“I don’t think anyone is surprised to know that I am pro-life. I have always been very clear where I stand when it comes to protecting the right to life.” – Niagara West Ford MPP Sam Oosterfhoff in a statement he made to CBC earlier this March before speaking at an anti-abortion event by at least one group that has compared abortion to the holocaust
A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted March 24th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
Excuse me Mr. Oosterhoff. I get it that you are an ardent anti-abortion activist.
However, as a news reporter who has long had a problem with anti-abortion people attempting to pass themselves off as “pro-life,” I must say this. I’m totally surprised; in fact I am having an almost impossible time believing that you are “pro-life.”
Anti-abortion activists, as the late American satirist George Carlin famously said, are people who “will do anything to protect a fetus up to birth. But once you’re born, you are on your own.”
Some of the more extreme members of the anti-abortion movement have even shot up hospitals, Planned Parenthood clinics and doctors who perform abortions, God bless them.
To channel George Carlin one more time; “They will do anything to save a fetus. But if it is a doctor, they just might have to kill it.”
So let’s just say that Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff, who recently went ahead, despite a good deal of criticism across the province, and delivered an address at an anti-abortion event, that included some who compare abortion to a holocaust that murdered millions of Jewish people during the Second World Wary, is an anti-abortion activist, and leave it like that.
If you are truly pro-life, why are you marching in lockstep with a Ford government in Ontario that continues to allow for privately-run long-term care houses that shove money into the pockets of shareholders rather than resources for the care of seniors who have been dying there in disproportionate numbers during this pandemic?
Why isn’t the Ford government you are licking for what it is worth investing more funding in post-secondary students in Ontario, who are going suffering personal bankruptcy trying to get an education, rather than turning millions of dollars over (as you did earlier this March) to high-priced underside and college administrators to further feather their nests?
Weren’t these young people, struggling to pay obscene tuition fees in Ontario, not to mention a battery of parking and other user fees at colleges and universities, fetuses at one time.
Do their lives and the struggles they now face, do to those that would scam them for obscene tuition fees and take advantage of them for unlivable wages in the job market, mean less than a fetus?
How about the Ford government you are so proudly a part of weakening Ontario’s Endangered Species Act to please your pals in the development industry?
Surely the countless thousands of living creatures in Ontario that are listed as threatened or endangers could use a “pro-life” champion such as you too.
How about everything else the Ford government you seem to pledge such an allegiance to is doing to satisfy the greediest in the development industry who would pave over any wetland, woodlot or other natural heritage feature in their way to make a quick buck?
Those natural environments, as so much scientific research over the yeas has shown, help protect us against virulent diseases, like the pandemic we are now all suffering, and are vital to protecting us against the impacts of severe climate change.
Do you not think that the fetuses you claim to care so much about should grow up in a world less threatened by the impacts of climate change? Or is it all about doing everything you can to save fetuses so that they can grow old in a world suffering climate catastrophes?
Since the Ford government that you, as a “pro-life” person, shows such allegiance to has a record of gutting so many of Ontario’s environmental protection programs and rules in our province too, you may be interested in a new book called ‘Countdown’, written by Shanna Swan, an acclaimed environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
That book chronicles decades of scientific evidence (do you believe in science?) , details evidence that sperm counts in North American men and other party of the work have dropped by almost 60 per cent since the 1970s, and that the reproductive capacity of both men and women has significantly declined in so many other ways – due to our exposure to pollution in our environment.
This all fits in with growing evidence I was reporting on as an environment journalist at The St. Catharines Standard in the 1980s and 90s that toxic chemicals were accumulating in human bodies, and in the case of fetuses, were passing through the placenta and interrupting hormones in ways that might seriously impact on the unborn. There was also growing evidence that mothers’ breast milk was laced with these same poisons.
Mr. Oooterhoff, I have yet to see your and your fellow “pro-lifers” join the march for a healthier, cleaner environment for all life on this planet..
Few things bother this aging journalist and veteran environment reporter more than anti-abortion zealots trying to pass themselves off as “pro-life.”
Give us a break, Mr. Oosterhoff, and cut with the “pro-life” nonsense.
Unless you are willing to openly cut away from the Ford government and join the fight to protect and preserve all life, , including endangered species and wetlands and woodlands and other green places your Conservative boss is continuing to wage war on, you have no right passing yourself off as “pro-life” sir.
All that you are really about is protecting fetuses until they are born.
After that, we can apparently expect little or no help from the government you pledge allegiance to. We are more or less on our own.
Oosterhoff and other members of the Ford government might want to give some thought to what little will be left of the biodiversity of life in this province if they continue allowing their pals in the development industry to pave over what is left our natural heritage.
To review some related stories on Niagara Wet MPP Sam Oosterhoff and the criticism over his decision to speak at an anti-abortion event in Ontario earlier this March click on the following links –
To read another related piece on the Facebook page of a Niagara-wide citizens watchdog group in Niagara, Ontario called A Better Niagara, click on –
To read a story on the book Countdown’, written by Shanna Swan, an acclaimed environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, click on – https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/68383-focus-plummeting-sperm-counts-shrinking-penises-toxic-chemicals-threaten-humanity .
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