Canadian MPs Again Denied a Vote on Banning Sex-Selection Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 28, 2013   |   3:19PM   |   Ottawa, Canada

For the second time, members of the Canadian Parliament have been denied the right to cast a vote to show opposition to the grisly practice of sex-selection abortions.

As LifeNews reported, the legislation was deemed not worthy of consideration for a vote. Motion 408 calls on Parliament to condemn sex-selective pregnancy termination, a procedure happening in Canada where baby girls are aborted for no other reason than because they are female.

Despite Canadians flooding their MPs with thousands of emails complaining, the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs issued a ruling today to uphold the earlier decision of its sub-committee on the votability of Motion 408 in what Mike Schouten, campaign director for, calls a sign of incredible disrespect for the democratic process.

“This ruling indicates that party leaders are putting their own political interests over the functioning power of democracy. A fundamental breach of democracy has occurred that does not bode well for the Canadian political system,” he told LifeNews.

“Canadians need to reflect on a system whereby political parties have become more important than the expressed desires of the very people they purport to represent,” continued Schouten. “The matter of aborting pre-born females is a serious concern to over 90% of Canadians. It speaks to the level of cowardice of all party leaders as they abuse proper procedure and ignore House of Commons rules in order to ensure Motion 408 is not debated by Parliamentarians.”

“The past week’s actions of the party leaders beg the question of whether Parliament is in effect condoning sex-selective abortion,” said Schouten.



“A majority of Canadians, the Canadian Medical Association, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario have all publicly condemned sex-selective abortion,” Schouten said. “Countries around the world have enacted laws and policies to prohibit sex-selection abortions. The United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, Vietnam, even China and India have taken step to address the injustice of female-feticide,” continued Schouten.

“Mr. Warawa has shown exemplary leadership in his attempt to bring Canada on side with many other countries. In light of today’s decision and the fact Mr. Warawa may appeal to the Speaker of the House I encourage all Members of Parliament to listen to the people they represent by supporting the condemnation of sex-selective abortion,” concluded Schouten.