Allowing Catholic schools to teach the faith’s beliefs on abortion would be “misogyny” and cannot be allowed, according to a government official in Canada.
“We do not allow and we’re very clear with the passage of Bill 13 that Catholic teachings cannot be taught in our schools that violates human rights and which brings a lack of acceptance to participation in schools,” Education Minister Laurel Broten said at a recent press conference.
The comments were uncovered by Patrick B. Craine of LifeSiteNews.com. The organization then obtained a transcript of the statements to document what happened.
In transcript of Broten’s statements, which were not verbatim because the press conference was bilingual, she noted she was holding the news conference as the “Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.”
She was objecting to a previous news conference by three conservative lawmakers over abortion.
She said the apparent effort to “reopen the debate in Ontario about a woman’s right to choose” was “frankly disheartening.”
“I have always been clear that I support a woman’s right to choose,” the transcript reported she said. “I think it is critically important for Ontario women to understand that our government, our premier, premier [Dalton] McGuinty, that we support a woman’s right to choose. That debate is over, it has ended and it should stay that way.”
Responding to a question about whether conservative members of parliament have the right to their opinion on the subject, she said discussing the issue no longer is an option.
“We have a right to say what we wish. It’s absolute. But what I want to say is that in our province, the debate of the right of women to choose if they want an abortion or not, it’s their choice. It’s not the choice of a member who sits here and it’s [not] the choice of a leader who said he would not reopen the debate, to reopen it…”
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