Mar 16, 2013 at 20:46:28
“You don't see ProLife rallies against poverty, or against domestic violence. Only this one issue.”
Luke Johnathan on Mar 16, 2013 at 21:26:27
“That is true, there are no pro-life rallies focused on issues other than abortion, but no one would expect there to do. There is a key difference between the concentrated focus of an organization and the varied concerns of participating individuals. The purpose of the pro-life movement is not to cure the world of all problems everywhere, it is to focus in on one problem, the defense of the unborn. There are many, many other organizations created to focus on precisely those issues you mentioned, to decrease poverty, and domestic violence, and so on. Who is to say that individuals to join pro-life rallies don't also participate in such programs? Do you really have evidence to support such an argument? I doubt it. I can say from experiencing that the many Christians I know, who are strongly pro-life, are also involved in programs to cure other social ills.”
Mar 16, 2013 at 20:40:29
“I disagree that the intent of the law would be to "protect" a woman's rights - the events you are describing are extremely rare. Being able to prosecute a midwife for negligence does not strike me as much of a prize.”
Mar 16, 2013 at 20:31:22
“It's true that women do not die in child birth very often in modern Western countries. Here is a better example.
It is a fact that physical abuse of women by their partner, if it is going to happen will begin when she becomes pregnant. Suppose I am married, got pregnant with every good intention of becoming a mommy and find at about 3 months that my marriage and life are no longer a place I want to bring a baby into?
This is a real life scenario and a shockingly common one.On any given day in Canada, more than 3,000 women (along with their 2,500 children) are living in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. http://www.canadianwomen.org/facts-about-violence
So 2 questions:
Isn't it up to the woman to determine whether she want to go through with the pregnancy under dangerous circumstances?
Why do people who refer to themselves as pro-LIFE not agitate for the safety of women?”
Luke Johnathan on Mar 17, 2013 at 00:53:57
“Thanks, that is a better example.
And I would have to say no! It is not up to the woman to decide whether to end the life of the unborn infant or not, that decision shouldn't be up to anyone, that shouldn't be a decision one can even make at all. It's a human being, and no matter how horrible, how traumatic, how violent a home it may grow up in if born, that is still incalculably better than having all life stripped from it. As a human being the unborn has a right to life, no matter how poor a life it may be, and it is morally reprehensible to make the decision to kill it.
Can you prove that they don't? Who is to say that people who go to pro-life rallies don't also do some volunteering at women's shelters? It is quite likely that some, perhaps many, do. Regarding the safety of women, it is already acknowledged as an important issue, there are already many organizations working to improve women's safety, at the very least, women are recognized as having a right to safety, and most people support that right. But many do not recognize the unborn as possessing a right to life at all, most completely disregard the unborn, even promote the ability to choose to kill the unborn. Domestic violence is indefensible and should be addressed, and it is, but the killing of unborn children is equally indefensible and desperately needs to be addressed.”
Mar 16, 2013 at 20:12:33
“While Canadian law may not recognize the human life until birth, MDs overwhelmingly do not perform abortions on demand "in the last two weeks, days or hours before birth". So, with regard to abortion in Canada, there is no slippery slope, no need for the government to intervene in what is a medical decision between a woman and her doctor.
If Woodworth wants to have philosophical debates about when life begins he should do it on his own time and outside Parliament.”
centipede1965 on Mar 16, 2013 at 20:26:24
“There is a slippery slope, whether you want to believe it or not. When is the child entitled to rights...9 months 2 days, 7 months 4 days, 5 months 3 days? Those that say after birth are just ignoring realities. Whether it is common practice or not, under current law a doctor could abort a child that is 9 months in the womb without any legal ramifications. I think debates about when human life begins matter a lot more than the pooch in your profile. How easy it is for you to want the decision left to you and your doctor, when the only one slated to die is the child that has no voice. How convenient.”
Mar 16, 2013 at 20:05:30
“I guess I wonder about that too, but I always look for Free Run. There must be a fair number of us making this choice because they are available now at all the major grocery stores, even out in the burbs.
Vote with your wallet!”
CalgarySandy on Apr 8, 2013 at 16:15:44
“They are way cheaper than they were in the early 70's. The more people buy these foods the lower the price can go. I had to make soy milk by buying the dry beans in an Asian / Natural foods supermarket. There are lots of choices in fake meat now instead of having to track down retextured vegetable protein to make a rubbery horror similar to chopped up connective tissue and gristle. We have come a very long way from having to find natural food markets with dry beans. I find fresh produce in the winter and early spring much more expensive than natural foods now.”
Mar 16, 2013 at 20:03:43
“Antibiotics are necessary because animals forced to live in filth and without adequate light, air and care will otherwise become sick and die before they are ready for slaughter.
So in that sense ONLY does it improve the rate of growth.”
o3mta3o on Mar 17, 2013 at 08:04:52
“i know why they're necessary, and that swings me back around to the first comment. but i'll give you the technicality that the antibiotics to cause "growth" because they essentially keep the animals from shriveling into skin and bone and sickness. ”
Jan 26, 2013 at 21:20:37
“Good points Nadine.
As well, polling results treated like news and most without any analysis to determine whether they mean anything or are just crap. What is the size of the poll and what were the questions? Was it online, by phone?
Also you'll usually see in fine print that polling numbers are of "decided voters" only which is in itself a bias that makes Conservative numbers look higher. Except for dyed in the wool party supporters, there is a fair bit of indecision among the progressive side of the political spectrum compared with the core Conservatives.
So don't believe them .You recall that no pollster was even close to predicting the results of our last election. These polls are bought and paid for and the purpose is to discourage support for the opposition.
Jan 26, 2013 at 21:07:36
“Sorry the NDP has never been solidly green notwithstanding Jack Layton and his bicycle. In any case where it is union jobs vs. the environment, the NDP supports polluting industry from mining to pulp and paper to auto jobs.
We need to get rid of our antique FPTP electoral system to get a Canadian government that pays more than just lip service to the environment.”
Brian Cousins on Apr 4, 2013 at 13:47:09
“I resisted replying to your well-intended email and support for the Green Party. But as I see the Tory/Liberal gang persisting in their privileged, power-elite approach to Canadian politics (e.g. see Liberal Tony Merchant and Liberal senator wife involvement in offshore tax havens), I realize it is critical to elect an NDP government to achieve real change in Canada's social, political and environmental reality. Your support for the Green Party will only serve to aid Harper's Tories. How sad.”
ProgressiveCDN on Feb 11, 2013 at 13:42:50
“Trudeau is talking preferential ballots... What's your thoughts on that?
For all it's flaws, FPTP has worked pretty well for Canada historically. Until Harper, of course. We'd never seen our "left-wing" be quite so divided. All the charisma and energy was with Jack Layton, so I can't help but think that the NDP is not going to be able to divide the left so dramatically and many "fallen Libs" will likely go back.”
Brian Cousins on Feb 9, 2013 at 13:16:05
“The NDP is already on record favouring a change in the system as you desire. And only the NDP has the potential to replace Harper and begin the process of change. As for your anti-union remarks, please check the record of the CLC which supports environmental issues and realizes the potential to create more jobs by implementing sound environmental policies. Also please check Nettie Wiebe, the NDP candidate in Saskatoon-Biggar who was twice defeated by a no-name Tory .. losing by fewer votes than the Green candidate received. Wiebe is an outstanding agricultural and environmental academic and leader whose contribution to Canada's parliament has been thwarted by the Green Party. Please ... for the sake of Canada, the environment and future generations ... THINK about the implications of your anti-NDP activity and your indirect support for the Harper agenda.”
freeSpeakr on Jan 28, 2013 at 08:25:46
“"We need to get rid of our antique FPTP electoral system …"
Excellent point. Mr Harper owes his "victories" to this system, much to the detriment of Canadian values. This system reduces relationships to an us-vs-them winner-take-all paradigm - not a sustainable democracy.”
Mar 28, 2012 at 13:01:56
“Reality has a well-known liberal bias. If this is reflected in the public broadcaster that is only fair.
In seriousness, the CBC has an excellent record of reporting important news stories where the private broadcasters favour info-tainment.
"How many pro-West commentaries do we see and hear on the CBC? Pro-oilsands? Pro-GM foods? Pro-banks? Pro-logging? Pro-capitalism? Pro-Harper? Pro-Conservative? Pro-religion?"
The oil companies, Monsanto, the banks and logging giants can pay to promote their businesses without taxpayers funding their propaganda. In my view, they go way too soft on the current government in bending over backwards to achieve so-called balanced coverage.
If you want pro-religion media there is a channel for that on Rogers - CTS. The state broadcaster has no business making a pro-religion case.”
Mar 10, 2012 at 02:24:26
“Ignatieff did poorly in the debate. He could have turned things around but failed.
I don't disagree with the rest of what you say, but there were bad decisions made inside the Liberal party, one of which was choosing an uncharismatic leader who could not debate and failed to stand up to Harper (or Jack Layton for that matter) face to face.”
Mar 10, 2012 at 02:17:47
“"Shut Up and Get in Your Hole" - is that a country song?”
freeSpeakr on Mar 10, 2012 at 09:13:37
“It's a cover of the original performed in 1982 by Ronnie Reagan and The Chiefs of Staff during their "Better Dead than Red!" tour. Currently on the charts in Canada by Lil' Stevie and His Tiny Tea Party Tories.”