In the great North, Steven Harper’s pet zealots get out of hand and tried to rollback Canada’s abortion laws, and he’s helpless, helpless, helpless:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative MPs have been left seriously divided over the issue of abortion after a controversial motion was defeated in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening.
By a vote of 203 to 91, MPs defeated the motion by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth instructing parliamentarians to study whether a fetus is a human being before the moment of birth.
But in a surprise development, the vote revealed the deep split among Tory MPs over the issue. Eighty-seven of the 163 Tory MPs supported the motion.
Harper voted against, but more than a quarter of his ministers voted for the measure, including his Status of Women Minister. She was apparently trying to confirm that, in a Conservative government, the Status of Women is “shit out of luck”, especially if they’re pregnant.
(Thanks to Canadian Reader Bob for the tip.)