OTTAWA — A Conservative MP's comment about abortion on Wednesday in the House of Commons triggered a flood of criticism from Liberals and New Democrats.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ended an answer during question period by stating his government would always defend the right of women to have an abortion.
In response, Manitoba MP Ted Falk yelled out: "It's not a right!"
Reacting to Falk's comments, NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach stood up to say it was "horrible what we just heard."
A back-and-forth of yells ensued inside the chamber, forcing the Speaker to call repeatedly for order.
Then Trudeau decided to speak on the subject, saying "It's a right for a woman to choose what happens to her body. And we will always defend this right, despite what the Conservatives think and do."
Outside the chamber, Conservative MPs said they didn't hear what their colleague had shouted and refused to comment.