Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Rona Ambrose, one of the most socially progressive members of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government, is throwing her support behind a controversial private member's bid to legally recognize the rights of the unborn.
Ambrose made a rare step into public debate yesterday to tell reporters she backs the so-called Unborn Victims of Crime Act, or C-484, a proposed bill put forward by Conservative MP Ken Epp (Edmonton-Sherwood Park), which critics are calling a back-door method to give the fetus rights and make abortions more difficult to obtain in Canada.
Hardly surprising that Ambrose is all for Bill C-484, which is actually titled "An Act to amend the Criminal Code (injuring or causing the death of an unborn child while committing an offence)" After all, she voted for its passage through second reading. Only two female Conservative MPs did not: Quebec's Sylvie Boucher and Canadian Heritage Minister Josée Verner.
Abstinence kills babies.
Every time an egg leaves the ovary, travels down the fallopian highway and is not fertilized, a potential baby goes down the toilet.
Of course, I am kidding – yet technically correct.
But, following the latest campaign from those that would restrict women's freedoms, I have to wonder how they fail to miss these critical facts.
"The Pill Kills Babies!" is the more radical members of the anti-choice crowd's newest slogan.
This from the American Life League (ALL), which plans to mark tomorrow, the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court of the United States ruling establishing the women's privacy in sexual matters, as "Protest the Pill Day."
They claim that the Pill promotes "the culture of death."
You know the one. It's perpetrated by those who believe that a woman should have the freedom not to be pregnant from puberty to menopause.
And that, of course, includes the right to terminate a pregnancy.
According to ALL'S "statistical estimates of the number of chemical, medical and surgical abortions combined" since 1973, "a total of 196,325,000 to 324,325,000 chemical abortions wiped out the equivalent of the entire United States population!"
It's hard not to laugh.
Except that these people are dead serious – and dead wrong.
That's because the Pill prevents women from ovulating. No egg hits the tube. No egg gets fertilized. No baby gets flushed.
ALL would be easy to dismiss except for two things. One, its campaign comes at a time when American women's rights to abortion and access to contraception are increasingly under attack and, two, its propaganda is creeping north of the border.
Now here's where I want you to really pay attention:
Epp swears that the bill's language "inoculates" it from eroding abortion rights.
But women's groups, legal and medical associations, unions and even Quebec's National Assembly have all come out against it, maintaining that it takes the first step toward conferring "personhood" on the fetus.
And get this: (italics mine)
"Even if people do start questioning abortion, it does not necessarily follow that they will change their minds about whether a woman should have the freedom to choose that option," Epp wrote in The Ottawa Citizen last month. "What it means is that pro-choice advocates will be in a position of having to justify abortion without relying on the illusion that the fetus is absolutely worthless.
"They will need to defend the view that, in spite of the unborn child being recognized as something of value, the woman's interests are paramount."
Which means that, in Epp's view, the woman's interests are not paramount at all.
Which means that, despite all his talk, this is REALLY about abortion.
So say goodbye to safe, legal abortion and hello to coat hangers and knitting needles.
No, the Pill doesn't kill.
The bill does.