Today on the Soloman Show Evan hosted a panel with Carolyn Bennett, Paul Dewar, and Mike Lake to address the "Maternal Health Debate" (Evan today indicated his intention to address this several more times in the future). Solo's Question of the day webpoll was "Should the Canadian government support access to safe abortions around the world?" If you were playing the "take a shot each time Evan, Carolyn or Paul reference George Bush" Drinking Game at home, you likely passed out before the panel was finished.
The Tory MP was explaining the government initiative to save millions of lives of women and children in impoverished nations abroad by providing the most essential needs like clean water, food, and inoculations. Evan kept interrupting with points like "why are you avoiding maternal health?" or "why are you ignoring saving lives?" Even though the overwhelming majority of deaths in women and children are from malnutrition, no access to clean water, and disease; Evan repeatedly suggested that addressing the major killers of women and children was avoiding the issue of maternal health. Right, let's take resources away from the programs that can save the greatest number of lives and divert them to 3rd world abortion clinics? How does that make any sense?
Evan was assisted on his left flank by Carolyn Bennett, who has gone completely nuts on this issue. Carolyn, I am pro choice, and I think you've become maniacal! Why don't we poll Africa's poor and ask "what would you rather have? 1) food and water, 2) access to abortions". At one point she went so far as to say we need to provide safe foreign abortions to protect the lives of children. To her, the funding should go above clinical services, and include building roads to abortion clinics. I can't make this stuff up! How many bags of wheat would it cost to build that road from Mombasa to the "Happy Abortions Clinic"?
E-Solo really framed the question more pleasantly than simply funding foreign abortions. He used the word "support" instead of "fund". I ran a similar poll, and 98% of respondents voted no to funding foreign abortions in an economic recession. Evan's crowd predictably went 82% yes this is something we should be spending money on. And has the world been flipped tuned upside down when the NDP critic makes more sense than the Liberal? It was also ironic how Evan accused the Tory MP of "playing politics" with maternal health. Excuse me Evan, who is playing politics here?
Send your complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org, but keep it civil. I would not put it past E-Solo to put the more emotional responses up on the TV screen.