know about Parliamentarian’s reaction boosts plans for a demonstration for reproductive rights
Clyde resident Fionna Lianne says she is planning a demonstration on July 9 after Arnold Viersen’s comments on the repeal of Roe v. Wade.
BARRHEAD – Responding to comments by Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen following the repeal of abortion rights in the US, a Clyde area resident is planning a reproductive rights rally in Barrhead on July 9 to show that not all residents within the Viersen constituency support the restrictions. about abortion
Fiona Lianne recently posted a Facebook event stating that she plans to hold a rally at or near 5124 – 50th St. in Barrhead, which is also the address of the local deputy office, at 2 pm this Saturday.
“I would really love to see anyone who supports a woman’s right to bodily autonomy to join me,” Lianne said, suggesting they can bring signs and masks if that makes them feel comfortable.
“I really just want to see a strong, peaceful and respectful protest… I just think we need to make our voices heard.”
On June 24, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that protected women’s constitutional right to abortion nationwide.
Not long after, Viersen posted a video on his Facebook page celebrating the decision, calling it a “terrible decision.”
Viersen said that 300 abortions are performed in Canada every day, which he called “a human rights tragedy and the greatest human rights violation of our time.”
He also promised to be “on guard” against any proposed laws to protect abortion rights in Canada, noting that the Liberal government has a tendency to react to political developments in the US with its own legislation.
“Because your MP is your vote on a bill, they are supposed to (represent) your voice,” he said. “If we don’t stand up loud and say now that this is not our voice… then he can go ahead and vote on these bills, or propose his own private member’s bill, and say this is the voice of my electorate.
Noting that her mother is American and has spent a lot of time in the US, Lianne noted that the possibility that Roe v. Wade was overruled was generally considered an empty threat.
“We’re hearing that here as well. A lot of people say, ‘Well, you know, they’re never going to take away the right to abortion in Canada.’ And I said, ‘Well, they said that in the United States too,’” she said.
Lianne noted that about 67 percent of Canadians believe in a woman’s right to choose, including some staunch conservatives. Even in an area with a strong pro-life movement like Barrhead, she believes at least some residents also support a woman’s right to an abortion.
“Who you vote for shouldn’t matter in this. Conservatives who have educated themselves need to understand that religious belief has no role in making law,” she said.
Lianne points out that there are many reasons why unwanted pregnancies occur, such as sexual assault or tampering with birth control by a woman’s partner, which has happened to some of her friends.
Also, there are still many myths about sex, such as the idea that women can’t get pregnant the first time they have sex.
While some believe there will be restrictions in some cases, Lianne pointed out that there are now American doctors who refuse to perform an abortion even if the circumstances are apparently valid, since the penalties for an invalid abortion are extremely high.
When asked what she would do in the event of a counterprotest, Lianne said that everyone is free to express their opinion and that she is willing to have a respectful debate with anyone who objects.
Noting that she is a nurse and has seen ultrasound scans of fetuses, she is fully aware of the detrimental effects of having an abortion, including depression.
“I know what it’s like to make that decision, and it’s not a decision that any woman wants to make,” she said. “You don’t wake up one day and say, ‘You know what would be fun? I’m going to get pregnant and see what abortion is like.’”
Kevin Berger, TownandCountryToday.com