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Resistance mounts to Justin Trudeau’s edict that “The Liberal Party is a pro-choice party and going forward, all new members and all new candidates are pro-choice”

by | May 13, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

Justin Trudeau, leader of Liberal Party of Canada

Justin Trudeau, leader of Liberal Party of Canada

Although we’ve run many posts, by no means do I pretend to be an expert on the abortion issue in Canada. But I am fascinated.

What follows are insights cribbed from Lorna Dueck who wrote a terrific op-ed for The Globe and Mail newspaper.

As we mentioned last week in the context of the national March for Life, Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, brazenly announced, “The Liberal Party is a pro-choice party and going forward, all new members and all new candidates are pro-choice.” Period.

Even many of those who are on his side on the abortion issue were unnerved by what they called his “undemocratic” edit. That is grist for Dueck’s op-ed mill.

In her op-ed Dueck begins at the beginning. There is no abortion law in Canada, courtesy of the Supreme Court of Canada. Period. But

“At least six national polls in recent years suggest that Canadians are deeply conflicted about abortion, especially over the life of an unborn child having no protection at any point during pregnancy. Canada is one of a handful of countries with no laws on abortion. It’s outrageous for Mr. Trudeau, without consultation, to say to existing Liberal MPs who hold pro-life views that they would be ‘grandfathered in … to a certain extent.’”

Dueck takes an immediate left turn, paraphrasing from her pro-choice mother. She is allowing the other side to make their “best case” arguments.

She then pivots to remark

“We’re on the cusp of another era, because now technology has taken abortion far beyond where feminists and activists intended it to go. We have well-documented reports of Canadian clinics helping women abort female fetuses because certain cultures devalue the female child.”

Dueck is not naïve enough to think that sex-selection abortions will even slow down the truly rabid pro-abortionist. But it does give those who are less extreme reason to pause. She builds on that unease:

“Babies are not babies only when we choose them to be. For some, it defies logic to say that aborting a baby at 22 or 24 weeks is not taking life, when such lives can survive outside the mother’s body.”

In other words, pro-abortionists—you who adopted your stance 20-30-40 years ago—is this what you had in mind? Seriously?

Dueck doubles back to Trudeau’s high-handed decree:

“There has been public outcry from coast to coast on the shrinking space in the Liberal Party’s ‘Big Red Tent’ policy. ‘The political choice is clear. A Liberal choice equals a leader with a distasteful acceptance of discrimination as acceptable political practice,’ wrote one Facebook poster.”

Added the Winnipeg Free Press

“Canada is not done with complex debates over public policy riddled with morality. Euthanasia is a pressing legal and political debate that will demand consideration of all its implications. If Mr. Trudeau would have his MPs relinquish autonomy on a question so intimate as abortion on what issue will he see fit to allow them the freedom to dissent?”

Dueck ends her thoughtful piece with a call for “real leadership,” not only from Trudeau but from other prominent leaders in other political parties in Canada. Her final paragraphs are stunning:

“An irony was that Mr. Trudeau’s anti-democratic stand was delivered on the eve of his appearance at Ottawa’s National Prayer Breakfast. It’s an annual all-party gathering of leadership and, at last moment, Mr. Trudeau declined the previously arranged Scripture passage, and instead chose to read Proverbs 2:1-11 to the hundreds gathered.

“It’s a passage that advises, ‘Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight …’

“The crowd was polite and hopeful that there could be a new attitude coming.”

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