But while I’m on the topic of motion 312…

octothorp:

bucketofrhymes:

Rona Ambrose voted in favour of it. Yeah, the Minister for the Status of Women supported what was an obvious backdoor attempt to open the abortion debate. Hey Rona Ambrose? You know your job? You’re doing it wrong.

Perhaps Rona Ambrose is Minister for the Status of Women the same way Peter Kent is Minister of the Environment - not such much for the purpose of being a strong advocate of their bureaus, more for minimizing scrutiny and appearing to be concerned.

Exactly. Rona Ambrose used to be Minister for the Environment (But Not Really)—her first Cabinet post, in fact. It’s a great training ground for Ministers In Name Only.

Some anti-abortionists on Twitter just called me a “crack pot thought police idiot” for my M312 name and shame list.

I’ll take that as a compliment that I care about all women’s rights to essential health services and obviously they don’t.

Some anti-abortionists on Twitter just called me a “crack pot thought police idiot” for my M312 name and shame list.

I’ll take that as a compliment that I care about all women’s rights to essential health services and obviously they don’t.

Name and Shame: MPs who voted in favour of M312

MPs in favour of Motion 312:

That a special committee of the House be appointed and directed to review the declaration in Subsection 223(1) of the Criminal Code which states that a child becomes a human being only at the moment of complete birth

Liberals

  • Jim Karygiannis, Scarborough–Agincourt ON
  • John McKay, Scarborough–Guildwood ON
  • Lawrence McCauley, Cardigan PE
  • Kevin Lamoureux, Winnipeg North MB

Conservative Cabinet

  • Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), Calgary–Nose Hill AB
  • Rona Ambrose, Minister for the Status of Women (shame especially on her), Edmonton–Spruce Grove AB
  • Julian Fantino, Minister for International Cooperation, Vaughan ON
  • Jason Kenney, Minister of Immigration, Calgary Southeast AB
  • Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Newfoundland NL
  • Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture, Battlefords–Lloydminster SK
  • Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, Egmont PE
  • Peter Van Loan, Leader of the House of Commons, York–Simcoe ON
  • Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), Richmond BC

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Motion 312 vote

A reminder that Motion 312, the anti-abortion private member’s bill, will be voted on tomorrow evening (Sep 26).

As a public figure, I naturally struggle when divisive issues are placed before Parliament. In this case, it is an issue that is deeply personal on both sides.

I am pro-life.

However, I have decided that my personal views will not come first. I listened to my constituents and will oppose Motion 312. This has not been an easy decision.

Since this motion was presented, several months ago, I have had countless discussions and correspondence with constituents. It is clear that the majority of residents in Charlottetown are opposed to this Motion and against reopening the debate on abortion.

I want to thank those who contacted me on both sides of the debate. I value debate in Canada and am grateful that the people of Charlottetown are engaged in public policy and political life.

I will vote against knowing some might view this as a compromise of my personal beliefs, but any judgements in that regard will be between me and my faith.

Sean Casey, Liberal MP for Charlottetown
Are the government and the state going to put a woman in jail if she does not wish to maintain that pregnancy within her person? Are they going to put her in jail and force her to keep this child until term? That outcome is not only ludicrous but also goes against every human right we can think of. It is shades of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale all over again.
Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Centre
I do not want women to go back to the previous era where some were forced to obtain abortions from illegal and medically dangerous sources. This should never happen in a civilized society. … I cannot understand why those who are adamantly opposed to abortion want to impose their belief on others by way of the Criminal Code.
Gordon O’Connor, Conservative Chief Whip, in an epic smackdown against Motion 312