In June 2012 the CBC revealed that entertainment ultrasound clinics in Canada were being used to ascertain the sex of the child before birth. Some expectant parents, having a preference for sons, used this information to abort their child if it was found that the baby was a girl.
In response to this horrific practice, Tory MP Mark Warawa (Langley, BC) filed Motion 408 in the House of Commons, calling on Parliamentarians to condemn discrimination against girls through sex-selective pregnancy termination.
Sex-selective abortion has been condemned by every national political party, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and, most importantly, by 92% of Canadian citizens. The UN and other international groups have studied this topic with growing concern as the number of missing women continues to climb worldwide and contribute to other discriminatory practices towards women.
We urge you sign Mr. Warawa’s Petiton. Please take the time to contact your member of parliament and ask him/her to vote for and support Motion 408 and condemn this discrimination.
Canada has a strong international reputation as a leader in safeguarding human rights, let us continue in this role by soundly condemning this barbaric practice.