Friday, February 22, 2008

C-484: What is it good for?

Absolutely nothin'!

Next Friday, the so-called "Unborn Victims of Crime" bill comes up for debate. If passed, this bill would set the dangerous precedent of allowing law to venture into the uterus; it's perhaps even more dangerous than a simple abortion law because it would establish a fetus as having rights apart from those of the mother. It doesn't take much imagination to figure out where this goes.

Bill C-484 supporters claim an "Unborn Victims" law would offer "protection" to fetuses, and for those who don't bother to pursue this train of thought to its logical conclusion, that would seem to be a good thing. Yeah, sure, protect the babies, who wouldn't be down with that? Except that there's no statistical evidence that this kind of legislation is a deterrent, and thus far, no-one I've asked (and I keep asking) has been able to tell me how such a law would afford any protection. So what is it good for? Absolutely nothing?

Not quite. But C-484's supporters don't want to go there, at least not yet.

Scott Tribe has an excellent post up that goes into more detail about this. Meanwhile, here's a link where you can send Stephane Dion an email asking that he whip the Liberals to vote against this travesty. Because when it comes to womens' reproductive rights, we won't give an inch -- absolutely nothin'.

(Edit: debate is Friday Feb.29, not Monday)