Harper Conservatives told to vote against bill that would add penalties for those found coercing a woman into getting an abortion.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will vote against a private member’s bill promoted by one of his own MPs that would add new Criminal Code penalties for those who coerce women to have an abortion. A senior government official also says that while the prime minister will not “whip” or demand Conservative MPs vote as he votes, it will be “very strongly recommended” that Conservatives vote to defeat the bill.
I’m not convinced myself that this bill is, legally speaking, all that necessary. But it’s not like it would do much harm even to those who are staunchly pro-choice. After all, it’s not because you’re in favour of abortion on demand that you sympathize with boyfriends or family members who pressure a woman into having an abortion she doesn’t want. Right? No reasonable person is in favour of coercing women into abortion. So why not let MPs vote as they wish?by