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MP Mark Warawa ends his appeal on votability of Motion 408

Published:  April 17, 2013


Today, MP Mark Warawa announced that he is ending his efforts to appeal a committee decision that ruled his private member's Motion 408 non-votable. That common sense motion asked parliament to condemn female gendercide which is occurring through sex-selective abortion.  MP Warawa had previously said he would force a vote in the full House of Commons, if necessary. CLC supported Mr. Warawa in that fight.

During the announcement, he promised to continue fighting against the barbaric practice of sex-selective abortion by speaking on the issue wherever he is invited.  "I'd be honoured to go across the country and speak with Canadians that feel this is an important issue", Warawa said.

Campaign Life Coalition issued the following news release today:

For immediate release

Despite lack of political debate, gendercide remains an issue

Toronto, April 17, 2013 - Campaign Life Coalition is very disappointed that the political pressure exerted on Mark Warawa (MP, Langley) was so great that he felt that there was no option but to stop pressing forward on M408, a common-sense motion that would have condemned the practice of sex-selective abortion.

“We thank Mark Warawa for raising the issue of lethal discrimination against women and girls through sex-selective abortion in Canada,” said Mary Ellen Douglas, National Organizer for Campaign Life Coalition. “It is a shame that this motion was killed.”

Gendercide remains a reality in Canada and Campaign Life Coalition remains committed to the eradication of sex-selective abortion as it is to abolish all abortion for any reasons. To continue raising awareness about the issue, the theme of the National March for Life on May 9th is “End Female Gendercide: ‘It’s a girl’ should not be a death sentence.”

Media Contacts:
Mary Ellen Douglas, National Organizer of Campaign Life Coalition,  613-389-4472
Jeff Gunnarson, Vice-Chair Toronto, Campaign Life Coalition,  416- 204-9749  ex. 249