Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CIDA's Advice

As the Globe piece notes, CIDA's advice was to fund safe abortion services in countries where abortion was legal. That should put paid to the nonsense folks like Father Raymond J. de Souza have been spouting:

In many African countries, for example, for Canada to fund abortions would be breaking the local laws. To flout local laws and undermine local customs was once called paternalism. It’s an odd turn for Canada’s abortion extremists to be paternalistic, but such is the strangeness of this controversy.

Of all the ideas floating around re the various policies for a suitable G-8 Maternal Health Initiative, absolutely none involves forcing a country where abortion is currently illegal to provide abortions. And, you know, I read people like Andrew Coyne grousing about how we can't even have a debate in Canada these days over the issue. Well, there's been one on-going for the last couple of months, and if you want to know why the pro-life side has basically got its ass kicked (see here for how polls on the topic have changed), you can point to folks like Mr. De Souza and the kind of ridiculous arguments they've been making. I mean seriously. The guy's a priest; he's not allowed to bullshit, whether its in Jesus' name or otherwise.


Terence said...

Does this tell us that a coalition of the left or PR should now be the modus operandi in Canada so that right wing minorities cannot push our Country in a direction we don't want to go. Harper's policy is bizarre.

wilson said...

Parliament has already voted on funding 3rd world abortions,
the majority voted 'no'.

sharonapple88 said...
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sharonapple88 said...

The government's stand is depressing when you consider some of the information in the report -- complications from unsafe abortions account for 13% of all maternal deaths.

Tof KW said...

wilson ...are you paid by the PMO?

"The next time you post an opinion in an online forum or a Facebook group message board, don't be surprised if you get a rebuttal from a federal employee."

crf said...

It must really suck to be a government defender, wilson.

Now that Harper has created a paid professional army for the Defense of the Official Truths of Canada, every right-wing con-symp one encounters on the internet is going to be suspected of belonging to it, even if they are writing of their own free will.

Right-wing small government at work. Straight out of the play book of 1980's Czechoslovakia.

Tof KW said...

crf - I figure wilson is a prime candidate to be part of the Ministry of Propaganda simply because she's fucking everywhere. Any time, any blog, she's there spreading her butt cheeks and plopping hot, steaming mounds of Reformatory disinformation all across the internet. With all that time on her hands, she must be employed by the PMO. She obviously doesn't have a real job.