Somewhat belatedly Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte of Montreal is returning his Order of Canada to protest Henry Morgantaler’s being named to the order.

At the same time Turcotte is asking Canadians to seriously consider the issue of abortion before they vote in the Oct. 14 federal election. Turcotte says he doesn’t support any particular party and cannot tell politicians what to do or what to think. But he pleaded for a a serious and profound debate on abortion:

“This issue is not settled definitely and the debate that this decision [honouring Morgrentaler] has sparked shows that there is not a consensus on abortion in Canada.”

Quebec City’s Cardinal Marc Ouellet also said that Canadians should not hail Morgentaler as a hero:

“What he stands for deeply offends and infuriates many people. So, I think, there’s a limit and we have to protest and voice our opposition..”

The Quebec Federation of Women quickly denounced the attempt to reopen the abortion debate during the election campaign:

“We have never seen so many threats to abortion rights and women’s autonomy since the legalization of abortion in 1988,” said federation president Michele Asselin.

Should we have a debate about abortion in the current election campaign?

Canada is one of the only democracies in the western world that has no law whatsoever governing abortions. Should we have one?


  1. 1
    Joe Agnost Says:

    “Should we have a debate about abortion in the current election campaign?”

    No… unless the candidates involved wish to perform politican suicide!

    “Canada is one of the only democracies in the western world that has no law whatsoever governing abortions. Should we have one?”

    No. We don’t need one. The system is working, the number of women getting abortions are down, late term abortions are almost unheard of and happen only when the health of the mother is in jeopardy.

    What’s the problem?

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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    We don’t need a law. And keep the question out of politics. We are mature enough to exercise our moral judgment and act according to our individual moral standards without being imposed the standards of others.

  3. 3
    Chimera Says:

    What Paul said.

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    Barbara Says:

    Why do I get the feeling that Turcotte is Jerry Mahoney to Ouellet’s Paul Winchell? And that the Pope is pulling the strings behind the scenes?

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    exposrip Says:

    No and no.

    I agree with all here.

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    catherine Says:

    Canada is pathetic.Period.

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    Joe Agnost Says:

    “Canada is pathetic.Period.”

    How nice of you to notice… may I ask in what way you think we’re “pathetic”? I’m assuming you meant canadians and not canada.

  8. 8
    Chimera Says:

    Joe, I think she (whoever this hit-and-run troll is) does indeed mean Canada. She’s very likely one of those fundies who will light the match at our burning.

  9. 9
    exposrip Says:

    She’s got it wrong.

    We’re a “nation of losers.”


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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Pathetic, losers? Since 1776 we have resisted the USA influence as much as we possibly could, we beat them twice when they tried to invade us, our economy is faring better than theirs and despite all that is being said we are a freer country than the USA!!!! If that is being pathetic, i’m all for it.
    Long live Canada and the Canadians that make it what it is.

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    exposrip Says:

    I was referring to Robertson Davies by the way.

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    neilmckentyweblog2 Says:

    exposrip –

    A long time ago I worked for Roberston Davies when he was editor of the the Peterborough Examiner. A wonderful author.

  13. 13
    exposrip Says:


    You never cease to amaze me with the people you worked with/for. I would love to pick your brain.

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