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‘It Feels So Good’: Conservative MP Arnold Viersen Celebrates Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Abortion is a ‘terrible human rights tragedy in Canada and the greatest human rights violation of our time’, Conservative MP says

Calling abortion “the greatest human rights violation of our time,” one of Canada’s Conservative MPs says he “feels so good” that Roe v. Wade has been overturned.

On Friday, the United States Supreme Court, stacked with judges appointed by Republican Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump, issued a  controversial decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision guaranteeing women the right to abortions in the United States.

The move opens the door to individual states passing laws criminalizing abortions across America. The State of Missouri immediately criminalized abortions Friday, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

While Canadian political leaders described the Supreme Court decision as “horrific” and a 50-year regression in human rights, at least one federal Conservative MP said he “celebrate(s) the decision coming out of the United States today.”

“Guys, historic what happened today, the United States has overturned the terrible decision of Roe v. Wade from 1973,” Conservative MP Arnold Viersen said gleefully in a video livestreamed from the parking lot of Edmonton’s airport Friday afternoon.

“This was what embedded abortion as a right in the United States, that’s been overturned now so that is big news,” Viersen said, before immediately adding:

“Right here in Canada, 300 babies die every day in Canada, and this is something that is a terrible human rights tragedy in Canada and the greatest human rights violation of our time and something that motivates me to be engaged in politics and I hope that it engages you as well.”

Viersen explained that the “decision came out while I was in the air,” so his impromptu livestream video showed him “reacting to it in real-time.”

“I know that many people have been working for a very long time for the overturn of Roe versus Wade,” Viersen added.

“The pro-life movement in the United States has been working hard on this for generations and it feels so good to have a win, to have history in the making, having folks that have worked so hard … to see that coming into fruition.”

“One again, monumental decision in the United States, history being made today,” Viersen said triumphantly.

Earlier this year, Viersen circulated a petition calling on Conservative leadership candidates to take a position on laws restricting abortions. Viersen previously billed taxpayers for expenses to Canada’s biggest anti-abortion lobby group.


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Luke LeBrun
Luke LeBrun is the Editor of PressProgress. His reporting focuses on the federal political scene, right-wing politics as well as issues in technology, media and culture.

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