OTTAWA, Ontario ― Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament for Vegreville-Wainwright confirmed today that he will continue to support Kitchener Centre MP Stephen Woodworth’s motion (M-312) to study Canada’s definition of a human being.
MP Woodworth has asked Members of Parliament not to accept the existing law or any law that says some human beings are not human.
“The usual critics have been screaming that this Motion is about abortion. That is absolutely false. This motion doesn’t impose any pre-defined answer. The Motion asks for a study only. It doesn’t even ask the committee to impose the answer, only to report options. What’s wrong with that?” Benoit asks. “The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children need appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth. That can’t happen if you don’t even admit a child is a human being before birth.”
“As a long-time Member of the Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus, father of five, and now grandfather to five, I support honestly recognizing children as human beings before birth based on what we know about human development and human rights in the twenty-first century,” Benoit explains.
“All M-312 does is ask for a study. It’s an important issue, so why should anyone be afraid to study it?” said Benoit. “In fact, I believe our parliament has a responsibility to do so.”