I can report that the room is already filling up nicely -- more than might be the case for a typical private members' motion. #M312
20 second warning to Stephen #Woodworth and the Very Last (or so he claims) Update on #M312!
Woodworth begins by laying out the sked - final hour of debate on Friday, vote next Wednesday, just like OotD told you this morning. #M312
He then segues straight into the same recap and defence of #M312 -- namely, babies are human beings before complete birth.
The current law, #Woodworth maintains, "dehumanizes an entire class of people." Would we accept that for women, or the disabled?
Sorry, "dehumanizes AND EXCLUDES an entire class of people." I missed the second bit. #M312
"No one is safe if such laws are accepted," #Woodworth notes - not here, or anywhere. #M312
It is, perhaps, worth noting that the fact that this law is, in fact, extant, and has been for 400 years. #M312
#Woodworth hits a crescendo of righteousness as he recalls "thousands" marching through the streets, demanding action on this issue. #M312
That would, if I'm following, be the March for Life. Word not yet uttered by #Woodworth as yet: abortion. #M312
#Woodworth goes on to list what he sees as ironies in the arguments of those who oppose him, using the Alanis definition of irony. #M312
#Woodworth claims that he's heard no one suggest that children *aren't* human beings before the little toe pops out from the birth canal.
"No one has been bold enough" to defend the current law, #Woodworth claims. Pretty sure that's not actually true . Remember Gordon O'Connor?
"I could drop dead the day after #M312 passes and my motives would die with me," Woodworth points out.
Ahh, according to #Woodworth, the abortion issue is just a distraction. Which is why he's now going to talk about abortion. At length.
#Woodworth is now using double and triple negatives -- combined with quotes from Bertha Wilson, no less.
Will abortion become illegal if #M312 passes? No, according to #Woodworth. (Of course it won't. This just sets up a committee.)