Wednesday, May 25, 2022

‘Lucky timing’: US fight intensifies abortion debate in Canada

news that Roe vs. Wade North of the border is headed for an inversion where abortion is legal, although it is regularly used as a tack issue in political campaigns.

For example, the CLC fundraising powerhouse is doing everything it can to support Leslyn Lewis in the Conservative leadership race. The Ontario lawmaker is the only candidate to meet the group’s rigorous test of moral correctness.

“If candidates want our support, they have to be 100 percent pro-life,” Luetke said.

No vote goes unnoticed.

In 2020, Lewis finished third in the race for party leadership, garnering social conservative support and building a powerful core of supporters.

“I certainly hope that the draft regime will serve as a motivator for pro-life here,” Luetke said.

Social conservatives are looking forward to May 12, the date of the annual March for Life rally, which typically draws thousands to Parliament Hill.

Lewis has only an outside shot at winning the race, but her anti-abortion stance has her dominating a party squabble that is likely to rise in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s draft opinion.

Abortion was decriminalized in Canada in 1988, when the Supreme Court struck down a 1969 law that only legalized certain abortions.

the former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s government attempted without success to draft a new law in response to that decision. Conservative MPs are sometimes quiet Use private members’ bills to force debate on the agenda of Parliament. But no federal government has successfully passed a law limiting abortion services.

Liberals and progressive parties such as the New Democratic Party pledge relentlessly to maintain the status quo, while expanding access to safe abortion services.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s reaction to Politico’s reporting was clear. “The right to choose is a woman’s right and only a woman’s right,” he tweeted, “Every woman in Canada has the right to a safe and legal abortion. We will never shy away from protecting and promoting women’s rights in Canada and around the world.”

For conservatives, the issue is far more complicated. Abortion rights are a permanent issue in Canadian elections. Whenever a conservative candidate opens the door to limit or criminalize procedures, progressives launch attack ads.

On last year’s federal campaign trail, it took just four days for liberals to lift the ghost of an anti-abortion conservative government.

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On Tuesday, federal conservatives under interim leader Candice Bergen took no chances in the wake of Politico’s reporting.

The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star both reported a morning memo, which it broadcast to the caucus, with instructions not to comment on the scoop.

But later in the day, Conservatives in the House of Commons refused to support the Bloc Québécois motion, “reiterating that a woman’s body belongs to her and hers alone and that her freedom of choice over abortion for any reason should be denied.” recognizes.”

Elements of the social conservative wing of the Conservative Party, fueled by the CLC’s rhetoric on ethical issues, want more than just the minimum. They are not afraid to state that elected conservatives will only enjoy their support if they vocally join the cause.

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper managed to keep his Conservative party united, even as he promised not to reopen the abortion debate, but to manage competing interests in both his successor ranks as party leader. Keep fighting

Andrew Scheer and Erin O’Toole were both in the fray after the same election. O’Toole was dismissed by critics as a Liberal closet within his own party. He was ousted by his caucus this February after he was shunned by social conservatives.

In the wake of draft opinion south of the border, the six candidates running to succeed O’Toole are scrambling to clarify where they stand on abortion.

The CLC had already declared Pierre Poiliver, the frontrunner, “unsupportable” on the basis of his voting record in the House. He was once a credible vote in his corner, but lately he has controlled his stance. In 2012, Poilivere voted for a proposal that would have studied the definition of man. He also backed a 2010 private member’s bill that could create a criminal offense for anyone forcing a person to have an abortion.

But in 2020, when Poiliver was looking to run for leadership, he committed to a policy similar to Harper’s. His campaign reiterated that commitment in a statement sent to Politico.

Patrick Brown, mayor of the Toronto suburb of Brampton and a former lawmaker who is also running for leader, vowed early Tuesday to “always support a woman’s right to judgement on her reproductive health. Full stop.”

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She also committed to “encouraging other options” such as adoption, which angered critics on social media who accused her of misleading anti-abortion party members.

By mid-afternoon, fellow candidate Jean Charesto tweeted a statement, “I am pro-election. The government under my leadership will not support legislation restricting reproductive rights,” he said. “While I respect the democratic right of lawmakers to bring forward private members’ bills on matters of conscience, I will not vote to support him.”

Lewis is adamant. In a statement, Lewis promised to ban sex-selective abortion, increase funding for “pregnancy crisis centers” and cut federal funding for reproductive health abroad. Her record on the CLC’s website indicates that she is personally opposed to all abortions.

The CLC hoped to fill the ballot of the party’s leadership with like-minded candidates. Luetke said the organization encouraged members to donate to the campaign of Josef Bourgault, who claimed to have raised enough to cover the party’s C$300,000 entry fee and compliance deposit. The party ruled that he did not meet the requirements for candidacy.

The party ruled that no candidate met the requirements for candidacy.

Bourgault’s campaign appears to have made a huge stride in its final days. A week before the April 29 application deadline, he said he was still C$175,000 short. Within a week, he told supporters the campaign had topped C$400,000.

Luetke would not comment on how much CLC’s efforts contributed to that race. But his group has a track record of breaking into the race for leadership.

In 2020, the CLC claimed to have signed 26,000 members for Lewis and another candidate, Derek Sloan. That was more than double his sign-up three years earlier, when his favorite candidates, Brad Trost and Pierre Lemieux, finished fourth and seventh.

Luetke said the Politico blast had restarted the abortion debate north of the border.

“Sometimes it’s a little easier to mentally detach from the whole issue,” she says. “Victory like this is a reason to get involved once again.”

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