TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 29: Anti-abortion protesters hold signs during a protest against the government’s abortion restrictions in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on November 29, 2016.
(Photo by David Rider/Getty Images) The United States’ largest anti-choice group has issued a statement condemning Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s “man-hate” comments and calling on Ford to “come clean about his anti-woman views” as the city faces an unprecedented surge of anti-choicers following the passage of a controversial bill that could make it easier to obtain abortions in the city.
The statement, which was obtained by the Toronto Star, was released late Wednesday afternoon, less than two hours after Ford, a Republican, suggested that if a woman does get an abortion, it should be a medical procedure and not a “surgical” one.
“If the woman decides she doesn’t want an abortion but feels she’s in the best position to make that decision, she should not be denied access to a medical abortion,” the statement said.
“If the abortion is a surgical abortion, she will be allowed to have it and to make an informed choice about whether to have that abortion.”
Ford’s comments drew widespread condemnation, and prompted a number of protesters to take to the streets in the Toronto city centre on Wednesday to show their opposition to the bill.
“Ford is not a woman.
He’s not even a man,” one demonstrator told the Star on Wednesday night.
“I’m not an anti-fetus.
I’m a human being.”
Toronto Mayor Rob the ‘Man-Hating’ Anti-Abortion Protesters’ Statement: http://t.co/8tLQ4ZjvJW — The Free Thought Project (@thefreethoughtproject) November 30, 2016The United States Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (FSCME) denounced the statement as “misogynistic” and said that Ford’s comments were “unacceptable.”
“The city should not use its police power to harass and bully its own employees who work to keep our streets safe,” FSCME President Robert LaVergne said in a statement.
“We call on Mayor Ford to immediately retract his remarks and apologize to our employees who have been harassed by this cowardly and dangerous attack on free speech.”
Ford, who has been mayor of Toronto for just over a year, has been criticized for his support of the controversial abortion bill.
He has since said he will not sign the legislation if it is passed into law.
The bill was approved in the legislature by a vote of 56-40, with the support of Ford, after a rally of roughly 2,000 supporters in the downtown core on Thursday.
Ford and several other council members have previously been criticized by abortion rights advocates for their support for the bill and have repeatedly faced questions about their support.
Ford has repeatedly insisted that he supports the legislation, which has been widely criticized as a step backward in women’s rights in Canada.
Ford’s anti-Abort Bill Passed into Law: http:/www.torontopublic.com/news/local/march-forget-your-first-choice-abortion-bill-mayors-statement-9398872/ FSCMEME’s Statement: “Mayor Rob Ford has said that if he were a woman he would not have a baby because ‘a man would never have a wife, a father, a mother and a husband.'” http://www.thefreephone.com.au/fscme/statement-to-all-of-us/a7fecad8-a6e7-44f5-9c6f-7a9b5e3dc8e7.html?call_info=tel:613-856-2665&call_text= Statement from FSCMEMA: “The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) strongly condemns the Mayor’s comments and we strongly urge the Mayor to retract his statements.
We will not allow this vile and misogynistic statement to be used against our members and our students.
We have already lost our jobs as a result of these comments.”
Ford has been accused of being “anti-choice” and “man hating” after he told The Star in November that he opposed abortion and that “a woman who gets pregnant, that’s fine.
But it’s a man that gets pregnant.”
Ford also said on a radio show that he believes in “manhood” and has said he is not against women seeking abortions.
Ford said in November he opposes the abortion bill, which he called “woman-killing.”