Join the Radical Handmaids at noon on April 25th (Wednesday) if you can.
Protest Motion-312
Speak out in support of our right to bodily autonomy

So, yeah.  There’s this.

On April 26th (this coming Thursday), the House of Commons is going to be debating Motion M-312 — a motion made by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth “to review the definition of “human being” in Subsection 223(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada to determine if it should be extended to include fetuses”.

I can’t see this as anything other than a wedge with-which to reopen the “debate” about whether or not abortions should be legally and safely available to anyone who needs one.

The Radical Handmaids have organized a protest rally this coming Wednesday, April 25th, at the Eternal Flame on Parliament Hill at noon. If can join us there, great.

If you can’t (or if you can, and want to do more), here’s a list of ways to take action agains M-312.

I strongly suggest that you contact your MP and let them know you oppose M-312, and why. (If your MP is supportive, you may wish to suggest that they use your email as proof of Canadians not supporting the motion – it won’t hurt).

Here’s a handy fact sheet about M-312, if you’re at a loss for words.

Here, also, are some printable post cards, as snail mail can have a stronger effect than email (also you can send stuff to Parliament for free).

There’s a petition that you need to print out and get your friends to sign, old-school style.

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I don’t do a lot of writing on this blog with regards to reproductive rights. A fair part of that is because legal access to abortion isn’t an issue in this country[1]. (And let’s keep it that way!)
However. I do write a fair bit about Trans Stuff and Sexworker Stuff. You want to know what reproductive rights, sexworkers’ rights, and trans people’s rights have in common? They all have to do with the individual’s right to bodily autonomy in the face of a government and/or a culture that would try to convince us otherwise[2].

I’ll be on parliament hill on Wednesday.
I hope you’ll join me.

Sincerely,
Ms Syren.

[1] Physical access is a different story – PEI, for example, doesn’t have an abortion-ready clinic or hospital, which means anyone in that province needs to get referals from two doctors in order to undergo the out-of-province proceedure – which is not always easy to do, particularly on a conservative island like PEI. Similarly, there are folks whose local hospital has an abortion-provider available only once a month.

[2] The need for these activisms also all has to do with the way our intrinsically sexist society hates, devalues, and seeks to control: women (trans women, cis women, either way), people born with vaginas, and anyone presenting as feminine. But that’s a rant for another day.