Every time I see another piece of brain-damaged legislation coming from the ranks of the Godly troglodytes, I always like to examine it for the inevitable, inherent absurdities. And, not surprisingly, Bill C-484 has at least one.
Let's refresh our memory:
This enactment amends the Criminal Code by making it an offence to injure, cause the death of or attempt to cause the death of a child before or during its birth while committing or attempting to commit an offence against the mother.
OK, let's look at this a bit more closely, shall we? Clearly, if C-484 were passed, it would now be an "offense" to injure or kill, or attempt thereof, a fetus. So far, so good. But read more closely -- it would be an offense only if it occurred in the commission of an offense (or, again, an attempt) against the mother. That strikes me as a rather large loophole.
Imagine if I had a way (say, an ingestable drug) that was 100 per cent reliable in terminating a pregnancy, while inflicting no harm whatsoever on the mother. I slip that drug to the pregnant mom, which produces an almost immediate miscarriage and one very dead fetus.
Pop quiz: Did I just break the law?
From my reading of C-484, I would hazard that the answer would be "No." And why not? Because if my actions caused the death of the fetus and absolutely no other results, then what "offense" can I possibly have committed against the mother? As long as she's perfectly healthy in every other way, I'm guessing that, as far as C-484 is concerned, I'm in the clear.
But wait, you say. I just killed a fetus that that mother very much wanted to keep. Isn't that the offense against the mother? I don't see how, since Bill C-484 clearly explains that the injury or death of a fetus is a crime only in the context of the commission of another offense against the mother, so it would make no sense to allow that offense to be the injury or the death of the fetus. As you can see, that would be weirdly circular reasoning: "You're under arrest for committing A, which is technically only a crime in the context of another offense, which, for the sake of argument, we're going to allow to be, uh, A. In short, you're under arrest for committing A while you were simultaneously committing A."
I believe the undeniable absurdity of the above is self-evident. So what's left? Well, what's left is to ask whether, in my hypothetical scenario, I could be charged for any crime. And if I could, then it should be clear that Bill C-484 is entirely superfluous. If there's already a way to charge me for the deliberate injury or death of a fetus under the Criminal Code of Canada, then Bill C-484 has no value whatsoever. And, even better, if such a way exists, it might even allow me to be charged even if there's no injury to the mother at all, which is something Bill C-484 is utterly unable to do.
In a nutshell, Bill C-484 is worthless in terms of protecting either women or fetuses. What it is useful for, though, is propaganda. Which is, of course, exactly what it is.
But you knew that already, right?