OTTAWA, Ontario, September 29, 2009 ( – Liberal MP Marlene Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grace-Lachine) this week put forward a petition calling on the government to adopt effective animal welfare legislation because of the fact that animals feel pain and suffering.

In response, pro-life Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott noted before Parliament that preborn human children also experience pain. However, this fact is not recognized in Canadian law, which allows for legal abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.

Presenting his own petition, Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) stated, “Mr. Speaker, as a follow up to that series of petitions in respect of the pain that animals feel and in view of the fact that babies in the womb for the entire nine months feel some considerable pain caused by the abortion procedures that are used in this country, these petitioners in the country of Canada note that in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms everyone has a right to life, freedom from pain and freedom from the kind of assault fetuses experience in the womb.

“It has been 40 years, since May 14, 1969, when Parliament changed the law to permit abortions,” he continued, “and since January 28, 1988 Canada has had no law to protect the lives of unborn children. The petitioners are calling on Parliament, as the Supreme Court also urged, to pass legislation for the protection of human life from the time of conception and fertilization until the time of natural death.”

Vellacott, the MP for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, has a solid pro-life and pro-family history. During the debate about homosexual “marriage” in Canada, Vellacott was an outspoken defender of the natural definition of marriage and the family. He has also often brought the issue of the lack of protection for the unborn before parliament. 

To contact MP Maurice Vellacott:

Maurice Vellacott, MP
Unit 3-844 51st Street East
Saskatoon, SK  S7K 5C7

Tel. 306-975-4725, Toll Free 888-844-8886
Fax 306-975-4728

Email: [email protected]

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