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The EFC Endorses Coerced Abortion Bill C-510, "Roxanne’s Law"

04/15/10

OTTAWA – The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) fully supports Bill C-510 ("Roxanne’s Law") which, if passed, will ensure that pregnant women who choose to carry their child to term will have that decision respected and protected.

“This is a bill that, while not addressing the legality of abortion in any way, will make it a criminal offence to coerce a woman into an unwanted abortion,” says Faye Sonier, Legal Counsel with the EFC. “Women are particularly vulnerable during pregnancy and this bill, along with other societal support programs and resources, communicates to women that we as a society care for them and their unborn children.”

Bill C-510, An Act to Prevent the Coercion of Pregnant Women to Abort, was introduced yesterday by MP Rod Bruinooge (Winnipeg South) in the House of Commons.

“No woman should be threatened, intimidated or pressured into aborting a child against her will. Not in a nation such as ours that values life and human rights,” states Sonier. “This is a well written bill which is clear, precise and defined in scope. It is consistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ guarantee that each person has a right to life, liberty and the security of person. Each woman has a right to choose a safe and secure pregnancy.”

"Contrary to statements made yesterday by a representative of the pro-choice lobby, this bill cannot be used to prosecute abortion providers,” clarifies Don Hutchinson, the EFC’s General Legal Counsel. “The only exception is where an abortion provider coerced or attempted to coerce a woman into having an abortion against her will. One would think all Canadians can agree that type of violence against women should be criminalized.”

Roxanne Fernando, the woman after which this bill is named, faced such coercion in 2007 while she was pregnant. Refusing to have an abortion, she was beaten by the child’s father and left to die in a snow bank.

For more discussion on this issue, please visit the EFC’s law and public policy blog, www.theefc.ca/activatecfpl.

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