Hey, remember when MP Stephen Woodworth tried to reopen the abortion debate and the Canadian government voted no?
Apparently three Conservative members of Parliament did not receive that memo.
In a letter dated January 23, 2013, MPs Maurice Vellacott (a pastor and personal care worker from Saskatoon—Wanuskewin), Leon Benoit (a farmer/economist representing Vegreville-Wainwright) and Wladyslaw Lizon (an engineer from Mississauga East—Cooksville) beg the RCMP to investigate some scandalous doings, namely "numerous breaches of the Criminal Code - to be specific, homicides".
The letter states: "These killings appear to have started out as attempted abortions, but the babies were born alive."
Their "proof"? A blog post from October 19, 2012, that claims, "From 2000 to 2009 in Canada, there were 491 abortions, of 20 weeks gestation and greater, that resulted in live births."
The blog's author explains that she came up with this number after looking through Statistics Canada's statistics on deaths during the perinatal period, specifically the section entitled "Termination of pregnancy, affecting fetus and newborn".
(The blog also claims, "This means that the aborted child died after it was born", which doesn't even make logical sense.)
Anyway, all this non-scientific pearl-clutching completely ignores the very valid reasons why a woman would have a late-term abortion.
For those playing at home, here's why a woman would have an abortion after 20 weeks:
- The fetus is likely going to die
- The woman carrying the fetus is likely going to die
- All of the above
Indeed, late-term abortions constitute 0.3 to 0.4 percent of all abortions performed in Canada.
For those imagining babies getting their heads dashed against rocks: the third trimester of a pregnancy typically begins at 24 weeks, so we're talking about late second-term abortions. In Canada, a woman can't even have an elective abortion after 24 weeks anyway, which indicates that one performed at that point would be medically necessary!
But the old, outraged, paternalistic white dudes must have missed the newsflash that explains how doctors do not perform abortions at this stage of a pregnancy for frivolous reasons; generally they do it when the fetus, the mother, or both are going to die otherwise.
So, what these MPs are saying with they're disgusting letter is that they want to subject women—you know, adult humans who have already suffered through the trauma of late-term abortions—and the doctors who perform said abortions to criminal charges.
What's the penalty for homicide in Canada? Oh right: life in prison.
Sadly, there is no penalty against farmers, engineers, and pastors who feel a woman's life is essentially worthless.