By coincidence, the same day O’Connor spoke those stirring words in the House of Commons, the government announced it would appeal an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that had struck down key anti-prostitution laws. This was expected. The Conservatives have vociferously opposed any suggestion that the prostitution laws — which do not forbid prostitution per se but effectively make it impossible to do it without committing a crime — should be curtailed in any way.

So how does that square with the government’s declarations on abortion? Try replacing the word “abortion” in any part of Gordon O’Connor’s statement with “prostitution.”

“Whether one accepts it or not, prostitution is and always will be part of society. There will always be dire situations in which some women may have to choose the option of prostitution. No matter how many laws some people may want government to institute against prostitution, prostitution cannot be eliminated. It is part of the human condition.”

Fits rather nicely, doesn’t it?

Then there’s marijuana and the other illicit drugs the government is making war on. Try plugging them into O’Connor’s statement.

“I cannot understand why those who are adamantly opposed to drug use want to impose their beliefs on others by way of the Criminal Code. There is no law that says a person must use drugs. No one is forcing those who oppose drugs to use them.”

Again, the fit is close to perfect.

So what’s left? Why does the government think its ringing words apply to abortion but not to other moral choices? Simple. In O’Connor’s statement, he objects to “new laws” that curtail personal freedom but says that the exercise of that freedom must respect “current law.”

Today, there is no law banning abortion. But there are laws banning prostitution and drugs.

Thus, what looks like a highly principled statement about the relationship between morality and liberty in a pluralistic society is actually something less grand: It is a lazy and weak defence of the status quo.

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Boy, Dan Gardner really does slam the Conservative Government’s rationale for opposing any laws on abortion while concurrently proposing laws to keep prostitution and needle exchanges at bay.

It really does show how ridiculously shallow Harper and his cronies are on this question. They are hardly consistent in the arguments they employ in refusing to consider any law regulating abortion while blissfully dismissing those same arguments when it’s an easier “sell”.  It shows them to be the lowest of the low of the political class, pandering to what they think will keep them in power.  In fact, the brutal enforcement of the will without any consideration for justice, reason, science or the most basic decency is exactly what abortion is, and that’s the script that today’s Conservative government reads from too.

Pathetic.

One Response to “Ottawa Citizen Columnist Picks Apart Conservative Government Support for Abortion”
  1. I was pleasantly surprised to see his take on the debate that never really was, since as ol’ Dan says they already had it decided.

    I turned on the debate when I got home that day which was late in the day and only caught Hedy Fry, and in fact Gordon “O’Connor,spewing out the same old, same old in- Ffirst female ( Ey! women first you know!!! then the male version ala Gordon O’Connor- and felt my blood getting warm, so I thought to coll off go into the kitchen and get away from the t.v. As it happens they tabled the bill after Gordon O’Connors’s speech. Hedy Fry made one want to scream! LIES, all LIES!!!

    It was Hedy though that got to me. Probably because she was so sure, she spoke for ALL women, even to the point, of angry “How dare you even broach this -Sacred subject of Womens last stand-The rights to have ownership over their body-to hell with the world, mentality.

    GUESS WHAT HEDY????!!! You do not speak for me, nor do you speak for countless other women especially the little girls yet to be women who are residing in some womans’ womb still waiting to be born .

    HEDY!!! WAKE UP!!! I HAVE HAD AN ABORTION AND GUESS WHAT HEDY??? SHE HAD A HEARTBEAT AND EVEN KICKED MY BELLY BEFORE SHE WAS SILENCED AND I NEVER STOP CRYING FOR MY MISTAKE AND I MISS HER SO MUCH EVERYDAY,AND NOT ONLY THAT, HEDY, I USED TO FEEL SO STRANGE THAT… YES.. ABORTION IS KILLING . IT IS JUST A WORD SUBSTITUTED BY THOSE WHO SOLD OUT TO THE DEVIL, THINKING THEY COULD SOFTEN WHAT IT REALLY IS…AND It HAS WORKED FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO CLOSE THEIR HEARTS, MINDS AND SOULS. IT IS SERPENTINE SEMANTICS, THAT THESE MEN , WHO SAW THE BLOOD MONEY THAT COULD ME MADE CHANGED THE Truth into, who are responsible for the new “softer” lingo. FETUS- DEAR HEDY MEANS” LITTLE CHILD”.

    IS ANYONE AWAKE ?

    ABORTION HEDY IS THE MOST BRUTAL TORTUROUS KILLING OF AN INNOCENT BEAUTIFUL BABY. (PERSON…HEDY…AND IF THE” LITTLE ONE” WAS OLDER,( SORRY , HEDY don’t want to cause any spitting again, I MEAN “fetus” OF COURSE!!!) IT WOULD BE CLASSED AS INFANTICIDE…AND GEE WHY AM I NOT CHARGED? IN FACT ALL WHO COLLABORATED AND EVEN CO_CONSPIRED IN ANY KILLING ARE CHARGED UNDER THE CRIMINAL CODE . THAT MEANS ALL WHO VOTED FOR POLITICIANS WHO WERE FOR THIS AS WELL, HEDY!!! SPEAKING OF CRIMINAL CODE HEDY AND YOU TOO GORDON, HOW CAN THE CRIMINAL CODE APPLY TO AN OLDER CHILD AND NOT THE MOST VULNERABLE AND YES DEPENDANT (FOR A TIME…YET DISTINCTLY A SEPARATE HUMAN BEING.) ???

    WHEN PEOPLE PLAN MURDER,IT IS CLASSED AS 1ST DEGREE. So …to get back to my dilemna. I wondered as if in a daze when I walk and hold my sign down in front of killing site (Morgantalers’ mill at 65 Bank St. here in ol’ downtown Ottawa, above get this a jewellery sore and beside a family restaurant, MacDonalds. How is it that people are going in and out to have their babies killed and NOONE IS STOPPING THEM AND CALLING THE POLICE TO COME AND ARREST AND CHARGE THEM WITH MURDER!!! HEY THERE ARE PLENTY OF Witnesses.!
    THEY EVEN STOP TO GRAB A HOT-DOG AND FRIES AND SIT DOWN ON THE BENCH RIGHT OUTSIDE AS THE GIRLS COME OUT LIMPING AND LOOKING LIKE THEY HAVE SEEN HELL and yes now unfortunately they have met Satan face to face , as he is the King of lies and they submitted to
    him and now their is a price to pay…their soul perhaps, and the loss of the person that was the greatest gift God can give, and their life as it were,

    Try as they may, once one has taken a life of another, it CAN never be the same. So…How about it Hedy want to go have a coffee and talk about
    what is the greatest crime ever perpetrated on all of mankind since the beginning of time?: THE KILLING OF THE MOST BLESSED INNOCENTS , THAT’S WHAT, Hedy!!!

    REST IN PEACE
    All You forgotten, abandoned, slaughtered like little lambs, beautiful little children.
    (just like Jesus ,and just like Jesus, by His own people that He was crucified and died , descended into Hell and ROSE AGAIN
    So WE could live with Him and here and for Eternity) but no…we continue to do it to You Lord and the silence is deafening, as the screams of the innocent cry out “Why have you abandoned Me?” We keep killing Him over and over and over, and then we go and eat a hot-dog and share a coke

    Take Heart Little Ones,
    You were created in Love and By Love.
    He will never abandon You , for and cares for His Sheep.

    It is the Shepherd’s who need to be concerned.

    STOP THE KILLING !!!

    In The Father, Son and Holy Spirit
    and through Jesus, Mary, and St. Joseph
    We Thank You for the Gift of Life

    Have Mercy on us ALL
    Your little One
    Frances
    For Life
    Forever

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