For Immediate Release: Hedy Fry Turns Down Abortion Debate
Calgary. June 1, 2010. Dr. Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre, has rejected an opportunity to debate abortion with a former patient she treated in-utero.
Last month, Member of Parliament Dr. Hedy Fry was reported in a CBC article as saying she was ready to debate abortion with anyone. When one of her former patients, international pro-life speaker Stephanie Gray, took her up on her offer, Dr. Fry declined, as can be heard on a voicemail left for Gray by one of Fry's staff (listen to the voicemail here).
"It's disappointing that a member of parliament who has been so vocal in support of abortion won't publicly defend her views in a forum where they will be challenged," said Gray, executive director of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR). Gray pointed out that it’s not likely abortion will be debated in the House any time soon given the political hot potato the topic is. Gray continued: "If Dr. Fry is so confident that she's correct, why not air her views against mine? Those on the side of truth should have nothing to fear. I don't. I welcome the opportunity to engage her or any abortion advocate in examining the issue."
Gray, through CCBR, has formally debated abortion advocates since 2002, which include Dr. Jan Narveson, University of Waterloo philosophy professor and recipient of the Order of Canada, Ron Fitzsimmons, executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, and Elizabeth Cavendish of NARAL Pro-Choice America. More of Gray's debate background can be viewed here.
For more information, please contact Stephanie Gray: 403-200-0777 (cell).
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