Thursday, May 25, 2006

Fetal Homicide Bill Proposed

This is worth applauding and defending. Conservative MP Leon Benoit has put forward a bill to make killing an unborn child a separate offence when pregnant women have been attacked. Mr Benoit rightly points out that pregnant women are at more risk of violence than most women.

Despite this fact, feminist groups oppose this legislation for fears that it could reopen the abortion debate. (Funny, I thought feminists were interested in helping women.) Maybe they should forgo their slipery slope argument and deal with the issue at hand; killing a pregnant woman and her child is a heinous crime that even "pro-choice" people must agree deserves to be punished severely. This is consistent with the Conservatives' tough on crime stance that Canadians chose in the last election.

There's not much more to say, I've already contacted my MP to encourage him to support this bill.

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