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Canadian Bill Ends “Fetal Rights” Debate

The Conservative government currently in power in Canada announced plans to introduce legislation that would make it a separate crime to kill or injure a fetus when committing violence against a pregnant woman. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson also stated, rather emphatically, that the law would be worded in such a way that “leaves no room for the introduction of fetal rights.”

The announcement comes after a flurry of activity in the Canadian House of Commons surrounding Bill C-484, a private member’s bill sponsored by MP Ken Epp (also of the Conservative Party), which, as it is currently written, would instill fetal rights and possibly infringe upon a woman’s access to abortion.

Abortion is legal in Canada, and has been since 1969.

Source: Conservative bill closes door on fetal rights via

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