Canada’s doctors have sternly rejected what they see as a stealth attempt to recriminalize abortion.
At the general council meeting of the Canadian Medical Association on Wednesday, delegates called on the federal government to reject attempts by a Conservative backbench MP to amend the Criminal Code so that a fetus is defined as a human being
“This constitutes the criminalization of abortion or any form of contraception,” said Dr. Geneviève Desbiens, a urologist from Valleyfield, Que.
Of course this attempt will fail, because the Harper government cannot afford electorally to have it succeed. The point for progressives will be to see that it fails in the most humiliating manner possible. Let Harper confidants be forced to trash their own pro-life MPs in public. Let Canadian pro-lifers gnash their teeth once again and contemplate a vote for some crazy fringe party, as they always do when one of these bills appears, only to go down in flames.
At the end of the day the status quo will prevail.