This is an oldie but a goodie.
Wendy Davis, the darling of the pro-abortion lobby who filibustered the proposed law banning late term abortion (hard to believe) is pro-life (harder to believe). Well, not really. It is interesting that she would bother to make the claim, however funny it is. It says something about US politics, namely that it is really quite distinct from anything Canadian. No female MP would ever claim to be pro-life even if she was.
But the analogies in this little piece are quiet amusing.
Andrea adds: I like it. Especially when it gets really silly: “I’m a hobbit!”
I’m in the States right now and I can attest to the major difference between politics north and south of the border–that Republicans need to be pro-life, or need to pretend they are pro-life. And Democrats need to be pro-life in certain constituencies as well. It is certainly a refreshing change from the “we won’t re-open the debate” rhetoric one gets from a certain Canadian party that may or may not be in government right now. Honestly.
Let me add this, though: I believe these Democrats and Republicans need to be pro-life because so many Americans are. The divisiveness of abortion creates interesting politics because people are engaged and demand answers. There really never has been consensus after Roe v. Wade. There’s a new book out, in fact, about how Roe v. Wade constitutes an egregious example of judicial activism. I’d like to read it.
Natalie responds: With regard to the politics, I always say that the debate is not only NOT over, it’s never going to go away. Sorry, Canada. The very nature of abortion will not allow it – the absolute violation of one person’s life rights versus another person’s “quality of life” rights (if there is such a thing) is just too much of an injustice, no matter which way you slice it.
And I think you should put together a PWPL reading list, Andrea. All in favour, say “I”. You have the most interesting book suggestions of anyone I know and are an inspiring reader, ie., you inspire me to want to read (period).
Have fun in the States. If you are in Washington DC, I am very jealous!by