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The Unborn Victims of Crime Act (C-484)

February 24th, 2008     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

Tuval wisely made us aware of Bill C-484 about a week back, a bill that uses “the high profile murder of several pregnant Canadian women last year to bolster the anti-choice movement.” I wanted to repost some of the information that Tuval provided, to spread awareness as we approach the day the bill is projected to be debated.

Again, here’s the information:

“A private member’s bill called The “Unborn Victims of Crime Act” (C-484) has been introduced by Conservative MP Ken Epp (Edmonton Sherwood Park). It had its first hour of debate in Parliament on December 13, and is projected to come up for its second hour of debate on February 29, with a vote on March 5 (second reading).

The bill would amend the Criminal Code to allow separate homicide charges to be laid in the death of a fetus when a pregnant woman is attacked.

If passed, this bill would be an unconstitutional infringement on women’s rights, and would likely result in harms against pregnant women. It is a key step towards re-criminalizing abortion, but it could also criminalize pregnant women for behaviours perceived to harm their fetuses.”

You can read the text of the bill here. This link includes great talking points against the bill.

And of course, sign the petition. Again, thanks to Tuval for bringing this to our attention.

Tags: body politics, news flash

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