A Canadian lawmaker may be punished this week for defying pro-abortion Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by insisting that the killing of unborn babies “is not a right.”
CBC reports Tory MP Ted Falk made the comment during a debate with Trudeau on Wednesday in the House of Commons.
Falk’s opposition to abortion drew immediate criticism and calls for sanctions against him.
Afterward, Tory Party leader Andrew Scheer told the news media that he spoke to Falk, but he would not say if the pro-life MP will be punished.
“I spoke to Mr. Falk, but I don’t discuss internal administration,” Scheer said Sunday.
The backlash erupted Wednesday after a question period with Trudeau in the House of Commons. When Trudeau said his administration always will defend abortion as a woman’s “right to choose,” Falk yelled out in response, “It’s not a right!”
Reacting to Falk’s comments, NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach stood up to say it was “horrible what we just heard.”
A back-and-forth of yells ensued inside the chamber, forcing the Speaker to call repeatedly for order.
Then Trudeau decided to speak on the subject, saying “It’s a right for a woman to choose what happens to her body. And we will always defend this right, despite what the Conservatives think and do.”
Outside the chamber, Conservative MPs said they didn’t hear what their colleague had shouted and refused to comment.
Maryam Monsef, the Status of Women Minister, urged the speaker to force Falk to withdraw his comment, claiming it was “offensive,” according to the Winnipeg Free Press. However, the speaker said the comment was a “question of debate” and therefore allowed under parliamentary rules.
Unborn babies and pro-life Canadians have faced a slew of assaults by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his administration.
Last year, Trudeau’s administration introduced a new policy requiring any group that applies for a Canadian Summer Jobs program grant sign a statement that they support abortion. The requirement has prompted protests from Christians, Muslims, Hindus and other religious groups, but Trudeau has refused to make any religious exceptions.
A recent poll found the policy and Trudeau’s abortion advocacy are widely unpopular among Canadians.
Also in 2017, abortion drugs also became available for the first time in Canada, and many provinces now force taxpayers to pay for them. Approximately 4,200 unborn babies in Canada were killed using the deadly drugs last year, according to Health Canada.
The annual Canadian March for Life occurred Thursday with approximately 15,000 people marching through the streets of Ottawa. Organizers said they believe Trudeau’s radical pro-abortion moves brought a larger crowd to the capital this year, despite bad weather.