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The "Unborn Victims of Crime Act" (Bill C-484) is coming up for a vote in Parliament on March 5.

The bill poses a real danger to abortion rights, to the rights of all pregnant women, and to women's equality rights in general.

Please sign the following petition to call upon Parliament to oppose this bill

Online petition - OPPOSE Bill C-484 - REJETEZ Bill C-484

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Joyce's comments to Canadian Press:

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But the bill, to be voted on March 5, has been assailed by critics who say it's a sneaky bid to slip fetal rights into Canadian law.

"It definitely is a back-door attempt to attack abortion rights," said Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.

"It's trying to create a form of legal personhood for fetuses. And under the Criminal Code, you don't become a person until you exit the birth canal alive.

"If you give any kind of rights to a fetus - if you recognize it as a person, as this bill does - it automatically conflicts with a woman's established, constitutional rights."

It's an argument that has helped derail similar legislation in the past.

Epp insists the bill is about trying to right a legal wrong. He cited several cases where the killer of a pregnant woman was charged for her death - but not that of her fetus. That's because the law does not recognize the unborn as human beings until they are born alive.


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This is what Betty Hinton my MP had to say to me;

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Thank you for your recent correspondence.

My Conservative colleague Mr. Epp, has presented a private members bill, Bill C484, an act to provide a separate offence of injuring or causing the death of an unborn child while committing an offence against the mother.

The Bill was motivated by the heart-rending stories of families in Canada (and the US) who suffered the loss of a mother, sister, daughter, or friend, along with the loss of an anticipated, wanted unborn child. Their grief is immense, and multiplied by the current situation where there is no recognition that the child is a separate life.

In order to assure its votability in Parliament and to assure that it will be passed when voted on, the Bill explicitly excludes elective abortion and acts by the mother of the child. This Bill is focused totally on the case where the woman has chosen not have an abortion, to carry her child to term, to give her child life, and whose choice has been taken away from her against her will, in a criminal act, usually with violence. Choice is meaningless if only one choice is protected in law.

The legislation has widespread support among Canadians. A recent Environics poll showed that 72% of Canadians support such a measure, and the support of women polled was at 75%.

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

Sincerely,
Betty Hinton, MP
Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo


Slumberjack

This is a trojan horse, thanks for putting up the petition, which I was glad to sign.

remind remind's picture

Ya, it is more than a little implausible that we are now making laws in Canada based upon 2 peoples heart rending stories! I mean wtf!

If that is the case I have a whole whack load of heart rendering stories to make new laws out of!

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Why couldn't they charge the perp merely with the death or injury of the woman? Maybe Betty's party forgot the Persons Case decided that women are persons and people can be charged with killing or injuring them. Simple mistake for a social conservative.

Ms. Hinton proves again that there is more to advancing women's rights than merely electing any woman no matter her politics.

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Originally posted by kropotkin1951:
[b]Why couldn't they charge the perp merely with the death or injury of the woman? [/b]

They did, in the case that Epps was speaking about in Edmonton, he said the parents of the woman could not believe he(the perp) wasn't being charged with murdering their unborn grandchild too.

I mean it is such an unbeliebabley stupid law, there is no way of even knowing if that fetus would have made it to term, or would have been viable, it is nonsensical, like holding a "pre-emptive" war.

How about we all just start taking acts of violence against women more seriously, period!


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[b]Ms. Hinton proves again that there is more to advancing women's rights than merely electing any woman no matter her politics.[/b]

I agree, and she is of the school of thought that I encountered when growing up.

Where 1 time I asked a women in our community in 1971 Sask, when we desperately needed to get the Libs out, how she was voting, and she answered me "Liberal", after a lengthy trashing of Thatcher. I asked why, she said; "it is how my husband is voting and I have no right to cancel his vote out". I asked her, why would her husband vote against her desired way to vote, she simply could not understand what I was speaking about.

martin dufresne

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Why couldn't they charge the perp merely with the death or injury of the woman?

They did. But Mr. Epp and the Harperites obviously have another agenda. Epp has gone on record as being anti-choice. Amd remember how Harper promised his government wouldn't introduce an anti-abortion bill [b]during a first mandate[/b]?

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During the 2004 election campaign, Harper specifically said that abortion legislation would not be tabled in his government’s first term. Indeed, in his most recent statement, he said he doesn't want "this parliament" to have an abortion debate, or have it in the "near future."

Harper was challenged again by Global's Kevin Newman on Jan 18 (2006), who asked him: "On the issue of abortion, will you pledge that there will be no legislation covering abortion? There will never be a free vote in Parliament on that issue?" Harper replied: "Never is a long time. What I'm saying is I have no desire to see that issue debated in the near future."


[url=http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/action/conservative-danger.html#official]SOURCE: ARCC, 2006[/url]

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Harper was challenged again by Global's Kevin Newman on Jan 18 (2006), who asked him: "On the issue of abortion, will you pledge that there will be no legislation covering abortion? There will never be a free vote in Parliament on that issue?" Harper replied: "Never is a long time. What I'm saying is I have no desire to see that issue debated in the near future."

AND THAT SAYS IT ALL!!!!!

Slumberjack

Heart rending stories, if that is what moves them, then let the smack down commence.

morningstar

The more I examine women's issues and politics, globally, the more I'm convinced that when push comes to shove, all types of political parties will throw women and reproductive freedom to the sharks if it means solidifying their power.

They all seem to use "religion" as a hook for the knee jerk paternalistic/moral voter.

Most women aren't paying attention to the precarious position that even Canadian women could be in at a blink.
talk to women from Serbia/Bosnia, or Russia, or Iran---women who felt as free and accomplished as many of us do. They never thought that this could happen to them.
If things fall apart to any degree, I don't see women secure in their rights to abortion, birth control or education any more than any other country in the world---women are often the first to be sold down the river when things go awry.

We must work on a much more wholistic gender lens shift so that every aspect of our society is automatically viewed in a complete, balanced way.
Once the male is not the standard and female is no longer "the other", we may have a better chance when changes come---and they always do.

In my opinion, eliminating all religious public influence and not giving religion such an enormous ethical pass, will go far in gender balance. The histories of all world religion is frightening, their behaviours are still appalling and women have always been the victims.

How can we not continue to have fundamental gender inequality in our society, when all major world religions model and teach inequality?

Abortion rights and the continual flogging of this issue by the religious, is just a symptom of something much more treacherous for Canadian women.

Slumberjack

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Originally posted by morningstar:
[b]In my opinion, eliminating all religious public influence and not giving religion such an enormous ethical pass, will go far in gender balance. The histories of all world religion is frightening, their behaviours are still appalling and women have always been the victims.
How can we not continue to have fundamental gender inequality in our society, when all major world religions model and teach inequality?
Abortion rights and the continual flogging of this issue by the religious, is just a symptom of something much more treacherous for Canadian women.[/b]

Tax the religions, the mosques, churches, and temples. Who are they anyway other than businesses with pulpits. And then when they continue to preach against women's rights, or any other right, in contravention of the charter, close the pulpits down, one by one, until they learn to mind their own business. Other than that, they'll always be around to cajole, influence, subvert, and meddle their way through lobbying.

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Originally posted by morningstar:
[b]...In my opinion, eliminating all religious public influence and not giving religion such an enormous ethical pass, will go far in gender balance. [/b]

I agree, and frankly, and furiously, I simply do not understand how, myths have a right, in some peoples minds, to trump my and other women's rights.

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[b]The histories of all world religion is frightening, their behaviours are still appalling and women have always been the victims.[/b]

Yes, the largest longest genocide in history.

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[b]How can we not continue to have fundamental gender inequality in our society, when all major world religions model and teach inequality?[/b]

We will not have equality until all thing religious are seen to lesser than freedom of conscience. Myths cannot trump Rights!

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[b]Abortion rights and the continual flogging of this issue by the religious, is just a symptom of something much more treacherous for Canadian women.[/b]

Yes it is, and if the NDP support this bill, it will be the deal breaker for me, as long as I live, nothing but emnity will come from me towards the NDP.

Moreover, I will actively work against them and will visualize their demise from the Canadian political stage.

Adding to all of this, I believe wanting to revoke woman's choice rights, and then birth control, because it will be next, here in Canada and in the USA is actually and fundamentally a racist move.

Unionist

Nicole Demers, BQ MP, said in a [url=http://aprilreign.breadnroses.ca/?p=378]statement to the House[/url] on the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Morgentaler decision:

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After a tough 20-year battle led by doctors and women’s groups, this ruling finally allowed women to take control of their bodies and their pregnancies and to have access to safe abortion. Since then, they have had the freedom to choose.

That is why any threat by this Conservative government to limit the right to abortion is a direct affront to women’s rights. Bill C-484 by the hon. Conservative member for Edmonton—Sherwood Park opens the door to criminalizing abortion.

We are against taking any steps backward. Abortion is a vested right ensuring the well-being and equality of women.


Does anyone know whether the NDP has made any explicit statement yet against Bill C-484?

Slumberjack

They might have a pollster working on it right now.

Unionist

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quote:


Originally posted by Slumberjack:
[b]They might have a pollster working on it right now.[/b]

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Originally posted by unionist:
[b]I don't think so - he's busy posting in the Bill C-2 thread...[/b]

You know what, just because I posted my thoughts regarding the NDP's silence, does not mean 2 men get to jump into this forum and thread to play politics and banter back and forth off topic.
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Unionist

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Originally posted by remind:
[b]

You know what, just because I posted my thoughts regarding the NDP's silence, does not mean 2 men get to jump into this forum and thread to play politics and banter back and forth off topic.
[/b]


I apologize, remind, but what's more important IMO is that we're supportive. This is a vital issue for all Canadians.

Slumberjack

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Originally posted by remind:
[b]

You know what, just because I posted my thoughts regarding the NDP's silence, does not mean 2 men get to jump into this forum and thread to play politics and banter back and forth off topic.
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Right, sry for the liberty taken.

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Originally posted by unionist:
[b]I apologize, remind, but what's more important IMO is that we're supportive. This is a vital issue for all Canadians.[/b]

Well, thank you for that, but are you really? Slumberjack at least commented earlier and professed to sign the petition.

As nary a word was said by you about this either way, and in fact, you did not venture to make a comment until I mentioned the NDP.

I would ask what you see as being vital to all Canadians?

Slumberjack

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Originally posted by remind:
[b]Slumberjack at least commented earlier and professed to sign the petition.[/b]

Really, I did. Took me three cracks at that security code on the bottom to get it right too.

Unionist

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Originally posted by remind:
[b]I would ask what you see as being vital to all Canadians?[/b]

Preserving and expanding the victories over women's right to control their own bodies.

I think, though, that it is essential to know and to influence what the various parties and individual MPs are planning to do on this issue. That's why I posted Nicole Demers views (do you have any comment on what she said?) and asked if anyone had seen any comment from the NDP.

We can't afford another disgraceful fiasco like the Bill C-2 one. Inch by inch this government is blackmailing the opposition parties into taking dangerous stands, or in remaining silent on important issues (like Afghanistan, the environment, soon capital punishment - and women's right to choose is also under attack). We need to unite as many people as possible in defence of past gains and to expand access.

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laine lowe laine lowe's picture

I'm still waiting for a reply from Dion and my own MP (who is NDP). No reply yet.

Just checked the NDP site and there is nothing there either.

Michelle

I don't think anyone was out of line here. This IS a political issue. It's about a Bill. It's important where the NDP stands on this, as they're probably the only party with any principle in the House.

martin dufresne

This "fetal rights" tactic is surfacing everywhere the Right is fighting women's control over their bodies. In France, the Collectif National pour les Droits des Femmes (equivalent of the Canadian NACSW) is tackling at an all-day forum today, among other issues, a similar judicial decision that gave a dead foetus the civic status of a person.
Jacqueline Sellem interviewing CNDF's Maya Surduts, for [url=http://tinyurl.com/29sk2u]L'Humanitй[/url]:

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(...)Question:Un arrкt de la Cour de cassation vient d’ouvrir la possibilitй de donner un йtat civil au foetus mort avant l’accouchement. Que pensez-vous de cette dйcision de justice qui pourrait faire jurisprudence ?

Maya Surduts: Nous allons examiner а fond cet arrкt. Mais notre prйoccupation est trиs grande. Il est clair que derriиre cette dйcision il y a la volontй de remettre en question le statut de l’embryon et de grignoter le droit des femmes а l’avortement. Ce n’est pas la premiиre fois que nous sommes confrontйes а une tentative de ce genre. Nous avions eu, il y a quelque temps, l’amendement Garraud qui crйait, au dйtour d’un projet de loi sur l’« adaptation de la justice aux йvolutions de la criminalitй », le dйlit d’« interruption involontaire de grossesse » notamment en cas d’accident de la route. Caractйrisant « la mort d’un foetus » comme un « homicide involontaire », il lui donnait insidieusement le statut juridique de « personne ».(...)


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Unionist

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... les dйlais ont йtй allongйs de dix а douze semaines ...

Quels dйlais?

Does this mean abortion is lawful only in the first trimester? I don't understand this I guess.

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martin dufresne

Yes... Sorry, I wiped out the part you are quoting after finding a website with that interview and linking to it.
The current rule in France reads:

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Une IVG peut кtre pratiquйe lйgalement а votre demande jusqu'а 12 semaines de grossesse (ou 14 semaines depuis le dйbut des derniиres rиgles). Si vous n'кtes pas sыre de la date de vos derniиres rиgles ou si vos cycles sont irrйguliers, il pourra кtre nйcessaire de rйaliser une йchographie pour prйciser l'вge de la grossesse.
Deux consultations avec le mйdecin sont nйcessaires avant une IVG. Un dйlai de rйflexion d’une semaine est obligatoire entre ces deux consultations. Plus la premiиre consultation a lieu tфt et plus cela laisse de possibilitйs concernant la technique utilisйe.

As in Canada, this doesn't mean that first-trimester abortions are easy to obtain. Beside legal constraints, Chrstian doctors and clinic administrators go on putting up all kinds of hurdles (such as "conscientious objection") to sidetrack and discourage women who seek abotion services. Women of colour are particularly ill-treated.

[url=http://www.gaucherepublicaine.org/,article,1941,,,,,_Le-cadeau-de-la-Cou... about the new risk to women's rights in France[/url]
The issue - still being adjudicated - is about a document from the State that would recognize a dead fetus/embryo as an "enfant sans vie". From RESPUBLICA::

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En rendant trois avis identiques le 6 fйvrier, la premiиre chambre civile de la Cour de cassation vient de donner un coup de pouce aux croisйs de la lutte anti-avortement.
Les trois dossiers йtaient tous similaires et concernaient trois arrкts de la Cour d’appel de Nоmes du 17 mai 2005. Ils ont tous trois йtй cassйs et annulйs. Ces arrкts avaient rejetй la demande de couples qui souhaitaient obtenir un « acte d’enfant sans vie » auprиs de l’йtat civil et dont la femme avait accouchй а moins de vingt-deux semaines d’amйnorrhйe d’un fњtus pesant moins de 500g (seuils de viabilitй dйfinis par l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santй). L’acte d’enfant sans vie a йtй instituй par la l’article 6 de la Loi du 8 janvier 1993 qui a introduit l’article 79-1 du Code civil. Cet article prйvoit que pour un enfant nй sans vie ou pour lequel il n’est pas йtabli de certificat mйdical indiquant qu’il est nй vivant et viable, l’officier d’йtat civil йtablit un acte d’enfant sans vie. Cette disposition a pour but d’aider les parents а faire leur travail de deuil en autorisant de donner un prйnom, l’inscription sur le livret de famille et l’inhumation ou la crйmation.(...)

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martin dufresne

Please let Irene Mathyssen, your NDP candidate and Jack Layton know your concerns about C-484 and the non-existent position of the NDP so far. To reach the party itself: [url=http://http://]http://www.ndp.ca/contact[/url]
My own letter:

[b]Re: C-484
Will you denounce the risks it entails for women's rights, as pointed out repeatedly by the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada?
The NDP's silence on this issue is very troubling to me, as attempts to push back women's right to choose are becoming more threatening in the US, in France and now in Canada.
I realize that Mr. Epp's bill claims to exclude abortion and pregnant women from the remit of the proposed legislation, but the implementation of such laws had strongly impacted pregnant women in the U.S., so C-484 should be analyzed in that light and should meet with principled collective opposition from your party instead of being used to split NDP ranks.
In solidarity,
Martin Dufresne[/b]

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Michelle

Hopefully the NDP won't cave on THIS one.

morningstar

I really don't think that this will end up being a partisan issue---people of all stripes are odd and fearful around reproductive freedoms---it is, after all the only way to keep women submissive, fearful, cooperative, etc. Rape and violence are somewhat effective, but forced reproduction is the ace.

I recently wrote a piece for the paper, taking the anti choice bunch to task for their absurd demonstration at our MP's office, protesting the 20yr anniversary of the decriminalization of abortion. I discussed religion (present and historical) as being the key tool used in misogyny.
One of the most vituperative letters written in response to me was from the President of the NDP Riding Association---A WOMAN --- who took me to task for being [b]unreasonable and unwilling to have a "balanced" debate over choice.[b] ---as bad as the fringe antichoice fanatics!!!(and no, as one reader pointed out,I've never bombed or shot anyone who disagreed with me)
This woman professes to be a feminist and attempted to paint me as an uneducated fanatic, using terribly bad taste to publically name the social elephant of religion as a huge problem for women everywhere. Oh yes, she also said that she was an athiest!
It was bizarre and she did the NDP no favours here for sure.
The NDP women here are furious at me because I proposed that all left of right women work together to get a liberal woman elected in this conservative riding---which would be an enormous challenge---

I'm very non partisan and very left---I just want Harper gone and I don't care who did what or who is more righteous---I just want the tories buried.
They are dangerous.
We can all come to terms on things after they are out.
I was so sorrowful that the NDP women would attack my assertions and warnings to all women to get involved or we may be forced back before we can resist effectively.

this is the rough copy of what I wrote and they freaked out over:

The 20th anniversary of the decriminalization of abortion came in Stratford with word of the predictable death threats against Dr Morgantaler and a disturbing antichoice religious protest at the local MP’s office.

Women in Canada owe a tremendous debt to Dr Morgentaler, Supreme Justice Brian Dickson , Justice Bertha Wilson, social activist Judy Rebick and all of the feminists who sacrificed so much to free women from the tyranny of forced reproduction.

But we best be vigilant---it's not enough that some of us have done just fine for ourselves. All women owe a debt to those feminists. They made our success possible. We are now the ones collectively responsible for the future freedom of the next generations of women.

No woman can step into her place of power unless she has complete reproductive choice and freedom from male violence. Sadly, religious misogyny continues to deny women reproductive choice while encouraging male violence against them. This history of religious misogyny is clearly reflected in the vulnerability and suffering of women worldwide. We need to pay close attention to it. This history is our context, not just some abstract “Past”.

It's important to note that the anti-choice bunch are also usually anti birth control. These people have chosen religions that wage war against women and it's been a holocaust. Their much vaunted religious morals are belied by the millions of women and girls whose lives have been destroyed by religion. Religion was designed by men, for men and women need to examine it carefully through a female lens. When it comes to women,religious dogma always trumps reason and compassion.

Recent studies explain the resurgence of anthropomorphized religious practice and perversly blind right wing politics. The two are inextricably linked. When people feel isolated , if they succumb to the cult of fear (that both right wing religion and right wing politics promote), they may attempt to find a father figure as ”strong leader” in politics and/or a god-as-father figure in spiritual practice.
This makes them easy to manipulate and targeting women, especially women who have sex, is great team building.

When people choose a collective ideology over thinking, even very nice people behave unreasonably and are, by no means, harmless. Remember the Nazis.

Those of us who understand how dangerous religion and right wing politics are for women, also understand the tenuousness of our new freedoms. A great deal of religious money is used marketing the fervour against reproductive choice. Forced reproduction has always been the only way to keep women powerless. . Our choice to give birth when or if we decide to, is our key to equality.

Canadian women must stay better informed and get politically active if we don’t want to find ourselves in dark ages, yet again.

That's what I wrote.Doesn't it seem like something that most NDP women should be able to support??

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martin dufresne

Brava! Very strong letter. I hope that you will find ways to reach all NDPers with it.

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Originally posted by morningstar:
[b]That's what I wrote.Doesn't it seem like something that most NDP women should be able to support??[/b]

Well this NDP woman, definitely suppports what you wrote, and your words were very close to what I wrote to the NDP.

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In all honesty, I never thought there would be the day, I would be writing to NDP MP's requesting, actually insisting, they vote against this ill advised, and needless Bill C-484, that is being voted on, on March 5th, as I thought it would be a given that the NDP would stand and say No, and I am saddened that I can no longer trust what the party I have supported for 35 years will do! Such was not the case even a couple of years ago.

One hardly recognizes the NDP any longer with their; Tough on Crime Omnibus Bill support back last November, and huge separation from historic NDP positions on crime, where only Mr Siksay, took the principled stand, and the support for Canada's backing out of the World racism conference, plus a few other not so impactive upon society actions.

Alleged, emotional positions of those who have lost a family member, do not have the right to endanger my Rights as a women, and that is what this Bill will do if put through. Our current criminal justice system more than covers actions that endanger a woman's life, they just need to be applied and perhaps more would take them seriously. Women must not be further punished, in society, by having their Rights challenged because of MALE acts of violence against them.

And in light of the NDP's apparent quiet on this upcoming Bill, the new Faith and Social Justice commission takes on a much more sinister aspect, and this is disquieting as I thought I had come to a solid positive perspective on it. It has long been thought that religion should trump woman's Rights and I would not like to see this fact furthered within the NDP. People's religious beliefs have no place in public secular law, and have no place when considering Human Rights, freedom of religion does not mean that religion, in any form, gets to trump other's Rights.

If the NDP support this bill, and do not whip the vote against it, angrily and sadly, it will be the deal breaker for me, nothing but enmity will come from me towards the NDP. Moreover, it would mean the party no longer stands, at all, for anything principled and correct, in fact so much so, that I would actively work against and just not stop supporting and voting NDP.

Thank you for your consideration of this Human Rights endangering issue and I look forward to seeing the NDP MP's standing in the Truth of Human Rights awareness on March the 5th, and voting NO.


morningstar

good letter , Remind ---I wish that you were in my riding to help me figure out how to get us all working together.
I almost can't bear it that women are fighting over this.

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Originally posted by morningstar:
[b]good letter , Remind ---I wish that you were in my riding to help me figure out how to get us all working together.
I almost can't bear it that women are fighting over this.[/b]

Thank you morninstar, I actually should have worded it differently and better, but was dashing it off, and was angry.

As to the woman fighting over this, it is divide and conquer, and women have so much internalized submission to men's opinions and actions, that some do not stand a chance at rejecting their misogyny.

Would love to help you, but could not live in ON.

Remind them, emotions and myths do not trump human rights, and no person can be compelled to give their body in service to another, even if that "persons" life is in danger.

Have a story time in your meetings of what it was like for women before we became people, and gained our personal Rights.

Explain to them men have not done such a good job of running the planet, and if they were employees, they woulda been fired long ago!

martin dufresne

Another indication of Stephen Harper's true colours:

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Harper picks a dinosaur for the federal bench
Women in this country should be outraged at this judicial appointment by the Harper government. It sends a major signal that this is the kind of reactionary anti-choice philosophy Harper supports. Ammunition for a coming election:

Opposition justice critics say the swearing in next week of a former Tory MP and anti-abortion crusader is proof the federal Conservatives want to stack the courts with right-wing friends.

Lawrence O'Neil, an MP from 1984 to 1988, is to be sworn in Tuesday to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. On April 28, 1987, the legal aid lawyer told the House of Commons: "Unborn children across this country are being suctioned from the womb by women who want to put an end to their pregnancy. Those children are being dismembered."


[url=http://impolitical.blogspot.com/2007/10/harper-picks-dinosaur-for-federa... picks dinosaur for federal bench[/url]

Aristotleded24

[url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Mode=1&Parl=39... McDonnough weighs in:[/url]

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Let me say, however, that there are a lot of things women desperately need that have been ignored by the government. Not one of them that has ever come to my attention is a call for this kind of bill. Women certainly need a lot more protection against domestic violence and violence that is visited on them in far too many communities.

I would say that at the heart of my concern about the bill is that it does indeed arouse considerable concern, real apprehension, about whether it is in fact a thinly veiled step in the direction of recriminalizing abortion in our country. I am sure there are going to be protestations, with people saying, no, no, that was made clear, the language was made clear and all the rest of it, but let me say that it further made me uncomfortable to hear several references, both from the Conservative sponsor of the bill and from the Liberal who spoke in support of it, to a number of American states, mostly southern U.S. states, and in particular, South Carolina, as one of the states that has had considerable experience with this bill.

Let me say the evidence is very clear that the bill not only could become a thin edge of the wedge in the direction of recriminalizing abortion, but actually identified as one of the benefits of the bill is that to adopt such a bill could in fact accomplish that very objective that sponsors of the bill in South Carolina have cited as the reason for their introduction of the bill.

There are many more things I could say, but I think that in the final analysis the point is that women need to be protected far more effectively and aggressively against violence, and that is the best way to protect vulnerable fetuses. If that were the objective, then we would be very much wanting to support such a bill.


Unionist

Thanks, Aristotle - that's encouraging.

And I notice that the next speaker after her is a self-described pro-life BQ Catholic priest who opposes the bill and condemns its author for being part of an extremist anti-choice group, and says:

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In my opinion, this bill will open the door to recriminalizing women who have an abortion, and that is not a good thing. I am against abortion, but I do not believe that is how we will deal with the problem of abortion. I have always stated that we need education, support and assistance for women dealing with unwanted pregnancy. In my opinion, the problem of abortion will be solved with these types of measures and not by recriminalizing abortion. I absolutely do not want that.

Sounds a little like E. May...

remind remind's picture

Thanks Aristotleded, that makes me feel more than marginally better.

martin dufresne

Meili Faille, from the Bloc quйbйcois, also speaks strongly against the Bill on the same [url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Mode=1&Parl=39... web page:

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I will start by saying that, as a woman, I would have never believed that I would still be here fighting for the rights of women. It has been a fierce battle, waged by so many women before me.

The Conservatives, with this bill, are implicitly trying to achieve an objective, that is, restrict the right to abortion...


Derek Lee, a Liberal MP, spoke in support of C-484.

Given that Ms. McDonough took this strong stand a good two months ago (Dec. 13), is it appropriate to say that the NDP has not opposed C-484?

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remind remind's picture

This statement by Meili Faille, says all we ned to know about this Bill

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The text of the bill provides that the pregnant woman herself can be charged with causing the death of the fetus inside her.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Has anyone determined whether this will be a free vote for all opposition parties? The thought of this passing sends chills up my spine.

ETA: important petition

Online petition - OPPOSE Bill C-484 - REJETEZ Bill C-484

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remind remind's picture

quote:


Originally posted by martin dufresne:
[b]Given that Ms. McDonough took this strong stand a good two months ago (Dec. 13), is it appropriate to say that the NDP has not opposed C-484?[/b]

No it isn't, and indeed apparently the whole caucus is voting against it.

Time now to write to the Liberals en masse!

Michelle

Especially if you have a Liberal MP, as I do.

[url=http://www.liberal.ca/contact_e.aspx]Liberal Party of Canada contact info[/url]

[url=http://webinfo.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/MainMPsCompleteList.aspx?T... of Members of Parliament for contact information[/url]

Michelle

Here's my letter:

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Dear Mario,

I appreciate your decent voting record on most issues that are important to me. I am hoping to receive a positive response from you on this one as well. I'm writing about Bill C484, the Unborn Victims of Crime Act. While this Act in itself does not criminalize abortion, I am concerned that, by granting personhood to fetuses, it will lead the way to such a move in the future. Just the wording itself - "unborn victim" - this is pro-life/anti-choice rhetoric. This is how they refer to aborted fetuses and blastocysts as well.

Women have fought long and hard for their right to choose abortion for any reason. This legislation is a huge step backwards.

I have no problem with recognizing the particular harm with interfering, through violence, with a woman's right to choose to carry a pregnancy to term. I am a mother, and felt myself bonding with my belly and what would eventually be my son right from the moment I knew I was pregnant, three weeks along. I would have been devastated had I miscarried due to natural causes or, worse, through violence.

But the fact is, that violence happens to the WOMAN, not to the fetus. The fetus is part of the woman's body. If someone wants to introduce legislation with heavier penalties for assaults that cause the termination of pregnancy, I am fine with that. If there was real concern about the woman, as opposed to trying to criminalize abortion through the back door, the Bill would simply address the fact that women who miscarry due to violence have been the victims of two wrongs: the fact that she was assaulted, and the fact that she was involuntarily deprived of her choice to carry a pregnancy to term, thus greatly increasing HER emotional distress and recovery from the assault. The Bill would recognize the real victim - the woman - not the fetus.

It is clear that the pro-life Conservatives, in crafting this bill, are giving "the unborn victim" legal personhood status in order to pave the way to recriminalizing abortion.

Please do not allow that to happen. Please vote no to this Bill, and please try to convince your colleagues to do the same.

Sincerely, etc.


rural - Francesca rural - Francesca's picture

Michell - can I use your words for my MP?

Michelle

Absolutely! Please, everyone, crib to your heart's content! That's why I posted it. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]

rural - Francesca rural - Francesca's picture

ok thanks! [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

rural - Francesca rural - Francesca's picture

I do have to change 3 weeks to 8 weeks, but from the moment the doctor said 'you're pregnant' and I stopped crying (I was 18), I was fiercely protective of him.

Now he's 21 and I have to listen to him all day rant as it's Daytona 500 weekend...now if I'd known I'd give birth to a NASCAR fan........ [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

Michelle

For those of you on Facebook, check out [url=http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=8375548380]this event.[/url]

For those of you not on Facebook, here's the description of the event:

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Event Info Name: MP Ken Epp -- Unborn Victims of Crime Bill C-484
Tagline: A presentation and discussion of this important private member's bill
Host: Youth for Life
Type: Education - Lecture
Time and Place Date: Thursday, February 21, 2008
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Robert Bateman Secondary School Round Room
Street: 35045 Exbury Avenue
City/Town: Abbotsford, BC
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Contact Info Phone: 604.852.4623
Email: john.sutherland@shaw.ca

It's very clear, from the fact that it's an ANTI-CHOICE GROUP SPONSORING THE TALK that this bill is not about "giving a woman the freedom of choice to bring her child to term in safety". It's also clear from their description of the event, in which they state this:

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When a pregnant woman is murdered or assaulted, the Canadian Criminal Code does not provide for any charges to be laid in respect of [b]the unborn child who is injured or dies[/b] as a result.

And their only posted item? A link to Abbotsford Right to Life.

Bullshit it's not about abortion. It bloody well is.

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