Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"Unborn Child"=Person in Canada-- a laughable argument

Joyce Arthur, skdadl and others are making another lame argument against Olivia's Law, aka Bill C-484, the Unborn Victims of Crime Act.

In response to my comment on this article, Joyce Arthur writes:

It is misleading and false to claim that Bill C-484 does not confer personhood or rights upon the fetus. First, the bill never even mentions the word fetus. Instead, “child” and “unborn child” are used to refer to even very early pregnancies, as soon as the woman suspects she might be pregnant. This is an unprecedented extension of such language in the Criminal Code and clearly, it confers personhood on the fetus.

So let me get this straight. The use of the term "unborn child" is a dangerous extension of the term used in the Criminal Code. Which says that an unborn child is not a human being until it exits the birth canal.

Yeah, that sounds really dangerous.

"Unborn child" is commonly used by people and institutions who DON'T believe the fetus has any moral status whatsoever. The Criminal Code is the most prominent example. But the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada also commonly used the term.

Go to the Society's website and do a search for "unborn". You will get 18 results, notably this article on gender detection and sex selection.

Using mail-in kits available online, Canadian women can determine the sex of their unborn child just weeks into pregnancy.

We know that the society is fairly pro-abortion-- as that's how some of its members make a living. It commonly uses the term "unborn child" even in an abortion-related context.

Why even Joyce Arthur's Pro-Choice Action Network has used the term:

The Canadian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has made a public policy statement that forcing pregnant women to receive medical treatment is ethically and medically wrong, and represents a violation of their autonomy. The Supreme Court is currently considering the question of where to draw the line when it comes to forcing a pregnant woman to look out for her unborn child.

The term "unborn child" has never served the pro-life cause either in our legal system or our medical system. No matter how hard the Supreme Court of Canada looked at the term, it couldn't find in it the notion that the unborn child is a person. That is a fact. "Unborn child" is a legally correct synonym for "fetus".

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