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Bill that would outlaw sex-selective abortion in Canada receives second reading

A Private Members Bill proposed in the Canadian Parliament that would outlaw sex-selective abortion, has received its second reading. An e-petition signed by over 10,000 Canadians in support of the Bill has also been tabled in the Canadian House of Commons.

Bill C-233, which has been brought forward by Conservative Member of Parliament Cathay Wagantall, would make it a criminal offence to perform an abortion in the knowledge that it is sought on the grounds of the child’s biological sex. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has stated he will not support the bill put forward by his fellow party member. 

A “haven” for sex-selective abortion

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated: “While the leader of the Opposition is allowing an anti-abortion bill to be introduced, our government has, and always will, defend women’s reproductive choice in Canada”.

A 2012 report from the Canadian Medical Association Journal called Canada a “haven” for sex-selective abortion.

It found that: “Easy access to abortion and advances in prenatal sex determination have combined to make Canada a haven for parents who would terminate female fetuses in favour of having sons, despite overwhelming censure of the practice, economists and bioethics experts say”.

Standing against gender inequality

Tabitha Ewert, the legal counsel for the grassroots campaign We Need a Law wrote: “While we may differ on our stance toward abortion, we should still be able to stand side-by-side against sex-selective abortion, as we all have an interest in standing against gender inequality”.

Regarding her bill, Wagantall said: “The truth of the matter is if we’re really concerned about equality between men and women, and human rights – which [in] Canada we say this is a very high priority for us – then we can’t say that we value at this point but not the other”.

In an opinion piece published ahead of April’s debate, she wrote: “Sex-selective abortion is wrong, but it happens in Canada because we have no law against it. We are the only democratic country in the world to lack a sex-selection law. In fact, our only bedfellow in this regard is North Korea. That is why I introduced Bill C-233 in February of last year”.

A similarly-worded Bill was proposed to the Canadian Parliament in 2012 by the late Mark Warawa MP but was rejected

Right To Life UK Spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “The progress of Bill C-233 is welcome news. It is shocking that in such a self-professed progressive nation as Canada, abortion on the basis of sex is legally permitted. It is equally disappointing that both PM Trudeau and the Leader of the Opposition have outright refused to support the Bill because of their pro-abortion views”.
“Their views are way out of line with where the Canadian public are with this issue, with  polling showing that 84 per cent of the general public oppose abortions due to an unborn child’s sex”.

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Dear reader,

Thanks to the support of people like you, on Monday 5 July, a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Police , Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this major defeat is not the end for our opposition.

The abortion lobby has already been successful at using the Coronavirus crisis to temporarily introduce ‘DIY’ home abortions.

The policy has not only accompanied a large increase in the number of lives ended by abortion but has also been linked to a number of serious incidents where women’s lives have been put at risk while performing their abortion at home.

Our opposition is now eager to see more widespread changes to legislation enacted and we are currently facing major threats on three fronts:

  1. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  2. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  3. The assisted suicide lobby has brought foward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. We can’t sit on the sidelines and watch these extreme anti-life changes become a reality.

As you can see, while we have won our most recent battle, we continue to be facing a very large challenge on life issues in the UK over the next couple of months – and we will be facing this across multiple fronts.

We are, therefore, appealing to you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will go towards saving the lives of the unborn and many others.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

Will you make a special gift right now to help protect vulnerable lives from these threats?

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