A voice from the grave: Pierre Trudeau’s abortion remarks resurrected to criticize Justin

OTTAWA — While Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau lauds the example of his deceased father and former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to buttress his own hardline support for what he believes is a woman’s unquestionable “right” to abortion, a 1972 newspaper clipping has surfaced suggesting Pierre may not have shared his son’s convictions.

“You would have to convince me that a person who asks for an abortion has no responsibility at all,” Pierre Trudeau told the Montreal Star in 1972, three years after the passage of his much-criticized 1969 Omnibus Bill that legalized abortion.

The late prime minister’s comments were made in the midst of a federal election campaign in response to abortion activists protesting the new law, which allowed abortion with the consent of a three-member ‘therapeutic abortion committee’ setup in hospitals.

“You know, at some point you are killing life in the foetus in self-defence – of what? Of the mother’s health or her happiness or of her social rights or her privilege as a human being,” Trudeau said at the time.