Monday, March 31, 2008

is Pro-Choice!

 Not sure if this is an actual net-meme already or just an interesting coincidence — but I noticed a couple of my friends changing their Facebook status this morning to “is pro-choice!” (with or without the punctuation).

So, I’m encouraging everyone to update their status that way this week. This can be done on all sorts of internet sites and services — not just on Facebook: Twitter, instant messaging, whatever.

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2 comments:

frogparts said...

Hello There.

Being Pro-Choice is currently all about letting down the rightous Feminists. The ones who can do the abortion debate and not shy from it. Are you aware that the York Students Federation recently BANNED the abortion debate? Are you in favour of this? Is that why you post the sticker on your site? Restricting academic freedom on women's health issues is a big strike against women's rights. Don't you see it that way? I do. I'm a woman. Does my view count? Do you like to wear the Pro-life buttons just because you wear alot of other buttons? Or do you wear it because you like to bully those who can recognize abuses in the provision of abortion care and aren't afraid to survey the lines of law and criminality to find out where abortion currently sits. Abortion is always a criminal matter as much as it is a women's health issue. Politization of the abortion debate does little to further social justice in the area of abortion care. If you look like you 'deserve' a baby and can care for it you won't be pressured into abortion. But if you don't match someone's warped ideas of what a 'happy family' is you might be pressured to kill your child. This is not right. It goes on every day. Do you think about it that way when you wear the sticker? Do you think about how a Family Care Practioner might deny prenatal care to a woman she thinks need Abortion and offer it to one she thinks should have a baby?? What are the protections for Canadian women from being streamed into abortion? Do you care if there are protections in law for people? Is lawlessness in intrinsically criminal matters the route to social justice?

Grant Neufeld said...

In response to “frogparts”.

First off, abortion is not a criminal matter. Abortion is a medical matter. Full stop. The folks who identify themselves as “Pro-Life” want it to be criminal, but it currently (thankfully) is not.

I’m not familiar with the situation at York University, having never heard of what you describe before, so cannot fairly comment on it.

I assume that when you ask “Do you like to wear the Pro-life buttons…” that you meant “Pro-choice” because I have never in any way supported the so-called “Pro-life” view.

You asked:
“Do you like to wear the Pro-life[sic] buttons just because you wear alot of other buttons? Or do you wear it because you like to bully those who can recognize abuses in the provision of abortion care and aren't afraid to survey the lines of law and criminality to find out where abortion currently sits.”

Your question implies an accusation of me either being vacuous or a bully. I find it disappointing that when you are attempting to make statements in favour of dialogue and debate that you have chosen to use implied attacks and insults. Nevertheless, I will attempt to respond fairly.

Neither of your offered possibilities is accurate. I identify as pro-choice, and promote that position, because I fundamentally respect people’s sovereignty over their own bodies and recognize that a fetus is a part of the mother’s body until born.

You stated:
“But if you don't match someone's warped ideas of what a 'happy family' is you might be pressured to kill your child. This is not right. It goes on every day. … Do you think about how a Family Care Practioner might deny prenatal care to a woman she thinks need Abortion and offer it to one she thinks should have a baby?? What are the protections for Canadian women from being streamed into abortion?”

To the best of my knowledge, that statement is an utter falsehood. Do you have any impartial evidence to back that claim?

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