Check out this article from rabble that argues that the Harper conservatives are attempting to restart the abortion debate - a debate the rest of us thought had been decided decades ago when we secured the right to choose not to give birth and moved on to other goals. Here's a quote to get you started:
Another way of looking at it is through Harper's well-known strategy of identifying niche voting "markets" and going after them. In this case Harper, with Manning's help, wants to get the women-hating vote locked up. The 70,000 deaths caused each year in the world due to botched abortions is clearly not too high a price to pay for that voting block.