MPs Call on RCMP to Investigate 491 Documented Cases of Children Born Alive and Left to Die



January 31, 2013

The following letter was sent from Members of Parliament Leon Benoit, Wladyslaw Lizon, and Maurice Vellacott to the RCMP Commissioner on January 23, 2013:

Dear Commissioner Paulson,

Recent public reports have revealed the possibility of numerous breaches of the Criminal Code – to be specific, homicides – in Canada which need to be investigated.

These killings appear to have started out as attempted abortions, but the babies were born alive. At the blog, Run With Life, you will learn: “From 2000 to 2009 in Canada, there were 491 abortions, of 20 weeks gestation and greater, that resulted in live births. This means that the aborted child died after it was born.

These abortions are coded as P96.4 or ‘Termination of pregnancy, affecting fetus and newborn'” (


The data used to discover the existence of these possible murders is from Statistics Canada, CANSIM Table 102-0536, “Deaths by Cause, Chapter XVI, Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period” (

According to the Criminal Code, a child is considered to be a human being and a person after proceeding fully from the mother’s womb, therefore, based on Section 223(2) of the Criminal Code, there should be 491 homicide investigations or prosecutions in connection with these deaths.

As you would know, Section 223(2) of the Criminal Code reads, “A person commits homicide when he causes injury to a child before or during its birth as a result of which the child dies after becoming a human being.” That is to say, anyone who interferes with a pregnancy such that the child dies after it is born alive due to that interference is guilty of homicide.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has also reported 119 live birth abortions for the year 2010/2011 (, which is an extremely troubling increase from previous years.

This increase indicates that the killing of Canadian children may continue to grow if these apparent crimes are not investigated, and the perpetrators prosecuted.

These incidents appear to be homicides. Therefore a thorough police investigation is required, and I am formally requesting you to pursue that. I can make several experts on this matter available to you in the course of your investigation, should you so desire.

These incidents that need investigating took place across Canada, making this a national investigation. Furthermore, in many of Canada’s province’s, the RCMP is the provincial police force. It, therefore, is the best police force in Canada to exercise the leadership necessary to investigate these serious charges.

I look forward to your expeditious confirmation that you have commenced an investigation.

Yours sincerely,

Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament, Saskatoon-Wanuskwein

Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament, Vegreville-Wainwright

Wladyslaw Lizon, Member of Parliament, Mississauga East-Cooksville

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