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e-2145 (Abortion)

Initiated by Sabrina Chapiel from Carrot Creek, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the rule of law;
  • There has been no federal law governing abortion since R. v Morgentaler in 1988 when the Supreme Court struck down the criminal code prohibition of abortion;
  • Approximately 100,000 abortions are conducted in Canada each year;
  • One fifth (~20%) of Canadian pregnancies (excluding miscarriage) end in abortion;
  • Abortions have negative effects on the physical, reproductive and mental health of women, as evidenced by post abortion grief support networks and women who suffer from and seek treatment for PASS (Post Abortion Stress Syndrome);
  • Abortion is legal until birth. No restrictions exist to prevent late-term abortions;
  • The rights of the women to choose must be gently balanced with the rights of the preborn and other stake holders such as the reproductive partner (father), or parents of young pregnant girls;
  • Laws will prevent the use of abortion to discriminate against race, sex or other characteristics deemed to be undesirable; and
  • Section 7 of the Charter guarantees the right to life of the person, arguably including preborn children with a heartbeat and body systems independent from the mother.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to initiate a respectful debate in the House of Commons with the intent to form an all-party committee that will draft a bill governing the conduct of abortion in Canada, and that consideration of this bill will be by a free vote in the House.
Open for signature
May 13, 2019, at 2:02 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 12, 2019, at 2:02 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Jim Eglinski (Yellowhead)
June 18, 2019 (Petition No. 421-04547)
Photo - Jim Eglinski
Conservative Caucus