Just days after Stephen Woodworth launched his latest bid to reopen the abortion debate, a second Conservative backbencher has served notice that he, too, may soon put the question of what, if any, changes should be made to Canada's abortion laws to the parliamentary test.
The motions, which were added to the Order Paper by Saskatchewan MP Maurice Vellacott last Friday, incorporate slightly different wording, but share a common goal; namely, striking a special House committee to study the "legal protections" accorded to "children before birth," either by reviewing past court decisions for evidence of "any negative impact on women, men, children and Canadian society," or, alternately, looking at what changes might be required to bring the current regime in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Both proposals would have the committee to report back to the House within six months.
Not surprisingly, Vellacott's efforts have already garnered the approval of at least one pro-life group: WeNeedaLaw.ca, which lauds the initiative as "an early Christmas gift."
What's not clear, however, is whether Vellacott actually intends to bring one of the two motions forward when he gets bumped up to the private members' business priority list early next year.
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