Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Babies are people too

Last week was International Women's Week, remembering a time when women were not recognized as "persons" under the law. In the Persons Case of 1929, the Privy Council asked the question: "The exclusion of women from all public office is a relic of days more barbarous than ours, and to those who ask why the word person should not include females, the obvious answer is, why should it not?"

"Alliance for Life Ontario is asking the same question today with regard to the girl and boy child before birth," says Jakki Jeffs, executive director of Alliance for Life Ontario.

A special website set up by the group encourages visitors to sign a petition asking the government to extend full legal protection to every Canadian from their biological beginnings. The signed petitions will be presented in Parliament on Person's Day, October 18, 2010.

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