Stephen Woodworth (politician)

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Stephen Woodworth
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. During this time he worked to ban public health nurses in high schools because of fears that they might discuss contraception as part of providing necessary medical care. [4]

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.[5] The bill would create a special committee to examine the legal definition of when a fetus becomes a human being,[6] though Woodworth conceded he is unlikely to get the support needed to move the initiative forward.[7]


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