‘Not im­mune’

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Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell MP Fran­cis Drouin has taken to Face­book to weigh in on the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing Alabama’s new abor­tion law.

“This week, the state of Alabama passed a law that crim­i­nal­izes al­most all abor­tions,” he wrote on May 16. ”Do not think that we are im­mune to these types of poli­cies in Canada.” He then al­luded to Ni­a­gara MPP Sam Ooster­hoff who spoke at an anti-abor­tion rally in front of Queen’s Park ear­lier this month. “Just last week, a Con­ser­va­tive politi­cian at Queen’s Park wanted to make a woman’s right to choose ‘un­think­able in our life­time.’ In Ottawa, con­ser­va­tive politi­cians at­tended a rally that ad­vo­cated for just that.”

In his Face­book post, Mr. Drouin in­cluded pic­tures of Con­ser­va­tive leader An­drew Scheer pos­ing with pro-life ad­vo­cates in Saskatchew­an. There was also a photo of Pierre Lemieux, the for­mer MP cur­rently run­ning for the Con­ser­va­tives in Mr. Drouin’s riding, who is well known for his anti-abor­tion po­si­tion. “My pol­icy is clear and sim­ple: women should have the right to choose what they do with their own bod­ies,” Mr. Drouin says.

On­tario Pre­mier Doug Ford says that al­though his MPPs are free to speak their minds, he has no in­ten­tion of re-open­ing the abor­tion de­bate. -

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