House of Commons defeats bill to ban sex-selective abortion, but two thirds of Conservatives vote in favour

Brian Platt · Postmedia News
June 3, 2021

OTTAWA — A private member’s bill from a Conservative MP to ban sex-selection abortions was voted down in the House of Commons on Wednesday by a margin of 248 to 82, but about two thirds of the Conservative caucus voted in favour of it.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole voted against the bill, but 81 of 119 Conservative MPs voted in favour. The only other “yes” vote was from independent MP Derek Sloan, the former Conservative leadership candidate who was ejected from the caucus in January.


Tory MP’s bill to ban sex-selective abortion is the stinking albatross Erin O’Toole was warned about

Konrad Yakabuski, Globe & Mail

clockwork, the Tory-stalking species known as the stinking albatross returns to
Canada each election season after wintering in warmer climes where the culture
wars occur year-round.

Leader Erin O’Toole was hounded this week by journalists seeking his reaction
to a private member’s bill tabled by one of his MPs that would ban
sex-selective abortions. It did not go well, to the delight of Liberal
strategists and horror of Tory ones who fear Mr. O’Toole may have to campaign
with the same smelly bird around his neck that made Andrew Scheer’s 2019
election campaign such a stinker.


Canada – Without new abortion laws, there’s no way to seek justice for fetal homicide victims: Robyn Urback

Without new abortion laws, there's no way to seek justice for fetal homicide victims: Robyn Urback
A man was sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife — but not the full-term fetus she was carrying

Robyn Urback · CBC News
Posted: May 06, 2019

It feels heinously unjust that Nicholas Baig will serve a "life" sentence in prison, with no chance of parole for 17 years, for murdering one person — not two. The Pickering, Ont., man killed his pregnant wife, Arianna Goberdhan, in April 2017.

Baig was physically and verbally abusive, a pathetic little man who said he wanted to be rid of his wife, yet couldn't tolerate her absence. About a month after they separated, when Goberdhan went to their home one evening, Baig stabbed her 17 times, killing her and her full-term fetus.