Con MP and anti-abortion crusader Brad Trost, who lists being a member of the cross-party Pro-Life Caucus as one of his duties as an MP on his website, addressed the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association’s annual convention on Saturday and thanked its members for their help in killing off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
“Let me just tell you, and I cannot tell you specifically how we used it, but those petitions were very, very useful and they were part of what we used to defund Planned Parenthood because it has been absolute disgrace that that organization and several others like it have been receiving one penny of Canadian taxpayers dollars.”
Planned Parenthood has been waiting over a year to find out whether the Con’s official program defunder, Bev Oda, would renew PP’s decades old funding and now Trost has let the cat out of the bag.
Harper spokesy Dimitri Soudas hastily convened a 1 a.m. presser to distance Harper from Trost, blowing Trost off as a mere uninformed “backbencher,” but as Cathie points out: Trost has been right before.
“Asked repeatedly whether allowing access to abortion was part of the government’s funding criteria, Soudas replied: ‘No, it does not.’
“He also repeated the Harper government’s often stated position that it would not re-open the debate on abortion.”
Well of course with Harper seeking a majority, he doesn’t want to reopen the debate but he doesn’t need to, does he? Defunding it, with the repeated help of the Blue Dog Libs, is working just fine as an alternative.
A year ago the Libs tried to smoke out the Cons on contraception and abortion by introducing a Liberal motion in the House to include a broader range of family planning programs in a maternal health initiative for developing countries. It was defeated 144-138 when four Libs voted against it, two abstained, and 12 missed the vote altogether.
So it’s a bit much that it’s the Liberal Party who broke the news about Trost’s shenanigans at the annual Pro-Life bunfest, just because the Liberals having 17% anti-abortion MPs is better than the Cons 66%.
Let’s have another look at the support for pro-choice in our current government.
From Choice Joyce:
while Sixth Estate has a 2009 list of suspected Pro-life Caucus members, based on their voting records and public statements. Suspected. Because membership in the Pro-Life Caucus is a government secret.
At least they’re more upfront about it in the US, where bills to defund Planned Parenthood are currently pending in Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Indiana, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia.
Joyce reminds us that the 36% of antichoicers from both parties is a “conservative” estimate, and her research bears this out.
For instance, voting for some version of fetus rights doesn’t automatically get an MP onto the chart because maybe the candidate is pro-choice but it was a whipped vote, or they are anti-choice personally but have stated they would not vote against reproductive rights.
Check out her list of MPs and their voting record before you vote.