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Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Canadian unborn victims of violent crime bill passes second reading
Posted by Matthew Johnston on March 5, 2008 | Permalink
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Posted by: SW | 2008-03-05 11:15:14 PM
It's a step in the direction of compassion and sanity.
Posted by: dewp | 2008-03-06 2:52:33 PM
It is a kind of progress. Yet I cringe at the further development of the 'rubrik of human value'. Born humans are more valuable than unborn humans. Wanted unborns are more valuable than unwanted unborns. Are we entrenching IN LAW the ability to determine another human being's value, based on ... being wanted? How will this be used ? The Cdn Medical Assoc. would like the value of each of us to be based on cost-efficiency balanced against their assessment of our quality of life.
There's a lot of 'worse' comin' down the road...
Posted by: lwestin | 2008-03-06 3:29:18 PM
lwestin: I think it's fair, logical, and reasonable to assume that all fetuses are wanted, unless the mother explicitly acts on a desire to terminate the pregnancy. I think it's also fair, logical, and reasonable to assume that a wanted fetus has as much value as a newborn infant - a newborn child is no less dependent for its life on parental care than an in-utero fetus. Therefore, killing a wanted fetus should be the same as killing a newborn child. Or are you saying that there should be no penalty for killing a wanted fetus?
Sorry, but the only argument against this bill that holds any sway is the "slippery slope" argument, that this will take the genie out of the bottle and bring an end to the unlimited state-financed abortion regime we have now in Canada. It's not an argument without merit; however, the majority of Canadians would say: bring it on, our lack of abortion legislation is a stain on our nation.
Posted by: Neil Flagg | 2008-03-06 10:01:19 PM
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