Anti-abortion activists are planning to win 50 ridings for their cause in the upcoming federal election - 2019-08-31
After the Conservatives were defeated in the 2015 election and the Liberals formed a majority government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has been supportive of abortion rights, Hayward co-founded RightNow. It's an anti-abortion group that's on a mission to help win 50 federal ridings for candidates who identify as "pro-life" during the election in October — and more in the future.
"We saw in that 2015 election, 80 pro-life Members of Parliament that had a 100 per cent pro-life voting record running for reelection. And only 40 of them won," Hayward said. "Almost instantaneously, we lost half of our pro-life representation in the House of Commons."
But that representation did not lead to changes in the law. Prime Minister Stephen Harper took office in 2006 with a promise not to re-open the issue of abortion. Though a number of proposals related to pregnancy and abortion were put forward by Conservative MPs, none were passed or made into law.
Current Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has also said that while his government would not re-open the abortion debate if his party formed government, his MPs would still be free to vote on social issues according to their conscience.