Bill C510 was introduced on April 15 by anti-choice Conservative MP Rod Bruinooge (Winnipeg South), who chairs the secretive Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus. It seeks to amend the Criminal Code to prohibit coerced abortions. It's a patronizing, pathetic ruse, and another anti-choice end run around the facts.
Look at the link to a press release from Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada on the issue, which suggests, somewhat tongue in cheek, that what we really need is a law banning forced childbirth. I think we should take the tongues out of our cheeks though, because women are coerced every day into pregnancy and childbirth, by everyone from well meaning mothers who are anxious to be grandmas to governments offering baby bonus cheques. There is a lot of pressure to have babies. What is more enigmatic than the childless woman in our culture?
But seriously, the list of all the problems with the bill in this press release is a good one and can form the basis of any letter you may wish to send to your MP, the Prime Minister and the leaders of the opposition parties. That's what cut and paste is for. Save time, and support women's right to choose. And remember, after having used the resources of ARCC for your advocacy that membership is only $20 annually.
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