Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
January 19, 2009
MP touts aboriginals' respect for life
Winnipeg Tory to head parliamentary pro-life caucus
BY DEBORAH GYAPONG
Kidneys get more protection than the unborn
Most Canadians would agree that you should not be able to remove your kidney and sell it on eBay to the highest bidder. Although it’s your body and your kidney, this would not only be a poor bioethical choice, but it is in fact illegal under our laws.
Most Canadians would also agree that an unborn child in the ninth month of gestation, moments away from delivery, should not be eligible for an elective abortion. However, regardless of the fact that this would be an extremely poor bioethical choice, it is in fact legal.
As such, Canada has far greater protection for human kidneys than we do for human fetuses.
MP Rod Bruinooge
“We, as a caucus, are looking at various measures, legislatively and politically to change that climate,” he said. “We’re legislators; we have active discussions on how we can change the culture of life in Canada.”
The caucus lost at least a dozen MPs, who did not run in the Nov. 4 election. But Bruinooge said a number of new pro-life MPs were elected, though membership in the caucus is confidential.
He described it as a multi-party caucus that maintains discretion so MPs from parties that suppress the pro-life viewpoints, even to the point of removing them from the party, can take part.
After Bruinooge wrote an article in the Dec. 29 National Post outlining his pro-life stance, he drew fire from abortion rights activists and The Globe and Mail labeled the pro-life caucus “secretive.”
He personally has not found his outspokenness on life issues has hurt him politically, even though journalists predicted his pro-life stance would be a liability in his urban riding.
“I think there’s a perception in Canadian politics that being publicly pro-life is the kiss of death in terms of one’s career,” he said.
Though he won by a small margin of slightly more than a 100 votes the first time he won in 2006, Bruinooge defeated the Liberal candidate by more than 5,000 votes this time.
“I don’t see it as a bad position to have,” he said. “It’s a good one, one that people see as important for our society.”
“We need to extend some value to the unborn,” he said, noting that as more politicians see “there is no negative fall-out”, the more the movement will “take more ground.”
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