Hey ladies! Wascana Conservative Candidate Michael Kram has a message for you. Your access to safe, legal abortions? He wants to take that away from you and if he gets elected on October 19, he would like to “join the pro-life caucus and move right to life issues forward.”
That quote, and many more like it, are from an interview with Kram that appeared in the September 2015 issue of Choose Life News.
Only you can’t read it there.
I discovered the existence of this interview on Twitter yesterday and how Choose Life News had tried to cover it up — literally — by putting white boxes over top of it in the online edition. Big up to @ for finding this. Here’s his original tweet:
— ʇɹǝqoɹ Jago (@rjjago) October 5, 2015
I downloaded a copy of the pdf, ran it through Illustrator, and, sure enough, the interview was easy enough to uncover.
In it, Kram is asked if abortion is a violation of fundamental human rights, to which he answers, “Yes.” He also makes the highly dubious claim that “science has proven that the unborn is a person.” And when asked about the separation of church and state, Kram says:
“Separation of Church and State is in the American Constitution. In Canada, Freedom of Religion does not cancel the fact that Canada is a democracy. They are not opposed.”
Take from that what you will.
After reading all this, I phoned up Choose Life News (which is put out by the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association). I was hoping to ask them about the interview and maybe offer them some pdf tips. They have yet to get back to me.
And then today, before writing this post, I checked their website again and found the pdf had changed. They’d deleted the page containing the Michael Kram interview entirely.
Fortunately, the internet forgets nothing.
Update: Forgot to point out when I first posted this that appearing with Kram in the pic above is Status of Women minister, Kellie Leitch. She’s the Simcoe–Grey MP who coined the #BarbaricCulturalPractices hashtag and who revealed her own anti-abortion stance earlier this month.