Canadian Medical Association: Babies Not Human Until Birth

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 16, 2012   |   5:45PM   |   Ottawa, Canada

Concerned about the renewal of an abortion debate in Canada, the delegates to the Canadian Medical Association’s annual general council meeting yesterday made a head-scratching determination: babies are not human beings until after birth.

Seemingly following the warped and twisted thinking of philosophers like Peter Singer, who supports infanticide, the doctors supported keeping the standard in place in Canada that doesn’t regard unborn children as people until birth.

The Vancouver Sun has more on the curious decision:

“This attempt to modify the definition of a human being could legally recognize the fetus, which would give the fetus rights,” said Montreal physician Dr. Genevieve Desbiens. “This constitutes a recriminalization, not only of abortion, but any form of contraception.

“We must ensure women seeking to terminate pregnancy and the doctors who support them and want to help them are not criminalized.”

She said it’s urgent for doctors to exert pressure on the government “so this motion has no chance of being passed and the debate is not reopened.

“I’m not asking if you are for or against abortion. I’m asking for you to recognize that women must retain their full and complete rights,” she said to applause.

Ontario physician Dr. John Ludwig warned the group against “unintended consequences.” He said the criminal code is “ancient and needs to be revised.”



“If an assailant plunged a knife in the 38-week gestational belly of your spouse, we would all consider that murder. But the Criminal Code says that, because that fetus did not leave the body alive, it doesn’t have any rights.

“We need a new policy that somewhat more balances the rights for women to have a therapeutic abortion when they wish, up to 20 weeks, and then protects the life of that child from 20 weeks on, once it’s able to live on its own upon delivery from the womb.”

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