OTTAWA, Ontario, May 9, 2013(LifeSiteNews.com) – As an estimated 25,000 pro-lifers filled the Parliament Hill grounds to advocate for justice for the unborn, pro-life Tory MP Mark Warawa decried “gendercide” in a much anticipated statement in the House of Commons.
“Female gendercide is the systematic killing of women and girls, just because they’re girls,” said Warawa in a statement prior to question period.
“The UN says that over two hundred million girls are missing in the world right now because of the female genocide.”
As the massive crowd outside Parliament began their March through the streets of Ottawa, Warawa called the discrimination against girls through sex-selective abortion “barbaric.”
The theme for this year’s March is “It’s a Girl! should not be a death sentence.”
In seeming solidarity with pro-lifers who came to Ottawa to be a voice for those who have no voice, Warawa said to the House: “Mr. Speaker, the statement ‘it’s a girl’ shouldn’t be a death sentence.”
The pro-life MP unwittingly set off a backbench revolt in March that changed speech rules in the House of Commons.
At that time Warawa addressed the House, charging the Conservative Party with preventing him from speaking during a spot allocated to him because the topic was “not approved” by the party. A number of Tory MPs rallied around Warawa, defending an MP’s democratic right to be heard in Parliament as an elected representative of the people.
Speaker of the House Andrew Scheer asserted on April 23 an MP’s right to seek the floor by “catching the Speaker’s eye” rather than being dependent on the party-provided list of speakers. The landmark decision allows MPs to bypass their party and seek the floor directly from the Speaker.
With Warawa’s successful bid today for recognition to speak in the House, the whole of Parliament, both inside and outside, was permeated with the pro-life message.