Energy for Choice

June 7, 2017

In my experience when a push is on to make the world– or a segment of it — a better place, you know that you are really ‘on a roll’ (winning/successful) when everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon.

This is what happened when we were working hard to make Henry Morgentaler’s free standing abortion clinic a reality in Winnipeg during the early 1980s.

When I inherited $5000 from my Great Aunt Maude and decided it was time to sit in the sun somewhere and write a novel, I went to a travel agency that had donated money to the cause.

Group after group named themselves for Choice.

This did buoy us all up after spending hours upon hours on demonstrations, letter campaigns, lobbying politicians (sometimes right in front of their homes) etc. etc. etc.

I was tired but I could not seem to stop working when I wrote the following piece (as I get closer to the end of my blog, it is only a partial article but still worth posting, I think, as these scraps of information, I know from experience, can fill out an article or thesis for those following behind my generation):


December 1983

Energy for Choice

by Tanya Lester

As a longtime feminist and a semi-active participant in our latest push for reproductive choice in this province, I have found my own energies sagging after months of attending rallies, stuffing envelopes, and lobbying politicians.

Using my own tiredness as a measuring stick, I started to fear that fatigue might lead us to defeat instead of victory on this issue. But when I went out to talk to some of the people involved in the many choice groups which have sprung up over the last few months what I found were angry women with strength and determination.

Labour People in support of Choic (LPC) chair Darlene Dziewit describes herself as someone who is used to making compromises but refuses to compromise on a woman’s right to choose abortion. “I think it’s a labour issue because it’s the right of people to choose how to govern their own bodies,” she said. “The labour movement has always stood for the rights and freedoms of individuals.”

LPC began its work when the Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL) executive ordered its Equal Rights and Opportunities Committee’s disassociation from the Coalition for Reporductive Choice last June.

LPC vice-chair Susan Reznik, says the lobby to ensure the passage of a pro-choice resolution at the MFL’s biannual convention started months before the event. Reznik found herself discussing pro-choice with labour leaders sometimes until 3:00 in the morning during the convention weekend….


Tanya has many years experience working as a psychic and intuitive counselling specializing in tea leaf reading and tarot. She is also a reiki master and a fulltime housesitter. To access information about her work and/or book a reading, go to her web site at or her pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google. Her email address is or you can text or phone her at 250-538-0086 or through Facebook.

Tanya’s books are Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader and Friends I Never Knew which are available from or from the author. She also wrote Dreams and Tricksters as well as Women Rights/Writes. These books are available to borrow on some public┬álibrary shelves.

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