Peterborough Pro-Life

Over 25 years of anti choice anger and I have never heard of them. I live in Peterborough Canada and attend Trent University there but some how have never heard of the Peterborough Pro-Life organization (PPL).  According to this article they protest every single Saturday outside the Peterborough Hospital. This blew my mind. I had no idea they existed. As a feminist and a supporter of choice and all reproductive rights I am amazed I have never heard of them. Thanks to a lovely friend of mine, I now know about them.

Although I have never heard of them they seem to have some friends in high places. Local conservative MP Dean Del Mastro assisted the PPL in getting information about the number of abortions performed. The hospital did not want to give them this information.

They want to put religion in politics in a time period where we thankfully have a secular state. One of the women involved, Mrs. van der Vegt., said this about being pro-life: “It’s spiritual warfare,”. She also said that she is protesting because it is God’s will. I disagree with her. The God I believe in respects women’s rights and knows that religion has no place in legislation.

If any of you wonderful people who read this blog live in the area I am thinking about maybe shaking up their Saturday routine by having a little counter protest. It will be a good warm up for the big protest in Ottawa on May 9th, the anniversary of R v Morgentaler.

I understand that people are pro life and that this is a valid opinion to have. Feminism is not about the choices you make it is about having a choice. My only problem is people who are pro life is that they want to take away other peoples rights when pro choice only wants to give everyone options.

Here is information on PPL if you’re interested:

Ali van der Vegt Phone: (705) 745-3820 E-mail: ali.vandervegt@yahoo.ca

Join the Peterborough Pro-Life Silent Prayer Vigil every Saturday, 10AM to 11AM. Peterborough Regional Health Centre 1 Hospital Dr, Peterborough, ON

Please do not email or call Mrs. van der Vegt if you plan on sending rude, offensive, threatening messages to her. I give you this information because it was on the article linked, not so you can do any harm. Everyone deserves to have an opinion and you should not be mean to them because of it.

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Canadian Public Opinion

A year ago this month Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth tried to put forward a motion in the House of Commons which could have opened the possibility of re-criminalizing abortion. This may be old news but it is important news.

It was on April 26 2012 that conservative MP Woodworth tried to open up the abortion debate. Feminists fought long and hard for the removal of abortion from the criminal code and legislation. In 1988 abortion was dropped from the criminal code and the possibility of that being changed caused an uproar.

Liberal MP Lucie Pépin created a petition against MP Woodworth re-opening the abortion debate and 110364 (including myself) Canadians signed the petition. This shows the power of feminism and women’s rights that is in Canada. People may say we are post-feminism but actions like these stand for themselves. Canadians came together to tell MP Woodworth that he needed to back down. This is a sign of the power of individuals and collective in combating sexist, misogynist and/or patriarchical actions and attitudes that are still present in our society.

Here is the petition created by MP Pepin: http://petition.liberal.ca/abortion-debate-woodworth-harper-canada-reproductive-rights-pro-choice-lucie-pepin/

Oh Paul Ryan not Again

As many of you know Paul Ryan and other conservative politicians in the USA have issues with abortion. He is now trying to gain supporters for his anti-abortion ideas. I personally follow the idea that if you don’t want an abortion then don’t get one, also if you are a man and therefore will never have to go through a pregnancy and/or an abortion then your opinion on what women should do is invalid. It is a women’s choice not the choice of a male politician, especially one like Ryan who’s moral values are a little outdated and misplaced.

Some male politicians in the USA, including Ryan, have had some very interesting things to say about abortion and pregnancy. The most infamous being from Republican Todd Akin who said women do not need abortions in the case of rape because: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut  that whole thing down.”. Now I think we can all see the many ways Akin is wrong. There is no such thing as “legitimate rape” and “illegitimate rape” all rape is rape. Also if the female body had the ability to control pregnancy than abortion, birth control, and condoms would have never been invented or needed in the first place.

This post has much in common with two of my past posts if you are interested in further information from me: https://reproductiverightscanada.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/meanwhile-in-the-usa-2/ and https://reproductiverightscanada.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/politicians-vs-the-people/

And for more information from other sources try:

For more Quotes from politicians: Women’s Rights Quotes from Politicians – Stupid Things Politicians Say – Cosmopolitan

For more information on Paul Ryan check out Feministings article on him: http://feministing.com/2013/04/12/paul-ryan-wants-you-to-join-the-ranks-of-his-anti-abortion-army/