January 16, 2012

OTTAWA – A Conservative MP may introduce a private member's bill that will launch a debate in Parliament on when human life begins.

Stephen Woodworth, MP for Kitchener Centre, said he has promised his constituents he would raise this issue.

In a Dec. 21 news release, Woodworth said the current Criminal Code definition of a human being means that "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."

Woodworth said he is not making a religious argument. "The question I'm asking is whether it makes medical sense in the 21st century to say that a child is not a human being until the moment of complete birth."

Scientists, he said, now have DNA evidence, ultrasound and other techniques that show the unborn child's development.

That evidence was not available when the current law was drafted. "The evidence supports the notion that a child is a human being at some point before the moment of complete birth," he said.