La Presse, a popular Montreal news source, has called Bill C-484 the “federal abortion law.” (For those who may not know, it’s actually a bill to protect pregnant women and their fetus from violent crimes against the mother.) Translated:
According to many, including physicians, women’s groups and affiliated unions, [the bill] opens the door to some recognition of fetal rights, therefore to the abortion debate.
Supposing that there is much meat to the statement above (which there isn’t) why shouldn’t the abortion debate be opened – I should say ‘remain open?’ In 1988, when the Supreme Court struck down the abortion law, it was left to Parliament to introduce a new law on the issue. It’s now 20 years passed, and thank goodness I wasn’t holding my breath.by