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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #30 on: September 14, 2008, 03:52:40 PM »
Green Party Press release:

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Green Party strongly supports a woman’s right to choose

NEW GLASGOW – Green Party leader Elizabeth May reaffirmed today that the Green Party supports the rights of women to access safe and legal abortions and that she personally strongly supports this policy.

“On CTV’s Question Period today, it was incorrectly said that I am against a woman’s right to choose,” said Ms. May. “It is important that Canadians are aware of the Green Party’s belief that protecting abortion rights in Canada is critical. I share this belief and the Green Party will work to enhance availability of abortion services in Canada.

“My views are the same as former US President Bill Clinton, who has said 'abortion should be safe, legal and rare’.”

The Green Party notes that many regions of Canada still lack abortion services. Much progress needs to be made to ensure greater access to abortions in Canada and to help women prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Did anyone happen to catch QP today? I missed it, and thus have no idea of the context in which May's ambiguous stance towards abortion was addressed.
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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #31 on: September 14, 2008, 04:43:40 PM »
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“My views are the same as former US President Bill Clinton, who has said 'abortion should be safe, legal and rare’.”

Shorter Clinton and May: Women need to be shamed. Or led by us smarter guys.

May's authority on anything to do with women's sexuality is f'n Bill f'n Clinton?  :rant:  :rant2:

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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #32 on: September 14, 2008, 05:04:22 PM »
QP replay is on CTV Newsnet atm.  I'd forgotten just how obnoxious Jane Taber is.

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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #33 on: September 14, 2008, 05:16:58 PM »
mattt, I just cannot figure how to get there. Can you tell us?

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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #34 on: September 14, 2008, 05:34:55 PM »
skdadl, go here and click on videos on right.

ETA: Well, I watched that and there was nothing about abortion. More on the 'Canadians are stupid' thing though.

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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #35 on: September 14, 2008, 05:51:51 PM »
Thanks very much, fyrnova. So, ok. I suffered through that, but the topic didn't come up. So we're stuck with the same old press release?

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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #36 on: September 14, 2008, 05:55:43 PM »
Maybe somebody else said she was anti-choice. Dear gord, don't make me watch the rest of QP.

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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #37 on: September 14, 2008, 06:09:39 PM »
Oh, I see the problem. Maybe mattt will report back to us ...   ;)

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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #38 on: September 14, 2008, 06:14:30 PM »
Ok, I see what the Greens were responding to in their press release earlier today re: May and abortion. Mike Duffy claimed she's anti-choice and said that (along with her nebulous stance on Afghanistan) might pose a problem at the debate.
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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #39 on: September 14, 2008, 06:17:18 PM »
BTW, I twittered a link to a BP post on abortion, along with May's Netroots post from this past February.  Perhaps Bourque or Kady or one of the other parties following my account will take the bait...

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« Reply #40 on: September 14, 2008, 06:24:21 PM »
Personally, I find the reference to a US VIP extremely irritating, in the matter of a pro-choice position.  If May and the Greens were as concerned about the situation in Canada as they claim to be, a more relevant and appropriate statement would be: 'abortion should be safe, legal and accessible’ instead of all this nuanced crap.

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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #41 on: September 14, 2008, 08:05:07 PM »
May was on Cross Country Check-up today and said she was both pro-choice and pro-decriminalizing pot
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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #42 on: September 15, 2008, 08:25:30 AM »
She's kind of wishy-washy that way. She's "pro-choice", she says, but only because otherwise people would die, but has "personally talked women out of abortions" and says no one "in their right mind" like abortions. I think people who need them like them a lot.

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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #43 on: September 15, 2008, 08:49:02 AM »
And women don't have a "frivolous" right to choose ...  

But really -- quoting Bill Clinton as an authority on women's sexuality seems to me 'way beyond the pale. ('scuse me, pale.  ;)   )  He was indeed her mentor; he taught her to triangulate, which is why people keep having to spend days and days arguing about what  she meant every time she speaks.

In that sense, it may be a good thing she's in the debates. People do need to hear what she sounds like.

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Re: Election Coverage
« Reply #44 on: September 15, 2008, 11:12:15 AM »
Is it "triangulation" or is it just that she gets so excited when the spotlight is on her that she tries to say everything at once and winds up blurting nothing much at all?  It may well be that there are times she is sober, reflective, and mature but it seems as if every time the TV camera gets turned her way she suddenly becomes a hyperactive mighty mouth with words flying around at machine gun speed.

 

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