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441-00012 (Justice)

Paper petition

Original language of petition: English


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 Parliamentary Secretary Gary Anandasangaree

The Government supports women’s right to choose. Women – and women alone – have the right to make decisions about their own bodies. 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). This Government is committed to upholding all the rights enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including section 7.

We are focused on building a fairer, more equitable, and more equal Canada. All women in Canada have the right to safe and consistent access to reproductive health services and our government will always support that. The debate over a woman’s right to choose is over. 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
Arnold Viersen (Peace River—Westlock)
November 26, 2021 (Petition No. 441-00012)
Government response tabled
January 31, 2022
Photo - Arnold Viersen
Peace River—Westlock
Conservative Caucus

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