Stephen Harper said he would not re-open the debate on a woman’s right to choose.
But 24 hours from now, he’ll allow Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth to put forward a motion in the House of Commons which clearly opens the possibility of re-criminalizing abortion.
It’s up to you to make sure Canadian women and men know about it.
When I began my nursing career in the 1950s in Quebec, contraception was illegal and women had no say over family planning. They had no choice, and some faced desperation.
I saw women come to the hospital, bleeding and in pain, only to discover they’d tried to end their pregnancy themselves.
As a nurse, and later as an MP and Senator, I took part in the hard-fought battles to institutionalize and enshrine the right to choose in Canadian law.
And in 1988 the debate was settled when the Supreme Court ruled: “The decision whether or not to terminate a pregnancy is essentially a moral decision and in a free and democratic society, the conscience of the individual must be paramount to that of the state.”
If you believe in a Canadian woman’s right to choose, you have 24 hours to speak up and spread the word.
Senator for Shawinigan, Quebec (1997-2011)
MP, Outremont (1984-1988)