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e-3161 (Justice)

Initiated by Sukhwinder Dhillon from Brampton, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • Sex-selective abortion is legal, as Canada has no legal restrictions on abortion;
  • Sex-selective abortion is antithetical to our commitment to equality between men and women;
  • A 2019 DART & Maru/Blue poll, conducted for the National Post, showed that 84% of Canadians believe it should be illegal to have an abortion if the family does not want the child to be a certain sex;
  • International organizations including the World Health Organization, United Nations Women, and United Nations Children’s Fund have identified unequal sex ratios at birth as a growing problem internationally; and
  • Canada’s health care profession recognizes sex selection as a problem.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to pass a Criminal Code prohibition of sex-selective abortion.

Response by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): The Honourable David Lametti

The Government of Canada condemns all practices that are motivated by discriminatory views of women and girls, including sex selective practices.

In Canada, the administration and funding of health care services is a provincial responsibility that falls under the purview of the provincial governments. As is the case for other medical procedures, the delivery of abortion services is determined by the policies of the provincial governments and the standards set by the medical profession itself.

Open for signature
February 9, 2021, at 9:12 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 10, 2021, at 9:12 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Cathay Wagantall (Yorkton—Melville)
April 16, 2021 (Petition No. 432-00827)
Government response tabled
May 31, 2021
Photo - Cathay Wagantall
Conservative Caucus