April 5, 2011, updated April 10, 2011
Rights Coalition of Canada, www.arcc-cdac.ca
Harper and his Conservative
government pose a severe danger to women’s rights and to abortion
rights – especially if they achieve their much-coveted majority. Don’t
forget to vote in the May 2 election, and if it would help in your
riding, please consider voting strategically to ensure that the
Conservative candidate does not win. (See the Catch22 campaign). (Update:
Please note that voting strategicially does NOT mean
automatically voting for the Liberal candidate - often the NDP
candidate has a better shot at winning. Check before you vote!)
Harper has vowed not to introduce or support any legislation that might negatively impact abortion rights, but private member bills can easily pass if the Conservatives have a majority, or even a minority just shy of a majority. Even though Harper and his Cabinet may vote against any anti-choice bill, these votes would be cancelled out by the sizable contingent of anti-choice Liberal MPs.
are several questions to ask your
candidates during the election campaign on issues that ARCC believes
are the most critical at this time.
1. The Conservative government has been dismantling the frameworks for women’s equality and cutting programs that vulnerable women need. They closed most regional Status of Women offices and barred funding for groups advocating women’s equality. They cancelled universal childcare, pay equity, and the Court Challenges program. They defunded women’s groups and other groups who don’t share the government’s right-wing ideology. If elected, will your government restore the various programs and funding that have been lost or cancelled under Harper?
The Conservative government
is no longer enforcing the Canada Health Act against
provinces that violate it. In particular, the
Unsafe abortion is a leading
cause of maternal mortality in developing countries, yet the
Conservative government refused to include safe abortion in their G8
maternal and child health initiative last year. But in a campaign to
reduce maternal mortality, it is wrong and hypocritical for our
government to take an official position that denies the right-to-life
for countless desperate women who risk their lives by resorting to
abortion – especially when Canadian women can access safe and legal
abortion. If elected, will your government fund
safe abortion in developing countries?