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Motion to study when life begins defeated in Parliament

MPs vote 203-91 against motion brought forward by Conservative Stephen Woodworth

A motion to study the Criminal Code’s definition of when human life begins was defeated in the House of Commons Wednesday night.

Members of Parliament voted 203 to 91 against Motion 312, sponsored by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth.

The private member’s motion sought to set up a committee to study how the Criminal Code defines when life begins. The provision, in the homicide section of the code, says a child becomes a human being when it has fully left its mother’s body.

Although Prime Minister Stephen Harper had opposed the motion and voted against it, some members of his cabinet voted in favour. Those included Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, Public Works and Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan, International Co-operation Minister Julian Fantino, Trade Minister Ed Fast, Intergovernmental Affairs Peter Penashue, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and National Revenue Minister Gail Shea.

Critics said the motion was an excuse to re-open the debate on abortion in Canada and set limits on the procedure. Woodworth had said he hoped having a debate would convince Canadians to oppose abortion.

After the vote, Woodworth said he thought some of his colleagues voted against the motion out of respect for Harper.

“I’m a great believer in democracy … and ultimately the House of Commons will respond,” Woodworth said.

Woodworth said last week that he didn’t expect the motion to pass. The Conservatives, NDP and Liberals treated it as a free vote, meaning MPs were not told how to vote on the motion.

The NDP accused the government of using a private member’s motion to push an agenda they’re afraid to tackle more officially.

Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae said the House reflected the will of Canadians that the issue is closed.

But Rae said the fact Ambrose voted in favour of the motion reflects the divide within the Conservative caucus over abortion.

Woodworth said he was “grateful to [Ambrose] for reflecting the desire I have on this issue.”

After eviscerating the federal public service with massive layoffs, striking down environmental regulations and promoting freewheeling exploitation of energy resources, Harper and his redneck posse are trying to dredge up the abortion debate again.  These federal conservatives are showing their true colours now.  They are a dastardly wolf in a new sheep suit. They are the old Reformers from Preston Manning’s day.  These are dog eat dog anti-government extreme rightist who regard the NDP to be Stalinist saboteurs.  They have infilatrated the Canadian government and are trying to de-evolute Canada back to the social and political realities of Mississippi and Alabama.

Three more years of these Jed Clampets and Jethro Bodines, may the good fortune of serendipity be with this dear old Canada.

 

Posted September 26, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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