Hudak will NOT debate the abortion issue
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says his party will not reopen the abortion debate if they form the next Ontario government.
The Liberals and NDP raised concerns that the Conservatives wanted to ``roll back the clock'' on a woman's right to choose after three Tories sponsored an anti-abortion news conference in the legislature's media studio.
Hudak once signed an anti-abortion petition and said today he stands by his previous position, but insisted he does not want to revisit the issue.
Hudak told reporters he sets the agenda for the party and abortion is not on it, calling the debate ``closed.''
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she was shocked and disappointed that the Conservatives tried to reopen the abortion debate, a move she calls inappropriate.
Laurel Broten, the minister responsible for women's issues, accused Hudak of following Prime Minister Stephen Harper's example by denying he wants to reopen the abortion debate while letting his elected members push the agenda forward.