This morning a Parliamentary subcommittee unanimously decided that M-408, MP Mark Warawa’s motion to condemn sex-selective abortion is non-votable. Conservative members joined the opposition in this effort to squelch the Private Member’s Bill. Apparently it impinges on provincial jurisdiction.
Kady O’Malley has the background and updated story. She reports that Warawa says there will be an appeal, but I’m not optimistic about the outcome with the deck seemingly fully stacked against him.
As a Social Conservative I find this turn of events extremely disappointing and deflating.
Brian Lilley rightly points out that the excuse about provincial jurisdiction is flimsy. There are lots of bills and motions that affect the provinces and somehow they seem to get through.
How will this affect my feelings about the Conservative Party? Well I would say that Brian’s last paragraph pretty well nails it for me:
But what his actions today will do is convince a good chunk of pro-life voters that he doesn’t care about them. They may not turn to another party but they will certainly not run to donate, volunteer or campaign for the Conservatives in the future.
That’s for sure. I can live without the annual Christmas card.
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The Science of Preborn Pain – National Right to Life
Unborn babies can feel pain – MCCL:
…Unborn babies at 20 weeks development actually feel pain more intensely than adults. This is a “uniquely vulnerable time, since the pain system is fully established, yet the higher level pain-modifying system has barely begun to develop,” according to Dr. Ranalli.
“Having administered anesthesia for fetal surgery, I know that on occasion we need to administer anesthesia directly to the fetus, because even at these early gestational ages the fetus moves away from the pain of the stimulation,” stated David Birnbach, M.D., president of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology and self-described as “pro-choice,” in testimony before the U.S. Congress…
How to turn Mark Warawa into a symbol – Aaron Wherry, Macleans:
…this now threatens to become a question about the nature of parliamentary democracy and the independence of MPs.
…If the committee fails to declare his motion votable, Warawa says he’ll take the unprecedented step of appealing to the full House of Commons.
Now that I’d like to see. Let’s watch every MP in Parliament squirm over the fundamental question of democracy and ‘inconvenient’ issues.
Are there actually some conditions in Canada when discrimination is acceptable?