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