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Thursday, July 17, 2008

I Missed You, Gordo

Oh, Lord. It took him all of a week after his vacation ended, but your boy Gordo wasted no time getting his panties bunched, this time over Dr. Henry Morgentaler's induction to the Order of Canada, and former local recipient Frank Chauvin's decision to return his award, not wishing to share the same honour as a man who's beliefs he disagrees with.

A quick search of the blog tells me I never did comment on that story, even though I remember reading it. At the time, I probably sighed loudly and clicked something else. But I don't get paid to write a column in the city's only paper.

The man starts off well enough, pointing out that people who are pro-choice should allow Chauvin to do whatever the hell he wants, which is correct. Pro-choice means freedom to choose, not I <3 ABORTIONS, a distinction that typically gets lost when a hysterical argument over the issue begins. An argument like the one Gordo tries to incite later in the column. In a matter of paragraphs Gordo whips out all the favoured pro-life rhetoric: "flushing unwanted life down clinic drains," referring to Morgentaler as someone who "snuffed out countless incipient lives because their moms didn't want them, or couldn't cope with them?" [stay classy, Henderson] and mind bogglingly, referring to abortion as "a major industry in a country awash in birth control products and information."

Dude, if it's such a big industry, shouldn't we be luring it here? Find some jobs for those laid off autoworkers. [SATIRE!]

For the record, I am not inviting an argument here, and I am not picking a side of the debate. The only side I'm picking is the one that thinks Gord's penchant for frothy hyperbole is insulting while pandering.

As far as Morgentaler's induction, if I need to pick a side, so be it: I think the man performed a service to women at a time when few other options were available to them, in defiance of the law. If he is to be honoured, it should be for his actions then. It's too easy to judge from our position of historical privilege, when unmarried pregnant women can walk around and no one bats an eyelash.

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