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Stephen Harper's abortion controversy

2011-04-27

Queen's University law and cultural studies professor Kathleen Lahey is available to discuss the controversy about whether or not the Conservative Party plans to deny funding the International Planned Parenthood Federation because it supports abortion.

Professor Lahey feels women's rights are 'at risk' and women’s equality has diminished since Stephen Harper has taken power.

“Ever since 2006, all the signs have consistently pointed to the simple fact that if the Conservatives form another government, women's rights to abortion, birth control (including the 'morning after pill) and meaningful choice will be at risk. The situation of Planned Parenthood is just one aspect of a global drive to stop abortion and family planning. The wholesale cancellation or nonrenewal of pre-Harper CIDA overseas development projects and their replacement with Harper-approved organizations is just part of this larger picture,” says Professor Lahey. “The founding director of the anti-abortion group ProWomanProLife, Andrea Mrozek, is a key driver in the anti-abortion movement in Canada. Her active involvement in other aspects of the 'conservative choice' movement during this campaign is a significant indicator of what the plan is. It is well known that any private members bill can trigger a vote on an issue like this, and women's right to choose could quickly come under attack."

Professor Lahey specializes in sex equality and has been involved in equality cases brought under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She is the author of several books, including Are We 'Persons' Yet?: Law and Sexuality in Canada (University of Toronto Press) and Fiscal Barriers to Women's Wageforce Participation, Status of Women Canada.

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