Canadian politicians have recently become emboldened enough to revisit the “abortion debate.” Kitchener-Centre MP Stephen Woodworth has been granted 1 hour of debate on April 26, and another hour in the spring or fall, after which there will be a vote on Motion 312. Motion 312 is a back door attempt to regulate abortion by convening a committee to decide when a fetus becomes a human being. Currently in Canada, a fetus becomes a human being once it has left the birth canal, whether or not the umbilical cord is cut. Mr. Woodworth couldn’t even come up with a name for his motion, so I’ve dubbed it Motion 312: When a Woman is Stripped of her Autonomy. Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada has started a name-that-motion poll, so email them a suggestion.
After the 2 hours of debate, the House of Commons will vote on whether to send it to a committee made up of 12 MPs. No, ‘MP’ is not short for ‘Medical Professional.’ This committee will be made up of 12 politicians, most likely the majority of them will be men, unlikely to contain many, if any doctors (there are 2 female doctor MPs that I am aware of), and the majority of them will be from the Conservative Party. They will debate amongst themselves when the law should give humanity to a fetus, and strip a woman of hers. Canadians, please write your MP a letter telling them that you oppose this Motion and that they should too! ARCC has provided a sample letter. ARCC has also prepared great counter-arguments to the motion.
You have likely already heard of the Government Free VJJ project. The group is neither pro-choice nor anti-choice, but simply wants to provide men in government with their very own plush uterus or vagina so they can butt out of ours. If you can knit, they have patterns for knitting a uterus or vagina to send to your local uterus-obsessed politician. If there is a knitter who would like a sponsor, let us know because Abortion Gang would like to sponsor a uterus so we can raise some money for a local abortion fund in honour of an anti-choice politician. This is a great project for Canadians as well and there is a facebook group you can seek to join, Womb Swarm: Textile Artists Against Motion 312.
If you are interested in sponsoring a uterus, let us know and we’ll figure out a system. It would be awesome to send anti-choice, uterus-obsessed politicians a plush uterus and let them know some money was donated in their honour to Planned Parenthood or an abortion fund. So let’s turn a bad situation into a money raiser and piss off some antis!