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Trudeau's Chief of Staff Katie TelfordFortune Magazine / YouTube

(LifeSiteNews) — For pro-lifers in Canada, one of the most frustrating aspects of our political debate is that on the issue of abortion, there is none.

Trudeau’s Liberal Party and the other leftist parties are 100 percent pro-abortion and support the status quo, which is no restrictions on feticide throughout all nine months of pregnancy, with even gruesome late-term abortions supported by the government and funded by the taxpayer. The Conservative Party of Canada formally supports this status quo as well, with some notable dissenting MPs who are willing to consistently and courageously speak out. 

Thus, despite the fact that there is almost no formal opposition to Canada’s radical abortion regime – the most permissive of any democracy – Trudeau’s Liberals must consistently lie to the Canadian public in an attempt to divide the Conservative base. Liberals accuse Conservatives of being secretly pro-life; Conservative leaders swear up and down that they will never, ever do anything to prohibit a single abortion; the press obediently notes that the abortion issue is once again a hot political topic. It’s a political game played with fetal corpses. 

Exhibit A is the Liberal response to MP Cathay Wagantall’s Violence Against Pregnant Women Act (Bill C-311), which would mandate higher sentences to violent offenders who attack pregnant women. The bill was carefully crafted to avoid addressing abortion, and only the most passionate abortion activists could object to it – which is why Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada hastened to oppose it.  

Arthur announced that since the Conservative caucus voted for the common-sense bill, there were obviously no pro-choice MPs. “[The bill] is basically singling out pregnant people for special protection,” she told the Guardian. According to Arthur, this is problematic because Wagantall is pro-life. The bill, Arthur said, was a “thinly veiled attempt to encroach on Canada’s longstanding view that fetuses do not have personhood status.” To summarize: A bill that specifically does not address abortion is called “pro-life” because Canada’s most radical abortion activist has a problem with “singling out pregnant people for special protection.” 

Of course, the Liberals – who opposed “singling out pregnant people for special protection” because they are so passionate about the right to kill babies in the womb that even offering special protection to women carrying wanted to children goes too far for them – leapt on this report with glee, apparently failing to notice how ghoulish this made them look. Katie Telford, Trudeau’s chief of staff, posted the Guardian report on X (formerly Twitter) with the solemn announcement: “Canada has zero pro-choice MPs.” Which I very much wish was true, but is unfortunately not the case – even Pierre Poilievre, who once called himself pro-life, has changed his mind and votes pro-abortion consistently. 

X’s community guidelines soon posted a fact-check to Telford’s tweet: “Bill C-311 is a 78-word Bill that does not contain the word abortion. The Bill is to protect a pregnant woman with aggravating circumstance for the purpose of sentencing.” The note included a link to a description of the Violence Against Pregnant Women Act. Even mainstream journalists mocked Telford’s bizarre claim, with Don Martin of CTV News tweeting: “Not sure why the Prime Minister’s chief of staff is retweeting something she knows is misleading at best but basically false.” Other journalists echoed similar sentiments. As Alexander Raikin put it: “Calling a bill ‘pro-life’ because it makes a criminal assault of pregnant woman an ‘aggravating circumstance’ is just an amazing feat of logic.” 

Yeah. Sort of like saying that dismembering a child in the womb at 38 weeks’ gestation is a human right – but they say that, too.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.