A friend sent me the photo below, from HuffPost Canada. They did a series called What Moms Really Want, for mother’s day. I was obviously disturbed by this mom’s request for free abortion and IVF:
What I really want for Mother’s Day is for all Canadians to be supported in their choice to become parents when they’re ready — which means abortions are free, legal and easily accessible, and that artificial reproductive technologies be offered safely and widely to ALL Canadians through provincial health coverage.”
Since it takes a special kind of mom to say she really wants abortions for Mother’s Day, I googled her name. And is it really surprising to learn this? She is a university prof, at Concordia.
Rachel has long-standing scholarly and activist interests in queer lives (in theory and practice), reproductive politics, and questions of power in relation to the formalization of political and activist practices. Her new work on this subject, entitled Reproductive Politics in Queer Times, centers on evolving discourses of ‘choice’ in neoliberal times. Using perspectives from ethnography, textual & cultural analysis, legal studies, and queer theory, this project and takes up questions of reproduction and coupling set against the backdrop of homonationalism and the economization of life.
(“Homonationalism” is a term discussed in one place, and one place only, I’m confident: On Campus.)
Anyway, no further comment from this on me, since in the words of one Ron Burgundy, I intend to stay classy.by