Skip to comments.Prime Minister Harper: Not Now, Not Ever Will Conservative Government Protect Unborn Children
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.
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Tears for the children.
Wow, KIll em all I guess.
I’m shocked/// I thought Harper was a conservative to the bone!
I had thought so as well, obviously we were both wrong.
Has he made this position clear before?
It looks as if Canada still doesn’t have a decent Conservative Party.
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.
The most innocent, the most defenseless.
Moral cowardice is the most repugnant of man’s flaws
Oh my goodness.
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. :(
Laws, is there anything they can’t do?
“Has he made this position clear before?”
Yup. But there’s really no coherent or competent Pro Life movment up here either.
What a guy /s
Makes me wonder sometimes if it’s worth bothering to elect ‘conservatives’. They stab you in the back here the same as in Canada.
A “conservative” who is pro-abortion is no conservative. He’s just a cheap advocate for the Culture of Death.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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?
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.
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.
When did Harper say that?
I'm curious about that as well.
Before the CA party 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.
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.
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