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The Week In Review: Between Ariel Castro and Tory Backbenchers, We Can't Avoid an Abortion Debate

The prosecutor in the Cleveland kidnappings case has revealed that he may seek aggravated murder charges against the alleged captor, Ariel Castro, because Castro is accused of repeatedly beating and starving one of the women in order to force several miscarriages. This particular detail has caused quite the stir because it casts a fetus in the role of a murder victim, which makes many pro-choice advocates profoundly uncomfortable. I think it's for the same reasons that expressing opposition to sex-selective abortion raises such anxiety here in Canada: It forces people to focus on the fetus rather than the mother.
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Sex-Selective Abortion Key To Protest

Politicians, activists and others who want to see limits on abortion are using new arguments to make their case, adopting language usually used by human rights advocates. Terms like "gendercide" — ab...
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Tory Backbenchers To Test Ministers

All eyes this week will be on at least two Conservative backbench MPs who say they are prepared to challenge their own ministers in the Commons, following a ruling last week by Speaker Andrew Scheer t...
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Free Speech Motion DEFEATED

OTTAWA - A Liberal motion aimed at enhancing freedom of speech in the House of Commons was defeated Thursday.The motion failed by a vote of 150 to 96.The NDP backed the Liberal bid to have statements...
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Speaker Eases MP 'Muzzle'

OTTAWA - The Speaker of the House of Commons has cleared the way for a bit of free-for-all politicking prior to the daily question period.Andrew Scheer has told MPs if they want to deliver a member's...
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Trudeau Comes To Aid Of Tory MPs

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau is riding to the rescue of Conservative backbenchers who feel they're being muzzled by stifling party discipline imposed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.The newly minted Liber...
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Warawa's Mind Is Made Up

Conservative MP Mark Warawa says he'll announce tomorrow whether he will appeal to the House over a decision that killed his anti-abortion motion, as some MPs continue to back his appeal to the Speake...
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More Tories Join Backbench Revolt

OTTAWA - A two-week parliamentary break seems to have done nothing to quell a rebellion by Conservative backbenchers against what they describe as stifling party discipline imposed by Prime Minister S...
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Tory Caucus Unrest Not Calming Down

OTTAWA - If Prime Minister Stephen Harper was hoping the Easter break would quiet down his restless caucus, a fresh group of MPs made it clear Thursday they're not letting their grievances drop so fas...
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Not All Abortions Are Born Equal

There is no justification for aborting a fetus because one simply doesn't like its sex. Unfortunately, however, those who often elect to have abortions based on the sex of the fetus do not do so out of whimsy; rather, their decision is based upon cultural backwardness. These types of abortions do nothing to strengthen cultures. They weaken them, and allow them to continue to operate in a barbarically chauvinistic mindset that might have had its time in the Middle Ages, but today, is absolutely repugnant; especially in Canada.
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Harper's Dilemma

OTTAWA - Former MP Paul Szabo remembers the day he jammed a stick in the spokes of his own majority Liberal government's bill on reproductive technologies by getting opposition help on 76 amendments.W...
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'Muzzled' Tories Make Progress

OTTAWA - There are few quiet moments in a House of Commons committee, but one pregnant pause spoke volumes about the tensions and discomfort on Parliament Hill.It came on a day when Conservative MPs w...
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Tories Nip Abortion Motion In The Bud

OTTAWA - A Conservative MP's bid to have Parliament condemn the practice of sex-selective abortion has been short-circuited.A House of Commons sub-committee that oversees private members' business has...