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13:25  16 may  2019
13:25  16 may  2019 Source:   macleans.ca

Busy Philipps Introduces #YouKnowMe Hashtag To ‘End The Shame’ Of Abortion In Wake Of Alabama, Georgia Legislation

Busy Philipps Introduces #YouKnowMe Hashtag To ‘End The Shame’ Of Abortion In Wake Of Alabama, Georgia Legislation Recent abortion legislation introduced in Georgia and Alabama is causing outrage in the U.S. as Republican-run states introduce harsh laws criminalizing the terminating of a pregnancy in an apparent attempt to challenge Roe v. Wade in the right-tilting Supreme Court. Celebrities have been taking to social media to protest the laws, and actress Busy Philipps is taking things a step further with a new hashtag intended to "end the shame" associated with abortion, encouraging women to publicly share their own personal abortion stories.

Anne Kingston: Canadians who reassure themselves that the southern state’s abortion ban couldn’t possibly ever happen here haven’t been paying attention.

Closer than you think . The national championship is Monday night. The rematch between Alabama and Clemson looks to be a dandy, so I think we should all take a day off from worrying too much about Georgia football — note, I didn’t say no worrying at all — and just enjoy the game.

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Alabama is closer than we think © Used with permission of / © Rogers Media Inc. 2019. People take part in the March For Life rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 9, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Alabama Senate voted to approve a sweeping law to ban abortion in the state, at every stage of pregnancy, even in cases of rape and incest (the only exceptions would be if the mother’s life is at “serious risk” or in cases of “lethal fetal anomaly”). The bill was passed into law on Wednesday by the state’s female governor, Kay Ivey. The Draconian new law, expected to be challenged in court, criminalizes the procedure for doctors, who could face up to 99 years in prison for performing one. As has been noted, it exacts a harsher penalty on those who perform abortions than those who rape.

Trudeau 'disappointed' by 'backsliding' on abortion rights in U.S.

Trudeau 'disappointed' by 'backsliding' on abortion rights in U.S. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he is "deeply disappointed" by "backsliding" on abortion rights in the U.S. and around the world, and promised that Canada will remain a staunch defender of a woman's right to choose. Trudeau said Canadians can feel reassured that the federal government will continue to stand "unequivocally" for women's rights and the right to choose, and that people around the world can know they "will always have an ally and a defender in Canada.

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The new legislation has two clear targets. The first: women’s bodily autonomy. This is a “forced birth” law that effectively turns women into the human incubators Margaret Atwood warned us about. The law is also destined to place women in mortal danger. Outlawing abortion doesn’t eliminate abortion, but it does make obtaining one far more dangerous.

The second goal is to deliver the most direct challenge yet to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion federally. Recently, Ohio and Georgia signed “fetal heartbeat” laws, which ban abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat; that can occur as early as the six-week mark—a point when many women may not even know they are pregnant.

Canadians who reassure themselves that this couldn’t possibly ever happen here haven’t been paying attention. Yes, polls show Canadians overwhelmingly support access to abortion; thus any framing of the “debate” as “polarized” is overblown. Since the country’s abortion law was repealed in 1988, abortion has largely been seen as a private medical procedure between a woman and her doctor; like all medical procedures, it is subject to regulations. That said, barriers to abortion exist in Canada with access unequal across the country. It’s also vital to recognize that public will does not always dictate legislation: according to Data Progress, there’s no U.S. state where support for an abortion ban reaches even 25 per cent.

Trudeau says he's 'deeply disappointed' by US 'backsliding' on women's rights

Trudeau says he's 'deeply disappointed' by US 'backsliding' on women's rights Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that he is "deeply disappointed" by some American states' moves to further restrict access to abortion."Obviously we are deeply disappointed by the backsliding on women's rights that we're seeing in some places around the world, including some American states," Trudeau said at a news conference in Paris just a day after Alabama's governor signed a law that bans nearly all abortions, according to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Trudeau emphasized that Canada "unequivocally" supports a woman's right to choose, and said women "will always have an ally and a defender in Canada.

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In the past year, two of Canada’s largest provinces — Ontario and Alberta — elected majority Conservative governments led by premiers who are actively supported by the increasingly vocal, well-organized, politically strategic anti-choice lobby. In the course of my investigation of these groups last year, I spoke to several anti-choice activists then working to elect Jason Kenney as the “pro-life premier” of Alberta. Jeff Gunnarson, vice-president of the Campaign for Life Coalition, a national group that works to nominate and elect candidates who oppose abortion to all levels of government, told me his group threw its support to Doug Ford after the politician reassured them he supported all of their demands: to defund abortion; to require parental consent before a minor receives an abortion; to uphold “conscience rights” that allow medical professionals not to refer a patient needing abortion or assisted suicide; and to scrap the sex-ed curriculum of Kathleen Wynne’s government. (Ford’s office refused to provide comment at the time.)

That old Liberal story: the ‘hidden agenda’

That old Liberal story: the ‘hidden agenda’ Andrew MacDougall: Why are Liberals tweeting and petitioning and fundraising about access to abortion, which is not under threat in Canada? They’re in panic mode.

Closer than you think . The national championship is Monday night. The rematch between Alabama and Clemson looks to be a dandy, so I think we should all take a day off from worrying too much about Georgia football — note, I didn’t say no worrying at all — and just enjoy the game.

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Though these groups emphasize ending abortion, a topic destined to garner headlines, that’s a dog whistle for a broader social-conservative agenda that includes rolling back LGBTQ rights, ending gay marriage, and outlawing sex education. Notably, abortion was a top-line topic at the Conservative Party of Canada’s policy conference in Halifax last year. Delegates voted to delete Article 65, the 2014 motion dictating that the party will not legislate on abortion. It was the first time since enacted that the motion was discussed at a convention. It was defeated narrowly, by 53 to 47.

Only last week, one of the anti-abortion lobby’s star candidates, Sam Oosterhoff, elected Conservative MPP  in Ontario’s Niagara West riding, generated headlines and outrage when he vowed to make abortion “unthinkable in our lifetime” at an anti-abortion protest at the Queen’s Park legislature. The 21-year-old policer of uteruses (he’s also known for calling the cops on elders protesting his government’s cuts to library services) appropriated a line from Dr. Seuss 1954 book Horton Hears a Who! to back his “pro-life” stance: ‘A person’s a person no matter how small.” (Here it’s worth noting that Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr Seuss) and later his widow Audrey objected to his characters or material being hijacked to support others’ political points of view, specifically anti-abortion groups.) “I will always speak for children who are too young to speak for themselves, who have no voice,” Oosterhoff continued, employing the sort of social-justice terminology focused on “free speech” and “human rights” marshalled by anti-choice lobbyists.

Last American slave ship is discovered in Alabama

Last American slave ship is discovered in Alabama The schooner Clotilda smuggled African captives into the U.S. in 1860, more than 50 years after importing slaves was outlawed.

Alabama is closer than we think . Anne Kingston: Canadians who reassure themselves that the southern state’s abortion ban couldn’t possibly ever happen here haven’t been We 've sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Your existing password has not been changed. Close .

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When questioned about Oosterhoff’s comments, Premier Ford, who defines himself as “pro-life” except in cases of rape or incest, responded that Conservative MPPs are “open to speak their mind” and that he wouldn’t “reopen” the abortion debate, with no indication he would block others from doing so. The government has already taken a machete to public health services, of which abortion is one.

It’s worth noting too that cultural differences in attitudes toward abortion do exist between the two countries. For one, enshrining fetal legal rights via “personhood laws” has had success in  the U.S., but not in Canada, where legal rights are assigned to a human being after birth. Religious arguments also tend to have traction in the U.S, which is not the case here. That shouldn’t make those who support women’s reproductive rights complacent, however. Canadian anti-abortion groups are known to coordinate with similar groups south of the border vis-à-vis training and funding. Canada’s RightNow, for example, has received support and training from the Leadership Institute, a right-wing U.S. training organization funded by groups affiliated with the Koch Brothers donor network. Such connections serve to remind us that any presumption that Canada is a unique country untouchable by what’s happening in Alabama is made entirely at our own peril.

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    COMMENTARY: Alarming rhetoric aside, there is no serious threat to abortion rights in Canada.
    The existence of new abortion laws in the U.S. actually makes it even more unlikely that such laws would ever be proposed here. The pro-life movement in the U.S. might boast of some legislative accomplishments, but it does its Canadian counterparts a tremendous disservice. Abortion was already a third rail in Canadian politics, and the more that anti-abortion forces push the issue in the U.S., the more that Canadian politicians will run the hell away from the issue. Case in point is Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, who probably does, at the very least, harbour some reservations about abortion.

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