Thursday, December 06, 2007

The Unborn Victims of Crime Bill: It's a Go!

Parliamentary subcommittee has ruled the Unborn Victims of Crime Act, introduced by Conservative MP Ken Epp, 'votable', meaning that it will be able to come before the full House of Commons for a vote. A similar bill proposed last year by Conservative MP Leon Benoit was deemed non-votable at the subcommittee stage. If passed, the law would allow criminal charges to be laid in the death or injury of an unborn child when the child's mother is the victim of a crime.

This is excellent news for the women of Canada, most of whom support this measure.

I think of this bill as a pro-woman bill. How is it that whenever a man is unjustly deprived of anything he produces, the law makes the culprit accountable, but a woman produces a fetus and is deprived of him, and there is no accountability?

How is that fair?

I consider that to be intrinisically sexist and unfair. And I don't use that phrase very often.

Feminists: they don't care if a woman is deprived of her fetus. Joyce Arthur, one of Canada's most well-known pro-abortion activists, once wrote "fetuses don't matter" and I suspect most Canadian feminists would agree. So why would they campaign for such a law?

However, their views on the unborn child are far removed from the mainstream. Most women value their unborn child at some level, and would be repulsed at how unfairly the Canadian legal system treats their loss.

I would encourage you to contact your Member of Parliament and express support for this bill. This vital bill addresses an important social justice issue for women that the feminists are all too willing to ignore.

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