Canadian MP Tells Abortion Groups to "Shut Up" About Government’s Stance
by Steven Ertelt
May 4, 2010
Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) — A Canadian senator has a message for pro-abortion groups upset that the government of Prime Minister Stephen harper did not promote abortion at a recent G8 meeting about women’s health. Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth let a profanity fly when she told abortion advocates to "shut up."
Ruth said to a group of abortion advocates who gathered on Parliament Hill on Monday to shut the f— up or the government would take a more hard line stance.
If you push it, there will be more backlash, she said, according to the Toronto Star newspaper. This is now a political football. This is not about womens health in this country.
The Harper government not only did not push for abortion at the Halifax meeting but said it would not promote abortion in any push for better maternal health for women.
The Star reporter who taped the remarks and was the only reported on the scene says they were intended more as a warning to abortion advocates rather than a condemnation.
The comments also came at a time when the pro-abortion group Match International was informed by the Canadian government that its funding would be cut.
The Liberals status-of-women critic, Anita Neville, complained about the comments and told the Star, I think women have been told too often to be quiet, be good and then you’ll get what you want. I think that she was saying don’t push the issue or you’ll get the Prime Minister’s back up even further and you won’t get what you want."
There was a bit of a shock in the room. I don’t know that there was anybody in the room that agreed with her. I think people appreciated her sentiments were well intended but not well received," she said.
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