The Canadian Parliament voted to defeat an anti-abortion motion last night by a vote of 203-91. Motion 312, proposed by conservative Member of Parliament Stephen Woodworth, would authorize investigation into the rights of the fetus. Many pro-choice activists believe the motion would have restricted abortion access in Canada.
During discussion on Motion 312, Woodworth doubted he would get enough support. "At this point I am not optimistic that I will come close to the 50 per cent required to pass this motion, although I continue to want to meet with Members of Parliament and to try to convince them of that," Woodworth said.
The vote did reveal a surprising supporter of Motion 312 - Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose. Since her controversial vote in favor of Motion 312, Minister Ambrose has faced widespread public criticism, including suggestions that she resign. "She has to think about [stepping down]," fellow MP Maria Mourani said. "Because if she doesn't fight for women's rights, I don't know what she does in this place."
Media Resources: Globe and Mail 9/27/12; 9/26/12; Feminist Newswire 9/18/12
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President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
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