Vicky Mochama

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The ques­tion whether an an­tiabor­tion MP can be the chair of the Sta­tus of Women com­mit­tee has been an­swered. Ac­cord­ing to the Liberal MPs and the one NDP MP on the com­mit­tee, it’s a no from them.

Ex­er­cis­ing their pro­ce­dural pre­rog­a­tive, the Con­ser­va­tives had put for­ward Rachael Harder, an MP who, on a sur­vey in 2015, said she be­lieved life be­gins at con­cep­tion and would sup­port leg­is­la­tion ban­ning abor­tion. As an MP, how­ever, she gave money to two Al­berta clin­ics that sup­port the right to abor­tion. Re­ports Ma­clean’s: “The same year, Harder sup­ported a pri­vate mem­ber’s bill that moved to make it a sep­a­rate crime to kill a fe­tus when harm­ing a preg­nant woman.” This year, she pressed the min­is­ter for the Sta­tus of Women on whether the min­istry con­sid­ers sex-se­lec­tive abor­tion to be a form of gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

The Liberal mem­bers walked out dur­ing her nom­i­na­tion hear­ing last week. And on Tues­day, the Lib­er­als and NDP voted against the Con­ser­va­tive MP, in­stalling a dif­fer­ent Con­ser­va­tive MP in the po­si­tion.

is Metro’s na­tional colum­nist. She ap­pears ev­ery Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

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