By John-Henry Westen

OTTAWA, November 23, 2007 ( – Last year the Harper Conservative Government opposed a bill to recognize the life of a child in the womb when a violent act is committed against a pregnant mother.  However a new version of the bill proposed this year by another MP has at least tacit approval from the Conservative leadership, as evidenced by an internal memo sent to Conservative Members of Parliament. has learned of an advisory memo sent to all Conservative Members by the Prime Minister’s Office regarding The Unborn Victims of Crime Act, Bill C-484, a private members bill introduced Wednesday by Conservative MP Ken Epp.

The bill would allow criminal charges to be laid in the death or injury of an unborn child when the child’s mother is the victim of a crime.

In May last year, Conservative MP Leon Benoit proposed similar legislation which was blocked by the Conservative Government before it was even allowed to come before Parliament for a vote. (see coverage:”>


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