Monday, May 7, 2012

Federal politicos debating 400-year old "person" law

Tory private member's bill calls for Criminal Code review
Conservative M.P. Stephen Woodworth put his bill forth on April 26.
Stephen Woodworth's motion to change a 400-year old definition of when a human being becomes a person has Tories, Liberals and the NDP in heated debate. His bill, concerning sub-section 223 (1) of the Criminal Code, faces a up-hill battle; the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has said he will not support the motion. Nathan Rumohr has more:
Woodworth said Canada's 400-year-old definition is out of date and unethical. He compared it to an early 20th century Supreme Court decree that ruled women were not 'persons' under Canadian law.
 Female MP's from the opposition parties accused Woodworth's motion of being a Tory attack on women's rights. Liberal MP Hedy Fry said the motion would make women's rights comparable to the characters in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. 
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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