Liberals Reject Woman to Head Committee on Women Simply Because She’s Pro-Life

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 27, 2017   |   5:46PM   |   Ottawa, Canada

Canadian Liberal MPs walked out of a meeting Tuesday in protest of a pro-life woman who was nominated to lead a committee on women’s issues.

Pro-abortion Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later praised the pro-abortion politicians for protesting Alberta MP Rachael Harder’s nomination as head of the House of Commons committee on the status of women, The Philippine Canadian Inquirer reports. Some believe Trudeau influenced the protest, though he denies it.

Canada has some of the most pro-abortion laws in the world, allowing abortions for any reason up to birth and forcing taxpayers to pay for them in many cases. Common sense regulations such as parental consent for minors, waiting periods, informed consent and other basic measures are non-existent. And abortion activists want to keep it that way.

Because Harder is a woman who supports rights for all women, including those not yet born, the Liberal MPs refused to allow a vote on her nomination.

Harder previously said she believes life begins at conception and she supports laws to protect unborn babies, according to the report.

After the meeting, she said the pro-abortion Liberals were “thwarting” democracy by blocking the committee’s ability to even vote on her nomination, CTV News reports.

“I care so much about the issues of women across this country and making sure we’re working hard for them. I’m ready to get to work,” Harder said.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who also is pro-life, nominated Harder for the role, the report states.

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Here’s more from the report:

The Liberals are challenging Scheer to put forward someone who is not from the right-wing fringe of his party — and who doesn’t share his opinion on abortion.

Scheer, however, insisted Tuesday that he put forward Harder’s name because she’s a hard-working, strong and democratically elected MP, and repeated his position that his Conservative caucus has no interest in advancing an anti-abortion agenda.

And he made it clear that despite what the prime minister said later, he believes Trudeau had a hand in Tuesday’s theatrics.

“It’s certainly unprecedented that the prime minister would interfere and block the nomination of a democratically elected member of Parliament to serve as chair of a committee,” he said.

Because of the walk-out protest, the committee had to adjourn the meeting without taking a vote on Harder. What will happen next remains to be seen.

The National Post reports more about Harder’s background:

Harder’s voting record is deemed impeccable by pro-life group Campaign Life Coalition. A representative from the coalition spoke to the Post in August and endorsed Harder’s appointment as status of women critic, saying there is a “bias for abortion” in Canadian politics that “is not representative of all women’s views in Canada.”

Harder had replied “yes,” in 2014, to the group’s questions about whether she believed life begins at conception and about introducing laws to protect fetuses. She told the Post in a statement last month, though, “it is the official policy of the Conservative party that a future Conservative government will not reopen the abortion debate.”