Out of bounds
People said Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was being overly political back in January when he asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper to clarify whether his concern for maternal health encompassed support for abortion and contraception in developing countries.
Let's just recall the reaction of Dimitri Soudas, the Prime Minister's spokesperson:
Dimitri Soudas, a spokesman for Harper, said Tuesday it was "sad" and "pathetic" for Ignatieff to be trying to turn the health of women abroad into a "political football." "This has nothing to do with abortion. This has nothing to do with gay marriage. This has nothing to do with capital punishment," Soudas said, listing several other hot-button issues within Conservative ranks. "This is about saving lives of vulnerable children and mothers in the developing world."
As it turns out, no one in the Conservative government can even say the "a" word, and "b" and "c" -- as in birth control -- are also off limits. And yes, Soudas turns out to be correct: it's very "sad" and "pathetic" when women's health is turned into a political football.