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National Post: Battle looming over Tory MP’s motion to condemn sex-selective abortions

16 January

An article in the National Post reports on MP Mark Warawa’s press conference concerning Motion 408.


We either condemn this or endorse this Warawa repeatedly told a press conference that his motion, and the online campaign he launched Wednesday to have Parliament approve the motion, was about condemning a practice that sees female fetuses aborted because of their sex — not about criminalizing abortion.

Warawa  is asking the Commons to approve his motion to “condemn discrimination against females occurring through sex-selective pregnancy termination.”

Statistics published in April in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggested parents from some cultural backgrounds terminate pregnancies because the fetus is female. The statistics were enough for the journal to run an editorial calling on doctors to postpone disclosing a baby’s sex until after about 30 weeks of pregnancy, “when unquestioned abortion is all but impossible.”

“We either condemn this or endorse this,” Warawa said. “It’s happening in Canada and it shouldn’t be.”



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