Defend Girls Blog

“It’s a girl,” should not be death sentence.

Motion 408 – First Hour of Debate

18 March

Conservative MP Mark Warawa’s Motion 408 is scheduled to be debated on  April 15th 2013. The Motion is asking Parliament to condemn “discrimination against females, occurring through sex-selective pregnancy termination.”“ Last June, the CBC conducted a hidden-camera investigation that exposed a majority of “entertainment” ultrasound businesses willing to reveal a baby’s sex in the early stages of pregnancy, […]

I Survived Sex-Selection

04 March

Guest post by Ruth Lobo Shaw My biological mother was poor, alone, and 19-years-old when I was conceived. Being unmarried, she was likely ostracized from her family for being pregnant. Lucky for both of us, she found a convent that had an attachment for single mothers. She found help, support and a home there. We […]

Make Sure Your Petitions Count

01 March

Collecting signatures for the petition is a great way to support Motion 408.  Please be aware, though, that there are specific rules in place concerning petitions which, if not followed, would result in signed petitions being rejected by the Clerk of Petitions. As such we urge you to be aware of the rules when collecting […]

Condemning Sex-Selective Abortion

25 January

What atrocity has ended the lives of more human beings than the genocide in Rwanda, the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia, and the Nazi Holocaust? It is an atrocity many people have not heard of—an atrocity that has been dubbed a “gendercide”—the systematic killing of girls by feticide and infanticide—just because they are girls. So […]

How Many Women are Missing?

22 January

Millions, but tracking down actual estimates is not as simple as one would think. Amartya Sen, an Indian economist and Nobel Prize winner, attracted international attention when he gave an estimate of 100 million in 1990.1 A decade later the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimated, through comparisons of age and sex distributions in 14 […]

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 […]

The ‘war on women’ that dares not speak its name

19 December

By Barbara Kay,  National Post Since the dawn of the modern pro-choice movement, liberal activists have done their best to equate abortion-on-demand with women’s rights. Make access to abortion easier, the theory goes, and you automatically empower women. But then ultrasound technology, combined with a preference for male children in patriarchal cultures, produced the specter […]

Sex Selection Debate

09 December

Reprinted with permission by Andrea Mrozek An article about this in the Globe and Mail. It opens with this: A second abortion-related motion proposed by a backbench Conservative MP could trigger a new debate about the parameters of a woman’s right to choose in Canada. I know it’s just a lede into the story, and […]