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Abortion opposition is about control

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Last week, the state of Alabama made abortion effectively illegal, and others are looking to follow the example, hoping this will be replicated at a federal level.

Anti-abortion rallies were held this month across Canada, addressed by MPs and senior provincial politicians. The leader of the Conservative Party, though he promises not to reopen the debate, is personally strongly opposed to abortion and is surrounded by those who agree with him.

I know the anti-abortion movement extremely well. Years ago I was part of it, spoke to its meetings, was given awards by it. So I can say with some confidence that the term “pro-life” is a dangerous and misleading misnomer, because it implies a concern for living people, and that is simply not the case.

Anti-abortion activists demonstrate an obsession with those just before they’re born and just before they die. In between, not so much. Witness the relentless connection between the anti-abortion culture and economic and political conservatism, with its concomitant opposition to social justice and help for the poor and marginalized.

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