PSA: Fight Back Against Anti-Choice Op-Eds and Articles

by matttbastard

from the ARCC-CDAC

Hi everyone, There’s been a steady stream of anti-choice op-eds and articles published in the media lately, regarding Bill C-484, which passed Second Reading in Parliament on March 5. This bill would create a separate offence for killing a fetus when a pregnant woman is attacked. It endangers abortion rights by creating fetal personhood, and would also interfere with the autonomy of all pregnant woman.

We’d like your help in countering the anti-choice misinformation around this bill. We’d also like to show support to the writers opposing the bill.

Could you please take a moment to write a letter or letters to the editor? Below are links to recently published pieces as well as how to send your letters. If you need the full text of an article, let us know (some papers require that you purchase online articles.)

Letters should be brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression – pithy.
Providing your unique or provocative perspective will increase the chance of publication.

The receipt and publication of many, many letters would certainly send a clear message of opposition to this bill to both the media and the public. Please also cc your letter to your MP.

For further information on the bill, visit our website at

From the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada


Today’s bullies – yesterday’s feminists
Barbara Kay, National Post Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 … ?id=368477
Letter to the editor: … the+Editor

Layton keeping eye on Stoffer regarding unborn-child bill Stephen Maher, The Chronicle Herald, Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Letter to the editor:

Anti-abortion billboard branded ‘misleading, false’
Joe Matyas, London Free Press, Sun Media, Published: Tuesday, March 11 … 1-sun.html
Letter to the editor: … &s=letters

Epp elated to see bill head to committee Park MP vows to continue fight to make bill law in spite of NDP axe during second phase Michael Simpson, Sherwood Park / Strathcona County News, March 11, 2008
Letter to the editor:

Canadian women need a fetal homicide law
Suzanne Fortin, National Post Published: Monday, March 10, 2008 … ?id=364293
Letter to the editor: … the+Editor

A killer of two; Fetus deserves legal status when mother is murdered Posted By Hoy, Claire … x?e=939059
Letter to the editor: … orialemail

IWD 2008: so many butts to kick, so little time Rabble staff, Rabble, Published: March 8, 2008 … 328&rXn=1&
Join the online discussion at: … 4&t=001355

Bill to protect ‘the unborn’ is the wrong approach Antonia Zerbisias, The Toronto Star, Published Friday, March 7, 2008
Letter to the editor:

Unborn-rights bill passes new stage
Mia Rabson, Winnipeg Free Press, Published Friday, March 7, 2008 (also printed in Victoria Times Colonist) … 0088c.html
Letter to the editor: … index.html

Pro-choice radicals oppose ‘unborn victims’ crime bill Parliamentary vote stirs up abortion debate Mark Hasiuk, Vancouver Courier Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2008 … =15586&p=1
Letter to the editor:

Good reasons for all sides to support this unborn bill Lorna Duek, Globe and Mail, Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2008 … login=true
It appears you need to be a ‘Globe Insider’ to write online letters to the editor at the Globe and Mail. But, if any of you are…

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PSA: OPPOSE Bill C-484 – REJETEZ Bill C-484

by matttbastard


From the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada:

The “Unborn Victims of Crime Act” (Bill C-484) is coming up for a vote in Parliament on March 5.

The bill poses a real danger to abortion rights, to the rights of all pregnant women, and to women’s equality rights in general.

Please sign the following petition to call upon Parliament to oppose this bill. To review our Talking Points against the bill, visit


La « Loi sur les enfants non encore nés victimes d’actes criminels » (Bill C-484) sera soumise à un vote de la Chambre des communes le 5 mars. Ce projet de loi constitue un danger réel pour les droits de toutes les femmes enceintes et pour les droits des femmes en général.

Veuillez signer la pétition ci-dessous pour réclamer du Parlement qu’il rejette ce projet de loi. Pour en savoir plus, visitez:


WE, THE UNDERSIGNED RESIDENTS OF CANADA, draw the attention of the House to the following:

THAT the proposed “Unborn Victims of Crime Act” conflicts with the Criminal Code, because it grants a type of legal personhood to fetuses, fetuses being non-persons under the law.

THAT giving any legal recognition to fetuses would necessarily compromise women’s established rights.

THAT pregnant women being assaulted or killed is largely a domestic violence issue and “fetal homicide” laws elsewhere have done nothing to reduce domestic violence against pregnant women or their fetuses.

THAT the proposed “Unborn Victims of Crime Act” is a dangerous step towards re-criminalizing abortion and it could also criminalize pregnant women for behaviours perceived to harm their fetuses.

THAT the proposed bill’s exemptions for pregnant women may not work since, in the U.S., arrests of pregnant women have occurred even under state fetal homicide laws that make exemptions for the pregnant woman.

THAT the best way to protect fetuses is to provide pregnant women the supports and resources they need for a good pregnancy outcome, including protection from domestic violence.

THEREFORE your petitioners call upon Members of Parliament to oppose “The Unborn Victims of Crime Act” (Bill C-484).


NOUS, SOUSSIGNÉS, DES RÉSIDENTS ET RÉSIDENTES DU CANADA, désirons porter à l’attention de la Chambre des communes

QUE la proposition de « Loi sur les enfants non encore nés victimes d’actes criminels » entre en conflit avec le Code criminel, du fait d’accorder aux fotus un genre de statut légal de personne, alors que les fœtus ne sont pas des personnes en loi.

QUE le fait d’accorder quelque reconnaissance légale aux fœtus compromettrait nécessairement les droits établis des femmes.

QUE les agressions ou les meurtres de femmes enceintes sont surtout un enjeu de violence conjugale et que les lois sur « l’homicide fœtal » adoptées ailleurs n’ont rien fait pour réduire la violence conjugale exercée contre les femmes enceintes ou leurs fœtus.

QUE la « Loi sur les enfants non encore nés victimes d’actes criminels » proposée est un pas dangereux dans la voie d’une recriminalisation de l’avortement et qu’elle pourrait également criminaliser des femmes enceintes pour des comportements perçus comme portant préjudice à leurs fœtus.

QUE les exclusions relatives aux femmes enceintes prévues au projet de loi pourraient ne pas fonctionner puisque l’on a vu, aux États-Unis, des femmes enceintes être arrêtées, même en vertu de lois étatiques sur l’homicide fœtal qui prévoyaient des exclusions relatives à la femme enceinte.

QUE la meilleure façon de protéger des fœtus est de fournir aux femmes enceintes les soutiens et les ressources dont elles ont besoin pour mener à bien leur grossesse, y compris une protection contre la violence conjugale.

À CES CAUSES, les pétitionnaires demandent au Parlement de rejeter la « Loi sur les enfants non encore nés victimes d’actes criminels » (Bill C-484).

Sign the petition!

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