The right to choose

Rudy Norman
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Federal Liberal Leader, Justin Trudeau made waves last week when he announced that he would not welcome any candidate for his party in the next election, if they didn’t share his, and by association, his party’s views on abortion. 

In fact, he’s making it a talking point during the approval process of candidates to run in ridings across the country under the Liberal banner – of which some from this province have seemingly already been through, including Gerry Byrne and Scott Simms.

Trudeau says he feels the abortion debate in this country is over, and didn’t need to be opened. After all, aren’t the laws currently governing abortion in this country adequate?

Oh, right – there’s just one thing: there are no laws governing abortion in this country.

Canada is one of the only western industrialized countries to have absolutely no laws on the books limiting or controlling abortions. The decision to terminate a pregnancy is left solely to the discretion of the mother and her doctors.

This isn’t an issue that’s in the media every day and, unless someone like Trudeau comes forward and brings it up, it appears that, for the most part, Canadians don’t bother to concern themselves with it. Sure you have your annual marches and demonstrations – like the one on Good Friday, but other than that, the abortion debate in Canada seems to be exactly what Trudeau says it is – closed. Right?

Maybe not.

According to a National Post poll, about three of every five Canadians feel there should be some restrictions on abortion in this country. That’s not to say that 60 percent of the country is pro-life and feel abortions should be outlawed completely – but that the procedures should be regulated somehow.

For instance, should a woman be allowed to terminate a pregnancy because she really wanted a girl and the sonogram reveals she’s having a boy? Or simply for the reason that she never really wanted kids, and this pregnancy was a ‘mistake’?

Under the current laws of the land, those are legitimate reasons for a woman to walk into a clinic or doctor’s office and terminate the pregnancy. Justin Trudeau is saying if you don’t support things the way they are now, he doesn’t want you in his party.

Trudeau would say that he’s vehemently protecting a woman’s right to choose. However, isn’t it a bit ironic that he isn’t offering the same opportunity to the people who may be sitting behind him in the House of Commons?

The top-down command approach isn’t new in political parties, though. In fact, what Trudeau is doing on this issue is very similar to the tactics employed in the past by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on other issues, like the long-gun registry, criticized at the time by the Opposition and the Liberals.

However, when it’s of matters of such great importance as a woman’s right to choose, no matter what the circumstance, the Liberal leader is no doubt willing to pull out all the stops.

Trudeau may think women have the right to choose, no matter what, but thankfully, come election time, so will voters.

Organizations: National Post, House of Commons

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Dave
    May 14, 2014 - 16:49

    Trudeau is a dictator who will only allow people who think exactly like him to run for the Liberal party. I guess there's no way Mr. Trudeau would want my vote because I belive we need to revisit the abortion debate. We need some laws regarding abortion.

  • Bill
    May 14, 2014 - 14:31

    The unborn have no voice. How sad!