Rona Ambrose and the abortion debate

Here is where an explanation would help

by Aaron Wherry

Four months ago, Rona Ambrose voted in favour of a motion that would have tasked a committee of MPs with studying the legal definition of when life begins. Yesterday, asked about abortion, she told the House the following.

Mr. Speaker, let me be clear. Stealing a quote from someone I admire very much, Hillary Clinton, I believe abortion should be safe, legal and rare. I would encourage the member to work with me on the status of women committee on issues that women want to debate. This is an issue that women are not interested in debating.

In terms of her vote, Ms. Ambrose hasn’t offered much more than a tweet to explain. Her parliamentary secretary has alluded to the notion of representing one’s constituents.

Tim Powers wrote at the time—and I tend to agree—that Ms. Ambrose’s only mistake was not explaining why she voted the way she did. And it’s possible there’s no contradiction between her vote in September and her statement yesterday. Maybe, as it was a free vote on a piece of private members’ business, she decided to vote according to what she felt were the wishes of a majority of her constituents.  Maybe, in this regard, she distinguishes between her role as a cabinet minister and her role as an MP. But absent an explanation from Ms. Ambrose, we can only guess.




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Rona Ambrose and the abortion debate

    • It’s how you spin the question Emily.

      • People don’t want the abortion debate reopened….however you spin it.

        • Your post drew readers to a poll. The comment stands, or do you have any idea about news gathering at ALL.

          • More than you do about statements apparently.

            Nobody’s interested. Move on.

          • You may be surprised about “statements” and interest.

          • No, I won’t.

            Find another hobby.

          • Take your own advice

          • You’re the one trying to tell other people how to live….if you don’t like abortion, don’t have one….but otherwise MYOB

          • No one mentioned “how to live” except you…you apparently have issues on news and polling content, now you’ve moved into censoring.

          • Kay…you wanna play games here Chucky, I’m gandi.

  1. “But absent an explanation from Ms. Ambrose, we can only guess.”

    I’m willing to bet the genius Wherry-commentariat will prove otherwise by making all kinds of assumptions and idiotic insinuations.

    • If you already know what’s likely to unfold here, why do you bother reading?

    • “I’m willing to bet the genius Wherry-commentariat will prove otherwise by making all kinds of assumptions and idiotic insinuations.”

      Wait while I do some math….

      Nope, ten hours later and, so far, the only “assumptions and idiotic insinuations” in this thread appear to be yours.

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