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Is the Fetus a Human Being?

Motion M-312: Defining the term "human being"












Is the fetus a human being? Yes, according Dr. Hendrik van der Breggen, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Providence University College.

Conservative MP (Kitchener Centre) Stephen Woodworth has filed Motion M-312 requesting that the Canadian government form a special committee to study Canada’s Criminal Code definition of the term "human being." The House of Commons will meet Thursday afternoon, June 7, 2012, to discuss whether such a committee should be formed, and will vote on June 13.

Presently, section 223.1 of Canada’s Criminal Code states the following: “A child becomes a human being…when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother.” Dr. van der Breggen argues that a child is a human being before it is born and that Canadian law should reflect this.

Dr. Hendrik van der Breggen

Van der Breggen's arguments can be found in his newspaper column Apologia.

Faye Sonier, legal counsel for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, emphasizes Motion M-312's importance for democracy and explains likely outcomes if M-312 is passed. See Ms. Sonier's open letter to Parliament.

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