There is a private member's bill on the Federal docket that's making me and a lot of other people nervous.
The Unborn Victims of Crime bill would amend the criminal code so that separate charges can be laid if a fetus is injured or dies as the result of harm against a pregnant woman.
(As an aside, when I put in the link to the bill http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Docid=3127600&file=4. that I pulled from a pro-choice site, it goes to an anti-choice site that I won't link t0 called LifeSite news through some sort of internet trickery--ick. I wrote to the Abortion Rights Coalition to let them know).
Apparently the bill was drafted in response to demands from the families of pregnant women who were killed in acts of domestic violence, which often starts or escalates during pregnancy. However, instead of enforcing laws that already exist and actually doing something to prevent domestic violence, Conservative MP Ken Epp comes up with this bill which looks a whole lot like a thinly veiled anti-abortion law.
(Just so you know the abortion law was struck down 20 years ago so it's essentially legal, though access is not uniform/unproblematic across the country).
There is a good critique of the bill here and I urge you to read it. The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada also has a sample letter opposing the bill that you can send to your MP. Private member's bills seldom pass, but the anti-woman stance of this government (even in a minority parliament position) makes me less optimistic.
I would like to add that I am fed up with this exaltation of "breeders". That being pregnant adds some other saintly dimension to a woman's personhood that makes crimes against HER more heinous than crimes against women who are older, younger, infertile or not currently gestating.
Violence against women is WRONG regardless of the current state of a woman's uterus.