Liberal MPs toe party line on abortion

Jessica Hume, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:30 PM ET

OTTAWA - Liberal MPs appear to be kowtowing to the party whip as one after another of their anti-abortion members concede to being forced to vote in favour of a woman's right to choose.

One of the party's longest-serving members and anti-abortionist, MP Lawrence MacAulay, indicated Tuesday that he'd be voting with his conscience as he has always done, regardless of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's decree that all Liberal MPs must vote pro-choice.

Less than 24 hours later, MacAulay made an about-face on Twitter.

"I am personally pro-life and have long held these beliefs, however, I accept and understand the party position regarding a woman's right to choose," he said via social media. "Despite my personal believes, I understand that I will have to vote the party position should this issue ever come up in the House."

It is unclear whether Liberal MPs would be allowed to abstain from a vote on abortion.


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