Sunday, August 24, 2008

Do we really want an election on abortion?

Earlier today, I received a comment about my post about the attempt by some social conservative organizations to get the Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, impeached from the bench. The anonymous writer tried to make a point about how Stéphane Dion and his wife Janine Krieber have an adopted daughter because they couldn't conceive. The writer then speculates whether this was because Mme Krieber made one too many trips to Henry Morgentaler's abortion clinic -- and whether Dion really wants to make abortion an election issue.

Let's take these one at a time.

First: Even a pro-life person should cringe at this allegation, which I consider to be scurrilous. Even if it's true, it's a red herring and an out of line character attack. Besides, when the Parti Québécois came into power in 1976, they decided to stop enforcing the then abortion law in Québec creating a legal vacuum. Are we really going to accuse Krieber, and every other woman in the province who had an abortion, of breaking the law when the Sûreté du Québec was told not to enforce the law?

And second, if abortion is going to be an issue in the coming election, it will be social conservatives who make it so -- not their opponents. And I think most voters here will tune it out. The vast majority of Canadians support a politically independent judiciary, even if we don't always agree with their decisions or the rationale for them. More importantly, we have other major concerns, particularly bread and butter ones as we head into recession.

It never ceases to amaze me that the neocons who most fiercely oppose abortion also oppose improving or even having the income support programs lower and middle income mothers need to help raise their children especially in the first seven years of life. Or having subsidized day care, whether on a means-tested or a universal basis. Or funding after school activities, or nutrition programs -- which help children concentrate and do better in school, and in turn lowers the rate of juvenile delinquency over the long run.

But if it will be a vote on so-called family values, then fine. My vote will be for a leader who values families, not just one who kisses babies on the hustings for show. There's a difference. The election call may be as early as next week. Bring it on.

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Anonymous said...

That anonymous commenter is wingnut Karol Karolyk, well-known for trolling Antonia and JJ etc.

Have a look here:

fern hill (I thought I had a blogger account. . . )

BlastFurnace said...

Thanks for the heads up, Fern. If you have an open-compatible account, you should have no trouble posting under your name.

Anonymous said...

Dear Blastfurnace,

You seem to suffer from common to all lefties malady of; twisting facts and opinions of your political opponents, creation of straw men and writing off topic.
First of all; it was Dion who brought abortion issue as a subject of public discussion, secondly it is lefties and Liberals who desperately want public discussion on Epp’s Unborn Victims of Crime Bill replaced with public discussion on abortion hoping that they will be able to sway public opinion in their favour.

I have expressed my surprise as to why Dion would want to do that and I have offered possible logical explanation for it. I supported my explanation with publicly available information regarding Dion’s family. If Mr. Dion and his wife did not want people to know of their family situation they would not have mentioned it to the press so your faked outrage over republishing of this information is nothing but spin (manipulation of emotional mind of readers by the use of emotionally loaded vocabulary).

In my comment I have never mentioned anything about punishing Quebec women for having abortions legal or not. Complications and infertility resulting from abortions performed by butchers like Dr. Henry Morgentaler are so devastating that only people with sick minds could come up with accusations that social conservatives want to somehow punish these women for their acts of self inflicted mutilation. You might be well advised to actually read my comment and than read an article posted at this link : before you venture out with your straw man and your contorted and baseless accusations against your political opponents.

What I have suggested as a motive for Dion’s recent challenge to Harper is his wife’s possible resentment over lost ability to conceive and have a child of her own, price that she might have paid for “elimination of a temporary inconvenience” by an incompetent doctor.

You switch at the end of your missive and accusation that Conservatives do not care about women or their children once they are born is as baseless as the rest of your contorted missive. Fact that conservatives do not support single working mother as much as you would like them to do is just because there are too many good men around that are denied pleasures and responsibilities of marriage fatherhood. Radical feminists running Canadian Family Courts routinely destroying Canadian families are more responsible for youth crime then Conservatives will ever be even if they were to cut all child support. There is great difference between government not providing subsidies to working single mothers and stealing of all family assets something that feminists disguised as Family Court lawyers, social workers and family court judges specialise in.

Anonymous said...

We can only hope for an election on abortion. The result would surely be a majority Liberal government, for the vast majority of Canadians are pro-choice, and women who might otherwise not care enough to vote, or would vote green, NDP or BQ, would come back to the Liberals to protect their rights.

BlastFurnace said...

Anonymous #1: We'll just have to agree to disagree. You'll note I allowed your comment to be posted. If I was a vindictive moderator, I wouldn't have allowed it to be so.

Anonymous #2: I agree ... in fact, I'd go so far as to venture the Cons might suffer a significant setback even in their home bases of Alberta and the north and interior of BC if they pushed the discussion to that level.

My stated preference remains, however, an election on the economy; and a party that trumpets the oil and gas business and gives them massive subsidies while letting manufacturing rot and blaming McGuinty and Charest for all of Ontario's and Québec's woes cannot be taken seriously anymore by those who thought they were voting for change.