Thursday, April 03, 2008

Bill C-484 Challenge

This might be my lastest ever pain-in-the-arse post on Bill C-484, the bill that's supposedly about protecting pregnant women but does nothing to protect, about stopping violence against pregnant women but does nothing to deter the violence, and has nothing to do with abortion despite having the feverish support of every anti-choicer in Canada (who refer to it as "Kicking Abortion's Ass" for some reason, but never mind that).

There's an easy way to prove beyond any shadow of doubt that this thing really is about protecting pregnant women: find a reputable, legitimate "anti-violence against women" group that endorses it.

Fern Hill lays it out in a shout-out to C-484 supporters:
"You supporters of Bill C-484, ‘An Act to Amend to Amend the Criminal Code (injuring or causing the death of an unborn child while committing an offense)’, insist that the bill has nothing to do with women’s rights (i.e. zip zero nada nuttin’ to do with abortion). You keep carping repeating that it is all about PROTECTING pregnant women.

OK. So. Here’s the challenge. Find one reputatable, established organization working against violence against women that publicly endorses this bill and we’ll shut up."

If C-484 is the holy grail of legal protection for pregnant women that its supporters claim it is ("Protect a woman's choice to give birth!" goes their refrain), then anti-violence groups should be falling all over each other to support it. If they're not... why not?

Is it is or is it ain't?