Abortion good, Fathers bad

Caveat Emptor by David Warren

A pro-choice organizatin in Canada put up a billboard pointing out that abortion is legal for the entire term of pregnancy. (By the way, late-term abortions are extremely dangerous, and frequently kill the mother. That’s what feminists are campaigning for!) Advertising Standards Canada ruled that the billboard is “deceptive”, even though it is entirely factual. Why? Because it didn’t mention “access”. Feminists want to pretend that “access” to abortion is an issue, even though:

The feminist red herring about “access” is not something worthy of serious discussion. When a woman wants an abortion in this country, she gets it, pronto. That is indeed a very good reason why abortions in the third trimester are comparatively rare. And yet they do happen, and they are quite legal. The billboard wasn’t discussing numbers, it was discussing law.

In Canada’s socialist medical system, you can wait months, possibly years, for vital medical treatment; you can and will wait for hip or knee replacements, MRI scans, all kinds of clinical work and general surgery. In many parts of Canada you can wait for the rest of your life for access to a family doctor. If you go to emergency in a Canadian hospital towards midnight, you can wait all night to be seen by a nurse. Complaints about “access to abortion” are a very grim joke. If women had been similarly wait-listed for this service, the population of this country would by now be several million higher.

Meanwhile, an anti-father billboard campaign is going unharassed:

Compare, if you will, an advertisement from the feminist Canadian Women’s Foundation, that has been running as a “public service” — carpet-bombed across the country not only on billboards but in newspapers, with bank statements, and on the sides of buses. It is intended to “create awareness of domestic violence.”

Under the headline, “Shelter from the Storm,” it depicts “a sullen, rather menacing father, staring defiantly at the camera” from one end of a sofa, and “a waifish, stressed-looking mother shielding anxious children” at the other. (The descriptors are Barbara Kay’s, and I cannot improve on them.) A dotted vertical line divides this father from the rest of his family.

The message of this advertisement is as unambiguously hateful as it is clich?d and slick. Without any further words it communicates a savage denunciation of “white males,” and supports the feminist stereotype that they are violent, abusive, and tyrannical by nature. Women, by contrast, are peaceful, and nurturing, and if they have any flaw, it is perhaps that they have been too accommodating to men in the past. Children, too, are routinely abused by these white male reptiles, and thus side exclusively with their mothers.

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