Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Cowardice is NOT Leadership

"The fact of the matter is Canadians want to do what they can, cost effectively, to save the lives of mothers and children," Harper said. "They are not interested in reopening abortion."

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, House of Commons, March 23, 2010

What Canadians are interested in, has nothing to do with right and wrong. Specifically, like it or not, abortion is a key part of any debate on maternal health. In my ideal world, no woman would ever need or want an abortion. But it is not an ideal world is it?

Regardless of personal feelings, safe access to abortion is an important element in the debate on maternal health. In any initiative, a clear policy on abortion and contraception is a must. A wish-washy position, or no position at all is still a decision that affects the health of the very women we are trying to help. It's a yes or no issue. So Mr. Harper, even if Canadians don't want to "debate" this issue, you must therefore decide for us.

As part of your policy Mr. Harper, you must make a decision one way or the other. And live with the consequences. Because women in the third world must live with the consequences of your decision. Your cowardice affects them, and you are less of a man because of that.

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