Some good news on abortion. We have had numerous Members of Parliament presenting abortion related petitions in the House of Commons.
The first petition states:
"Whereas Canada is the only nation in the Western world and in the company of China and North Korea without any laws restricting abortion;
And whereas Canada's Supreme Court has said it is Parliament's responsibility to enact abortion legislation;
Therefore, we call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to speedily enact legislation that restricts abortion to the greatest extent possible."
Every time I read or write about the fact that the Supreme Court told Canadians that Parliament was the place to enact protection for the unborn--and the fact they never have--I feel a sense of utter disbelief. But it's true. After all these years, Parliament still has done nothing about abortion legislation. What are they waiting for?
The second petition calls on Parliament to examine the Criminal Code's definition of a human being (based on Stephen Woodworth's motion):
"Whereas Canada’s 400 year old definition of a human being says a child does not become a human being until the moment of complete birth, contrary to twenty-first century medical evidence;
And whereas Parliament has a solemn duty to reject any law that says some human beings are not human;
Therefore, we call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to confirm that every human being is recognized by Canadian law as human by amending Section 223 of our Criminal Code in such a way as to reflect twenty-first century medical evidence."
Here are the names and dates of the MPs who have already brought forward some of these petitions. Good for them:
James Rajotte - March 2nd
David Sweet – March 2nd
Mark Warawa - March 1
Ed Komarnicki - March 1
David Tilson – Feb 29
Michael Chong - Feb 29
Bev Shipley – Feb 15
Dave VanKesteren – Feb 15
Dean Allison – Feb 13
Chris Charlton – Feb 13
But we need more.
Print off the petitions, have them signed, and bring to your MP to be read in the House. (Check out ARPA's petition links above for information on the best way to do this).
This is a great start. But we need a lot more of these calls from ordinary Canadians, to tell Mr. Harper what they want for Canada and for the unborn. Maybe we can even get Mr. Harper to finally listen to us.