Ken Epps’ oh-so-preciously named “Unborn Victims of Crime Act” aka Bill C-484 is slated for vote in the House of Commons on February 29th – this coming Friday. And as already said, this girl is not gonna stand for it. In the words of Mal Reynolds, I aim to misbehave.
Because despite his warm, fuzzy, paternalistic “I just want to protect pregnant women” comments, Mr. Epps’ bill is nothing but a back door attempt to recriminalize abortion by granting personhood to a fetus.
3. The Act is amended by adding the following after section 238:
238.1 (1) Every person who, directly or indirectly, causes the death of a child during birth or at any stage of development before birth while committing or attempting to commit an offence against the mother of the child, who the person knows or ought to know is pregnant,
(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of 10 years if the person
(i) means to cause the child’s death, or
(ii) means to cause injury to the child or mother that the person knows is likely to cause the child’s death, and is reckless as to whether death ensues or not;
The fact that a fetus is not considered a child under Canadian law until it exits the mother’s birth canal seems to be completely irrelevant to Mr. Epps as shown in Sub-Section (5):
(5) It is not a defence to a charge under this section that the child is not a human being.
After reading his entire piece of anti-choice legislation, I have one simple question for Mr. Epps: Why?
Why is it that a murdered woman only gets local news coverage but a murdered pregnant woman gets the national and cable news channels humping the story? Why is her death somehow more horrifying only because of the fetus she carries? Why is her life only worth so much outrage to people like him but the so-called “murder” of her fetus is worth exponentially more? Who decides these weights and measures and where and when to apply them?
When, exactly, did a woman become only the contents of her womb? She is a fully formed life, a person who is known and loved by those around her. When this woman dies violently, long before her time, she’s missed for who she was and who she could be ... not for the fetus she carries. Why isn’t that important enough? Why aren’t women important enough? Answer me that, you anti-choice misogynist.
I dare you.
And furthermore. A perfect pictorial representation of how the average Conservative views women.
Hat tip to XKCD.