Canada Abortion Advocates March in Quebec to Oppose Bill Protecting Women
by Steven Ertelt
September 29, 2008
Montreal, Canada (LifeNews.com) — A couple thousand abortion advocates took to the streets in Quebec on Sunday to oppose the administration of Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The pro-abortion activists also marched against a bill that would protect and provide justice to pregnant women and their unborn children.
The Quebec Women’s Federation and Quebec Family Planning Federation organized the march, which took place in Montreal, to prevent the re-election of the Conservatives to power.
They also opposed bill C-484, a private member’s legislation to allow prosecutors to charge criminals with two crimes when they kill or injure both a pregnant mother and her unborn child.
Currently, assailants who attack a woman and her child are only held responsible for killing or injuring the mother, and there is no restitution for the attack on the baby.
According to the CBC, Michèle Asselin, president of the Quebec Women’s Federation, told the pro-abortion activists that the Conservative Party threaten’s women’s rights.
They also continued the false claims about the unborn victims bill, sponsored by MP Ken Epp, claiming it would prevent women from having abortions even though the bill clearly indicates it has no legal impact on abortion.
"Before birth, the fetus has rights that are linked with those of the mother," Asselin said, according to the news service.
"We need to protect women against violence, especially conjugal violence, but no group that says they help women and support a bill like C-484 can be said to really protect women," she claimed.
Several Quebec unions and candidates from the NDP, the Liberals, and the Bloc Québécois parties reportedly participated in the pro-abortion march.
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