There’s been a fascinating reaction to Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose’s choice to vote in favour of a motion that calls for a study of whether human life begins before full birth. Some media have labelled her choice a “shocker.” Politicians have begun to give her grief. The long and short of it is, many of Ambrose’s political opponents have said Ambrose shouldn’t have a choice in the matter of how to vote on a private member’s motion because of the feared implications for abortion. Here’s a sampling of reaction:
“It’s shameful that the minister in charge of the status of women and in charge of moving forward on women’s equality today stood up int he House to roll back, to essentially attack, a woman’s right to choose,” said NDP MP Niki Ashton.
Ashton even took to Twitter after Wednesday’s vote to call for Ambrose to be replaced in the status of women portfolio.
Bloc Quebecois MP Maria Mourani has apparently also agreed Ambrose should think about stepping down.
“Because if she doesn’t fight for women’s rights, I don’t know what she does in this place,” Mourani is quoted as saying in the Globe and Mail.
Even the YMCA is on the record questioning Ambrose’s ability to continue in her job because of the choice she made.
So, are we to take from all this that Ambrose doesn’t have a right to choose how to vote?