By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

OTTAWA, May 25, 2009 ( – Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff has issued a blunt response to Canadians who emailed him in the lead-up to the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion in Canada, concerning Canada’s abortion laws.

In a response sent to several individuals who contacted him for comment on his party’s stand on abortion, Ignatieff stated: “It is the longstanding view of the Liberal Party of Canada that women must have the right to choose, and this party will take no step that limits, or opens the door to limiting, access to safe medical services for women across Canada.”
He continued, “I understand this issue stirs extremely strong feelings and the Liberal Party respects the right of every Canadian to express their views freely and openly, no matter how contrary those views may seem to those of others.”
Fr. Alponse de Valk, editor of Catholic Insight magazine, responded to the Liberal party leader’s statement, suggesting that the uncompromisingly anti-life policies of the party could lead to its political demise.

“I will not now comment on the ‘right to choose’ and ‘safe medical services,’ after three-and-a-half million babies have been slaughtered and tens of thousands of women suffered from the after-effects,” Fr. de Valk said, referring to the terminology used by the party leader in his response. “It seems to me that Ignatieff has just written the death notice of the Liberal party.”


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