May 7, 2015 3:57 pm

Petition calls for parental consent before abortions in Saskatchewan

A Saskatchewan MLA is being criticized for presenting a petition that asks for changes to provincial abortion laws.

Kael Donnelly / Global News
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REGINA – A Saskatchewan MLA is being criticized for presenting a petition that asks for changes to provincial abortion laws.

Greg Ottenbreit, the minister responsible for rural and remote health, tabled a petition that asks for parental consent for abortion.

NDP health critic Danielle Chartier says it was an inappropriate move, given Ottenbreit’s portfolio.

She says his office sets policies and funding on the issue and he could have asked another legislature member to present the petition.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan says MLAs have an obligation to present petitions on behalf of their constituents.

He adds there won’t be changes to abortion laws in Saskatchewan.

Ottenbreit is a member of the Saskatchewan Pro Life Association.

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