Why Did the Manning Centre Remove This Anti-Abortion Group From Their Event?
The conservative Manning Centre think tank appears to have quietly removed an anti-abortion group — We Need a Law — from their event partnership page sometime after we reported on the group’s anti-abortion activities.
In December we revealed the Manning Centre’s upcoming flagship Conference included an anti-abortion group called We Need a Law, an anti-choice activist group dedicated to “[increasing] pressure on our government to take action to end the injustice of almost 100,000 deaths each year in Canada.”
Their site says they do this by “engaging and equipping Canadians in the political process in order to change minds, change laws, and save pre-born lives.” We Need a Law’s website includes numerous ways to pressure politicians to bring in more strict rules around access to abortion.
But the Manning Conference’s site no longer lists We Need a Law as a partner.
Here is a snapshot of the logo in the partner section of the site from late 2017:
And here is a screenshot of event partners on January 30th:
We Need a Law attended the Manning Centre Conference in 2016 and was provided a booth.
The Manning Centre Networking Conference includes high profile Conservative speakers such as Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and the following MPs:
- Maxime Bernier
- Candice Bergen
- Michael Chong
- Gérard Deltell
- Garnett Genius
- Stephanie Kusie
- Erin O’Toole
- Pierre Poilievre
- Lisa Raitt
- Michelle Rempel
At this point it is unclear why We Need a Law is no longer listed as a partner. We will keep you updated on this story if anything changes.
Investigating Conservative-affiliated organizations costs money. Our goal is to generate 25 new members to fund more investigations into far-right groups like We Need a Law. We are chasing one story in particular about Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s connections to Canada’s anti-abortion movement. It’s an exclusive that nobody else has reported on yet. If you like what we’re doing, please consider becoming one of our 25 new members before January 31st.
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