Birth Pangs Gives Liberal Opposition A Failing Grade on
March 6, 2008
CANADA – The Liberals’ vote – or lack thereof – on Bill C-484, the Kicking Abortion’s Ass Bill, yesterday is another empty gesture in a long list of failures by the Opposition, said BP activist and Founder, fern_hill, today.
“The Liberals went into Wednesday’s session (or stayed out of it) knowing full well that Canadian women saw it as a backdoor attempt to attack women’s rights to reproductive freedom. Still, Mr. Dion could not be found to vote for or against it. This is the latest in a string of failures by this Opposition to take a stand for Canada and for Canadian women,” said Ms. hill.
“On the eve of International Women’s Day, this is disappointing for Canadian women because it’s clear that the Liberals don’t take women’s equality seriously. We urge the Liberals to stop turning back the clock, and come up with a vote that supports women’s rights,” she said.
Hill noted that many Canadian organizations representing women’s rights urged Dion to whip his caucus to vote against the Bill and that the Liberal Leader’s support for women is, “All words. Little action. No support for Women.”
Co-founder of Birth Pangs, April Reign also noted that while International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate, the latest Liberal blunder is a reminder there is much more work to do to protect women’s equality.
“Who can forget that the former Liberal government’s cuts to women’s groups which do important work across the country virtually shut down such organizations as the National Action Committee on the Status of Women? That laid the groundwork for continued cuts by the Conservatives, just as this legislation will lay groundwork for attacks on women’s reproductive rights,” said Ms. Reign.
“To make some vague statement about support for women’s rights without commitments behind it is a clear sign that women’s rights rank low on the Liberal Opposition’s priority list,” said Reign.