Private member's Bill
C-225, the "Protection of Pregnant Women and
Their Preborn Children Act (Cassie and Molly’s Law)"
was introduced on February 23, 2016 in Parliament by
Conservative MP Cathay Wagantall. This bill would amend
the Criminal Code to create separate offences for injuring
or killing a fetus when an offence is committed against a
pregnant woman. ARCC opposes the bill because it
establishes some fetal rights and could pose a threat to
women’s constitutional rights and to abortion rights.
Our position paper: ARCC
Cannot Support Bill C-225 - Includes:
C-225 Is Almost the Same as Previous Bill C-484 –- A
clause-by-clause comparison of the two bills, with our
interpretation on what the differences mean.
E-petition: Please sign this online petition!
(Note: You can sign both the e-petition and paper petition, as each has advantages: Paper petitions can be officially presented in the House at any time and are recorded in Hansard. E-petitions can collect many more signatures and help with publicity and building awareness and opposition to the bill. Further, once an e-petition reaches 500 signatures, it is tabled in Parliament and the government must respond.)
Petition: Please print out and sign this official
petition for Parliament, and collect more signatures if
you can. You can print double-sided or just page 1.
Mailing address for signed petitions is at the bottom.
letter to your Member of Parliament asking them to
oppose Bill C-225 - Here's a sample letter you can
use or adapt, or write your own or make a phone call. Feel
free to use any of the points in our papers linked above.
Groups Opposed to Bill C-225 - A list of organizations opposed to the bill. To add your group's name, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Text of Bill C-225, in English and French.
Debate on May 2 - Full Hansard transcript.
Both the Liberals and NDP opposed the bill.
Conservative MP Cathay Wagantall’s page, with links to her various C-225 documents, including Backgrounder, Q&A, Summary of the bill, “Legal Facts About the Bill” and a press release.
Arrests of and forced interventions on pregnant women in the United States (1973-2005): The implications for women's legal status and public health, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 2013. Research report by Lynn Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin.
Anti-choice Private Member Bills and Motions: 46 anti-choice private member bills and motions have been introduced in Canada since 1987.
Bill C-484 resources:
Talking Points Against the "Unborn Victims of Crime Act" - 14 arguments explaining why C-484 is a bad law, endangering both abortion rights and women's rights in general.
Bill C-543 Far
Better Than Bill C-484: Adding pregnancy
as an aggravating circumstance that judges must take into
account when sentencing an offender for an assault on a
pregnant woman, while not necessary, would also not
endanger women's reproductive rights and equality or give
any legal status to fetuses – unlike C-484 (or