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Conservative MP Mark Warawa talks to media in Ottawa, Wednesday Apr. 17, 2013. (Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Conservative MP Mark Warawa talks to media in Ottawa, Wednesday Apr. 17, 2013. (Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Tory backbencher upset about being 'muzzled' abandons abortion motion Add to ...

Conservative caucus gadfly Mark Warawa is shelving his efforts to get Parliament to condemn sex-selective abortions that target females – at least for now.

Stephen Harper moved last month to crush the Langley, B.C., MP’s motion that would have asked the Commons to pass judgment on the practice of targeting female fetuses for abortion.

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The Prime Minister’s Office’s heavy-handedness sparked a fight in the Tory caucus about the muzzling of MPs.

On Wednesday, the Tory MP announced he’s going to keep speaking out about “gendercide” outside of Parliament, delivering speeches at university campuses and lecturing and debating the matter.

But “legislatively,” the MP said, he wants to focus now on restricting where sexual predators can live with a new private member’s bill called the “Safe at Home” bill.

“This bill is a result of a sex offender in my riding of Langley who was permitted to serve house arrest right next door to his young victim. In another case, the sex offender served house arrest across the street from the victim,” he said.

“In both cases, the young victims lived in fear and were re-victimized every time they saw their attacker.”

Mr. Warawa left it vague about when he might try again to pursue Commons condemnation of sex-selective abortion.

“Within Parliament, I will continue to work on this important issue with my colleagues across all party lines.”

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