OTTAWA, December 21, 2011 ( – Canadian Member of Parliament Stephen Woodworth has called on Canada’s parliament to examine the country’s abortion laws (or lack thereof) after a recent poll revealed that 80% of Canadians falsely believe that current law protects unborn children in the later states of pregnancy.

“In fact, the opposite is true,” Mr. Woodworth said in a press release. “Canadian law provides no human rights protection whatsoever for children before the moment of complete birth.”

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“This results from an unusual Canadian statute which defines a human being as a child who has completely proceeded in a living state from the mother’s body, whether or not the child has breathed,” the Tory MP, Conservative MP for Kitchener Centre, said.

That statue is a 400 year old law “first formulated prior to the seventeenth century, when an early version of it was recorded in Coke’s Institutes of Law,” said Woodworth.

“In those times,” he pointed out, “medical science and principles of human rights were not sufficiently advanced to challenge such a law.”

“This means that in Canada a child is legally considered to be sub-human while his or her little toe remains in the birth canal, even if he or she is breathing.”

“The important question is whether this 400-year-old Canadian law is supported by 21st century medical science and principles of human rights,” Mr. Woodworth said. “Perhaps Canadians should at least examine this question.”

The MP concluded by proposing that Parliament has a responsibility to lead this examination.

For further information contact:

Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament, Kitchener Centre
Room 334, Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6
Phone: 613-995-8913
Fax: 613-996-7329
Email: [email protected]