A lecture by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth came to an abrupt and bizarre end at the University of Waterloo on Wednesday night. Protesters — including one dressed as a large vagina — prevented the staunch, anti-abortion politician from speaking.
The National Post reports the ringleader was Ethan Jackson, a 21-year-old student from nearby Wilfrid Laurier.
“We’re not going back to this,” Jackson shouted. “Who do you think you are trying to impose your bigotry, your views on society through your Christian monotheism?”
“We decided to go by the route of using satire instead of intimidation,” he said. “We decided to make Stephen Woodworth feel as uncomfortable as he makes us feel.”
“The conduct of these protesters suggests they may consider the philosophy of hatred and disrespect for others to be a virtue rather than the self-limiting prison it really is,” he said.
Woodworth believes that babies inside the womb should be recognized as legal human beings in Canada. Currently, the Criminal Code defines a child as human only after it emerges alive from the mother’s body.
The Tory backbencher filed a motion last year to determine when a human being is formed and what the consequences would be if a fetus was recognized as a human being before leaving the womb.
The controversial Motion 312 was seen by many as an attempt to reopen the abortion debate in Canada. It was defeated in September by a vote of 203-91. Prime Minister Stephen Harper voted against it, but 10 of his cabinet ministers – including Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose – supported Woodworth.
Earlier on HuffPost:
Jack Nicholson has said his pro-life stance stems from being born out of wedlock himself. His mother, a showgirl, became pregnant with him as a teenager and was encouraged to have an abortion but did not.
It would be no surprise to see any number of country stars on this list, but Kenny Chesney may have taken his pro-life stance an extra step. His 2003 single "There Goes My Life," about a teenager preparing to become a father, has been lauded as an anti-abortion, pro-fatherhood anthem.
Mel Gibson told Barbara Walters in 1990 that he is opposed to birth control and abortion, saying, "God is the only one who knows how many children we should have, and we should be ready to accept them. One can't decide for oneself who comes into this world and who doesn't. That decision doesn't belong to us."
The Emmy-winning "Everybody Loves Raymond" actress has long been known as an outspoken Republican. In 1998 she became the honorary co-chair of Feminists for Life, a pro-life organization that aims to steer women away from choosing abortion.
Martin Sheen, who portrayed Democratic president Jed Bartlet on "The West Wing," discussed his devout Catholic upbringing and conservative viewpoints on an Irish talk show in 2011. He specifically mentioned being pro-life, but that didn't stop him from <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/27/martin-sheen-romney-stupid-arrogant_n_2030597.html">telling HuffPo that Mitt Romney is "stupid" and "arrogant."</a>
Before becoming an actor, Ben Stein was a speechwriter for presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He's remained a well-known political and economic commentator and in 2003 was honored at the Tenth Annual Proudly Pro-Life Awards Dinner, hosted by the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund.
Kathy Ireland rose to fame in the 1980s as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, but, like her political beliefs, much of her work has since been comparatively conservative. In 2011, Ireland was the keynote speaker at the Council for Life's annual luncheon, where she professed her religious beliefs and detailed her journey to becoming a pro-life supporter.
A former atheist, Kirk Cameron famously became a born-again Christian at 17 while starring on "Growing Pains," which he then insisted had plots that were too inappropriate. He's since been an incredibly outspoken Republican, receiving intense backlash from the the Hollywood community in 2012 when he told Piers Morgan that homosexuality is "unnatural ... and ultimately destructive to foundations of civilization." He is currently a member of the evangelical Christian movement and has espoused anti-abortion ideology.
"I really don't believe in abortion," <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/justin-bieber-talks-sex-politics-music-and-puberty-in-new-rolling-stone-cover-story-20110216">Justin Bieber told Rolling Stone</a> in 2011. "It's like killing a baby." When asked about cases of rape, the pop star said, "Um. Well, I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don't know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that."
Having portrayed Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," it seems only appropriate that Jim Caviezel has proclaimed himself to be a devout Catholic. The actor told Catholic Digest in 2009 that being pro-life is more important to him than his career.
Andrea Bocelli first made his pro-life stance public in 2010 when he recorded a video discussing his mother's decision not to have an abortion even though she was encouraged to after coming down with appendicitis while pregnant. “Of course, personally I do not share the idea of being able to interrupt life arbitrarily,” <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/8884646/Andrea-Bocelli-The-truth-about-my-friend-the-strong-willed-kind-and-intelligent-Silvio-Berlusconi.html">he told The Telegraph</a> in 2011. “But I cannot be the judge of those who decide in a different way. As much as I can, I show them an example and act as a role model, because I believe this is the only way.”