C-233: The Sex Selective Abortion Act

On February 26, 2020, I introduced the Sex Selective Abortion Act (Bill C-233) in the House of Commons. If passed, the bill would amend the Criminal Code to prohibit a medical practitioner from performing a sex selective abortion. The bill includes a directive for guidelines to be established on how information on the prohibition on sex selective abortion is provided by a medical practitioner to a pregnant person.

Sex selective abortion happens in Canada. It is not permissible in a society that advocates for equality of the sexes. Adopting appropriate legislation to end discrimination against any person based on sex is part of Canada’s commitment to advancing human rights. My bill addresses inequality between the sexes in its earliest forms.

I encourage you to visit this page for all the information you need on my bill as it becomes available.


Cathay Wagantall, MP

The Latest:

News Release: Vedic Hindu Cultural Society of BC endorses C-233: the Sex Selective Abortion Act (November 23, 2020)

News Release: United Sikhs endorses C-233: the Sex Selective Abortion Act (November 12, 2020)

Letter of Endorsement: UNITED SIKHS Endorses Bill C-233 

FULL INTERVIEW: Cathay Wagantall, MP speaks about C-233 on Canadian Justice with K.R. Davidson (October 28, 2020)

Tabitha Ewert: Canadians want to ban sex-selective abortion. Will Parliament listen? (National Post, October 27, 2020)

News Release: New poll: Majority of Canadians oppose sex–selective abortion and would vote accordingly (October 23, 2020)

Canadians want real debate on abortion, says MP (Catholic Register, September 17, 2020) 

Pink flags planted in Langley to protest sex-selective abortion (Aldergrove Star, September 14, 2020) 

Bill to ban sex-selective abortion finds support in B.C. (B.C. Catholic, September 14, 2020) 

News Release: BC ‘pink flag’ displays send a message on practice of sex-selective abortion in Canada (September 14, 2020)

Video: C-233 Debate on 'Canadian Justice' | The News Forum (Featuring Tabitha Ewert of We Need a Law, and Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada)

News Release: Sex Selective Abortion Act remains intact despite parliamentary shutdown (August 20, 2020)


Read Bill C-233


Information sheet with cut-away letter to the Minister of Justice (English | Français

News Release: MP Wagantall introduces the Sex Selective Abortion Act

Petition (English | Français) - During the COVID-19 pandemic, please respect physical distancing measures in your province of residence.

Video: Cathay Wagantall, MP introduces the Sex Selective Abortion Act

Video: Sex Selective Abortion Act: It's time to stand for equality

Video: Faytene Show / Sex Selective Abortion / Cathay Wagantall, MP (FULL SHOW)

Further Reading:

84% of Canadians oppose sex selective abortion:

Abortion: A Canadian Public Perspective after Three Decades - A DART & Maru/Blue Voice Canada Poll (February 1, 2020)

As abortion debate becomes increasingly polarized, poll shows the views of many Canadians are more complicated (National Post, January 31, 2020)

Canadian politician introduces bill to ban aborting babies because they’re girls (Life Site News, February 28, 2020)

MP’s bill targets sex-selection abortion (The Catholic Register, March 6, 2020)

Wagantall introduces bill to ban sex selective abortions (The World Spectator, March 2, 2020)

Majority of Canadians agree abortion for sex selection is wrong (The Post Millennial, March 7, 2020)

All parties should oppose sex-selective abortion (The Hamilton Spectator, March 6, 2020)