OTTAWA, Sept. 27, 2012 ( – The very day Canada’s Parliament rejected Stephen Woodworth’s motion to re-examine the definition of human life, a British Columbia Tory launched a new salvo with a motion calling on the House to condemn sex-selective abortion.

Motion 408, which Mark Warawa of Langley, B.C., filed Wednesday, reads: “That the House condemn discrimination against females occuring through sex-selective pregnancy termination.”

“Recent studies have shown that the practice of aborting females in favour of males is happening in Canada,” said Warawa in a press release. “92% of Canadians believe sex-selective pregnancy termination should be illegal.”


“Gender selection has been strongly condemned by all national political parties,” he added. “As well, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada have vehemently opposed sex-selection pregnancy termination.”

The new motion is sure to build on the momentum created in recent months in the lead-up to Wednesday’s vote on Woodworth’s M-312.

The motion failed in a vote of 91 to 203, but surprised many onlookers by even attaining that many votes. Notably, the motion was backed by more than half of the Conservative caucus and ten Cabinet ministers, despite Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s strong opposition.

Warawa’s motion comes in the wake of a January report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal calling for measures to combat the deadly practice of sex selection in Canada’s Asian immigrant population.

“Some readers might be skeptical about whether female feticide is in fact taking place in Canada and the United States,” wrote then-editor Dr. Rajendra Kale. “Research in Canada has found the strongest evidence of sex selection at higher parities if previous children were girls among Asians — that is people from India, China, Korea, Vietnam and Philippines.”

A sting investigation by CBC in June found that almost three quarters of the twenty-two “entertainment ultrasound” businesses they visited in Canadian cities were willing to do a scan solely to determine the sex of an unborn child, some as early as 14 weeks gestation.

“You basically proved that it is happening here,” Dr. Verjinder Ubhi, who practices medicine in Brampton, Ontario, told CBC. “We had suspicion but no evidence. This is happening here, right in Canada.”

Warawa says the motion came in response to numerous inquiries and concerns his office received after the CBC sting. “I would like to thank the CBC for bringing this matter to the attention of Canadians,” he said.

According to the MP, unequivocal condemnation from Parliament will send a strong message that will help to bring an end to this form of gender discrimination in Canada.

An Environics in 2011 found that 92% of Canadians wanted sex-selective abortions banned.