A roundup of news and commentary from around the interwebs.
This is a great report from True North on what they’re calling the largest protest against gender ideology in Canadian history:
As mainstream media sources ramp up pro-abortion stories, some of their coverage is becoming particularly ghoulish. Exhibit A would be These Times human interest story last month that spent nearly the entire word count mourning the fact that a little boy exists because his mother couldn’t get an abortion: “Article laments baby boy born because of Dobbs.”
Suzanne Moore has a must-read column in The Telegraph titled “The cult of gender ideology is finally disintegrating.” The title is a bit optimistic, in my view, but her analysis is dead on:
Susie Green, the former chief executive of Mermaids, who stood down “unexpectedly” last year, has been hiding in plain sight for so long that I sincerely hope we can see her clearly now. How this woman was ever allowed to have so much influence over vulnerable children, never mind medical professionals, is frankly disturbing. She is a former IT consultant with no medical training – unless you count the fact that she won 2016’s Sparkle Diversity Champion of the Year as a specialised qualification. I certainly don’t. The story of how much power she came to have remains shocking.
The organisation she ran was once not controversial; it was a support group for children and parents of kids with gender issues until she got her hands on it. It became an activist and lobby group receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds in lottery funding and grants and was hired by the Department for Education to provide training on “gender identity” in schools. As with Stonewall, it had huge reach into key institutions and the usual gormless celebrity support.
We now find that Green herself had direct influence on policy at the gender identity development service (GIDS) at the Tavistock. After being told that the Tavistock did not have any records of meeting with Green, when threatened by court action, miraculously it found 300 pages of them.
Read the whole thing.
A reminder that as Pride events unfold across Canada—pretty much all of them are being funded by the taxpayers as various levels of government foot the bill for an entire month of LGBT frolicking.
This essay in The Nation, a famously leftist publication, explodes the myth of bodily autonomy when it comes to euthanasia: “Can Americans Really Make a Free Choice About Dying?” The conclusion? No:
On April 25, four disability rights organizations sued California state agencies and officials in an attempt to overturn the End of Life Option Act, a seven-year-old law that allows doctors to prescribe lethal medication to people who have six months or less to live.
The plaintiffs assert that the law violates the Americans With Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which form the foundation for disability rights law in the United States. “We’re alleging that the law is inherently discriminatory,” said Michael Bien, the chief counsel and a primary author of the complaint. “It excludes or discriminates against people with disabilities, by depriving them of suicide prevention services.”
The disability rights activists are currently waiting to find out if their case has standing. The groups and individuals involved are not especially religious; nor are they historically aligned with the political right. United Spinal Association, for example, which represents people with spinal cord injuries, focuses on issues like insurance coverage for medical equipment and accessible housing. It is not an organization that would traditionally be thought of as “pro-life.”
In the United States, there is a long-standing tradition of secular opposition to medical aid in dying that is deeply entwined with disability rights advocacy, but you wouldn’t know that from much of the news coverage. A 2016 article in USA Today, for instance, broke down the issue and made Pope Francis the sole public figure against medical aid in dying. In reality, the largest and most established disability rights organizations in the country—the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, the American Association of People With Disabilities, and the National Council on Independent Living—have all staked positions against medical aid in dying.
Read the whole thing. It is well worth your time.
Another reason to get rid of social media: “Instagram’s recommendation algorithms are promoting pedophile networks.”
From Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun—it turns out Drag Queen Story Hour isn’t just coming to public libraries. It’s also becoming a feature of elementary school education: “‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ coming to public school near you.”