Hmm, Parliament talks about abortion

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

The political issue of abortion may be closed in Stephen Harper’s mind, but the pro-choice side in Parliament is not co-operating, if he thinks that way.

You’re probably familiar with Justin Trudeau’s recent decision that new Liberal candidates must be pro-choice, full stop. John Ivison of the National Post reports on a new private motion by NDP MP Nikki Ashton. At the bottom of his piece, he notes her motion, which intends to have the House formally decide that all women have a “right to choose”.

Ivison concentrates on the political swirl around the issue. What may be of interest is how the pro-life MPS, mostly Tories, will deal with the motion. Will they be allowed to speak and vote against the motion, or will they be “whipped” to vote on the motion to finally put the issue to bed.? Storm clouds, on this issue, on the horizon?

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2 Responses to Hmm, Parliament talks about abortion

  1. fjc says:

    It will die. Not one political party, and most especially the Harper Conservatives, wish to deal with this issue as or make any changes to the current legislation.

  2. Cobbled Stones says:

    We had this debate, and settled it 26 years ago … But the 1988 Morgentaler decision did not say abortion could not be regulated, it simply struck down the existing system of hospital committees. The Mulroney government’s subsequent bill C-43 failed to pass the Senate in 1990 — and no government has tried to legislate abortion since, and no government (as flc wisely points out) wants to touch the issue.

    Harper is smart enough to ignore the matter with the Baie Como two-step (One step ahead and one back).

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