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.
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