists would be desperate to keep it going.
They even had a Companion Motion waiting in the hopper should M312 fail, and predictably and pathetically, tabled it immediately:
MPs may have voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to shut down discussion on Canada’s abortion laws, but another Conservative backbench MP has found a new way to keep the debate alive.
Langley, B.C. MP Mark Warawa introduced a motion Thursday calling on the House of Commons to condemn discrimination against females via sex-selective pregnancy termination.
(“Shut down discussion” — who writes this rotten sludge?)
Anyway, the newest piece of antichoice offal being flogged, Motion 408, is a total non-starter and barely worthy of attention. It calls for the House to do no more than “condemn” a specific and rare practice, not make changes to Criminal Code definitions that would result in criminalizing abortion. I almost feel embarrassed for its proponents, so screamingly obvious is the real purpose of Motion 408: keep the M312 momentum going.
My uterus and I say “Thanks for stopping by, but we’re not buying what you’re selling”.
Some people are concerned, as they should be about any state initiative that has anything to do with reproductive rights, but a watchful eye is all that’s needed here. If Motion 408 is ignored, it will come and go without any affect on womens’ rights, and the Motion 312 hype, already fading, will disintegrate. Continuing to engage antichoicers over this new motion is exactly what they want. Until Motion 408 evolves into an existential threat, I say ignore it. I’d rather watch the fetus fetishists melt down into frustrated dung-puddles as all the M312 buzz melts away with them.
(The Avenging Uterus! from here)
BONUS TRACK: A Word About “Sex-Selective Abortion”
It’s the Outrage-du-Jour, or maybe just another way to try and slip one past the prochoice goalie; either way, I’m not convinced the practice is widespread enough in Canada to warrant the shrieking that goes on over it. The notion that it could result in a Canada top-heavy with males is absurd, but the idea of social engineering by the government as a legitimate means of avoiding this unlikely situation is loathesome in the extreme.
I will say that sex selection wouldn’t be my reason for having an abortion, but that’s my personal opinion and irrelevant in the context of anyone’s abortion but my own. For good or ill, the decision to terminate a pregnancy is the woman’s to make, and hers alone: not mine, yours or the state’s.