This was forwarded to us by a pro-choice ally
Firstly, I would like to thank you for writing to me and expressing your concern regarding Motion M-312.
To be blunt, New Democrats and I vehemently oppose this motion for many of the same reasons that you have detailed in your thoughtful email. M-312 proposes to establish a parliamentary committee to review criminal code subsection 223(1) which states that a child becomes a human at the moment of birth, which I believe is an indirect means towards the goal of re-opening the abortion debate.
During the 2006, 2008 and 2011 election campaigns, Stephen Harper stated that his government did not want to revisit the abortion issue. However, now that there is a Conservative majority, Stephen Woodworth has tabled motion M-312 and I believe that there is reason to worry.
The New Democratic Official Opposition believes in universal access to abortion services and guaranteed reproductive freedoms for all Canadian women, regardless of factors like income or where they live. Abortion must remain a decision made between a woman and a health professional.
Once again, thank you for discussing your concerns with me concerning this important issue.
All the best,
Paul Dewar, MP | Député Ottawa Centre
NDP Foreign Affairs Critic