by Steven Ertelt
February 14, 2008
Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) — Pro-abortion groups in Canada are continuing to mislead lawmakers in the Canadian Parliament about a bill MP Ken Epps has sponsored that would protect pregnant women. The measure gives pregnant moms and their unborn children justice by allowing prosecutors to charge criminals for killing or injuring both mother and child.
However, the bill, C-484, has come under fire from abortion advocates, who wrongly claim the measure would infringe on legal abortions there.
The United States has a similar law in place as do 36 states and, though it enjoys the support of pro-life groups who hope to stop abortions someday soon, none of the laws have ever been used to stop abortion.
"It definitely is a back-door attempt to attack abortion rights," Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada claimed in an interview with the Edmonton Sun newspaper.
"If you give any kind of rights to a fetus – if you recognize it as a person, as this bill does – it automatically conflicts with a woman’s established, constitutional rights," she complained.
But Mary Talbot, whose 19-year-old pregnant daughter Olivia and her baby were killed in November 2005, doesn’t see it that way.
She told the Sun newspaper she backs legal abortions and understands the bill has nothing to do with limiting abortions, but is a recognition that two people are killed or injured in attacks on pregnant women.
"I’m pro-choice. I’ve always been pro-choice. One has nothing to do with the other," she said.
"The guy who murdered my daughter, he admitted that he shot her in the torso to kill the baby. To me, there needs to be some kind of legislation that addresses that," she said.
ACTION: Contact your MP and urge strong support for Bill C-484. Click on this link for contact information.