Rona Ambrose’s resignation petition reaches 6,100 signatures after abortion vote


Organizations like the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) and the Fédération des femmes du Québec have also publicly called for Rona Ambrose to resign.

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A petition calling for the resignation of Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose, in the wake of a controversial abortion vote in Parliament on Thursday, garnered more than 6,100 signatures by Friday afternoon. And that number continues to climb.

Organizations like the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) and the Fédération des femmes du Québec have also publicly called for Ambrose to resign.

Ambrose faced a deluge of criticism after rising in favor of M-312, a private member’s motion that would have created a committee to study the parts of the Criminal Code that establish when a fetus becomes a legal person.

By going against the party’s wishes and voting to reassess Canadian policy on where personality begins, Ambrose has sparked not only a backlash, but a debate over whether women can both advocate for women’s rights and have nuanced views on abortion.

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The online petition berates Ambrose for not standing up for women’s rights and representing Canadian women.

“Canadian women deserve a representative who knows that women are more than their biological abilities; that these capabilities should never be regulated by the government; and the only person capable of defining a woman’s future is that woman, ”the petition says.

The opposition also berated Ambrose’s vote.

“Shocked that [the minister] of the Status of Women has supported the recovery of women’s rights, ”tweeted NDP Women’s Critic Nikki Ashton after the defeated vote Wednesday night. “The time for a new minister. “

The Conservative MP for Edmonton-Spruce Grove surprised Andrea Mrozek, founder of the ProWomanProLife blog, who had never heard Ambrose speak out for the anti-abortion movement.

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I have repeatedly raised concerns about the discrimination of girls through sex selection abortion

“I don’t have a clue whether Ambrose is really pro-life or not,” said Mrozek, who is also director of research and communications at the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada. “My defense of her is based on this notion of freedom of expression and represents a diversity of points of view. I’d be pretty happy if she was, but I never thought she was and still don’t.

She said Ambrose’s vote shows that one can both support women’s rights and be in favor of a discussion about abortion – which is unregulated in Canada and legal at all. moment, for whatever reason – or even oppose abortion.

“There are a lot of women, including me, who don’t see the so-called abortion rights as an integral part of women’s rights,” she said.

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Anti-abortion and pro-abortion perspectives have clashed in the current U.S. presidential election, sparking protests and counter-demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as protests against cuts to the family planning. However, in the DNC were also anti-abortion Democrats who support their party but not its staunch pro-choice stance. In Canada, pro-choicers have recently found themselves divided over sex-selective abortions, which, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, are becoming more common as Canada welcomes more and more ‘immigrants from patriarchal eastern countries.

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Concerns over the practice prompted Ms Ambrose, who also holds the public works and government services portfolios, to vote for the motion, she said on Wednesday evening.

“I have repeatedly raised concerns about discrimination against girls through sex selection abortion,” Ambrose tweeted. “No need for law, but we need awareness!”

Abortion Coalition executive director Joyce Arthur called the MP’s vote a “shocking failure.”

“It is her job to represent the interests of women, to defend the rights of women, to promote women’s equality. We think she betrayed the women of this country, ”she said. “[Ambrose] seems to think that the status of women is a little lower than that of a fertilized egg. Frankly, we are insulted.

The minister has long been on the ARCC’s anti-choice MP list because she voted for two previous bills that would have affected the legal status of a fetus – one that would have criminalized harming a fetus by unlawful assault on the mother. , and another which would have prohibited forcing a woman to have an abortion, even though Prime Minister Stephen Harper has asked his party not to do so.

Arthur said she believed unrestricted abortion and women’s rights were inseparable.

“The right to control your body and your fertility and to decide on fundamental questions of whether or not to have a child is absolutely fundamental for women’s rights,” she said.

National Post, with files from Sarah Boesveld and Allison Cross

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