Canada’s doctors have sternly rejected what they see as a stealth attempt to recriminalize abortion.
At the general council meeting of the Canadian Medical Association on Wednesday, delegates called on the federal government to reject attempts by a Conservative backbench MP to amend the Criminal Code so that a fetus is defined as a human being.
“This constitutes the criminalization of abortion or any form of contraception,” said Dr. Geneviève Desbiens, a urologist from Valleyfield, Que.
“This change could even prevent a pregnant woman from travelling or taking certain drug treatments,” she said.
Dr. Desbiens also warned that doctors who counsel or provide abortion services could become criminals.