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Never missing an opportunity to virtue-signal

June 2019

You have to admire U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence for his decorum and restraint in the face of having to endure a lecture from our fake feminist and Virtue-Signaler-in-Chief, Justin Trudeau.  Besides the fact that the abortion issue has nothing to do with international trade, nor had absolutely nothing to do with the purpose of Pence being in Ottawa, that being to discuss the new USMCA deal, it’s only become an issue in Canada because Trudeau is aggressively going out of his way to make it an issue so that he can distract from his own weak leadership and numerous scandals.

Vice-President Pence was gracious in allowing the Prime Minister to blather on about the “…backsliding of women’s rights,” and how his government “…will always be a staunch defender of a woman’s right to choose.”  Pence, who has never hidden his proud pro-life stance, simply stated he is “…very proud to be part of a pro-life administration….”  The Vice-President could very easily have made Trudeau look like even more of a fool that he usually makes himself look by saying in front of all the assembled reporters that abortion is a state issue and while the federal government has constitutional authority, his administration clearly hasn’t interfered given that most states do have legalized abortion, including states like California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Nevada and Washington, that have all passed laws to maintain the legality of abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Trudeau considers what he did a win, but his smug sanctimony about standing up for “a woman’s right to choose” obviously doesn’t extend to a woman’s right to choose to be pro-life, given his decree that no one can stand as a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada unless they are pro-choice.  Trudeau has a right to his opinion, but so do his individual MPs.  Even Stephen Harper didn’t restrict his MPs to only being pro-life, nor did he bring forward any laws restricting abortions, despite having a majority government for his last four years and despite the insistence of progressives that he had a “hidden agenda.”  So, Trudeau is the champion of “choice” because…………..?

For far too long this debate has been far too polarizing.  When we talk about being “pro-choice,” it usually refers to someone who is in favour of abortion.  What about a woman who believes that she has a right to determine what happens to her body, and then chooses to carry the fetus to term?  Is she “pro-choice” or “pro-life”, given she has used her “pro-choice” stance to choose to not have an abortion?  Maybe she’s a bit of both.  Maybe she’s using her freedom of choice to make up her own mind.

I’m pro-life, but I respect a woman’s right to make her own choice whether she wants to have an abortion or not.  In fact, I’d rather see abortion remain legal because the alternate is a return to the back-alley abortions that endanger the lives of women. Some might say that I’m not truly pro-life for that opinion, but I’d much rather a woman get a safe, medical abortion from a qualified medical professional than see women needlessly harmed or die.  

I’d make sure women seeking an abortion are provided with information regarding the option of giving up their baby for adoption, along with some family planning information for future reference, but that’s where my “right to be pro-life” would impede on their “right to be pro-choice” and terminate a pregnancy.

By the way, since Trudeau is pro-choice, why hasn’t his government enacted legislation to formally enshrine abortion in Canadian law?  How many know that Canada doesn’t actually have a law on abortion since removal of abortion from the Criminal Code the 1988?

Finally, taking a cue from Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s recent “Kiss the Cod” video, I’ll say this loud and often, “ANDREW SHEER HAS PUBLICLY STATED NUMEROUS TIMES THAT HE WILL NOT RE-OPEN THE ABORTION DEBATE IF HE BECOMES THE PRIME MINISTER IN OCTOBER!”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_Canada, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_v._Wade, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-trudeau-raises-concerns-with-pence-over-new-state-abortion-laws-in-us/, https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/goldstein-screeched-in-mckenna-commits-a-classic-political-gaffe.


“In his opening argument in defense of the abortion restrictions, attorney Jay Floyd made what was later described as the “worst joke in legal history.” Appearing against two female lawyers, Floyd began, “Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the Court. It’s an old joke, but when a man argues against two beautiful ladies like this, they are going to have the last word.” His remark was met with cold silence; one observer thought that Chief Justice Burger ‘was going to come right off the bench at him. He glared him down.'”

Sources:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_v._Wade,

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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