Abortion: the House rejects a motion reiterating women’s free choice

Emilie Bergeron, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – A Bloc motion stating a woman’s “free choice” to have an abortion or not was defeated Tuesday in the Commons.

The Bloc’s deputy House leader, Christine Normandin, tried to get the unanimous approval of the House of Commons to pass this motion, but objections were also immediately heard.

According to Ms. Normandin in a press scrum, “it was quite a resounding‘ no ’on the side of the Conservative benches”.

In Quebec, the National Assembly unanimously adopted a motion in support of American women, declaring their right to seek abortion assistance.

During a questioning in the Commons, MP Normandin asked Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland if she could guarantee that the federal government would continue to protect women’s right to abortion.

“We have to keep fighting because a single moment of inatention can set us back decades,” said the elected member of the Bloc.

Ms. replied. Freeland that the government is committed “to protecting women’s right to choose, a fundamental right”. The exchange was followed by thunderous applause in the House.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is not in the House, tweeted that “the right to choose is a woman’s right, period.” She assured that her government will continue to “protect and promote women’s rights in Canada and around the world”.

Meanwhile, Conservative MPs and senators received a memo Tuesday morning asking them to refrain from commenting on news from the United States that came from a leaked U.S. Supreme Court document.

Nonetheless, Conservative MP Gérard Deltell did not hesitate to say that any recession in the United States, in his opinion, would have no effects on Canada. “It’s an issue that was settled almost 50 years ago in Canada and that’s good,” he told reporters before going into the question period.

“A woman’s right to decide whether she will have an abortion or not is up to her 100%,” she added before dismissing any idea that the issue of abortion could take up huge space. in the race for the leadership of his party.

New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh is also not afraid of a rollback in Canada of the abortion right, but he stressed in a press briefing that he wants better access to it.

Mr. remembers. Singh is the case of a clinic in Frederiction, New Brunswick, that has been denied provincial funding for years.

In the face of this type of situation, it is clear in the eyes of the NDP leader that the federal government should adopt the Canada Health Act, which defines the terms and conditions surrounding health transfers paid to the provinces.

“If a provincial government doesn’t fully fund health care, the government has (this) tool to remove the funding, to remove it until all health services start (funding),” he said.

Last summer, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned that he was keeping funds allocated for New Brunswick because the provincial government refused to fund the abortion clinic in Fredericton.

New Brunswick law prohibits government funding of abortions performed in areas other than three approved hospitals.

When asked about the use of the Canada Health Act, the Minister of Justice, David Lametti, replied that it could be part of a reflection to better protect the right to abortion.

“(Morgentaler’s) decision was solid so the position is solid in Canada, but, nevertheless, we can imagine it,” he said in a scrum.

In the opinion of Ms. Normandin, it is clear that what is happening in the United States will have a strengthening impact on groups wanting to restrict access to abortion in Canada. “Lobby is very powerful. They have uses. They have money. So, in this context, there is no limit (…) at the level of lobbies, money and advertising”, he commented.

– With information from Stéphanie Taylor and Jocelyne Richer

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