Inside Politics

Stephen Woodworth to seek House consent for vote on new 'human being' motion

Despite having already used up his allotted two hours in the private members' business spotlight with a thinly veiled and ultimately doomed attempt to reopen the abortion debate in 2012, Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth isn't ready to give up the fight to recognize what he now characterizes as "the equal worth and dignity of everyone who is in fact a human being."  

On Tuesday, he held a press conference to announce that later this week, he will make a plea for unanimous House consent to hold a vote on a motion that would, if passed, "affirm that every Canadian law must be interpreted in a manner that recognizes in law the equal worth and dignity of everyone who is in fact a human being."

Such requests are frequently made, but rarely granted without prior negotiations to secure the necessary agreement -- which, in Woodworth's case, would seem to be a distinctly unlikely outcome, despite his insistence to reporters that for even one person to deny it would make for "a dark and dangerous day in Canada."

Woodworth still has one option left, of course: he could persuade an MP still waiting for a turn on the private members' priority list to introduce a similar motion, which would at least open up the possibility of it going to the floor for a vote. 

In the meantime, however, he will put the question to his Commons colleague on Thursday afternoon. 

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