By Garnet Van Popta
Garnet Van Popta is an alumnus of uOttawa Students For Life and a guest blogger for NCLN. He is currently studying at Humber College.
N.B. The views expressed by guest bloggers do not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.
A debate on Bill C-510 is scheduled for Monday’s (November 1st) session of Parliament. A vote on the bill is scheduled for December. Bill C-510, also called Roxanne’s Law, is a private member’s bill introduced by Rod Bruinooge, an MP from Winnipeg.
Essentially, the proposed amendment to the Criminal Code would criminalize the act of coercing a woman to have an abortion against her will. Under this law, a pregnant woman could press charges against a boyfriend, parent or someone else who attempts to coerce her into having an abortion. There is an exception for physicians who might counsel a woman to have an abortion to protect her life.
This bill has proven to be controversial, even among pro-life people. Some say it’s useless; some say it’s not enough. The fact is, however, that this bill may save the lives of unborn children, and may prevent a woman from having an abortion against her will. It may have saved Roxanne Fernando’s life.
We need to get educated about this bill, and support it. Start a letter-writing campaign. Attend the parliamentary debate (this might be easier for clubs in the Nation’s Capital). Spread awareness on your campus. As MP Bruinooge says in the video, the only way this bill will pass is if the people of Canada speak out about the value of human life.