I have always held that the Conservative Party line on abortion “We will not re-open that debate” was wrong, not because it wasn’t pro-life enough for me (it isn’t) but because it isn’t pro-freedom enough for me.
Had they made their line be something like “we will let freedom of speech reign,” I think it would have been entirely defensible to Canadian pro-choicers.
After all, Members of Parliament must fight for their seats. So in the short-term if there were some “uncomfortable” debate about abortion, but it’s not what constituents wanted, they’ll get voted out. If it is what constituents want, then the MP is doing his/her job and that’s called democracy.
Instead, the Conservatives under Prime Minister Harper made clamping down on any abortion discussion their line. And since clamping down on abortion discussions/debate is standard fare for the most extreme fringe of the abortion rights movement, in a sense, Conservatives were pandering to a demographic that was never in a billion years going to vote for them anyway.
Now the Conservatives can’t rise above what Justin Trudeau said, because they have themselves clamped down on freedom in the past–albeit to a lesser degree.
I suppose freedom is actually dangerous to political parties and leaders. Who knows what people might actually do with it? That’s why citizens have to stand up in defence of freedom regardless of the issue at hand.
Well. That’s enough political prognosticating for one day. (How it is that being pro-life is actually part of a bigger freedom package is a post for another day. In one line: When the state can define and legislate on when life begins and ends, we have no freedom whatsoever.)by