At a news conference calling on all MPs to vote against Motion 312, which would set up a committee to study when life begins, New Democrats Nikki Ashton and Francoise Boivin said that abortion is a fundamental right that should never be infringed. Of course that’s not the case and is nothing close to what the Supreme Court said in 1988.
Here is a section of Paragraph 21 of that ruling, written by Justice Brian Dickson
I wish to reiterate that finding a violation of security of the person does not end the s. 7 inquiry. Parliament could choose to infringe security of the person if it did so in a manner consistent with the principles of fundamental justice.
But apparently Boivin can’t read.
“They can put words in [Justice] Bertha Wilson’s [ruling] til they’re blue in the face, but it’s a fundamental right. There’s no such thing as voting your conscience,” Boivin said.
That’s a shocking statement from an MP. Would Boivin have accepted that Parliament had spoken on marriage in the 90s as an answer to the gay marriage debate of 2003-05?
What is also striking is that the NDP, which normally claims that the Harper government is too controlling now wants to see the PM crack down to ensure no one utters a word different from his own.
As for Bertha Wilson vs Brian Dickson, pro-lifers often cite Wilson as saying this was a matter for Parliament to decide but more importantly the majority decision, written by the Chief Justice also says that. There you have it Ms. Boivin, the courts have spoken, why do you think others shouldn’t be allowed to?