A good piece by Jonathan Kay. Radical feminists in Canada support no abortion aw , a position far to the left of most European socialists, who mostly limit abortion to early in the first trimester.
On the first point, those who argue that Canada has reached a "consensus" on abortion are either willfully lying or deceiving themselves. What Canada has is not a "consensus" (which my computer tells me is an "agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole") but rather a legal vacuum left behind by 20 years of Canadian political inaction. Some Canadians oppose abortion except in cases of rape, incest and medical necessity. Some oppose it in the third trimester. Or in the second and third trimesters. Or don't oppose it in any cases -- a position that, by the sheer accident of two decades of cowardice, defines the current state of Canadian law by default. But please don't pretend that this is a position we arrived at through debate. Canadians are no more or less liberal than the nations of northern Europe on most social matters -- and all of those Euro-nations have laws prohibiting most abortions after the first dozen or so weeks of pregnancy (give or take, depending on the country). That is what a future "consensus"
will look like in this country when some future Canadian government gets around to tackling this issue.
Now let us turn our attention to the casually expressed notion that any maternal-health plan that doesn't come with a boatload of inflatable Canadian abortion clinics is somehow useless to the poor huddled masses on foreign shores.