More battles to fight!
A private member’s bill called The “Unborn Victims of Crime Act” (C-484), introduced by Edmonton Conservative MP Ken Epp last fall, would amend the Criminal Code to allow separate homicide charges to be laid in the death of a fetus when a pregnant woman is attacked. (The text of the bill is here.)
If passed, this bill would be an unconstitutional infringement on women’s rights, and would likely result in harms against pregnant women. It is a key step towards re-criminalizing abortion, but it could also criminalize pregnant women for behaviours perceived to harm their fetuses.
Here is an excellent point-by-point summary of what’s wrong with this bill.
Here’s a petition you can sign to register your protest.