OTTAWA—A Conservative MP is defying his party’s leadership with a move to rewrite Canadian laws to extend human rights to unborn children.
Kitchener MP Stephen Woodworth is taking aim at a section of the Criminal Code that defines a child as a human being only when it can breathe on its own and is severed from the umbilical cord. He says the law was first drafted in Britain in the 1700s but is based on “limited medical knowledge” that needs to be updated.
“Don’t accept any law that says some human beings are not human beings. Nothing justifies it,” he told reporters Monday.