In 2001, this was Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer’s take on a media scrum with then NDP Cabinent Minister Joy Macphail:
She defended the need, citing “threats” to women’s freedom to exercise reproductive choice and “erosion” of access to abortion services.
I asked her if she could produce any government reports or studies to back up her assertion. She said “information” was available and promised to produce it. But as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, she hadn’t delivered a sheet of evidence.
(Neither side offers clarity on abortion issue; [Final Edition]
Vaughn Palmer. The Vancouver Sun. Vancouver, B.C.: Mar 29, 2001. pg. A.18)
To date everyone is still waiting. As can be ascertained in this blog, the government was “embarrassed” time after time over the release of documents on this topic.
Sometimes, you just gotta tell the truth, no matter how inconvenient!