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Canadian Conservative Derek Sloan Speaks Out Against, Sex-Selective-Abortion In Canada
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says he will vote against a private member's bill introduced by a Conservative MP which would make performing a sex-selective abortion a criminal offense.
"As you know I'm pro-choice, and I will be voting against this private member's bill," he told a news conference in Ottawa Monday morning. "I will always as prime minister defend the rights — the human rights — of all Canadians to make this decision for themselves. I've been crystal clear on that and will be as prime minister."
O'Toole did not say whether he would direct his critics to vote against Bill C-233, also known as the "Sex-selective Abortion Act," which would make it a criminal offense for a medical practitioner to perform an abortion solely on the grounds of the sex of the fetus.
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole held a news conference at the same time that MP Cathy Wagantall was outlining her bill on sex-selective abortions to reporters. 1:19
Cathay Wagantall, Conservative MP for the Yorkton-Melville riding in Saskatchewan, introduced the bill. It went through its first reading in the House of Commons in February 2020 and members are set to debate the bill Wednesday.
At a separate news conference this morning, Wagantall said she introduced the bill because of a lack of legislation on sex-selective abortion.
"Above all, I'm bringing this bill forward in defense of pre-born Canadian girls and boys who are aborted simply due to their sex," she said. "My bill addresses inequality between the sexes at the earliest stages of life."