Mr. Harper's spokesman Dimitri Soudas said:
"the government's policy is that we will not initiate or support legislation that reopens the debate on abortion.”
And this has been Mr. Harper's mantra ever since he took power.
But why can't we debate abortion? Isn't this a democratic country where free speech and debate are the cornerstone of our shared values?
From the evidence, lots of people want to debate abortion and they are debating it. That most certainly is a fact that can't be denied.
I just read Charles Lewis's piece "MP’s bill takes aim at ‘coerced abortions" on the National Post's "Holy Post" blog, and as of writing there were 145 comments (oops, up to 147 now) to this one single article on abortion.
And every time the topic comes up, there are oodles and oodles of articles and comments all over the blogosphere.
Mary Ellen Douglas, national organizer for Campaign Life Coalition is quoted in the LifeSiteNews article above, as saying she thinks Harper will do whatever he can to put a stop to Bruinooge's bill.
“They're not going to let it go to any kind of a vote,” she said. “That's Harper. That's what he did with the unborn victims of violence bill.” “He's said that all along,” she added. “He won't allow this to come up, period. He's determined not to let anything pro-life come up, because he's pro-abortion.”
So what do we know?
We know that Mr. Harper's refuses to re-open the abortion debate.
We know that many Canadians want to debate abortion.
We know that Canada has no abortion laws.
So does Mr. Harper have a hidden agenda after all? And could that ubiquitous hidden agenda be in fact, that Mr. Harper actually is pro-abortion?