You got a tag for that, mister?
Now, apparently, killing your newborn is acceptable behavior in Alberta.
Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Justice Veit last week gave a women a suspended sentence for strangling her newborn child, and then throwing it over a fence into her neighbor's yard.
But, God forbid, you spank your child. THEN you get to go to jail.
You would suffer a greater penalty if you threw a beer can in your neighbor's yard.
If I understand the Judge's reasoning, basically, if we allow women to abort their children, what's the difference if they strangle the child after it's born and just throw it away like the morning garbage.
The fact that Canada has no abortion laws reflects that "while many Canadians undoubtedly view abortion as a less than ideal solution to unprotected sex and unwanted pregnancy, they generally understand, accept and sympathize with the onerous demands pregnancy and childbirth exact from mothers, especially mothers without support," she writes.
I should be outraged.
I should be shocked.
But I'm not.
And while I continue to be pro-choice on the abortion issue, clearly, it's time for government to pass laws creating some admittedly arbitrary distinction as to when you can abort a fetus and when you can't.
I'm good with drawing a line at the second trimester.
And pro-choice advocates will say "oh, it's the start of banning abortions", and hard line social conservatives will say, "it's condoning murder".
And in response, I say, obviously leaving to the discretion of the judiciary is a massive mistake, and NOT creating some line, clearly, at least in one Judge's mind, is itself condoning murder.
Take note Stephen Harper.
Use your majority for something worth while.
Stop worrying about mandatory minimum sentences for someone selling drugs - and have the cajones to take a difficult tack and do what all the gutless Prime Ministers in the last few decades have refused to do - draw the line to protect a child (not a fetus) from being murdered.
Or - at a minimum, create a mandatory minimum for women murdering their babies.
Having ovaries should not be a license to kill.