PC leadership candidate Doug Ford opens controversial abortion debate - 2018-03-05
Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful Doug Ford waded into the abortion debate Monday, questioning why teens need notes from their parents to go on school trips but not to terminate a pregnancy. The comments follow Ford's interview with a pro-life publication in which he said it's time to reconsider whether girls under 16 should require parental permission for abortions, a stance that quickly drew fire from both inside and outside the party.
"I can't think of a more life-changing procedure for a young woman than an abortion," Ford told Right Now in an online question-and-answer session as party members have until Friday noon to vote for a replacement for ousted former leader Patrick Brown. "I think that this is an important discussion to have and I would welcome any member who wanted to bring it forward in the Legislature to do so," added Ford, who has four daughters. He elaborated Monday during a campaign stop in London.
"My friends, you have to give a note to your kids when they're 12 and 13 years old to go on a field trip. You have to approve even getting their tonsils out, but you don't have to approve and keep secret with a 12- and 13-year-old?" Ford said in a reference to abortion. "I don't know too many parents that would approve any of their kids going on a field trip without their knowledge. I don't see anyone ever approving an operation on their children when they're 12- and 13-years-old without approval," he continued.