From Jeff Durham: Montreal stabbing of mom and baby highlights dangerous gap in Canadian law:
"...Most places in the world have some sort of “fetal homicide law” to fill in this gap. They recognize the danger it poses to women and the importance of legislation to account for such crimes.
Laws can be carefully written to consider abortion rights, and designed to only be implemented when such “non-consensual abortions” occur.
But the advocacy group Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada have fought against any such proposal, arguing they are all attempts to weaken women’s right to an abortion.
When asked by a reporter from the CBC, Joyce Arthur, president of the organization, said she has no problem with how the Criminal Code is applied to those who are charged in the killing of a baby if an attack on a pregnant woman leads to the baby’s death after it has emerged from the womb.
“I think the law is fair in that sense,” she said.
There was no comment in regard to the “sense” that isn’t fair.
Isn’t it up to the Feds, not the ARCC?
Political liability is something every elected official has to consider. When a pregnant woman is murdered the national news outlets look to Joyce Arthur and the ARCC for the final word. It is not hard to see her influence. Canadian politicians are acutely aware of it.
Any effort to address this legal gap is easily spun in the media into, as she puts it, “a backdoor attempt to smuggle in fetal personhood and make it a building block towards recriminalization of abortion.”
Because of this, certain political groups have become inclined to avoid the subject all together, and in turn, this bizarre circumstance of law that rewards greater brutality in assaulting pregnant women is allowed to continue to be a uniquely Canadian reality..."What a sorry bunch of cowardly politicians we have here in Canada. They can't think for themselves when it comes to the human fetus. And if they can think for themselves, they hide it pretty well. As soon as Joyce Arthur speaks out against anything to do with the rights of pre-born children--even wanted pre-born children--politicians cower like a dog in a thunderstorm. Sorry. I didn't mean to insult dogs.