Shame on Harper
May 18, 2010 13 Comments
I already know: this is going to be a heated topic and I will most probably be blasted by every Conservative pundit on the intertubes and who read blogs. So be it. Because at the end of the day: this is a topic I feel very passionate about: The right to choose.
While it’s been legal in Canada since 1969 and no longer considered a crime under the Canadian Criminal Code since 1988 – there appears to be a wee bit of hypocrisy happening with some of our Canadian politicians – especially on the world scene. Specifically, with the upcoming G8 Summit, being hosted in Canada. Oh, yes, the Christian fundamentalist who form the base of the Canadian Conservative Party that our boring and uninteresting Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, is part of, rejoice at the stance he’s taken on Maternal and Child Health (the Conservative government says it wants to make maternal and child health a major priority but it refuses to fund contraception and abortion services – breaking from other G8 countries, like the US and GB. Canada’s contribution will not include funding for contraception and abortions).
Now don’t get me wrong. The true focus should be on Maternal and Child Health… but one cannot exclude or include/impose religious values where it has no place: in politics and global health issues. Abortion is part of ‘maternal’ health – you cannot say that maternal health and reproductive health don’t go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. And where there is reproductive health – one must consider everything from contraceptives to family planning to access to legal abortions. It’s all encompassing. In third world countries where women are often forced into sexual relations against her will at such a young age and raped without legal consequences – a woman NEEDS to have the option to safely end a pregnancy, should she so choose too. She should also have the right to have access to contraceptives and birth control to prevent even having to make such a hard and life-altering choice for herself. She should have the right to choose to do what is right for her and her mental and physical well being. PERIOD. HER CHOICE. Not yours. Not mine. Not imposed. HER CHOICE. Religion has no place in that basic, fundamental, human decision – to do what is right for HER. To say “yes to this but not that” while it’s legal in the country you represent… is absurd. It’s hypocritical. To the core. Stephen Harper is putting his religious beliefs ahead of the Canadian Constitution and Laws… where religion has no place in. In politics. He’s crossed the limits between state and church… by speaking for all Canadians and going against even our own Laws to protect women and children.
While it’s perfectly acceptable that one has and does hold their personal beliefs based on their conscience, religious or any other basis – its unacceptable to intervene and impose those beliefs onto others. The operative word is PERSONAL. Not GLOBAL. To declare someone ‘morally bankrupt’ or ‘morally criminal’ for exercising their own personal beliefs and choices to do what is RIGHT for them – now THAT is totally unacceptable.
It boils down to this: You cannot impose Maternal and Child Health rules without considering ALL aspects of what Maternal and Child Health includes. Yes. Every woman deserves to be given the opportunity to be educated about her choices and be given a safe and supportive environment to exercise whatever choice she chooses. Every woman who has been the victim of rape and violence NEEDS & DESERVES every option available to her empowering her to choose whatever SHE wants to do for her well-being/healing… without the fear of repercussions – be it the choice of pregnancy, adoption or abortion. That is her HUMAN right. Religion should be there to support her in her healing process, regardless of her choice… not further victimize her with guilt and fear and be called a criminal.
No. What Canada’s Prime Minister is saying is: I will give you money to only do the things that I want you to do. Not to give you fundamentally what you need. Do as I say, not as I do. And I don’t support that. Nonewhatsoever. Especially when you are talking about Maternal and Child Health Care. This most definitely doesn’t make me morally bankrupt or criminal. No. It makes me human. And I’ll take my humanity over religious bigotry and exclusion any day.
Anything less… is criminal.
(As Old Iron shoulders himself into the arena wearing his favorite lochadore mask and nothing else…)
Time to have some fun.
KC, I am going to make this quick as to not deflate the momentum that you have established above.
I respect the stance that you have taken, with the equality for all trumpet blaring as loud as humanly possible. You took that to 11 my friend.
I also understand your interpretations of one law for one, one law for the other. Groovy.
Just want to drop this on you and I’ll leave.
Canada is contributing to this fund but has decided to voice how the money is used. I would think it is fair that although they are donating this cash, those in power that have authorized this decide, based on the controlling power’s conservative nature, to stand by their opinions and say that the money will not support abortion. Hey, Canadians voted them in by a majority for those very opinions so they, in turn, are doing as their constituents would have them do; representing them.
Also, about the sexual congress that you state occurs in different countries; have you ever thought about what would happen if you asked a devout muslim if she would like the option of having an abortion, and what the repercussions would be? If it was Saudi the LEAST that would happen to you would be lashings. KC, different cultures have different social allowances. Whereas we have sort of open armed the concept of abortion, even in our supposedly “enlightened” culture there is still turmoil over this decision. Who are we to try to push that same social allowance onto other cultures? You ask a woman here if she would get an abortion and she would slap the shit out of you for even proposing such a preposterous idea. They need all of the hands that they can get to help them either till the fields, sort out trash or just generally populate the jungle. Who are the collective “we” to push this practice onto them?
-Wait, hit a local up as he was walking by and asked him how does he feel about abortion. His response?
HE SAID IT WAS BARBARIC.
…And on that note I am done.
Let the games begin!