Legislating choice for Women…still (abortion safe zones & surrogacy laws)

Bill 9 caused a stir in the Alberta Legislature last week after members of the UCP walked out of the debate on whether to create abortion clinic safe zones. The bill would enforce a 50 metre buffer zone where pro-life protesters would not be allowed in. UCP members said the heckling was so bad, they had to leave.  In this episode, we discuss how abortion debates are being framed in this province and the political actors involved.

This week, we also welcome our intern Danielle McCreadie to The Broadcast. She tells us about surrogacy laws in Canada, and how one Liberal MP wants to change them in a bill being introduced this spring. See our story links below.

Also in this episode, Alex talks about MP Celina Caesar-Chevannes, who is making waves online by calling out racist attitudes. See the iPolitics profile on her below, as well as a  thoughtful Maclean’s article on the different struggles black politicians face in Canada.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/09/18/canadas-vague-surrogacy-laws-may-be-doing-more-harm-than-good.html

https://globalnews.ca/news/4108096/surrogacy-canada-justin-trudeau-gender-equality/

https://ipolitics.ca/article/going-big-celina-caesar-chavannes/

http://www.macleans.ca/opinion/andray-domise-why-im-here-for-celina/

 

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