Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Forced Abortions NOT Outlawed in Canada

Abortionists' interests were satisfied as lawmakers, including Prime Minister Harper, opposed a bill to forbid forced abortion, including by coercion; the vote was 178 to 97.

-- From "Canada PM Harper Chided for Vote on Forced Abortion Bill" by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com 12/21/10

In the aftermath of the vote in the Canadian House of Commons on a bill the prevent forced and pressured abortions, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is coming under fire for opposing the measure.

Harper has said all along he doesn’t want to open Canada’s abortion debate but the legislation, modeled after successful bills in the United States that don’t affect the status of legalized abortion, was defeated by MPs.

Paul Wells of Macleans noted Harper took the unusual step of voting on the measure.

Conservative MP Rod Bruinooge (Winnipeg South) sponsored the bill, C-510, and it had the support of many Conservatives, including members of Harper’s own Cabinet: Stockwell Day, Jason Kenney and Gail Shea, among others. But Harper voted with other cabinet members James Moore and Lawrence Cannon in opposing the measure.

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From "MPs vote down bill to stop coerced abortion" by Brian Lilley, Parliamentary Bureau, Toronto Sun 12/15/10

While Harper and many Conservatives voted against the bill, ten Liberals supported it.

Roxanne’s Law was named for Roxanne Fernando, a young Winnipeg woman who was killed after refusing demands from her boyfriend to have an abortion. The woman’s brutally beaten body was discovered in a snow filled ditch outside of Winnipeg in February 2007.

“I just think it’s legally unnecessary,” Heritage Minister James Moore said. “Those protections already exist in the criminal code. That was the justice minister’s assessment and I agree with him.”

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From "Lawmakers OK with forced abortions" by Michael Carl © 2010 WorldNetDaily 12/16/10

In a statement for the press, Association for Reformed Political Action Director Mark Penninga says the defeat doesn't reflect well on Canada's leaders.

"What kind of leaders refuse to protect pregnant women who want to keep their child? We need to ask the MPs who voted against it how exactly they can justify their vote, especially given that all of the arguments raised in the House against it were answered in detail," Penninga said.

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada President Joyce Arthur says she is pleased by the vote.

"One of the biggest problems with the bill, of course, is that it was focusing on abortion only, when we know that women are also coerced into child birth," Arthur continued.

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Also read, Texas Court: Parents Can't Force Abortion on Pregnant Minor