A trio of backbench Conservative MPs has written to the Mounties to ask for investigations of possible homicides “that appear to have started out as attempted abortions.”
In the Jan. 23 letter, Saskatchewan MP Maurice Vellacott tells RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson that between 2000 and 2009 there were 491 infant deaths in Canada following abortions at 20 weeks gestation or greater that resulted in live births.
“They evacuated out of the womb, so under the Criminal Code definition in Canada, that is a person,” Vellacott told QMI Agency.
Vellacott’s letter cites pro-life blog Run With Life, which pulled the data from the Stats Canada website and posted it online. He says the same blog points to 119 “live birth abortions” reported by the Canadian Institute for Health Information between 2010 and 2011.
The Mounties acknowledge they’ve received the letter, also signed by Tory MPs Leon Benoit and Wladyslaw Lizon, but haven’t said how they’ll respond.
New Democrat MPs seized on the issue in the Commons calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to make clear that “abortion is not murder.”
Harper’s answer only underlined that abortion is legal.
“And this government, myself included, has made it very clear that the government does not intend to change the law in this regard,” he said.
Velacott says the prime minister and the NDP missed the point, because he’s only talking about a possible crime after an abortion.
“Issues and viewpoints aside on the bigger abortion question, do we want the Criminal Code enforced?” he said.