What kind of advice is that??

Aid groups advised to ‘shut the f— up’ on abortion – thestar.com.

From one woman to many:  Shut the fuck up.

Senator Ruth says if you don’t stop agitating for the rights of all women everywhere, we may lose what we have here.

What?

Is that some kind of threat?

Is the Harper government ready to take on the women of Canada?

In the past 2 weeks, the Harper government has cut the funding to:

1. Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
2. CERA (Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation);
3. Conseil d’intervention pour l’accès des femmes au travail (around for 25 years)… Voir la suite
4. New Brunswick Pay Equity Coalition,
5. le Réseau des Tables régionales de groupes de femmes du Québec,
6. Alberta Network of Immigrant Women,
7. Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition feminine,
8. Association féminine d’éducation et d’action sociale (AFEAS),
9. Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) (a 75-member coalition primarily of first stage emergency shelters for abused women.)

Senator Ruth doesn’t want this as an election issue.  Bring it on, I say.  Let’s deal with this issue and stop lallygagging about with idle threats.

Does anybody know just how difficult it is to engage in dialogue on the topic of choice?  In the academic medical environment I work in, we can’t hold a lecture on the topic without first notifying security and putting in place the necessary precautions to deal with crazy anti-choice protesters.  We can’t publicly promote an event that is pro-choice.  We have to sneak around to get information out, still, in this day and age.

No one knows where the procedure is carried out, that is, there is no sign, no advertisements that point in the direction.  Women are given a number to call, a number that is not in the phone book.  They are given directions that take them past the public areas of the hospital and into a protected area, protected from the anti-choice mob who would storm the facilities if they could get in.

It’s already difficult to get an abortion in Canada and it’s a legal procedure.

But what makes me angry is the idea that women have to watch what they say or else the Harper government will retaliate with cut funding and lost access to many valuable services for women in need.  I guess that’s politics.  It’s sad that women’s advocates have fought long and hard for these services that help women in communities all across the country. These services are and will continue to be under threat from conservatives.

Elizabeth May just keeps looking, and sounding, better and better.

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