Ontario Education Minister bans Catholic teaching from Catholic schools

TORONTO — In an attempt to underscore the McGuinty government’s commitment to public funding for abortion, Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten issued a decree today banning the teaching of Catholic doctrine on the issue in Catholic schools.

Broten said publicly-funded Catholic schools in Ontario should not be teaching students that abortion is wrong because the government’s new anti-bullying law prohibits misogyny – that is, the hatred of women.

“I don’t think there is a conflict between choosing Catholic education for your children and supporting a woman’s right to choose (abortion),”

– Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten

“Taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be considered one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take,” she said.

“I don’t think there is a conflict between choosing Catholic education for your children and supporting a woman’s right to choose (abortion),” she continued.

Like Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Broten identifies herself as a Roman Catholic. Her children attend the province’s publically-funded Roman Catholic schools; McGuinty’s wife was a teacher in the Catholic system.

NDP opposition member Cheri DiNovo, a United Church minister, indicated that her party supports an end to public debate on the abortion issue.

“We find that very sad. This is 2012, we should be beyond that discussion,” DiNovo said.

With files from Associated Press and the National Post.