Who woulda thunk it?
The Harperist government whip stood better ground against Woodworth and his anti-abortion crusade than Liberal leader Bob Rae.
Rae's decision not to whip his party's vote, should it ever come to that, is opening old wounds. And so it should. Spineless sonofabitch.
In contrast, and beyond surprising to me, was government whip Gordon O'Connor.
Woodworth insisted that his motion is only meant to provoke a "respectful dialogue and an open-minded study of the evidence."Smack down by your own whip. I believe I just caught a whiff of a closed-door fight that's been going on for a while.
But O'Connor disagreed, saying "the ultimate intention of this motion is to restrict abortions at some development stage in Canada." If the legal definition of when a person is considered a human being is changed, and a fetus is then considered a human being then homicide laws would apply, and abortion, as a consequence, would be considered homicide, O'Connor said.
He was the only other Conservative MP to speak during the debate, and he urged everyone to reject his colleague's motion whenever it comes to a vote.
As for Rae, well, here it is spelled out for him in nice clear prose.