First reading of Bill 207 reveals zero UCP votes for reproductive rights - 2019-11-08

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F0.png First reading of Bill 207 reveals zero UCP votes for reproductive rights November 8, 2019, David Climenhaga, blogs, rabble.ca

The conclusion one is tempted to draw from this, naturally, is that this is a private member's bill in name only. For all practical purposes, it appears to be a government bill and, as such, a reflection of the Kenney government's true social conservative agenda.

In addition, it strongly suggests the number of UCP MLAs not committed to undermining women's reproductive rights -- which as was argued in this space yesterday is the purpose of this bill -- is zero. Or, at least, it was yesterday.

There is an argument to be made, of course, that this is not necessarily the case. First reading in parliamentary tradition is merely the formal introduction of a bill. The hard debate -- and the hard work -- takes place at second and third reading.

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