(OTTAWA) Canada’s anti-abortion movement is energized by a draft U.S. Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade. On the eve of its annual high mass on Parliament Hill, the Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) group is holding a press conference this Wednesday in front of the Supreme Court of Canada to castigate the Liberals’ intention to defend this right in the country. .

This is the very first time that the anti-abortion organization, one of the most influential in social conservatism circles in Canada, has set up a lectern in front of the building of the highest court in the country. The choice of location is obviously not trivial, says CLC’s Pete Baklinski. “The symbolism is important; this is where the Morgentaler judgment [which decriminalized abortion] fell in 1988,” he notes.

He continues with enthusiasm. “The draft leak couldn’t have come at a better time for us. It’s an issue that many people think is closed, but with what has just happened in the United States, it revives it in Canada, “he says before affirming that Justin Trudeau “proposes to enshrine the ‘abortion into law’, because “he and others who defend the right of women to kill an unborn baby are concerned about the effects the US decision may have in Canada”.

Canada’s Prime Minister caused some confusion when he said a week ago that he was “not ruling out” the idea of ​​legislating abortion. But there is no question of presenting a government bill aimed at regulating abortion, the government has been assured.

The latter will obviously encounter resistance in the conservative ranks. At the end of question period in the House last Tuesday, three elected officials from Alberta led the charge by each filing a petition with identical wording to denounce this measure which “could jeopardize the status of charitable organization hospitals, places of worship, schools, homeless shelters and other organizations […] who disagree with the Liberal Party on this.”

The Trudeau government will announce this Wednesday afternoon funding to improve access to abortion services. The Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, and the Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Marci Ien, will detail the financial assistance measures.

Year after year, in May, Conservative elected officials and senators take part in the “National March for Life” in the federal capital. In 2017, the leadership race of the party was invited to the rally – the one who would win thanks to the anti-abortion vote, Andrew Scheer, did not show up, but he had rushed to the hill deputies who were behind him, just to fill up on support.

This year, the Saskatchewan man set his sights on Pierre Poilievre, as did the majority of elected officials opposed to abortion, that is to say more than a third (a little more than 20 elected officials) of those in their fifties. of those who support him.

Of course, Leslyn Lewis, whose “no hidden agenda” on “pro-life politics” convinced some: six elected officials are behind the one who caused the upset by snatching a third position in the last race management, in 2019.

The anti-abortion vote that Ms. Lewis had managed to bring together later benefited Erin O’Toole.

In the preferential ballot on September 10, such a transfer of votes could benefit Pierre Poilievre.

However, the CLC does not carry this one in its heart.

In the camp of the principal concerned, the spokesman Anthony Koch is content to react by noting that “a Poilievre government will not propose or support any legislation restricting abortion in any way”.

A position shared by his opponents, including Jean Charest.

On the set of the first debate between five of the six leadership candidates last Thursday in Ottawa, Leslyn Lewis tried to impose the issue of abortion, without much success. “She highlighted the fact that voters still don’t know the position of the other candidates,” said her spokesperson, Catherine Mongenais.

But for the CLC, the case is heard. “To conservatives, our message is: the abortion debate is open,” Pete Baklinski said.

We will have to see if we hear about it this Wednesday evening in Edmonton, Alberta, during the first oratorical contest overseen by the party, which will take place in English.



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