OTTAWA â€“ In advance of this Wednesdayâ€™s vote on the Conservative motion to reopen the abortion debate, New Democrats reiterated their commitment to protect womenâ€™s right to choose, as well as their right to accessible and safe abortion services.
â€œThe NDP is the only party that will vote unanimously against the Conservative motion,â€� said NDP Status of Women Critic Niki Ashton (Churchill). â€œCanadians fought with determination and courage for the right to abortion and we must respect this important victory.â€�
After Stephen Harper promised not to reopen the abortion debate, a Conservative MP, Stephen Woodworth, presented a motion to review the legal definition of human being.
â€œThe Supreme Court clearly determined that limiting access to abortion would be unconstitutional,â€� said Ashton. â€œAbortion must remain a decision between a woman and her physician, without outside interference.â€�
â€œWhen it comes to gender equality, this government has a dismal record, whether itâ€™s pay equity, international development aid or access to EI,â€� added New Democrat Justice Critic FranÃ§oise Boivin (Gatineau). â€œThis motion would roll back womenâ€™s rights and we urge all parliamentarians to vote against it.â€�
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