Tory MP Stephen Woodworth's Motion 312 to study the definition of human life was defeated in the House of Commons Wednesday night, with MPs voting 203 to 91 against.
Of the 91 MPs who voted for the the motion, 87 were Conservative and four Liberal. The NDP voted unanimously against.
Among those 87 Tories were 10 ministers (junior ministers included). Jason Kenney, Rona Ambrose, Peter Van Loan, Julian Fantino, Gerry Ritz, Gail Shea, Ed Fast, Peter Penashue, Diane Ablonczy and Alice Wong all voted for the motion.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper voted against.
Liberal MPs John McKay, Lawrence MacAulay, Kevin Lamoureux and Jim Karygiannis also voted for the motion.
Some notable Tory ministers were absent from the vote: Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Minister Of National Resources Joe Oliver.
Both ministers oppose abortion, according to the Campaign Life Coalition, a group which keeps a listing of positions on the issue.
In total, 10 MPs were absent from the vote.
You can see the full list on how MPs voted below.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that 14 MPs were absent from the vote. House Speaker Andrew Scheer was in the chair and therefore did not vote and three seats are currently unfilled. 10 MPs were actually absent from the vote.
How Canadian MPs voted on a private motion to study the definition of human being in the Criminal Code
|Yea/Nay||MP's Last Name|
|nay||Davies (Vancouver East)|
|nay||Davies (Vancouver Kingsway)|
|nay||Duncan (Etobicoke North)|
|nay||Duncan (Vancouver Island North)|
|nay||Findlay (Delta—Richmond East)|
|yea||Harris (Cariboo—Prince George)|
|nay||Harris (Scarborough Southwest)|
|nay||Harris (St. John's East)|
|yea||Kamp (Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission)|
|nay||Keddy (South Shore—St. Margaret's)|
|yea||Kenney (Calgary Southeast)|
|nay||Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings)|
|nay||MacKay (Central Nova)|
|yea||Moore (Fundy Royal)|
|nay||Moore (Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam)|
|nay||Morin (Chicoutimi—Le Fjord)|
|nay||Simms (Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor)|
|nay||Sims (Newton—North Delta)|
|yea||Weston (Saint John)|
|yea||Weston (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country)|
|nay||Young (Vancouver South)|
Here's a look at the official position of Canada's federal parties, and how the controversial debate has reared its head in recent years. With files from CBC
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has repeatedly said that he has no interest in addressing the issue head-on."As long as I am prime minister we are not opening the abortion debate," Mr. Harper said in April 2011. "The government will not bring forward any such legislation, and any such legislation that is brought forward will be defeated as long as I am prime minister." (CP)
NDP leader Tom Mulcair has stated that his caucus is unanimous in its opposition to the private member's motion calling on Parliament to look at whether a fetus is a human being, but he plans to force his MPs to vote along party lines."We're resolutely in favour of women's right to choose," Mulcair declared. (CP)
Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae has stressed that the abortion issue is matter of individual conscience. Rae expressed his personal opposition to reopening the debate, but said Liberal MPs will be allowed to vote "their conscience" rather than force them to toe the party line."Our position on reproductive choice, my position on reproductive choice is very, very clear. It has been for decades. The position is it's a person's right to choose." (CP)
Saskatoon-Humboldt MP Brad Trost tells Saskatchewan's ProLife Association in April 2011 that the federal government has decided to cut funding to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, a decision he says was influenced by anti-abortion supporters."I cannot tell you specifically how we used it, but those petitions were very, very useful and they were part of what we used to defund Planned Parenthood because it has been an absolute disgrace that that organization and several others like it have been receiving one penny of Canadian taxpayers' dollars," Trost said.Maurice Vellacott, a Conservative MP from Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, also calls for Planned Parenthood to be defunded.Vellacott says the controversy over the funding "exposed the lies and destructiveness of IPPF's agenda.""It exposes what this abortion giant is surreptitiously trying to achieve worldwide."International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda approves funding. (CP)
Conservative Winnipeg MP Rod Bruinooge proposes "Roxanne's Law" in 2010, a bill that would penalize anyone who "coerced" a woman into ending her pregnancy against her will."It's not just as simple as feeling pressured to get an abortion; there is a lot of discussion of sex-selection abortion these days, as well," Bruinooge told the Winnipeg Free Press. "It's part of the overall topic of intimidation that goes towards a pregnant woman."Bruinooge insisted the bill wasn't meant to force Parliament to wade into the debate banned by Harper, stating that nothing in his bill made it illegal to abort a fetus.But the Liberals and New Democrats saw it as a backdoor entry into the touchy topic."How is an abortion bill not an abortion bill?" said then-Liberal MP Anita Neville. "This certainly introduces discussion into the House of Commons and it is a rather sneaky way of doing it."Then-NDP leader Jack Layton echoed her concerns. "You have got to wonder what is really going on here."The bill was defeated in December of 2010, with 178 votes for and 97 against it. Harper and many Conservatives voted against it and 10 Liberals supported it. The NDP was unanimously against it. (Handout)
International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda discloses for the first time in April 2011 that Canada will not fund abortions in its G8 child and maternal health-care initiative for developing countries.Keith Martin, then-Liberal MP who had defected from the Tories years earlier, expressed outrage. "People here are perplexed and wondering why Canada is rolling back the clock and depriving women in developing countries from having the same rights to basic health care and access to abortion as women in Canada," he said.Then-NDP leader Jack Layton accused the Tories of putting Canada on side with former U.S. president George Bush, who reduced support for abortion-related aid."It's picking up the banner that George Bush used to carry, and I think that that's not something that would be supported by the majority of Canadians, that's for sure," Layton said.On June 25, Canada pledged $1.1 billion to a global initiative on maternal and child health for developing countries - a disproportionately high amount compared to other G8 countries. Canada did not allow for its share to be used in the funding of abortions. (CP)
The Campaign Life Coalition provides a listing of MPs who support and oppose abortion rights. The list is based on voting records, previous comments and questionnaire responses. Here is a list of Conservative cabinet ministers who, according to the Coalition, oppose abortion. (CP)
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. (CP)
Minister of Public Safety. (CP)
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. (CP)
Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. (CP)
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board. (Handout)
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. (CP)
Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. (Handout)
Minister of State for Science and Technology and for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. (Handout)