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OTTAWA, Oct 31 (LSN) – The Supreme Court of Canada today, in a 7-2 decision, denied children in the womb protection from harm caused by their mothers. The case involved a glue-sniffing mother who was ordered by the Children’s Aid Society in Winnipeg to receive treatment for her addiction for fear of harm to the five month old child in her womb.

The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench upheld the agency’s right to force the woman into a program, but the ruling was overturned by the Manitoba Court of Appeal, which said the law is clear on the issue and it’s up to politicians, not the courts, to change it. The case emphasizes the disgusting truth in Canada that a child in the womb has no legal status until birth. In an all too familiar refrain, the Supreme Court judges today excused themselves saying that it is up to lawmakers, not the courts, to decide whether unborn children should be protected from harm caused by their mothers.

Speaking from the steps of the Supreme Court, Karen Murawsky, Director of Campaign Life Coalition’s (CLC) Public Affairs Office in Ottawa, expressed profound regret that the Supreme Court had refused to recognize the basic human rights of the child in the womb. CLC National President, Jim Hughes called on Parliament ‘‘to immediately enact legislation to protect the most defenceless member of our human family, the pre-born child’‘.

Today’s Canadian Supreme Court ruling on the rights of the fetus can be viewed at:  (link now delete)

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