New backbench motion not about reopening abortion debate, Tory MP insists


OTTAWA – Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth is out with another motion that could re-ignite the abortion debate in Ottawa, although he says it’s merely about respect for human dignity in law.

The Ontario backbencher attempted to persuade MPs last year to study whether a fetus is considered a human being before being born.

The controversial move reopened the door to a political debate on the abortion issue, despite pronouncements from Prime Minister Stephen Harper against it.

Woodworth’s original motion was easily defeated, with Harper helping to vote it down.

But it was backed by 10 cabinet ministers and nearly half of the Tory caucus.

Woodworth introduced a new motion today calling for legal recognition of “the equal worth and dignity of every human being.”

The MP maintains that his efforts are not directly about abortion, and questions why his latest motion would even be considered contentious.

“Only in a bizarro-world Canada would my motion be considered controversial,” he said.

“It shouldn’t even need a debate (to pass).”

Woodworth added that even the prime minister may have misunderstood the intentions of his fight to change the law.

“I would like to believe that . . . there are people who were really hypnotized by the word ‘abortion,'” he said, acknowledging the motion would have an uphill battle.

“I can’t say that I’m highly optimistic that Parliament will adopt this principle. But it is my job as a member of Parliament to be concerned about the legal and legislative system that our country possesses, so I have to bring this forward.”

Critics say no matter how Woodworth justifies his motions, they are merely a back-door way of reopening debate on an issue that was put to rest years ago.

“It’s unfortunate that we’re seeing this double-speak,” said New Democrat MP Niki Ashton.

Canadian women understand that “you have people like Woodworth pushing an agenda that wants to set us back decades,” she said.

Canada has not had an abortion law in place since the 1980s.


New backbench motion not about reopening abortion debate, Tory MP insists

  1. Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth-says he believes in “the equal worth and dignity of every human being.” Does that include all the people the Conservative Party is slagging right now like pot smoking Justin Trudeau and criminal Mike Duffy? How about those they’re treating with kid gloves like crack head thug wannabe Rob Ford? And here’s the kicker. How does he feel about Canadian child soldier Omar Khadr?

  2. This is no “abortion debate”. The matter has been settled.
    Philosophical musings about human dignity do not need to be codified in law. The concept of human rights is already there.

    • Settled when….where? The ‘law’ was struck down in 1988 by the SCOC who said it was up to Parliament and Parliamentarians to enact a law.

      You’re afraid of debate and a supporter of cafeteria diplomacy.

      • Since debating you and $2.00 will get me a ride on the subway I’ll take the ride on the subway.
        If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
        Nobody wants to hear more self-righteous crap from anti-abortionists.

  3. If an oddly self evident motion legally recognizing “the equal worth and dignity of every human being” were to pass, I hope it will be useful for First Nations in their struggle to get something approaching equal funding for education in their communities.

    • …and a serious reconsideration of refugee policy with regard to such groups as the Roma…

  4. I wouldn’t trust anything that comes out of the mouth of any CPoC muppet right now.

    A promise from a christian social conservative is worthless as long as the god-botherer in question continues to support the corruption and lies that are clearly a cornerstone of his party’s continued existence. Sort your own house out before you start in on anyone else Woodworth or your piety is just window dressing and yet another lie.

  5. If that’s true, this is exactly what they’d say about it.

    If it’s not true, this is still exactly what they’d say about it.

    I guess we’re just supposed to take it on faith.

  6. Hey where are all you guys who were talking about giving the CPC back bench their freedom to speak openly? Aaron Wherry where are you? Here we go again….another motion to try to suppress the access of Canadian women to abortion. Great and you guys are worried that Woodworth and his colleagues rights are being suppressed.

    • All backbench MPs should be free to speak their minds about topics that progressive Liberals and lefties approve of. But if they’re social conservatives, they should STFU. I believe that accurately summarizes the current progressive position. And there’s absolutely nothing inconsistent or hypocritical about it.

  7. This guy is my MP and the only time I ever hear of him is when he’s riding his hobby horse. Some representative…

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