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Pro-Life member of Canadian Parliament wins historic victory—the right to talk about his motion to condemn gendercide

by | May 7, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Conservative Member of Parliament Mark Warawa

Conservative Member of Parliament Mark Warawa

For the last few years NRL News Today has closely followed the resurgence of the pro-life Movement in Canada and, of late, the indefatigable campaign of Conservative Member of Parliament Mark Warawa to raise the issue of female gendercide.

In the Canadian system it is extremely difficult for “backbenchers” to talk in Parliament about topics the party leadership wants to keep a lid on. But on Thursday, according to Global News, Warawa will stand up in the House to talk about the systematic assault on women, born and unborn, with particular emphasis on sex-selection abortion.

That will come to past because last month Warawa won what’s being described as “landmark” victory. Speaker Andrew Scheer ruled that Members of Parliament “are allowed to make statements and ask questions without their party’s consent,” according to Laura Stone of Global News.

As Stone and others explained, Warawa is in a win-win situation. The Conservative Government (which desperately wants the abortion issue to go away) could put him on the list to speak Thursday (it’s called being placed on the “whip’s list”). Or if he doesn’t get preapproval, he can just stand up until Scheer recognizes him. Either way he wins.

“My involvement with speaking up against gendercide continues,” Warawa said in an interview with Global News. “Step by step we continue to address the issue and hopefully things will change, that girls will be valued as much as boys.”

Warawa was denied an opportunity to speak in March. Note he was not promoting a piece of legislation. He merely wanted to speak on behalf of his motion to condemn the discrimination against females through “sex-selective pregnancy termination.” But a Parliamentary committee rejected his request.


Since Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said repeatedly he will not “reopen” the abortion debate, “it was widely assumed Warawa’s party was attempting to shut down the discussion even though Warawa claimed his motion was not about abortion and had widespread support from 92 per cent of Canadians,” Stone reported.

But Warawa refused to buckle. He “complained to the Speaker that his privilege as an MP had been taken away,” according to Stone. “In the days that followed, about 10 fellow backbenchers stood up in the House to support him, a rare sight and symbol to some that Harper’s control over his caucus was waning.”

Although Scheer ruled last month that Warawa’s privilege as a MP had not been breached, he also said, “MPs have the right to stand up and speak in Parliament without their party’s permission.”

Warawa will exercise that right on Thursday.

He told Stone that the issue of sex-selective abortion has drawn more attention because of his motion.

“It’s a special year for me,” said Warawa. Referring to a pro-life rally that will take place Thursday, “I expect we’ll have thousands of people on the lawn saying discriminating against girls through sex-selection is wrong. That’s very encouraging.”

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