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432-00066 (Justice)

Paper petition

Original language of petition: English

PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

WE THE UNDERSIGNED RESIDENTS OF CANADA, draw the attention of the House of Commons to the following:

WHEREAS, Parliament's most basic duty is to protect innocent human life and scientific evidence puts it beyond doubt that each new human life has an identifiable biological beginning.

AND WHEREAS the abortion law of 1969 withdrew legal protection from children before birth that they had previously enjoyed.

AND WHEREAS since that time there has been no law at all protecting the lives of children before birth in Canada.

THEREFORE, we the undersigned, call upon the House of Commons to enact legislation granting full legal protection to the child not yet born from the beginning of his/her biological development as a human being - the same protection granted to any other human being. We also urge the House of Commons to show leadership in fostering a life sustaining society.

Response by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): The Honourable David Lametti

All women in Canada have the right to safe and consistent access to reproductive health services and the government will always support that.

In its 1988 Morgentaler decision, which struck down section 287 of the Criminal Code, the Supreme Court of Canada held that forcing a woman, by threat of criminal sanction, to carry a fetus to term was a profound interference with her right to life, liberty and security of the person (section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms). Former Bill C-75 repealed section 287 when it received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019.

We hope that all political parties will stand up for the rights of women and girls here at home and around the world, including their reproductive rights.

Presented to the House of Commons
Ted Falk (Provencher)
October 5, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00066)
Government response tabled
November 18, 2020
Photo - Ted Falk
Provencher
Conservative Caucus
Manitoba

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