A private member’s bill in Ottawa would make it a serious offense (a minimum prison term of 10 years) for harming or causing the death of a fetus when committing an offense against the pregnant mother. The bill is called the “Unborn Victims of Crime Act” and it has now passed second reading.
Many groups opposed to the bill are concerned that it will put the whole issue of abortion back on the front burner in Canada. Gaetan Barrette, the president of the Quebec Federation of Medical Specialists says it is “clearly a manoeuvre to go in the direction of recriminalizing abortion.”
On the other hand, Luc Gagnon, president of Campagne Quebec-Vie says the bill is “a judicial and political question and I don’t see how medical specialists should get involved in this matter.”
Do you think the Criminal Code should try to protect a fetus when the pregnant mother is being physically harmed or murdered?