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The question to ask about Andrew Scheer and abortion

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28.08.2019

It used to be said that politics was the art of the possible. Today, certainly in Canada, it seems to be the art of the implausible. Step forward Andrew Scheer, who appears to spend as much time defending his own positions as he does attacking those of his opponents. He’s a conservative and devout Roman Catholic, and it would be a sad day if someone of deep faith were somehow prevented from running for office.

But here’s where the implausible enters the debate: that Catholic faith demands the holding of specific positions on highly controversial issues, and while in the past the Conservative leader had little problem declaring his opinions, he’s now trying to obfuscate and dodge.

Arguably the most prominent of these themes is abortion, with Scheer’s church stating that, “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person—among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”

So it’s hardly surprising that during the Conservative leadership contest, Scheer was eagerly interviewed by the pro-life group Right Now. He told them that while his party wouldn’t........

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