Update> This bill has passed its first vote in Parliament and is now before the Justice Committee for further analysis.
Press Release - Nov 21, 2007 - Ottawa – Ken Epp, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, introduced in the House of Commons today a Private Members Bill that would allow criminal charges to be laid in the death or injury of an unborn child when the child’s mother is the victim of a crime.
“This is all about protecting the choice of a woman to give birth to her child,” said Mr. Epp. “It is about condemning the actions of those who would take it upon themselves to criminally assault a pregnant woman and the child she wants and loves, destroying that child against her will.”
Known as the Unborn Victims of Crime Act, Bill C-484 is a response to repeated calls from the families of murdered pregnant women—and from the public at large— to recognize unborn children as crime victims when they are injured or killed during the commission of an offence against their mothers.
“Having heard the heart-rending stories of the families of the victims, I am absolutely convinced that this is an issue which cannot be swept aside,” Mr. Epp said. “How do you tell these grieving families that the child they loved and lost never even existed in the eyes of the law? My Unborn Victims of Crime bill addresses this grave injustice, and I encourage all my Colleagues from all parties to support this bill when it comes up for a vote in the House.” -30-
For More Information, contact
Ken Epp, (613) 995-3611 or (780) 467-4944
Or visit www.kenepp.com
Important Facts about
Unborn Victims of Crime legislation
(November 21, 2007)
[Included with press release]
Canadian law and the courts
...in extreme cases, i.e., those done against the mother’s will, foetal harm and destruction…cause harm to other people and they so seriously contravene fundamental values, i.e. respect for life and bodily security, as to be harmful to society. Thus a prima facie argument exists for criminalizing foetal harm and destruction committed without the consent of the mother. 
Violence against pregnant women
 Environics poll commissioned by LifeCanada, October 2007, www.lifecanada.org/html/resources/polling/2007PollReport.pdf
 See: [R. v. Morgentaler] 1988; [Chantale Daigle v. Jean-Guy Tremblay] 1989; [Winnipeg Child and Family Services v. DFG] 1997
 “Crimes Against the Foetus,” Working Paper 58, The Law Reform Commission of Canada, 1989, p. 36.
 Assisted Human Reproduction Act, Section 10(3).
 “Physical Abuse During Pregnancy,” Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System, February 2004) See http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/rhs-ssg/factshts/abuseprg_e.html
 “Enhanced Surveillance for Pregnancy-Associated Mortality—Maryland, 1993-1998,” Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 285 No. 11, March 21, 2001.
 Physical Abuse in Pregnancy, ” D.E. Stewart and A. Cecutti , Canadian Medical Association Journal, Vol. 149, Issue 9, 1993.)
 “Physical Abuse During Pregnancy,” Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System, February 2004.
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