Sept. 17, 2014
A Woman's Right
over a few rocks in Enwright's Trudeau and Kline's interview
Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC
last Sunday’s CBC Sunday Edition, Michael Enright interviewed both Justin
Trudeau and Naomi Kline, well known writer and activist. Trudeau was
interviewed first. He was strong on preserving Canadian women’s right to
safe, legal abortions.
Abortion is still a contentious subject and Trudeau didn’t flinch in his
decision that Federal Liberal MP’s, should they form the government, must
not vote against a women’s right to choose. I admire him for this.
Especially at a time when the US is losing ground on the issue, and even
imploding in some states.
But Trudeau is weak when it comes to raising taxes on the wealthy (he
won’t). He isn’t that strong either, in my opinion, on the environment (he
promotes the Keystone XL pipeline). Naomi Kline certainly has my vote on the
environment as she points out that it is the capitalist system that is
killing the planet. But that leaves me with disquiet. While Kline sees the
redistribution of wealth as a must before we can progress as humans, a
socialist thinking I share, she doesn’t see women as being pivotal in this
transformation. At least she doesn’t say so.
In her interview, Naomi Kline was careful to emphasize that she didn’t
consider motherhood as being the impetus for her own worry about the
environments as she was three years into her latest book “This Changes
Everything” before her first child was born. I agree that women don’t have
to be mothers to be worried about the environment. Women don’t have to be
mothers to be feminists. But there is a difference between women and men.
Women’s brains and nervous systems are wired differently from men’s brains
in order to accommodate the necessary reproductive work of building and
nourishing infants’ bodies. This biological difference influences the
thinking and feelings of women whether they ever actually have a baby or
not. Because of this, I believe we will never have the transformation into a
higher human consciousness that encompasses a “deep ecology” unless and
until women demand it. So back to Justin Trudeau.
Why does Trudeau’s polices of insisting that Liberal MP’s always vote to
protect women’s right to safe legal abortions strike such a deep cord with
me? Two reasons. Now at eighty-six years old, I was having children back in
an era when many desperate women died from bungled amateur abortions. My own
cousin bled to death from one of these attempts. While Canada is not, at the
moment, actively trying to bring back the days of what I consider state
maternal murder, it is certainly happening in the US. Many states are losing
women’s health centers where abortions are provided, and the provider
physicians are being threatened or killed by religious fanatics.
The second reason that women’s right to safe, legal abortions is so
important not only to me, but to human evolution everywhere, is that unless
women can control the time and place when they will become mothers, their
very ability to control many other aspects of their environment is
threatened. Any concept of human freedom, of individual decision making, of
human evolution, depends on the recognition that our bodies belong to us. It
is only when our bodies are recognized as sacrosanct to ourselves and to
others, that we, as women, have the self-confidence to say to the men that
are tearing up our universe and the women who support them for whatever
reasons, “Listen, you guys, stop it! Just stop it. We will hound you every
day, we will shame you, we will not rest nor let you rest until this
disgusting destruction of all we hold dear is halted.” Justin Trudeau and
Naomi Kline, please get on the same page.
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