Motion 312 – A Call to Arms!
This month, on Friday September 21, 2012, MP Stephen Woodworth of Kitchener-Waterloo submitted to Parliament Motion 312, which is a motion to reopen the debate on the definition of a human being in Canada. Motion 312 won the voice vote on September 21, 2012. The recorded vote on Motion 312 is scheduled to occur on September 26, 2012.
This is wonderful news! Canada is a wonderful country. At the heart of it, Canada wants to be a country who is honest and does the right thing in its laws and offers true universal human rights. Who doesn’t want this? The truth is, without recognizing even the most dependent and vulnerable of our citizens as also having these rights, let alone being human beings, Canada will never be the country that it aims to be. It will forever fall short of being a great country.
Today, the Criminal Code for Canada states the following regarding when a child becomes a human being:
(1) A child becomes a human being within the meaning of this Act when it has completely proceeded, in a living state from the body of its mother whether or not
(a) it has breathed
(b) it has an independent circulation
(c) the navel string is severed.
This 400 year old definition is far outdated and seriously needs to be changed. We know when a human life begins. Unfortunately though, this definition still does not reflect this. At the very moment of conception, the ovum and sperm unite and become something and someone 100% different. All of the genetic code is present, everything that is needed is there for this zygote, the size of one cell (just to begin), to become a fully formed infant. All they need is the time to grow, and they grow at an incredible rate. At just 18 days gestation, before most women even know they are pregnant, the tiny little heart is beating. Alarmingly, abortion is currently legal in Canada throughout all nine months of pregnancy. This is absurd and this needs to change.
Mr. Woodworth, in his closing remarks on Friday, said that “recognizing the reality that children are human beings before complete birth will affirm the hallowed principle that human rights are universal, not a gift of the State which may be cancelled by subsection 223(1).”
We need your ongoing prayers and support for the passing of this motion and for the Holy Spirit to guide the hearts and minds of our government as they work toward re-examining this definition. Join us in fasting and prayer on September 26, 2012 as Motion 312 goes to the recorded vote.
“The fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right, is the right to life itself. This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right — it is the very opposite. It is a deep wound in society.” Pope Benedict XVI
You can contact Mr. Woodworth at the following contact details to offer your support: