Thursday, September 20, 2012

Motion M-312

I support Stephen Woodworth's Motion M-312. My firends from the Women's Information network say it well. I urge all MPs, especially my Tory friends to support this very reasonable and measured motion. For Immediate Diffusion Women's Information Network (W.I.N.) wishes to express its strong support for Stephen Woodworth's human life motion M-312 as an enlightened initiative to promote informed-choice in maternal-child healthcare. Mothers and their preborn children have clear rights to protection, aid, and healthcare under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the international gold standard of children's rights ratified in 1990, of which Canada is a signatory. The preamble of The Declaration of the Rights of the Child states, "Whereas the child, by virtue of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth," and, "He shall be entitled to grow and develop in health; to this end, special care and protection shall be provided both to him and his mother, including adequate pre-natal and post-natal care." (Principle 4) This motion has long-overlooked legal implications in regards to the protection of a woman's human right to carry her wanted pregnancy to term; as well as in regards to informed-consent for women considering therapeutic abortion; and for informed-consent in the use of reproductive technologies in treating infertility. Other important legal implications concern the provision of comprehensive health and social services for pregnant women in high-risk categories i.e. single mothers, teen mothers, late mothers (45 years +); those with special needs; immigrants; and women of lower socio-economic status; as well as for the provision of complete healthcare for women who have experienced reproductive loss i.e. miscarriage and stillbirth; and also for expanded post-natal care, especially for women experiencing postpartum depression and their infants. We wish to emphasize that transparency is a hallmark of democracy and that the vast majority of Canadians support some form of legal recognition of the rights and best interests of the child before birth. There is no legitimate reason to withhold vital health-reporting information from the public about prenatal development based on the latest scientific findings. Women have inalienable rights to make informed choices about their healthcare and the well-being of their children depends on it. Deborah Rankin Director and Founder, Women's Information Network


Anonymous said...

Woodward is completely out of touch with Canadians. Nobody cares about this except for a few religious types, and the vast majority of Canadians are quite comfortable with abortion.
I'm a CPC member, btw.

dmorris said...

I'm a CPC member also,and it appears we are AGAIN going to have to bear the religious right's obsession with abortion.

The NDP and Liberals have their extreme wing, so do we. And IF our "extremes" make too much noise, we will lose the reins of power next election.

Mr.Harper promised to let this issue lie,and you are backstabbing him with your constant harping on a settled subject most Canadians don't give a damn about.

Please,go join the Christian Heritage Party, you'll be more at home there,and we Conservatives can get on with the economy and other issues important to the vast majority of Canadians.

I Support Lord Black