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e-4423 (Justice)

Initiated by Jeff Durham from Windsor, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • It is well established that the risk of violence against women increases when they are pregnant;
  • Currently, a woman’s pregnancy is not an aggravating factor for sentencing purposes in the Criminal Code of Canada;
  • Addressing this legal void through sentencing that considers the vulnerable state of the pregnant woman is necessary in denouncing such crimes; and
  • Having appropriate sentences when violent crimes are committed against pregnant women is imperative to protecting their reproductive choice to have a child. The sentence should match the crime.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to legislate the abuse of a pregnant woman and the infliction of harm on her child as an aggravating circumstance for sentencing purposes within the Criminal Code.
Open for signature
May 3, 2023, at 9:43 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 31, 2023, at 9:43 a.m. (EDT)
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Conservative Caucus
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