Friday, April 25, 2008

Bill C-537: Life begins in the petri dish

Bill C-537 may be even more of a sneak attack on choice than the odious Bill C-484. And no, I am not being alarmist.

This so-called "conscience" bill that would allow health care personnel to opt out of medical procedures they consider "against their faith" is bad enough -- but it also contains a amendment that would redefine the legal definition of "human life". From the bill (emphasis mine):
This enactment protects the right of health care practitioners and other persons to refuse, without fear of reprisal or other discriminatory coercion, to participate in medical procedures that offend a tenet of their religion, or their belief that human life is inviolable.
"'human life' means the human organism at any stage of development, beginning at fertilization or creation."

Go read Alison and be amazed and outraged at the implications of this foul piece of prospective legislation. Then, well, you know the drill.