Tory MP to test new House rules with female gendercide statement on day of March for Life
OTTAWA, Ontario, May 7, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As tens of thousands of pro-lifers descend on Parliament Hill this Thursday to advocate for justice for the unborn, the pro-life Tory MP who unwittingly set off a backbench revolt that changed speech rules in the House of Commons will attempt to make a statement in the House about female “gendercide.”
“My involvement with speaking up against gendercide continues,” said MP Mark Warawa to Global News.
“Step by step we continue to address the issue and hopefully things will change, that girls will be valued as much as boys.”
Warawa addressed the House in March, 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 MPs right to be heard in Parliament.
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Warawa had been scheduled to make a 60-second speech on sex-selective abortion prior to a vote on his Motion 408, which would have asked the House to affirm that it condemns “discrimination against females occurring through sex-selective pregnancy termination.” Fifteen minutes before his allotted time, Warawa was told that he would no longer be speaking that day because his party had not approved the topic.
The next day Warawa learned that a parliamentary committee had deemed his motion non-votable. Critics interpreted this decision as part of an ongoing joint effort by the Conservative government and the Opposition to keep anything abortion-related out of Parliament.
However, 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.
Without a spot on his party’s speaking list, Warawa will try on Thursday to catch the “Speaker’s eye” to make a statement about girls being systematically targeted for death through abortion because they are female.
Aaron Wherry commented in Macleans that whatever happens to Warawa on Thursday, either way he wins.
“The government would thus seem to have two options. It can, as it seemed to do two weeks ago when Mr. Warawa previously promised to stand and attempt to catch the Speaker’s eye, put him on the whip’s list for Thursday. In which case, he wins.”
“Or it can ignore his stated intention and Mr. Warawa can stand of his volition until the Speaker recognizes him. At which point, he wins.”
The theme for the May 9 March for Life is “It’s a Girl! should not be a death sentence.” If Warawa’s bid for recognition to speak proves successful, the whole of Parliament, both inside and outside, will hear the message of this year’s March.
Warawa, aware of the massive moral support he would be receiving on Thursday just outside the House of Commons, tweeted: “Thousands of people coming to Canada's Parliament in Ottawa May 9 to condemn discrimination against girls re Gendercide.”