Harper sides with NDP on 'human life' motion

Ontario Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, Monday, Sept 17,...

Ontario Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, Monday, Sept 17, 2012. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:38 PM ET

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper got rare praise from the NDP for siding with the left-wing party against a motion from a Conservative MP.

“I appreciate that the prime minister ... has clearly stated that there will be no support for M-312,” New Democrat MP Francoise Boivin said on Monday.

Harper has urged his caucus to oppose Tory MP Stephen Woodworth’s motion that would strike a committee to study whether a child is a human life at some point before full birth.

Boivin refuses to say whether it’s possible a child is human even five minutes before birth, fearing the question has implications for abortion.

“Before the birth there is absolutely no point for me to tell you what I think because the law in Canada is it’s up to the woman to decide what she does with her body,” Boivin said.

Woodworth argues that those who oppose his motion lack the courage to examine tough issues.

“Does anyone believe that we need to pretend that a child at eight or nine months development before birth is not a human being in order to justify abortion?” he asks. “Does abortion access really depend upon that fraud?”

Woodworth’s motion is up for a final hour of debate on Friday and will be voted on next week Wednesday.

He said thanks to Harper’s opposition, he’s not optimistic the motion will pass.

 


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