Realwomen V.P. speaks at feminist dominated law school
Had Gwendolyn Landolt been subjected to protests and demonstrations when she spoke at Dalhousie University in Halifax, it wouldn’t have been surprising.
This fall Landolt, the national vice=president of Realwomen and a long time pro-life activist, was invited to address the university’s feminist-dominated law school. She spoke from a non-feminist perspective and much of what was said countered the basic precepts of current, politically correct thought.
Supreme Court Justice Madame Bertha Wilson, whose views on abortion and similar issues are well known to Interim readers, is one of the Law School’s prominent graduates. And Sunera Thobani, the new head of NAC (the government-funded feminist umbrella group), was a speaker on campus twice during the election campaign.
Drawing on her experience as a female law student, Mrs. Landolt established an easy rapport with the audience and addressed many contentious issues.
- The feminist approach to achieving equality is not the only valid approach.
- Equality of opportunity for both capable men and capable women, is better than affirmative action that closes out men.
- Bertha Wilson’s report on Gender Equality in the Law is a road map for female supremacy in the Canadian judicial system.
- Canada’s current position regarding abortion ignores the rights of the unborn child and is untenable.
- To present all women as historically victimized and oppressed simply because they are women, is a fallacy. It is also a distortion to ignore the historical fact of oppression of men by people in power.
- Reverse discrimination imposed by law on men only creates new injustices.
Intrigued and challenged, the students entered into lively discussions that extended considerably beyond the allotted hour.
While in Atlantic Canada, Mrs. Landolt took on several other speaking engagements.
In Halifax, she spoke to members of Realwomen and veterans of Nova Scotia’s continuing pro-life struggles with Henry Morgentaler. In Antigonish, the Catholic Women’s League sponsored a public address at St. Francis Xavier University. In Charlottetown she spoke to Realwomen/PEI.
Landolt spoke on how massive public funding has assisted the rapid rise of feminism in Canada, the ill-effects of such fundamental feminist goals as universal publicly-funded non-parental child care, homosexual protection, full employment of women in the paid workforce, and access to abortion and other “reproductive rights.”
She spoke of interference with the judicial process, tax policies that grievously discriminate against families, abuses of the Court Challenges program. She argued the need to scrap the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which has taken power from Parliament and given it to nine appointed Supreme Court judges.
She emphasized that continued pro-life, pro-family activity is crucial in these contradictory and troubled times:
“You and I have been doing our best for the unborn and for families. We’ve picketed. We’ve written letters and briefs. We’ve tried to educate people. We’ve talked to politicians. We’ve gone to court. We’ve done our very best.
“So far we haven’t won many victories. But it is important that we keep trying to influence the political process. It is important that the arguments be researched and prepared. It is important that we appear before the Supreme Court, even if we lose.
“It is important to ensure that those who decide against life today, know very well what they are doing. That the evidence they need to make good decisions is there in the briefs and factums. That they can never plead ignorance.”
Some day, some bright young lawyers will pick up this cause again. If the arguments are prepared and the basic work done, they’ll be able to run with it.
“For you can be sure that some day things will change. Some day life will be protected. Some day the feminists will lose control. Some day men and women in the courts will judge these issues on the basis of law, not on their own prejudices and biases.
“It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen, in God’s time. While we wait, it’s important to keep on paving the way by raising the issues, presenting the arguments, educating the people. You and I know these are the right things to do. We know they need to be done. It’s important that we stay the course.”