REAL Women of Canada
"Women Building a Better Society"
M E D I A R E L E A S E
Ottawa,Ontario January 13, 2010
Liberal MP Anita Neville Operating Under an Illusion
Liberal MP Anita Neville (Winnipeg South Centre) is operating under an illusion in that she thinks she represents the voice of "women" when she attacks Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon—Wanuskewin) for his recent statements linking abortion and breast cancer. Ms. Neville has demanded that Prime Minister Harper "silence" Mr. Vellacott for his supposed "attacks against women."
Ms. Neville, however, under no circumstances is a spokesperson for Canadian "women" on this or any other issue, but instead represents only her own special interest group of feminists. The latter prefer to rely on their policies of forty years ago, by apparently refusing to review new data on the abortion issue. If Ms. Neville was genuinely concerned about the well being of women, she would have been concerned about the study released by the respected Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle by a number of distinguished cancer experts including Louise Brinton, the chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. The report lists induced abortion as being among "known and suspected risk factors" for breast cancer.
The study found a 40% risk increase for women under 45 who have had abortions.
It is also disturbing that Ms. Neville has presumed a double standard exists in that she, in her angry attacks on MP Vellacott, is demanding that the Prime Minister "silence" another MP for his particular views. Do feminists believe that they have special rights to speak out, denied others?