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I don't do "women's rights".

Steven Harper does not believe in female autonomy.  If his mendacious crew of ethically challenged social conservatives ever took power women across the country would have to mobilize and shut this country down to protect our reproductive freedoms.  Evidence of the Conservative disregard for women is writ large as the Conservative government has decided, as a part of its’ G8 platform on women’s issues, not to fund abortions as a part of maternal reproductive care in the third world.

You would think that outright crazy crank-batshittery would take a holiday at least once in awhile.  Unfortunately for us Canadians we are still given the pleasure of living under the yoke of religious-inspired delusional conservative ‘morals’ .  Rule one in their insipid handbook of perfidious ass-hattery is this:  If ye be woman, ye shall not have rights – especially when the holy fetus is involved.  Let us examine what the Canadian government stance is, from the CBC report on our G8 position:

“International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda said the government would consider funding family planning measures such as contraception, but not abortion under any circumstances.

“We’re saying that we’re using the definition in our discussions of family planning, which does not include abortion,” Oda told reporters on Monday in Halifax, where she was meeting with her G8 counterparts.

“We’re not debating abortion; we’re clarifying family planning.”

Which is akin to making a garden salad without any allowing the use of any lettuce.  Thank you Bev Oda for your wonderfully refreshing anti-woman stance.  It is always hearting to see government policy based on fatuous religious beliefs, because the the frak needs evidence?

The Lancet has called the Canadian Conservative Government on its mendacity:

Canada’s position against funding abortions abroad is ‘hypocritical and unjust,’ a medical journal editorial says (via the CBC).

“The Canadian Government does not deprive women living in Canada from access to safe abortions; it is therefore hypocritical and unjust that it tries to do so abroad,” the Lancet says in an editorial Saturday.

The conservatives hypocritical?  Not this bunch, the very same that want to abolish the gun registry despite the fact that police forces across the nation are strongly in favour of the gun registry.  This is the same group of politicians who gleefully brought down the Martin minority government on charges of corruption that are now currently wallowing in the Jafer/Afghan Detainee accountability scandals of their own (not to mention the unwarranted prorogation of parliament).   I digress.  The Lancet editorial brings us back on track though:

“Although the country’s decision only affects a small number of developing countries where abortion is legal, bans on the procedure, which are detrimental to public health, should be challenged by the G8, not tacitly supported. Canada and the other G8 nations could show real leadership with a final maternal health plan that is based on sound scientific evidence and not prejudice.”

Decisions based on evidence?  What is this crazy talk about ‘evidence’ you leftard crypto-fascist Lancet editors?!

“The Lancet said the plan’s omission of improved access to safe abortion services “is no accident, but a conscious decision by Canada’s Conservative Government not to support groups that undertake abortions in developing countries.”

“This stance must change,” the editorial said, noting 70,000 women die from unsafe abortions worldwide each year.”

Ah, but it is only 70,000 women who die per year.  Come on they are just people women after all.

Rona Ambrose, who I would not trust to successfully rub two dimes together, spouts the following tom foolery as a ‘reply’:

Rona Ambrose, the status of women minister, defended Canada’s G8 initiative, citing a statement by World Vision Canada that the abortion debate was clouding the issue while 8.8 million children die every year from causes that would cost pennies to prevent. World Vision, one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, opposes abortion as a family planning method.

Ah, yes those damn womenz and their bodies.  They just need to shut the f*ck up and die quietly.

Ambrose said the government wants to save the lives of women and children, Ambrose said.

“We ask the opposition to stop playing politics with this issue.”

Playing politics indeed.   The buffoonery that passes for reasonable arguments from conservatives is shocking.  How many clown cars need to be called in before Canada squares its position on abortion with reality?
I’m guessing not until the Conservatives are out of power and once again bidden to the background, where they belong.

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