Saturday 30 July 2011

Abortion Is Always an Issue: Part Umpty-Eleven

Ontarians are getting to know Tim Hudak.

Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals have cut Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s lead to 10 points from 15 points in the past month, a new poll suggests.

Gee. I wonder how that defunding abortion dealie is working for him.

Forum found 56 per cent of Ontarians think women should be allowed to terminate a pregnancy in all circumstances with 35 per cent agreeing in some circumstances. Only eight per cent are outright opposed to abortion.

Hudak once signed a petition calling for an end to government funding for the procedure but has said he will not reopen the divisive debate, although he considers himself “pro-life.”

“The one thing that can kill the Tories is to be caught out on a social issue and there’s nothing like abortion in terms of a social issue,” said [pollster] Bozinoff.

And Hudak still hasn't answered the question: Does he stand behind his stated intention to defund abortion?

Fuck the so-called debate. Answer the question. MSM, do your duty.

h/t: gritchik

ADDED: Ooooo.

ADDED: More oooo. Mallick.


JJ said...

It never ceases to amaze me how a social issue can affect the electorate. Frankly, I would have thought the defunding aspect of things was a battle they could win, or at least not something that would affect them adversely, provided they weren't talking about imposing *legal* restrictions.

I suspect it isn't that the average person cares so much about access to abortion (til they need one), but rather the shadow of a "hidden whackadoo agenda" that social issues cast on any conservative candidate. We all know there are Liberals who feel the same way as Hudak -- Paul Szabo even proposed defunding -- but since they're a minority in their own party, it doesn't have the same toxic effect on their standing with voters.

But I could be wrong, and I hope I am - it would be nice to think that Ontarians are that staunchly pro-choice.

ck said...

habortion? What's a habortion?

Skinny Dipper said...

I don't Hudak's past or supposed current stance on abortion will hurt his campaign. Where he could be hurt is by getting the voters not to believe what he is promising in the election campaign. Essentially, do you believe that if elected Hudak will not touch the abortion issue in any way. Do you believe that Hudak won't make cuts to health care? Do you believe that Hudak won't make cuts to education in spite of what he may promise?

Unknown said...

Mayor Ford is killing Hudac's chances to become premier. Try finding a Torontonian who'll admit to voting for Ford. They've all disappeared!

Anonymous said...

Abortion is only an issue in Toronto, because it's filled with single women who need it often. Toronto will vote as they did in the last federal election, as will the rest of Ontario. Buh-bye Dalton .. the federal Liberals need you badly.

fern hill said...

Those might be separate Anonymice, but the misogyny is similar. As is the lack of logic.

@Anon 1: If 'habortion' is supposed to be some kinda play on words, I don't get it. 'Morontarians' I do get. Ha. Ha. The rest is too stupid to address.

@Anon 2: If Toronto and the rest of the province votes as it did last time, how, exactly, does that make a loss for Dalton?

Niles said...

Eesh. I go away for a couple of days and Ms Fern has engaged the loving attentions of the howling forced-birthers big time.

They're very willful about being blind regarding how 'health' is a provincial responsibility and that means a health issue like abortion comes under the provincial government's hand. They must be pretty desperate if they're flocking and screaming like this.

Go Ms Fern, go!

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