The Prime Minister of Canada was challenged on the issue of free speech at a town hall in Hamilton, Ontario, and would not commit to the principle.
In the context of a debate about abortion, a student reportedly told Justin Trudeau that “if you’re pro-life then you are ridiculed and insulted, but if you’re pro-choice then you are praised,” a fact that rings true in the United States, too, especially on university campuses.
“And I just want to know if this [free speech] is important to you,” the student pressed.
Women have fought for generations for the right to control their own bodies, to be able to choose for themselves what to do with their bodies. When those beliefs lead to actions aimed to restrict a women’s right on what to do with her body, that’s where we draw the line.
In other words, Trudeau “draws the line” of free speech – which is equivalent to free thought and quintessential to freedom itself – at pro-lifers. Make no mistake. The next step here is to ban pro-lifers from expressing pro-life opinions in public. The Canadian Prime Minister feels virtuous virtuous about this. He gets to pretend to be the great protector of women while millions infant, the most innocent among us, are slaughtered.
Trudeau went further, insulting pro-lifers with a comment similar in nature to president Barack H. Obama’s “bitter clinger” knock on conservatives.
“An organization that has the explicit purpose of restricting women’s rights by removing rights to abortion, the right for women to control their own bodies, is not in line with where we are as a government and quite frankly where we are as a society,” he said.
And there you have it: pro-lifers are no longer in step with society. They are backwards, regressive and non-liberal.
The official position of the Canadian government is to mock and deride pro-life citizens and threaten their free expression.
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Texas City Stands Up for Life by Passing Pro-Life Ordinance
Planned Parenthood is not welcome.
The town of New Home, located south of Lubbock, became the 15th city in Texas to prohibit abortion on September 29, 2020.
The New Home city council unanimously voted for the resolution following state politicians and local officials discussing the idea of bringing back a Planned Parenthood facility to the city. New Home Baptist pastor L.J. Wright was a champion of this pro-life effort and hopes that the vote will change Lubbock’s city council decision to bring back Planned Parenthood.
“With the City Council in Lubbock seemingly balking at the ordinance while claiming to be Pro-Life, this puts the pressure directly on them,” Wright commented. “Every city in Lynn County should consider following suit with New Home, and get behind Mark Lee Dickson… I am challenging all of West Texas to stand up for life, and make their city a Sanctuary City for the Unborn.”
Mark Lee Dickson, a pro-life activist and director of Right to Life of East Texas, crafted this ordinance.
Texas Senator Charles Perry, who represents Lubbock, has sent a petition around requesting that Planned Parenthood be kept out of Lubbock and signed on a letter calling Lubbock to pass a similar ordinance.
“Passing an ordinance designating Lubbock as a Sanctuary City for the Unborn will help to continue the Texas belief that life begins at conception, while also protecting the safety of mothers,” Perry wrote in the letter, which was also signed by State Representatives Dustin Burrows and John Frullo.
Similar to the other cities who have passed such ordinances, New Home’s ordinance implements the abortion ban by imposing fines on abortion providers. The catch is that this ordinance will go into effect once Roe v. Wade is overturned. Providers will also be held liable for carrying out abortions, and families who have children that were aborted will now be able to sue them.
The Texas reported that “Waskom, Naples, Joaquin, Tenaha, Gilmer, Westbrook, Rusk, Colorado City, Gary, Big Spring, Wells, Whiteface, and East Mountain are the other cities that have adopted the ordinance, modeled by Dickson. The town of Omaha adopted the ordinance but later pulled its teeth, making it a symbolic resolution instead.”
Texans are getting fed up with the inaction of legislators at the state and federal level. So, they’re taking matters into their own hands at the local level. Similar to Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions, these pro-life movements represent a growing dissatisfaction with the political status quo and are likely a sign of how politics will be conducted from here on out.
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