Saturday, May 31, 2008

MP Ken Epp's Private Members' Bill

Today I finally managed to listen to the Alberta Pro Life Conference's banquet speaker's address: Ken Epp spoke about his bill before Parliament. It has already passed second reading. More info at:

(By the way, all the speeches at the conference were taped and a complete set of CD's is available. My own personal copy can be borrowed, as well.)

Ken Epp's bill C484, the "Unborn Victims of Crime Act" is carefully worded. When an unborn child is willfully injured or killed by a person other than the mother, there should be the possibility of charging the perpetrator of a killing with a crime. At present, this is not possible.

The bill specifically excludes abortion. A mother or aborted woman cannot be charged with a crime for choosing to have an abortion. Women cannot be taken to court because of this bill.

There have been a number of well-publicized gruesome murders of pregnant women involving shots to the abdomen, knifing and even sword thrusting. Yet, the loss of the baby cannot be acknowledged by pursuing a criminal charge. This is a grave injustice and no one beside the killer loses by the passing of this bill.

We should do what we can to help get this bill passed.

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