Opposing Bill C-510,
to prohibit "coerced abortion"
send a letter to your MP asking them to vote against the private
member's bill C-510, "an act to amend the Criminal Code (coerced
bill was introduced in April and debated on November 1st for
the first time. It is
scheduled for a second round of debate on Dec 13, and the vote is
expected to take place on December 15.
is a sample letter that you can copy and paste into an email or a letter. Feel free to
edit the letter or write your own.
Look up your MP here: http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC
For more info on the bill, see
ARCC's press release:
Also, a clever alternate bill banning coerced childbirth can be found
Thank you! (and please send this link to your friends!)
Please vote against Bill C-510
Dear [insert your MP's name]
I'm writing to ask you to
please vote on December 15 against Bill C-510, an act to prohibit
"coerced abortion." This bill is just another disguised anti-abortion
bill pretending to help women. In reality, it's designed to promote
abortion stigma, paternalize women, and open the door to
Bill C510 is
a private member's bill that would amend the Criminal Code to prohibit
coercing a woman into an abortion via physical or financial threats,
illegal acts, or through "argumentative and rancorous badgering or
importunity". It was introduced in April by anti-abortion Conservative
MP Rod Bruinooge (Winnipeg South), who chairs the "Parliamentary
Pro-Life Caucus." The bill was debated on November 1st, and is
scheduled for a second debate on Dec 13, with a vote expected on
I am against this
bill because it patronizes women by implying they are frequently
coerced into abortion. However, the vast majority of women make their
own decision to have an abortion and take responsibility for it.
Further, if a pregnant woman is coerced, it is just as likely - if not
more likely - that she will be pressured to bring a pregnancy to term.
I am against any type of coercion, and must point out that the main
purpose of the anti-choice movement is to force women to carry every
pregnancy to term by recriminalizing abortion. Further, many women are
emotionally harmed by anti-choice people pressuring them NOT to have an
abortion, in particular staff at "crisis pregnancy centres." (See http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/Exposing-CPCs-in-BC.pdf)
If the intent of this bill is supposedly to protect pregnant
women from abusive partners, we need better and more comprehensive
solutions than a criminal law approach. Women need pay equity,
affordable childcare, legal aid, and other measures that will empower
them to leave abusive relationships.
Bill C-510 is an unnecessary and redundant bill because threats and
illegal acts are already illegal under the Criminal Code, and
counselors at clinics already screen for possible coercion in women
seeking abortion. However, the anti-choice movement falsely believes
that abortion providers coerce women into abortions, so I worry that
this bill may encourage frivolous charges against providers and add to
the atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Providers have lived with the
constant threat of harassment and violence by anti-abortionists for
over 20 years in Canada, and they do not need even more to worry about.
Thank you in advance for voting against Bill C510.