Friday, February 8, 2013

MPs call for investigation of infant deaths

Babies born alive deserve full protection of Criminal Code
Saskatoon-Wanuskewin MP Maurice Vellacott is one of three MPs who
wrote a letter demanding protection for infants who survive abortions.
Three MPs are demanding that the RCMP investigate possible homicides involving babies born after failed abortions. Deborah Gyapong reports from Ottawa:

Initial news reports claimed erroneously the MPs were seeking investigations into all abortions after 19 weeks gestation. One of the signatories, MP Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon—Wanuskwein) said in an interview the letter has nothing to do with abortion, which he acknowledged is legal for the full nine months of pregnancy.

Instead, the MPs want the RCMP to investigate the deaths of infants who lived and breathed outside the mother for a period of time said Vellacott. Under Section 223.2 of the Criminal Code it is a crime to “cause injury to a child before or during birth as a result of which the child dies after being born alive,” he said. “This is the law of Canada, the Criminal Code, not some law I wrote up.”

After babies are “out of the womb, living and breathing, at that point they have the full protection of the Criminal Code,” Vellacott stressed. “Do we not have common ground? Do we not agree a child has the full protection of the Criminal Code when they are born alive?”

Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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