Wente Watch

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Mind your own business

Everyone among us knows of the gossipy old woman - the busybody who is always nosing into everyone's personal lives. The Marie character on Everybody Loves Raymond, although a caricature, reflects real people whom nearly all of us have known at one time or another.

Well, here is a real-life example: Margaret Wente. Last week she was telling women what they can and can't wear. Now she is setting herself up as judge on whether or not they can have children.

Here's a challenge for Wente. Go to Vernon, B.C, and tell Felicia Simms, to her face, that her children should have been aborted.

This column is full of the self-serving hypocrisy that marks so much of Wente's writing. I don't begrudge the expense these poor infants will incur. Bullshit. Why would she even be writing this column if she didn't grudge the expense? She wants her tax cuts so badly that disabled children must be aborted to pay for them.

Wente can't resist mentioning that the children's mother is on social assistance. You can almost taste the upper-class snobbery; contempt for the rabble who dare make reproductive decisions for themselves. They're supposed to be cleaning Wente's nails for slave wages, not having families and living their own lives.

A woman's right to choose to end a pregnancy is a precious right. But it only applies to her own pregnancy. Not to anyone else's.

3 Comments:

  • Hmm, I'd agree with you about most things: judges and other élites who should mind their own business, class prejudice. But grossly deformed fetuses should be deformed, now that we can avert their birth. I fear a rightful recoiling from Nazi eugenics muddles what should be an obvious decision, as much as excising a tumour.

    Why on earth would parents - the pregnant woman and her partner - go through with such a pregnancy? I do think religious prejudice is as worthy of examination as Wente's unexamined worship of capitalism. Against all fundamentalism that damage women...

    By Anonymous lagatta à Montréal, at October 31, 2006 8:07 p.m.  

  • Pardon me - I hate this software - I mean grossly deformed fetuses should be aborted.

    By Anonymous lagatta à Montréal, at October 31, 2006 8:08 p.m.  

  • Maybe Ms W is secretly envious of the children sharing a brain. She certainly sounds like she needs a generous soul to time share some grey matter with her.

    The sad thing is, now she'll become the straw poster child of the 'pro-abortion' forces to extreme anti-abortionists, rather than just being called out as the special class twit performance of the year.

    By Anonymous Niles, at November 01, 2006 2:16 p.m.  

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