The Conservative MP for Yorkton-Melville isn’t too thrilled about what the Liberals are saying about a private-members bill.
Cathy Wagantall is accusing the Liberal government of not being truthful with their constituents on “Cassie and Molly’s Law”.
“Their responses are for a number of issues that they say the bill has that are not accurate,” Wagantall said, “such as not being constitutional or being concerned about a woman’s right to an abortion.”
The Liberals also claim it would limit a woman’s access to abortion services, but Wagantall says she commissioned a poll by Nanos Research recently, which shows there’s wide-spread support for the bill, according to the Yorkton-Melville M-P.
In that poll, 70 percent of Canadians say they support “Cassie and Molly’s Law”, while another 75 percent of women have expressed support in the private-members bill.
Also in the poll commissioned by Wagantall, an overwhelming majority, 97 percent of Canadians support a woman’s right to choose an abortion under varying circumstances.
Wagantall said the inspiration to do the survey came from Twitter.
“A gal had shared with me that she was expecting her first child and ended up having a miscarriage,” she began, “(and) was so devastated, and then got pregnant again right away. (She) felt she wasn’t ready to deal with it, so she had an abortion.”
The woman told the Conservative M-P she fully supports the bill, also known as Bill C-225.
“Cassie and Molly’s Law” is in reference to the 2014 murder of Cassie Kaake of Windsor, Ontario, when Cassie was weeks away from giving birth to her daughter, Molly.
Wagantall said, in a news release, the bill would add new charges for violent crimes against pregnant women in order to fill a gap in the Criminal Code that currently leaves women vulnerable.