From the first link:
In what pro-life leaders are calling a stunning and unprecedented attack on religious freedom, Ontario’s Education Minister has apparently declared that Catholic schools can no longer teach that abortion is wrong.
Laurel Broten, who serves under Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty, said Wednesday that Catholic schools are barred from teaching this core moral belief because Bill 13, the government’s controversial “anti-bullying” law, prohibits “misogyny.”
“Taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be considered one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take,” she told the Canadian Press. “I don’t think there is a conflict between choosing Catholic education for your children and supporting a woman’s right to choose.”
Bill 13 had already been slammed by Ontario’s bishops as an attack on religious freedom because it forces Catholic schools to allow “gay-straight alliance” clubs.
From the second link:
An official transcript sent to LifeSiteNews by the Ontario government confirms that Dalton McGuinty’s Education Minister told media on Wednesday that Catholic schools should not be teaching that abortion is wrong because it is a violation of the government’s newly-enacted anti-bullying bill.
In her press conference, Minister Broten went beyond saying that Catholic schools cannot teach their pro-life beliefs, insinuating that they must actually adopt a “pro-choice” position. “We must ensure that women, young girls in our schools, especially highlighted during the week of the first ever Day of the Girl tomorrow, that young girls can make the choices that they make. This is not about being pro-abortion, it is about being pro-choice,” she stated.
A reporter pointed out that in the debates around Bill 13 there was no mention of abortion, and so asked why she had brought up the controversial bill.
“Bill 13 has in it a clear indication of ensuring that our schools are safe, accepting places for all our students,” she explained. “That includes of LGBTQ students. That includes young girls in our school. Bill 13 is about tackling misogyny, taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take.”
“There are many, many families that send their children to Catholic school and choose that education for their children that also support a woman’s right to choose,” she continued. “And as I said, I don’t think that there is a contrast or a conflict between choosing a Catholic education for your children and supporting a woman’s right to choose.”
Absurd, of course; teaching children that abortion is wrong isn’t inherently misogynistic (and indeed, would save female fetus’ lives), and doesn’t ‘take away’ any ‘choice’ of women to murder their unborn children (unfortunately; that would only happen if pro-lifers were able to win broad enough support for their position to be able to effect political and legal changes in the matter, which unfortunately I don’t see happening any time soon, thus leaving Canada as the only Western country without any restrictions on abortion whatsoever, indeed without any laws on the matter of abortion EXCEPT that the provinces have to pay for it in their health-care plans, so the worst of both worlds occurs – abortion is legal and widespread and tax-funded…). But pro-choicers are the extremists here, who can’t even accept the idea of anyone morally opposing abortion, much less politically, and spreading that POV…
Now, as I’ve mentioned before, in Ontario, Roman Catholic schools are funded by taxpayer dollars (unlike other Christian schools, which receive no such funding and are private schools, paid for by parents who still have to pay taxes for public education, so such education costs families more), and are run by educational bureaucracies who make decisions to do things like this, and who are forced, by government edict, to allow gay proms, and things like this latest decision. Remember, “Whose bread I eat, his song I sing.” Traditionalist faithful Roman Catholics here in Ontario should really question whether the special arrangement the Ontario government has with taxpayer-funded Catholic schools is really a good idea for their children, and whether or not they’d in fact be better off either homeschooling their kids or setting up independent private Catholic schools, or if that’s not feasible then sending their children to pre-existing Christian (mostly Protestant) schools, following the examples of their traditionalist conservative Protestant brethren, eschewing tax revenues, which come, as we see, with strings attached.