Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My letter to my MP asking him to support motion 312

This is the letter I wrote to Mauril Belanger asking him to support motion 312 and I ask you to consider contacting your member of Parliament to do the same. As you can see from the article below, some MP's are looking for guidance from their constituents on how to vote. You can find your MP at this link 

June 6, 2012

Mauril Belanger, MP
Riding of Ottawa, Vanier, Ontario

Dear Mr. Belanger,

I noticed from the article below that Barrie MP Patrick Brown is looking for guidance on how he should vote on a motion to study when life begins. I assume that all MP’s are doing the same so as one of your constituents Mr. Belanger, I ask you to please support motion 312.

Thank you,

Maureen T. Ward,

MPs to debate when life begins

BARRIE - Barrie MP Patrick Brown is looking for guidance on how he should vote on a motion to study when life begins.
“I feel anytime votes on social issues come up, it’s important to seek out input of the community. I want to make sure my vote is reflective of the wishes of the city,” said Brown, who adds the vote could occur as soon as June 13.
Motion 312 calls for a study on the evidence of when a fetus becomes a human being.
“Currently, there is no regulation at all in Canada, so (Kitchener Centre MP) Stephen Woodworth has said it should be studied.”
Woodworth filed a motion Feb. 6 to ask Parliament to form a special committee to study the question.
“Canada’s 400-year-old definition of human being says children are not human beings until the moment of complete birth. I’ve concluded that modern medical science will inform us that children are in reality human beings at some point before the moment of complete birth,” he said. “Canadians need to know there’s no human rights for children before complete birth.”
Woodworth said he doesn’t want to reopen the abortion debate, but that Canada needs a just law.
“A respectful dialogue to update a 400-year-old definition of human being with the aid of 21st century information will benefit everyone,” he said.
In 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s abortion law, as it violated Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by interfering with a woman’s freedom and personal security.
Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) is opposing the motion, as it reopens the abortion debate.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he won’t support the motion, because of that perception.
“The motion is a vehicle for religious groups and the anti-choice movement to establish legal personhood for fetuses. If they succeed, they’ll try to re-criminalize abortion,” said ARCC’s executive director Joyce Arthur.
Brown added he is encouraging constituents to send letters and emails.
“People can send me petitions or letters. I’m surprised there has been very little input on this when other MPs have told me they have had a lot.”
Brown met with the Barrie Christian Council – a group of local ministers – Friday.

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