Tough Call

Last Updated on: 25th November 2013, 11:25 am

I just read a story about a bill that was recently introduced in Parliament that would make it a separate crime to do harm to an unborn child in cases where a pregnant woman is either assaulted or murdered.

The idea obviously has its critics among pro-choice advocates who see it as something that, if passed, could have a lot of implications on the abortion rights debate in Canada. But Leon Benoit, the Alberta Conservative responsible for the proposed legislation, says that it’s not intended as an abortion bill and that it would only apply in cases where a woman who has chosen to keep her baby is harmed.

That’s all fine and good, but I’m still curious about something. What happens if a woman is murdered on her way to an abortion clinic? Can they still tack a few more years on to the end of somebody’s prison sentence for taking the life of a baby that was about to have its life taken legally anyway?

Just a little something to think about.

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