Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Wingnuts Heard The Dog Whistle In The Budget

I said cutting GRS funding was a dog whistle for the fundies.

Sure enough, as if to make my point for me, the following letter appeared in the Edmonton Journal:

Why don't we consider delisting abortions? Surely in this enlightened day, no baby should suffer annihilation just because the timing is wrong, or because proper birth control was not used. How many abortions are performed in Alberta each year, and how much do they cost taxpayers? I am not questioning abortion where the health of the mother or baby is at risk. But Alberta could be a leader in delisting this abhorrent medical procedure.

Judy Buddle, Edmonton

I'd hardly say that this comes as a surprise per se; although I still think it has more to do with a proposed series of amendments to the Alberta Human Rights legislation the Lindsay Blackett has been working on for quite some time.


Anonymous said...

Abortion is almost always an elective procedure. If abortion is a legal choice, why is the taxpayer writing the cheque?

MgS said...

For the same reason the taxpayer writes the cheque when a lifetime smoker needs treatment for lung cancer, or a skier breaks a leg on the ski hill.

BTW - thank you for completely abusing the term "elective". Like most people who misuse the term, you fail to recognize that the medical world uses the term 'elective' to refer to surgery that is not urgent in a life and death sense.