Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tories restate opposition to abortion debate

Minister of Justice confirms government 'will not reopen' issue
Rob Nicholson, the Minister of Justice, declared that the federal government's priorities include job creation and making sure "communities and streets are safe." (Photo: Canadian Catholic News)
The Conservative government reaffirmed its intention not to reopen the abortion debate as the House of Commons resumed sitting Jan. 28 after a six-week break. Deborah Gyapong reports from Ottawa:
NDP MP Niki Ashton challenged Rona Ambrose, Public Works and Status of Women Minister, in Question Period, noting the 25th anniversary of the Morgentaler decision that struck down Canada's abortion laws.
Ambrose has been under fire since she voted for MP Stephen Woodworth's Motion 312, which called for Parliament to study the definition of a human being found in the Criminal Code. Ambrose is on record as opposing sex-selection pregnancy termination that targets unborn girls.

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson responded: "The Prime Minister has been very clear on this, that the government will not reopen this issue."
Read the full story here. 

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