Gordon Taylor is the outspoken Member of Parliament from Bow River, a large rural Alberta riding surrounding the city of Calgary. Mr. Taylor, first a schoolteacher and later owner of a real estate and insurance business, was first elected to the Alberta Legislature in 1940. During the Second World War, he served as a pilot officer in the Air Force and following the War continued to be reelected to the Alberta Legislature through nine elections until his election to the House of Commons in 1979.
In 1930, Mr. Taylor organized (and still runs) Camp Gordon, a camp for boys not otherwise getting a holiday.
Gordon Taylor is well known for his aggressive, outspoken and often, acerbic style, rarely mincing words in the House of Commons. He has been a champion of the rights of the unborn child since his election, making frequent statements on the issue of abortion.
Following the Supreme Court decision, Mr. Taylor said in a statement in the House of Commons “…Now we have abortion on request and unborn babies can be butchered in the womb simply as a birth-control measure. To our shame, we now let the convicted murderers live and permit the murder of unborn babies. It is enough to bring tears to the eyes of the Status of Justice that stand silently in front of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Again, on February 24, Mr. Taylor stated in the House, “…I believe that the unborn child is a human being from the moment of conception. The decision of the Supreme Court, with two judges dissenting, does not change the law of God. We need strong legislation in accordance with biblical teachings to protect the lives of these innocent babies, 60,000 of whom were murdered in the womb in Canada last year.”
Mr. Taylor also defended the pro-life movement against allegations of terrorism by the Senate Special Committee on Terrorism in a statement on January 28, stating “…Anti-abortion and pro-life groups are the very antithesis of terrorism. Hundreds of splendid Canadians labour to stop the murder of thousands of unborn babies, and this committee slanders these Canadians.”
Mr. Taylor makes frequent reference in the House of Commons to the human rights of the unborn child, as he did in this statement on December 11, 1986, “…in our own country last year, 60,000 human brings were murdered and the newspapers barely mentioned it. Even worse, out media make a hero out of a doctor who denies the laws of our country and promotes abortion. Should not human rights apply to unborn humans? Every Member of the House escaped abortion, and we are here today trying to help our people and build a better nation. Unborn babies should have an equal opportunity to live, to work, to love and to contribute to the betterment of the world.”