The New Liberal Party of CanadaPosted: May 16, 2014
And I don’t mean that as a compliment. Yesterday, while appearing on CTV’s True North Politics panel, one of the subjects that we debated was abortion. Specifically, Justin Trudeau’s pro-choice edict to anyone who wishes to run for the party.
Let me start by saying that I fundamentally believe that liberals (capital L or otherwise) should support a woman’s right to choose. Full stop. I am a pro-choice Catholic who, before converting, asked a priest straight out if he would give me communion knowing my views. It was a lengthy conversation which ended with one word, “yes.”
I am a mother who has had to deal with an unplanned pregnancy. I am vehemently pro-choice and am an outspoken feminist. But that doesn’t make me (or anyone else for that matter) pro-abortion.
Under Trudeau’s new rules, I wouldn’t be allowed to run for the Liberal Party. Why? Because Trudeau said that his MPs “must vote ‘pro-choice’ on any bills before Parliament.” Affirm the status quo on abortion in Canada? For sure. But what about a vote on late-term, post-viability abortions on demand, when the woman’s life or health is not in jeopardy? That’s no longer about women’s rights, and I don’t support it. But according to statements Trudeau has made this week, I would have to.
I guess that makes be a bad Liberal.
Turns out it wasn’t Harper who reopened Canada’s abortion debate; it was Justin Trudeau.