Abortion cracks QP as pro-lifers rally on Parliament Hill - 2015-05-14
The anti-abortion forces gathered on Parliament Hill almost achieved their dream. They convinced a few MPs among their ranks to attend the thousands-strong March for Life rally, made a bunch of noise on a sunny day, and riled their cause. As if by miracle, the question period that followed the front lawn's collective plea to parliamentarians produced passionate remarks about abortion on Hansard's immortal record.
No, that parliamentarian wasn't a social conservative who hoped the government might outlaw the A-word so rarely uttered in the Commons. That particular faction remained silent. It was NDP MP Hélène Laverdière, a former diplomat, who dared say the word. And she said not a word about outlawing anything.
"Mr. Speaker, unsafe abortion is responsible for 13 per cent of all maternal deaths worldwide. But Canada won't help women in developing countries access safe abortion services," said Laverdière. "Why is the minister refusing to save the lives of women and girls in developing countries by refusing to offer the full range of reproductive health services?"