Canadian Government to Introduce Weak Legislation to Protect Pregnant Women
by Steven Ertelt
August 25, 2008
Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) — The Canadian government, led by the Conservative Party, plans to introduce a new bill that would protect pregnant women from violence. However, the measure appears to be a sentence enhancement statute that tacks on an additional penalty for attacking a pregnant woman.
This is known, in the United States, as a pro-abortion version of authentic bills that protect and provide justice for both mother and her unborn child when both are killed or injured in an assault.
The new government bill is a reaction to the pro-abortion attacks on private member Bill C-484 introduced by Conservative lawmaker Ken Epp that mirrors the two-victim laws in the United States and 36 states.
Canadian Justice Minister and Attorney General Rob Nicholson told reporters on Monday that the bill "is consistent with our crime-fighting agenda" and doesn’t "re-open" the debate over abortion.
"Let me be clear, our government will not reopen the debate on abortion," he said.
According to the Canwest News Service, Nicholson said the bill will "leave no room for the introduction of fetal rights."
Nicholson said Epp’s bill has been subject to "misinterpretation" but would not elaborate about the new bill beyond it being a sentence enhancement measure.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has gone further with his determination to approve the weaker measure, and promised he would call for an election if opponents reject the bill on abortion grounds.
However, Harper and Nicholson may have a more difficult predicament — opposition from pro-life advocates who support Epp’s bill because it provides authentic justice when a criminal kills mother and child.
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