Harper made it clear from the beginning that he was not on the side of those who didn’t vote for him and was particularly not on the side of women. It is not really surprising then that Senator Nancy Ruth said, “shut the f— up” or it could get worse.”
“If you push it, there will be more backlash,” said Ruth, who fears that outrage will push her boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to take further measures against abortion and family planning – abroad, or maybe even in Canada. “This is now a political football. This is not about women’s health in this country.”
A political football indeed, the mother of all motherhood issues. There is nothing that would suit the cons better than to cause divisions such as are being played out in the States. Real issues, the economy, Afghanistan, health care would be covered over with messages of gurgling babies and how many angels can dance on the head of pin.
There are those who are gleefully jubilant over this story and the recent defunding of 13 women’s groups and 1 project. They think criminalizing abortion and putting women back in the control of men is god’s will and arrogantly belive we should all rule our lives by their choice of lifestyle.
Before they get too enamoured of Harper and his tactics they might want to read this article from the Independent.
David Cameron leader of the British Conservatives is branding his cons as compassionate and lauding Hammersmith and Fulham Council as an example of his compassionate approach. Let’s have a look at the compassion.
After promising to make things better for the very poor the first thing they did was simultaneously crack down on the poor and close 12 homeless shelters. Maybe you aren’t homeless and don’t see how that applies to you. Are you a young pregnant woman in an abusive relationship?
She was eight months pregnant. She explained she was being beaten up by her boyfriend and had finally fled because she was frightened for her unborn child. The council said they would “investigate” her situation to find “proof of homelessness” – but she told them she had nowhere to go while they carried it out. By law, they were required to provide her with emergency shelter. They refused. They suggested she try to find a flat on the private market.
For four nights, she slept in the local park, on the floor. She is still traumatised by the memories of lying, pregnant and abandoned, in one of the wealthiest parts of Europe.
Are you a working mom?
David Cameron says he wants to make Britain “the most family-friendly country in the world” with “childcare as a top priority”, but his showcase council has increased charges for childcare by a reported 121 per cent
Perhaps you are disabled or know someone who is.
[…]Within three months, the promise was broken. Debbie Domb, 51, is a teacher who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994. She had to give up work, and now she needs 24/7 care. After being lifted up by a large metal harness and placed in her wheelchair so she can talk to me, she explains: “This was always such a great place to live if you were disabled. You were really treated well. Then this new council was elected and it’s been so frightening… The first thing that happened when they came in was that they announced any disabled person they assessed as having ‘lower moderate’ needs was totally cut off. So people who needed help having a shower, or getting dressed, had that lifeline taken away completely. Then they started sending the rest of us bills.”
This is Harper’s wet dream. You may in your anti-feminist, anti-choice bubble be gloating for now, however, don’t be blinded to Harper’s real agenda which has little for the average Canadian regardless of whether you share his misogynist vision.
quote from The Star