Simms takes a stand

MP ob­jects to word­ing of at­tes­ta­tion re­quired for or­ga­ni­za­tions to re­ceive fed­eral fund­ing

The Central Voice - - Year In Review -

For one lo­cal politi­cian, the furor over re­pro­duc­tive rights ver­sus re­li­gious be­lief ear­lier this year could have been avoided.

Coast of Bays-Cen­tral-Notre Dame MP Scott Simms made na­tional head­lines in Fe­bru­ary when he op­posed his own party and spoke against a new fed­eral pol­icy re­quir­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions ap­ply­ing for fed­eral fund­ing for sum­mer stu­dents to tick a box that says the “core man­date” of the job and the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­spects, among other things, women’s re­pro­duc­tive rights.

“I agree with the in­tent – that’s great – but the ex­e­cu­tion to­tally flopped,” Simms told the Ad­ver­tiser.

“If I was ap­ply­ing for the job, I have no prob­lem tick­ing the box. Peo­ple know what my views are on re­pro­duc­tive rights; I be­lieve it’s fully a choice be­tween any wo­man and her doc­tor. How­ever, in this case, I thought it was overly pre­scrip­tive in its ex­e­cu­tion.”

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