I have had numerous people contact me to ask whether Rona Ambrose is an MP worth defending. Ie. is she pro-life? Is she a solid MP, a trustworthy Member of Parliament? Fern Hill, deeply opposed to all I stand for and believe in, has written in to point out Rona never answered any of Campaign Life’s questions.
I happen to think Rona Ambrose is a decent MP. I think she’s trustworthy. I think she is doing a more than competent job.
I do not think she is pro-life. Do not buy into the heightened rhetoric around this issue, either from pro-lifers or pro-abortion folks. (Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada is saying publicly that Rona Ambrose is “anti-choice.” I wish this were true, but it wouldn’t be the first time Joyce got something wrong.)
We are supporting her because we support freedom of speech. We are supporting her because everyone has the right to a free vote, even if the vote is considered, however nominally, to lean in a pro-life direction. We are supporting her because some exceptionally virulent pro-abortion (not pro-choice) forces are asking for her head. And we are supporting her to send a message to the Prime Minister’s office that turfing a Minister because she votes “against the Prime Minister” is perfectly unacceptable.
There are many good reasons to support Rona Ambrose, but it’s not because she is pro-life. We don’t know that. No one knows that.
Freedom of speech is good enough a reason to write the Prime Minister, so I hope you’ll still do so today.
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