“If you don’t do as I say, I’ll whip you!”
That sounds pretty barbaric, doesn't it? Bad enough to prompt a response from Amnesty International? Allow me to explain, because that is exactly what Liberal Leader Ignatieff threatened to do Wednesday, March 24th, after Liberal caucus members broke rank and either abstained or voted against a motion that called on the government to offer "the full range of family planning, sexual and reproductive health options, including contraception" through a G8 initiative to help mothers and their children in poor countries. The purpose for this motion was twofold:
- To reaffirm the position of the Liberal party that "Canada must by all means represent and defend the rights of women to reproductive health," (including abortion).
- To embarrass the Conservative Government for voting against it and so be seen in the public eye as not in favour of the rights of women to reproductive health.
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