Stephen Woodworth (politician)

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Stephen Woodworth
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kitchener Centre
Assumed office
Preceded by Karen Redman
Personal details
Born (1954-01-05) January 5, 1954 (age 61)
Kitchener, Ontario
Political party Conservative (2008-present), Liberal (1988)
Profession Lawyer

Stephen Woodworth (born January 5, 1954) is a Canadian politician. He represents the electoral district of Kitchener Centre in the House of Commons of Canada for the Conservative Party of Canada.

Life and career[edit]

Woodworth was born in Kitchener, Ontario. He attended Wilfrid Laurier University and then received a law degree from the University of Western Ontario. He was called to the bar in 1979 and set up a legal practice in Waterloo, which moved in 1993 to Kitchener. He ran unsuccessfully in the 1988 federal election as a Liberal in the riding of Waterloo.[1]

Woodworth has participated in anti-abortion protests[2] and, in December 2011, called for a national debate regarding fetal rights.[3]

Prior to his election to parliament he served as a Catholic school board trustee from 1994 to 2003 in Kitchener.

A private members motion (Motion 312) introduced by Stephen Woodworth received a one hour debate on April 26, 2012, with a second hour of debate on September 21.[4] The bill would create a special committee to examine the legal definition of when a fetus becomes a human being,[5] though Woodworth conceded he is unlikely to get the support needed to move the initiative forward.[6]


  1. ^ Candidate profile from
  2. ^ Harper, Tim (May 12, 2011). "Both sides on abortion debate search for Commons allies". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ Galloway, Gloria (December 21, 2011). "Tory call to revisit rights-of-unborn law fuels abortion debate". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "MPs denounce motion to study when life begins". CBC News. 26 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Abortion debate to be held in House of Commons in April". Vancouver Province. 13 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Galloway, Gloria. "The Globe and Mail - Tory MP concedes ‘abortion’ motion lacks support". The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 

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