Thursday, May 3, 2012

MP says unwanted abortion debate respectful

Stephen Woodworth notes House of Commons has discussed person-defining motion in a civil manner

Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth introducing motion M-312 to the House of Commons April 26. The motion asks parliament to set up a special committee to investigate the definition of a human being. Special to the B.C. Catholic.
While it may not have played out this way on T.V, Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth says his controversial person-defining motion has been treated with respect by members in Parliament. Deborah Gyapong's report is featured on The B.C. Catholic website:
Contentious issues about human rights, even those of unborn children, can be discussed in public in a civil, intelligent way, said Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth, and the recent debate in the House of Commons on his private member’s motion M-312 proves it.

On Apr. 26, Woodworth was the only MP who spoke in favor of his motion that would establish a Parliamentary Committee to examine the latest medical evidence on whether a child in the womb is a human being.  Other MPs—from the NDP and Liberal Parties and even from his own Conservative Party, spoke against it.

But he did not mind the pile-on in the House or any of the media coverage surrounding the debate, which many argue reopens the debate on abortion.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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