Canada Should Reopen Debate on Abortion MP Says, Despite Harper’s Desires

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 29, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Canada Should Reopen Debate on Abortion MP Says, Despite Harper’s Desires

by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 29
, 2008

Ottawa, Canada ( — Prime Minister Stephen Harper may not want to reopen the abortion debate in Canada, but a member of Parliament says that should happen. Winnipeg MP Rod Bruinooge said Monday that a new debate is needed for laws to reduce or limit abortions to reflect the value of unborn children’s lives.

Bruinooge is the new chairman of a pro-life Parliamentary caucus and he says Harper is doing a disservice to Canadians by putting Canada in a "class of its own" because it has no limits on abortions.

The national government also funds abortions with taxpayer dollars.

"Very few Canadians appreciate the fact that essentially until a child takes its first breath, it has less value than a kidney," he told the Canadian Press.

"In Canada you can’t remove your kidney and put it on eBay and auction it off. That is illegal. Whereas you actually can end a beating heart of an unborn child the second before it’s delivered. Most Canadians would agree that is truly a poor bioethical position for our country to be in," Bruinooge added.

Canada followed the United States by 15 years in allowing abortions to be done across the nation without any major restrictions when, in January 1988, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled Canada’s abortion law was unconstitutional and allowed them to be done with even fewer limits than in the U.S.

While abortion advocates and even Conservative Party leaders like Harper say the decision closed the abortion debate, Bruinooge says that shouldn’t happen.

"I think the debate is ongoing," Bruinooge says. "We need to have a starting point of debating whether or not abortion should be legal right up until the moment of birth."

He said the all-party caucus features pro-life MPs from each of the major and minor parties in Canada.

Still, Joyce Arthur, director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, told the Canadian Press that she thinks the move is mostly Conservative-led.

"It’s something that the Conservative party is out of touch with because Canadians don’t want to go back to the abortion debate," Arthur says. "People are happy with the status quo. It’s working well."

The chance of success of putting new abortion limits in place is low if only because pro-life advocates have had a hard time getting a bill approved that would hold criminals accountable for killing an unborn children in an attack on a pregnant woman.

While the bill does not put any new abortion laws in place, abortion advocates have opposed the measure with a deceptive campaign saying it does.

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