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Prime Minister Harper: Not Now, Not Ever Will Conservative Government Protect Unborn Children
LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/29/08 | John-Henry Westen

Posted on 09/29/2008 3:53:14 PM PDT by wagglebee

OTTAWA, September 29, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In his strongest statements in support of unlimited abortion on demand in Canada, Prime Minister Harper today told reporters that his government would not only not open the abortion issue itself, but would prevent anyone else from raising it.

Asked by a reporter if Harper could give assurances to pro-abortion groups who are accusing the Conservatives of engineering a stealth pro-life campaign, Harper said he could give such groups assurances. "The answer is yes. This government will not open, will not permit anyone to open the abortion debate. Our position is clear," he said, speaking in French.

Another French-speaking reporter sought clarification, asking if Harper was prepared to promise that he would not tolerate the reopening of the abortion debate. "That's absolutely correct," replied Harper emphatically. "It's the position we took in the last parliament. Our position in the future is that this government will not open the abortion debate and will not allow another opening of the abortion debate."

Concluding the press scrum, a Reuters reporter asked, "Why would a conservative government not want some restriction on abortion?" Responding, Harper said: "I've been clear throughout my entire political career. I don't intend to open the abortion issue. I haven't in the past. I'm not going to in the future. Yes, there will be people in the Conservative Party who wish I would and there are some in the Liberal Party who also wish I would. But I have not done that in my entire political career, don't intend to start now. We have a lot of challenges in front of the country ... That has to be the focus of government. And I simply have no intention of ever making that a focus, the abortion question a focus of my political career."

Jim Hughes, President of Campaign Life Coalition - the political arm of the pro-life movement - told LifeSiteNews.com that Harper's statements proved once again that pro-lifers must vote for the pro-life candidate in their own ridings regardless of the party they represent. Hughes said that he has told people for years that Harper would not protect the unborn. "I'm sorry that there are people out there who have believed that he was waiting for a majority before acting on the issue," said Hughes.


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; moralabsolutes; prolife; stephenharper
Unbelievable!
1 posted on 09/29/2008 3:53:16 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 09/29/2008 3:53:48 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 09/29/2008 3:54:17 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: GMMAC; fanfan

Canada Ping


4 posted on 09/29/2008 3:54:44 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee; GMMAC; Clive; exg; kanawa; backhoe; -YYZ-; Former Proud Canadian; Squawk 8888; ...

Tears for the children.

5 posted on 09/29/2008 3:55:20 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: wagglebee

Wow, KIll em all I guess.


6 posted on 09/29/2008 3:55:41 PM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate tag lines but I don't know how...)
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To: wagglebee

I’m shocked/// I thought Harper was a conservative to the bone!


7 posted on 09/29/2008 3:58:42 PM PDT by tflabo (:)
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To: tflabo

I had thought so as well, obviously we were both wrong.


8 posted on 09/29/2008 3:59:29 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Has he made this position clear before?

It looks as if Canada still doesn’t have a decent Conservative Party.


9 posted on 09/29/2008 4:00:18 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: wagglebee

I can’t believe this! I thought that Harper was a conservative, but he seems to be unwilling to challenge abortion. My opinion of Harper has just soured.


10 posted on 09/29/2008 4:00:43 PM PDT by wk4bush2004
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To: fanfan
Tears for the children.

Yes.

The most innocent, the most defenseless.

11 posted on 09/29/2008 4:02:10 PM PDT by backhoe (For a Real Change, Vote Palin)
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To: wagglebee

Moral cowardice is the most repugnant of man’s flaws


12 posted on 09/29/2008 4:05:11 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: wagglebee

Oh my goodness.


13 posted on 09/29/2008 4:06:19 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: wagglebee

Good Lord! I hoped the posted title was a mistake, but.... wow, I guess not. And I had thought Harper was one of the good guys. Incredibly disappointing to see just how far the cancer, the mindset of death, has spread. Poor, poor little children. Those who should love you the most..... don’t. :(

pattyjo


14 posted on 09/29/2008 4:12:35 PM PDT by pj_627
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To: wagglebee

Laws, is there anything they can’t do?


15 posted on 09/29/2008 4:26:59 PM PDT by kanawa (http://www.canadalovessarah.ca/)
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To: Cicero

“Has he made this position clear before?”

Yup. But there’s really no coherent or competent Pro Life movment up here either.


16 posted on 09/29/2008 4:33:35 PM PDT by Jason Kauppinen
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To: wagglebee

What a guy /s


17 posted on 09/29/2008 5:33:23 PM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: wagglebee

Makes me wonder sometimes if it’s worth bothering to elect ‘conservatives’. They stab you in the back here the same as in Canada.


18 posted on 09/29/2008 9:59:17 PM PDT by The Ghost of Rudy McRomney (Obama deserves a medal for saving the country &stopping the Clintons (but not my vote))
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To: wagglebee

A “conservative” who is pro-abortion is no conservative. He’s just a cheap advocate for the Culture of Death.


19 posted on 09/29/2008 10:03:41 PM PDT by Antoninus (Ignore the polls. They're meant to shape public opinion, not measure it.)
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To: wagglebee
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20 posted on 09/30/2008 4:07:37 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Antoninus

He is not pro-abortion, he is pro-life.
Sarah Palin is not pro-abortion, she is pro-life.
Neither is going to attempt to force people to comply with their views.
Laws will not stop abortion.
Education, persuasion and offering alternatives will decrease abortions.


21 posted on 09/30/2008 5:39:31 AM PDT by kanawa (http://www.canadalovessarah.ca/)
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To: kanawa
He is not pro-abortion, he is pro-life.

Baloney. You may as well say that a politician who was OK with slavery, even if he didn't personally own slaves was not pro-slavery. Classic double-speak.

Laws will not stop abortion.

No, just like laws do not stop murder. But that doesn't mean that laws forbidding murder and punishing those who commit the crime aren't necessary.
22 posted on 09/30/2008 7:33:16 AM PDT by Antoninus (Ignore the polls. They're meant to shape public opinion, not measure it.)
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To: kanawa

Harper is neither pro life or a conservative. He is the most pro abortion PM Canada has ever had. He squashed any and all pro life possibilities at the CPC convention before the election that brought him to power by getting a 100% pro abortion policy passed. You can murder children in Canada till they take their first breath outside their mothers body.

He has also been responsible for the attack on conservatives and Christians in Canada by the so called Human Rights commissions and tribunals as PM. Free speech and freedom of religion is something of yesterday now in Canada. Know who you vote for when you support The Harper Party.

He has spent more as PM than any liberal PM and has been vote buying in Quebec, Ontario and Maritimes with the gusto of a leftoid Dipper.

His military and foreign policy is near perfect but in no other way is he conservative.

He is a Red Tory, bought and paid for. And this new brand of Red Tory has moved farther left than ever seen under Mulroney.

The man disgusts me. He will has done more to damage conservatism in Canada than any other leader ever.

I hope every Canadian pro life voter reads this statement by Harper the baby butcher. I will do my part in making that happen.


23 posted on 09/30/2008 10:47:47 AM PDT by free_life (If you ask Jesus to forgive you and to save you, He will.)
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To: free_life
Harper the baby butcher

Cheryl Gallant, the MP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, equated abortion with the beheading of American Nicholas Berg by terrorists in Iraq. It is "absolutely no different," she said (WCR, May 24).

Confronted with the report from Canadian Catholic News, Harper told reporters in Calgary, "Cheryl Gallant is a very strong pro-life MP, and this is the rhetoric that the pro-life movement often uses." He added, "It's their business. I don't think it's particularly effective in changing public opinion. . . Abortion is going to go on one way or the other, and I think it's part of life, rightly or wrongly. I wouldn't say I like abortion, but I think abortion is a reality that is with us."
link

Your description of Harper as a baby butcher shows you to be an irrational fanatic
and is unlikely to persuade fence sitters to your cause.

24 posted on 09/30/2008 11:45:20 AM PDT by kanawa (http://www.canadalovessarah.ca/)
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To: kanawa

ohhhh oohh oh oh O let me help ya..........

Your Harper PR piece is from 2004 <<<<<< ah got ya.....you forgot to mention that. He was not PM and he was trying to hold his own in a real conservative party - The Reform Party of Canada.

I am the fanatic huh? Yep a Pro life Christian conservative and I make no apology for it either.

Harper has shut all pro life voices out of our party (well it use to be our party) it is now the most pro abortion party (per policy) in Canada.

And I am not trying to persuade fence sitters, I am presenting the facts as they are. Again no apology.

Red Tory are u?


25 posted on 09/30/2008 3:50:02 PM PDT by free_life (If you ask Jesus to forgive you and to save you, He will.)
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To: free_life

2004 or 2008, it has been his consistent view.
You want to call him a baby butcher,
then I, for one, would be glad to see you shut out of the Party.


26 posted on 09/30/2008 5:56:17 PM PDT by kanawa (http://www.canadalovessarah.ca/)
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To: kanawa

Bull he use to say he would defend the unborns right to life and now is 100% pro abortion.

I supported him once and he has betrayed us social conservatives. It is pay back time Stevie!

It is our party (well use to be) Harper does not own it, he just thinks he does.


27 posted on 10/01/2008 9:47:29 AM PDT by free_life (If you ask Jesus to forgive you and to save you, He will.)
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To: free_life
he use to say he would defend the unborns right to life.

When did Harper say that?

28 posted on 10/01/2008 2:28:11 PM PDT by Snowyman
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When did Harper say that?

I'm curious about that as well.

29 posted on 10/01/2008 3:23:19 PM PDT by kanawa (http://www.canadalovessarah.ca/)
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To: Snowyman

Before the CA party Harper spoke said the unborn deserved the right to protection.


30 posted on 10/01/2008 3:39:05 PM PDT by free_life (If you ask Jesus to forgive you and to save you, He will.)
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To: free_life
Harper spoke said the unborn deserved the right to protection.

Protection from what ?

That's not the same thing as saying he would " defend the unborns' right to life". As far back as '93 Harper said he would respect the wishes of his constituents when it came to abortion . I've never heard him say otherwise.

31 posted on 10/02/2008 7:20:09 AM PDT by Snowyman
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"Politics is the art of the possible" -- Otto von Bismark (translation)
32 posted on 10/02/2008 3:03:20 PM PDT by Clive
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To: kanawa
Education,persuasion and offering alternatives will decrease abortions.

I agree.

The Conservative Party under Harper have made some stumbles. We, who hoped for certain objectives- hinted at in the previous election, were disapointed. Yet there was a viable excuse. The other partys, of which are the NDP, Liberal and Bloc Quebecois held more seats collectively. This is assuming you know, but for others.

A vote of no-confidence could have forced an election, this when the electorate seemed at an impass. We made the excuse that Harper could not afford a debacle. Played up by the usual suspects. (Hello CBC). A stumble appeared to be reneging on the 50% cut to funds for the Status of Women. Hard leftist activists. The behemoth CBC, a drag on the tax-payer, never a friend of Conservatism grows even more.

Like in the US election, look at the alternative! It boggles the mind.

33 posted on 10/02/2008 5:23:58 PM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: Cicero

I just cannot believe this story. Something is not being reported correctly here. I KNOW Stephen Harper and he does NOT believe in abortion. The Media is out of control!! CO


34 posted on 10/02/2008 5:53:08 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (Conservatism is to a country what an antibiotic is to an infection - Healing!!!!)
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