PC leadership candidate Doug Ford opens controversial abortion debate - 2018-03-05

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F94.png PC leadership candidate Doug Ford opens controversial abortion debate March 5, 2018, Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star

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.

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