Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of February 25, 2008
Families join fight for The Unborn Victims of Crime Bill
A grandmother, brother-in-law give voice to murdered unborn babies
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
“Studies show that women’s greatest vulnerability to being attacked is while pregnant.”
- Ken Epp
If it passes, the bill would go to committee.
Over the past three years, about ten families have faced similar Epp said. Under Canadian law there is “absolutely no recognition of the life of the unborn child which had been taken.”
The bill is narrowly focused to protect the life of an unborn baby when the mother has chosen to bring the child to term. He stressed the bill would have no impact on legal abortion, only on criminal acts.
At the news conference, a journalist asked him if the bill was a back door to recriminalization of abortion.
“I am very, very distressed about the issue of abortion,” he said.
“It keeps coming up when we are talking about a person who has chosen not to have an abortion.”
“Studies show that women’s greatest vulnerability to being attacked is while pregnant,” he said, citing a study done in Maryland to investigate the leading causes of death of pregnant women.
Though murderers often serve concurrent sentences for multiple victims, Epp pointed out that if a woman survives an attack but her unborn baby dies, the baby’s murderer can only be charged with assault on the mother.
Epp pointed to an Environics survey last fall that showed overwhelming support for such a bill.
Among women support was as high as 75 per cent, he said. He hopes the bill will receive widespread support in Canada because it is “constitutional, rational and compassionate.”
Cocelli promised if Bill C-484 does not pass, he and his family and friends would walk from Toronto to Ottawa in protest.
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