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, when an abortion is easier to obtain. Warawa introduced the motion in response to the numerous inquiries and concerns his office received after the CBC presented the report.
“Anybody who has the ‘value of human rights’ would see that “sex selection is wrong” and see his motion as advancing respect for women. “Discrimination doesn’t start when they’re teenagers or when women are forty. Women, throughout their lives, fight discrimination. And the fact is, discrimination starts before birth.”
According to an Environic Poll, commisioned by Life Canda, 92% of Canadians want sex-selective abortions banned.
In October 2012, Prime Minister Harper stated that the “Government of Canada is committed to helping prevent all forms of violence against women and girls” and yet his office says the government will oppose the motion.