MP’s challenge to redefine 400-year old definition of “human being” in Canada’s Criminal Code scheduled for debate Friday September 21
Canadian law says I am not a human being…. just what am I then?
Canada’s legal definition of “human being” is long overdue for an update ….. by 400 years! Motion 312, introduced in Parliament by MP Stephen Woodworth, calls for such an update in the light of four centuries of medical and scientific advancement. The motion will receive its second hour of debate on Friday, September 21, and final vote on Wednesday, September 26.
Canadians have a right to fair and just laws. Everyone would agree to that.
In order for a law to be fair and just, it must be based on facts. No one would argue with that either.
The following law is not based on fact:
Section 223 (1) of the Canadian Criminal Code states:
“A child becomes a human being within the meaning of this Act, when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother, whether or not (a) it has breathed; (b) it has an independent circulation; or (c) the navel string is severed”.
It is completely impossible for this law to be based on fact, because 400 years of scientific and medical advancement have established with overwhelming, undeniable evidence and eternal finality what has been known by the human species since its very beginning- that our preborn offspring are our own- they are human. Indeed, to claim that they could be a type of being or species other than human and then suddenly become a human being and member of the human species upon birth, is something that is so completely contradictory to intrinsic human logic and reason that there is only one explanation as to why this glaring falsehood would be perpetuated into our time- because it serves a purpose as a legal barrier to hide behind.
Section 223 of the Canadian Criminal Code is thus NOT based on fact and objective truth, but on a false premise, a lie- an unprovable pretense. This makes this law in effect premise-less, intellectually baseless, a bad law, and as such it has no place in a modern, industrialized, democratic nation.
Canadians deserve laws based on truth and fact. Canadians deserve laws that are based on intellectual maturity and honesty. We are better than to take part in a pretense that serves a political or philosophical agenda- we are better than to hide behind the transparent facade of a nearly medieval law which everyone knows is objectively false and scientifically baseless, simply because it serves to preserve the status quo on abortion.
If the law is correct, let it be proved, with scientific objectivity, that an unborn child is not a human being. If it cannot be proved, we must rid ourselves of this farce, and put our laws in sync with what we know is unbiased truth based on 21st century medical and scientific knowledge.
For more information about Motion 312, contacting your MP, and the humanity of the unborn, please visit www.letsstopthepretense.com
You may have heard the recent news that a courageous MP is challenging the official definition of “human being” in the Canadian Criminal Code. Conservative Member of Parliament Stephen Woodworth (Kitchener Centre) filed Motion #312 (see attachment) on February 6, 2012 in the House of Commons, with a request to form a Parliamentary Committee to review this definition, which is FOUR HUNDRED years old. The definition, which connects a child’s humanity with their actual birth, serves as a means of evasion of the reality of the preborn child’s human nature, without breaking the letter of the law, to withhold the right to life from human beings who have not yet been born.
Mr. Woodworth is asking that the special committee study this antiquated definition and report on its relevance, with the advancement of 400 years in medical science, to today’s society, and the options for reconciling the definition with the empirical knowledge of our time. If the motion is accepted, it is possible that the Criminal Code may have to be updated in the face of irrefutable evidence. As of now, as Mr. Woodworth states, “Section 223 (1) of the Code defines a human being as a child who has completely proceeded in a living state from the mother’s body, whether or not the child has breathed. This means that in Canada, a child is legally considered to be sub-human while his or her little toe remains in the birth canal, even if he or she is breathing.”
Friends, we must act on this opportunity to increase recognition of the humanity of our unborn. It is time to end the great denial and avoidance game based on a technical loophole in the wording of the Criminal Code, which legally facilitates the termination of nearly 100,000 boys and girls’ lives annually in Canada before they ever get to be held in the arms of their mothers, who would never agree that the child moving and growing inside them is some kind of being other than human.
We most urgently encourage all our friends and members to support Mr. Woodworth’s vital initiative, and write to your Members of Parliament, telling them of the completely untenable current definition of “human being” in the Criminal Code, asking them to leave it in the dust bin of history where it should have been placed centuries ago. We are including as attachments to this email, petitions and letters which you may use, or you may write your own. Including prenatal pictures and facts cited from authoritative sources, such as gestational milestones like heartbeat, brain wave activity, pain sensation, breathing, and so on, is highly recommended. We must end the ducking and dodging of scientific truth, based on an archaic loophole, which results in the ending of far, far more human lives every year than any other possible cause of human death.
Sincerely for Life,
Toronto Right to Life
LifeCanada now has a Petition to support MP Stephen Woodworth’s Motion 312 to form a committee in order to study Section 223 of the Criminal Code that defines human life. Please sign the petition at http://www.lifecanada.org/services/petitions/151-petiton-in-support-of-motion-312. You can also paste it to your Facebook page and forward this e-mail to your contact list.
The attached letters are for your Member of Federal Parliament, courtesy of Alliance For Life Ontario:
Each letter is in Word and so should you choose to add or amend it please feel free.
i) Please send this letter starting with the oldest baby first and gradually get to the tiny one.
ii) You are asked to sign, add your contact details and send one letter each week or every two days whatever you want to do but they are a set so you must send all 10 whether you send one a week or one everyday or one every two days. Once you have sent all 10 you start over until we get this debate going regarding children in the womb.
iii) Distribute this to every one you know who will join this campaign. So remember, the biggest baby first and then smaller and smaller. The number on the letter is the gestational age of the child so you will start with;
1) Week 24
2) Week 20
3) Week 18
4) Week 14
5) Week 12
6) Week 10
7) Week 8
9) Week 4
10) 2-7 Days. When you have sent all 10 make some changes to the letter if you wish and start all over again. Once your MP is in the House and Parliament is sitting it will not cost you anything. So go get those envelopes and start printing this letter off – if you would prefer to write the letter by hand please do so. This is a simple tactic to educate your MP on the development of the child in the womb and hopefully encourage him or her to support Mr Woodworth’s initiative to open the discussion on why these children have been excluded from the legal definition of human being in Canada.
House of Commons
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