Heather Mallick has a lot to learn when it comes to feminism. A true feminist embraces basic rights for all human beings without exception and rejects the use of force to dominate and control.
Yet in Mallick’s most recent hit piece in the Toronto Star, she attacks the Ottawa police and suggests they are not doing their job by allowing the freedom of choice to pro-life demonstrators (like myself) to witness outside abortion clinics. She calls them “creepy”, “unwell” and “threatening”, calling abortion victim photography “cut-up bloodied meat”.
Oh, and the elderly gentleman holding a rosary with holy water? According to Mallick it’s not actually H2O, it’s gasoline.
Perhaps most laughably of all, she says the pro-life movement has been emboldened by none other than Donald Trump. You know him, the last place pick for the entire pro-life movement in the United States during the primaries, the guy from a different country that has nothing to do with Ottawa abortion clinics let alone Canadian ones.
What’s shocking is that these fantasies made up in Mallick’s head actually get printed in the Toronto Star. She incites the name of Malala, calling those who protest for similar reasons “cruel and abhorrent”.
Mallick, in all her bombastic and slanderous glory, is trying to silence the voices of pro-life Canadians. As Malala says, “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
Women are being told by people like Mallick that abortion rights are the holy grail of any society, and that any type of regulations should not be up for discussion. Because of this, women’s rights are being dismantled, children are dying, and women are being harmed at a greater rate both mentally and physically than ever before. Not only that, but Mallick is rolling back the clock on our feminist foremothers like Mattie Brinkerhoff, Alice Paul and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Those same women who fought for the rights of slaves to be free, the right to vote and women’s rights, also fought against abortion.
“When a man steals to satisfy hunger, we can safely assume that there is something wrong in society—so when a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is an evidence that either by education or circumstances she has been greatly wronged.”- Mattie Brinkerhoff, 1869, The Revolution
Women who have abortions suffer an 81% greater risk of mental health problems. One out of every four women who seeks an abortion has been a victim of abuse. Suicide risk was 154 percent higher among women who aborted than among those who delivered. Yet Mallick wants to silence those who want to save women from this kind of harm.
As someone who has spent that last 7 years working with crisis pregnancy centers, witnessing and speaking to women outside of abortion clinics, and holding babies in my arms that have been saved by this type of activism, the only person who is “endangering patients” are faux-feminists like Mallick who call on police force to ensure women aren’t being given abortion-alternative options they didn’t know were available.
I agree with Mallick on one thing, that “Canada no longer has a prominent voice for abortion rights.” Because of this type of sloppy and bombastic journalism, I doubt we’ll see anyone coming out of the woodwork anytime soon.