TORONTO, January 9, 2007 ( – Marie-Christine Houle, Executive Director of Women for Women’s Health, is appealing to all concerned people to sign a petition directed to the government of Canada regarding the up-coming vote on the Unborn Victims of Crime Bill (C484).

The petition is available here ( in both an on-line version and a printable version which may be sent to the address on the petition or to Women for Women’s Health, PO BOX 541, Norval, Ontario, L0P 1K0. It is being asked that signed petitions be returned no later than January 25th, 2008.

There have been five pregnant women murdered in Canada in the past three years, the most recent being Aysun Sesen, 25, of Toronto. She and her seven-month unborn child died after she was stabbed in the abdomen. Her husband has been charged with second-degree murder.

However, under Canadian law the child is not recognized as a human being until it has emerged from the mother’s body alive so police cannot charge perpetrators with murder of the unborn baby.

Seventy-two percent of Canadians polled in an Environics poll commissioned by Life Canada/Vie Canada say they would support legislation making it a separate crime to injure or kill a fetus during an attack on the mother.

The Unborn Victims of Crime Act (C-484) was introduced on November 21, 2007, by Conservative Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, Ken Epp, and received its first hour of debate in the House of Commons on December 13, 2007…

The US government passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 1997) in 2004, recognizing the unborn child as second victim of violent crimes. The bill recognizes as a legal victim any “child in utero” who is injured or killed during the commission of a federal crime of violence.

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