Monday, August 27, 2012

When does one become a human being in Canada?

Press conference held in Markham,
Ontario by the Coalition in Support of Motion 312
Everyday for Life Canada shares with its readers the information released this morning at a press conference held in Markham, Ontario, August 27, 2012, from the Coalition in Support of Motion 312. The Coalition consists of a number of community groups who want the government to pass the motion and re-examine the definition of human life in Canada. Here is the motion proposed in the current Parliament by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth:

That a special committee of the House be appointed and directed to review the declaration in Subsection 223(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada which states that a child becomes a human being only at the moment of complete birth and to answer the questions hereinafter set forth.

This is the Open Letter from the Coalition to the Prime Minister, Party Leaders and Members of Parliament concerning Motion 312:

Dear Prime Minister, Leaders of the Parties and Members of Parliament:

The Motion 312 that a special committee of the House be appointed and directed to review the declaration in Subsection 223(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada which states that a child becomes a human being only at the moment of complete birth should be supported by the Parliament.

After careful examination and much thought, we are of the opinion that the rationale behind the current definition as stated above can no longer stand before the present day medical evidence. Current medical researches show that a fertilized ovum contains human chromosomes that have the embedded characteristics of human being and develops the parts of human being that become obvious even at as early as the third week.

The heart and the circulatory system are formed in the 3rd week after fertilization and start to beat on day 21, like other ‘recognised’ human beings after birth. The heart beat can be heard using Doppler in the 7th week and using stethoscope in the 17th week. Ultrasound can detect movements of the limbs in the 7th week. The foetus will hold its fist in the 8th week and move freely in the mother’s womb in the 11th week. Quickening starts in the 17th week and can be felt by both the mother and other people. All these demonstrate that the foetus is a real life as other recognized human beings, worthy of respect.

As we can observe, the growth of a child after birth is just a natural continuation of the development of the parts and the characteristics that are already happening in the body of the child when before birth. It does not involve the process of metamorphosis like insects, and even the butterfly that goes through metamorphosis is recognized as a ‘butterfly’ throughout the various stages. We recognise and treat a frog as a frog at whatever physical stages it undergoes development. Therefore, it is irrational we should treat our own species differently and say that such a life form inside the mother that comes out and continues to grow with the same genetic and basic physical characteristics should be called otherwise.

The law attempts to protect human beings and ensure their safety, health and other aspects that they as human beings and inherent of human rights deserve. However, when a human being is not legally recognized as human being, then this human being would be put at risk, deprived the protection and privileges that they should have. This would and should not be acceptable to any human being with the sense of justice and love for the human race, not to mention our Parliamentarians who are responsible lawmakers and protectors of all human citizens of Canada.

Human life is precious. Human lives before birth should not be put at risk, especially in a country like Canada that is a crusader of lawful justice and human rights and is proud of being a pillar and protector of the human rights for their citizens. If a human life is put to danger just because an outdated law makes them ‘non-human’ would not be tolerated by the lawmakers of such a country. Since various evidence point to the possibility of having an outdated law that critically affect children before birth, it is the duty of responsible lawmakers and protectors of the citizens to ensure that, by passing this Motion, there is a chance to look into such law and to find out if such a just law is made and every human citizen is appropriated protected in all aspects. Our petition campaign result shows that thousands are in support of this Motion and would support Members of Parliament to look into that matter.

We therefore urge you, our leaders and lawmakers in the Parliament and protectors of the lives and well being of every Canadian citizen, to kindly support and pass this Motion 312. Thank you!


Coalition in Support of Motion 312

At the press conference a number of speakers including Stephen Woodworth made very eloquent and convincing arguments in support of the motion. Other presenters were as follows: Allan Tam, School Trustee, David Kong, Toronto Chinese Catholic Task-force, Dr. Jason Kwok, Knights of Columbus, Raphael Wu, CMCC Pro-Life Group, Teresa Pierre, Parents As First Educators, William Kwok, Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship and Jeff Gunnarson, Campaign Life Coalition. Edwin Lok and Peter Chan co-ordinated the entire presentation.

Here's the petition which you can copy and sign, inform others and get them to sign it as well. Make sure you inform your MP on where you stand on the issue. Over 4,000 signed petitions were given to MP Stephen Woodworth at the press conference to take back with him to the House of Commons.

Petition in Support of Motion 312

Whereas Canada’s 400 year old definition of a human being says a child does not become a human being until the moment of complete birth, contrary to twenty-first century medical evidence;

And whereas Parliament has a solemn duty to reject any law that says some human beings are not human;
Therefore, we call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to confirm that every human being is recognized by Canadian law as human by amending Section 223 of our Criminal Code in such a way as to reflect twenty-first century medical evidence.

(Original signatures; do not print) (Provide your city and province)

1. _____________________________________________________________________________________
2. _____________________________________________________________________________________
3. _____________________________________________________________________________________
4. ________________________________________________________________

All Canadian residents (any age) may sign. Submit petitions to your local Member of Parliament (see for addresses) and ask them to inform you when it is read in Parliament. A petition needs only 25 valid signatures to be presented in Parliament.

Finally, please do what you can to support this motion and bring back the debate about the definition of life in Canada. For too long now, since 1969, we have had no law to defend the unborn or any restriction on abortion whatsoever. This is morally wrong and we know it. Let's re-build a culture of life in Canada and not allow the culture of death to continue to flourish. We are killing about 100,000 lives a year and all paid with our tax money. This is a country that has for decades now, without saying so, declared war on its own children. Together, with God's help, we can stop it.


  1. Good work, people.
    I'm part of ARPA Canada ( and in Hamilton we are starting a billboard campaign (4 signs for a month) to direct people to . It's good to hear there are people like you trying to change the attitude of Canadians on this topic. Keep up the effort!

  2. Dear Herman,
    Together, God willing, we hope one day soon that we can restore a culture of life in Canada and stop the culture of death. Thank you for writing. We encourage our readers to visit your site and speak up to defend life. Blessings to you all in Hamilton!