Religious Privilege and Roxanne’s Law

It’s been awhile. I’ve had job applications and thesis work. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to previous posting levels.

Roxanne’s Law is a proposed amendment to the Criminal Code of Canada. For some context, Roxanne Fernando was a 24 year old women who was murdered by her boyfriend when she refused to have an abortion. While I agree that the sentiment of this bill is good, the substance of the bill is just religious privilege.

My biggest problem with this bill is when reversing the main points it’s the strategy of every anti-abortionist out there:

The bill would allow pregnant women to press charges when they find themselves facing coercion to abort. Such empowerment could prevent coercion from escalating to violence like it did with Roxanne. Ideally, it would act as a deterrent to coercive behaviour in the first place from boy friends[sic], husbands and families.

Because we all know that no one has ever forced a woman to carry an unwanted baby to term. See Daigle v. Tremblay. It’s the opposite of the Roxanne Fernando case without the murder. No special laws concerning abortion and forcing a woman to term were enacted as a result of this trial. So why should any special laws be enacted for this case? Although, the supreme court did rule that the fetus does not have rights according the the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in this case.

The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada does a fabulous job of tearing this bill a new stoma.

This bill is at best redundant and at worst a nightmare for women in Canada.

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