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Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Trans*phobia.

In Ontario, they are debating new anti-bullying legislation. A shockingly ‘controversial’ issue because it involves creating ‘Gay, Straight Alliances’ to curb homophobic based bullying.

But according to MP Maurice Vellacott, we need to talk about bullying… in the womb.

We kid you not.

Here’s what he had to say, in an official release:

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OTTAWA – We have seen a great deal of political support across Canada for anti-bullying initiatives in recent months. Governments and community groups across the country are discussing the serious harm experienced by the victims of bullying, including self-harm and suicide in some cases.

“It’s a good thing that people are openly discussing the harm caused by bullying, and considering strategies to address the problem,” says Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin).

“In light of this new awareness of bullying, consistency and credibility demands that we tackle the most cruel and most common bullying of all – the bullying, and ultimately killing, of babies in the womb,” added Vellacott.

For decades now, technology has shown that babies in the womb pull away from foreign objects that penetrate the amniotic sac that is their home. They sense danger.

Scientific research is revealing an ever-younger age at which children in the womb feel pain. Dr. Steven Zielinski, an internal medicine physician from Oregon, is one of the leading researchers into fetal pain. He has testified that a child in the womb could feel pain at “eight-and-a-half weeks and possibly earlier.” (“Pro-Lifers Welcome First Fetal Pain Abortion Ban Lawsuit,” LifeNews.com, Sept. 1, 2011)

“Despite what we know about the child in the womb and despite what we know about fetal pain, Canada still does not ban the most gruesome abortion procedures in which the limbs and heads of babies are torn and cut from their bodies,” said Vellacott. “Canada’s abortionists are free to bully these unborn babies to death because Canada has no law protecting these helpless victims of this kind of bullying.”

“These procedures are far worse than any case of school-yard and neighbourhood bullying, and they always result in a dead victim,” added Vellacott.

“The womb is the place where the child should be the safest of all. Just because we’re bigger and stronger than these vulnerable babies in the womb, doesn’t make it right. Might doesn’t make it right,” emphasized Vellacott.

“At a time when Canadians are demanding community and political action to bring an end to the bullying of our children, it is vital in these anti-bullying strategies to address the lethal bullying of the child in the womb,” concluded Vellacott.

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Full press release here, including information on how to contact him.

You should definitely contact him.

 

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Response from NDP MP Olivia Chow

Ms. Name-Withheld,

Thank you for writing to us with regards to Motion M-312. New Democrats oppose this motion.

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 is an indirect means to re-open 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—and Stephen Woodworth has tabled motion M-312, there is reason to worry.

The Official Opposition believes in universal access to abortion services and guaranteed reproductive freedoms for all Canadian women, regardless of income or where they live. Abortion must remain a decision made between a woman and a health professional. Please be assured that we will continue to defend a woman’s right to choice.

Sincerely,

Olivia

Office of Olivia Chow, MP

Trinity-Spadina

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Response from Liberal MP Joyce Murray

Dear Name-Withheld,

 

Thank you for your letter regarding MP Stephen Woodworth’s inappropriate attempt to reopen the debate on abortion.

 

It is the longstanding view of the Liberal Party of Canada that women must have the right to choose. Access to abortion is a public health matter that has saved many women’s lives.

 

Liberals do not support  steps to limit, or open the door to limiting, access to safe medical services for women across Canada.

 

I encourage you to sign our petition Tell Harper: Hands Off Our Reproductive Rights, and to share with concerned friends and family: http://bit.ly/K7ZHbB .

 

I appreciate you taking the time to write.

 

Best regards,

 

 

Joyce Murray

 

Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra

2112 W Broadway #206, Vancouver, BC V6K 2C8

Tel:  (604)-664-9220  Fax: (604) 664-9221

Email: joyce.murray.c1@parl.gc.ca

www.joycemurray.ca

    

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Response from NDP MP Glenn Thibeault

This was sent to us by a pro-choice ally who has asked to remain anonymous.

Thank you for your email in regards to Motion M-312. New Democrats oppose this motion.

 

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 is an indirect means to re-open 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—and Stephen Woodworth has tabled motion M-312, there is reason to worry.

 

The Official Opposition believes in universal access to abortion services and guaranteed reproductive freedoms for all Canadian women, regardless of income or where they live. Abortion must remain a decision made between a woman and a health professional. Please be assured that we will continue to defend a woman’s right to choice.

 

 

All the best,

 

Glenn

 

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Glenn Thibeault, M.P./Député

Sudbury

House of Commons/Chambres des communes

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Tel:/Tél: 613.996.8962

Fax/Téléc: 613.995.2569

www.glennthibeault.ca

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Response from Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre

A Radical Handmaid received this response from her MP. She has asked to remain anonymous.

Thank you for your message.  I do appreciate your sharing your point of view with me.

 

Private Members motions are considered in accordance with the rules of Parliament.

 

The Prime Minister has been very clear, our Government will not reopen this debate.

 

Sincerely,

 

Pierre Poilievre, M.P. Nepean-Carleton

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

LP

 

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Response from Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett

This was sent to us by a pro-choice ally!

Dear Ms. Name witheld by request,

Thank you for your email regarding Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth’s motion M-312 on abortion.

As a family doctor, and as Chair of the National Liberal Women’s Caucus, I am opposed in the strongest terms possible to M-312, which aims to reopen the abortion debate – despite Stephen Harper’s promise that this would not occur under his leadership.

It is the longstanding view of the Liberal Party of Canada that women must have the right to choose. We will never support measures that limit, or open the door to limiting, access to safe medical services for women across Canada.

Please be assured that I will not only vote against this motion, but will fight all attempts to infringe the rights of women by those who wish to do so, including Mr. Woodworth. I will also continue to hold Mr. Harper to account for allowing a member of the Conservative caucus to introduce this type of motion without penalty of sanction of any kind.

Sincerely,

Hon. Carolyn Bennett, P.C., M.D.
Member of Parliament, St. Paul’s

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Response from NDP MP Paul Dewar

This was forwarded to us by a pro-choice ally

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Dear Corinne,

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
Paul Dewar, MP | Député Ottawa Centre

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic

Porte-parole du NPD pour les affaires étrangères
Tel: 613.996.5322                www.pauldewarmp.ca
CEP 232

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Response from Conservative MP Gordon O’Connor

This e-mail was forwarded to us by an ally.

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Dear Darci,

On behalf of Gordon O’Connor, thank you for your correspondence regarding Motion M-312.

With regards to Motion M-312, it will be held as a free vote in the House of Commons. This means that members of the Conservative Party are free to vote as they choose. Mr. O’Connor will not be supporting this Motion.

Mr. O’Connor appreciates the opportunity to be kept abreast of the issues that are important to his constituents so that he may keep them in mind during ongoing discussions with his cabinet and caucus colleagues.

Once again, thank you for writing.

Sincerely,

John Aris
Constituency Manager for
Hon. Gordon O’Connor, P.C., M.P.
Chief Government Whip
Carleton Mississippi Mills
Tel: 613-592-3469
Fax: 613-592-4756
Website: www.gordonoconnor.ca

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