Canadian pro-life MPs cautious reacting to RU-486 approval ahead of election
OTTAWA, August 12, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Few of Canada’s 90-plus pro-life MPs or candidates for election in October are coming forward to comment on Health Canada’s decision to approve RU-486, the controversial abortion drug reportedly responsible for more than a dozen deaths in recent years.
Their reticence fuels speculation that Health Canada’s announcement was provoked by leaks from government personnel antipathetic to the Conservative government and who want to alienate it from one of its key voter bases—pro-life social conservatives.
“Making the announcement just prior to the election is very suspicious and I think it puts women’s health at risk,” one MP, who would not let his name be used, told LifeSiteNews.
Another MP, Stephen Woodworth, the Conservative member for Kitchener Centre, told LifeSiteNews, “I have concluded that abortion is not a good thing in any form. I am not qualified to comment on the specific health risks, if any, of RU-486.”
Mark Warawa, the Conservative member for Langley, was more definitive on the specific issue: “I am extremely disappointed with the decision of Health Canada,” he told LifeSiteNews. “Women are being told by professionals, doctors and specialists that RU 486 is safe and, now, by Health Canada, that RU 486 is safe. This relieves concerns, but inappropriately relieves concerns. Women need to be told the great risks they face as a result of using RU 486. It’s been promoted as a safe way to end a pregnancy but in fact, it put’s the woman’s health at risk.”
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Another Commons pro-lifer, David Anderson, the Conservative member for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, went much further, following swiftly on Health Canada’s announcement with a lengthy statement and a backgrounder detailing how RU-486 kills unborn babies in the womb while doing lasting injury to women’s reproductive organs.
However, most MPs said nothing and several approached by LifeSiteNews declined to comment. There could be a reason for that. Jeremy Smyth, a candidate for the Conservative nomination in the British Columbia riding of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford says his sources inside the federal government confirm that the timing of RU-486’s release was indeed political. Its intention was to alienate pro-life social conservatives from the Conservatives. In his own riding, says Smyth, “getting pro-lifers onside is crucial to winning, but it is going to be close.”
Just before the general election would be an inauspicious time for pro-life MPs or candidates to loudly condemn the approval of the abortion drug RU-486 by an arm of the Conservative government, which, of course, is precisely why it would be a good time for the government’s opponents to leak news of the approval and force the official announcement.