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News Release – July 21, 2016 – Cassie and Molly’s Law: Nanos poll

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Poll confirms majority of Canadians support legislation that creates a new offence for criminals who knowingly injure or cause the death of a pregnant woman’s preborn child: Wagantall

Ottawa, ON – Today, MP Cathay Wagantall (Yorkton-Melville) released the results of a national poll that shows the majority of Canadians support legislation that will create a separate offence when a violent criminal knowingly injures or causes the death of a preborn child while committing a crime against a pregnant woman.

According to the Nanos poll, a majority of Canadians are in favour of Cassie and Molly’s Law, with nearly 70% of respondents saying that they support a law that would make it a separate crime to harm or cause the death of a preborn child while harming a pregnant woman. Support among women is even higher at nearly 75%.

“It is encouraging to see clear support for Cassie and Molly’s Law,” said Wagantall. “Ultimately a comprehensive strategy to end violence against women must include many targeted initiatives and legal reforms, including new penalties for those who target pregnant women.”

In February, MP Wagantall introduced Cassie and Molly’s Law. The bill was tabled in response to the 2014 murder of Cassie Kaake, who was only weeks away from giving birth to her daughter, Molly. This legislation will create a new offence that would apply when crimes committed against pregnant women result in the injury or death of their preborn child. The bill also codifies into law pregnancy as an aggravating factor for the purposes of sentencing.

“According to Statistics Canada, 63,000 pregnant women were victims of domestic violence between 2004 and 2009. Cassie and Molly’s law will also send a clear message to criminals who use violence as a means to disrupt or end a woman’s pregnancy.”

Cassie and Molly’s Law has been endorsed by the Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime.
This Nanos Research Poll was commissioned by Cathay Wagantall.

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SEE THE NEWS RELEASE: News Release – July 21, 2016 – PMB C-225 – Poll

Communiqué de Presse – 21 juillet 2016 – La Loi de Cassie et Molly – Sondage

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Un sondage confirme que la majorité des Canadiens est en faveur d’une mesure législative qui fera une infraction distincte du fait qu’un criminel violent blesse ou cause la mort d’un enfant à naître sciemment: Wagantall

Ottawa (Ontario) – Aujourd’hui, la députée Cathay Wagantall (Yorkton-Melville) a présenté les résultats d’un sondage national qui indique que la majorité des Canadiens est en faveur d’une mesure législative qui fera une infraction distincte du fait qu’un criminel violent blesse ou cause la mort d’un enfant à naître sciemment quand il commet un crime contre une femme enceinte.

Selon le sondage Nanos, une majorité de Canadiens sont en faveur de la Loi de Cassie et Molly, près de 70 % des répondants disant soutenir une loi qui ferait une infraction distincte du fait de blesser ou de causer la mort d’un enfant à naître quand on s’en prend à une femme enceinte. Le soutien chez les femmes est même plus élevé, à près de 75%.

« Il est encourageant de voir que la Loi de Cassie et Molly bénéficie d’un soutien clair, a dit la députée Wagantall. En définitive, une stratégie exhaustive pour mettre un terme à la violence envers les femmes doit comprendre de nombreuses initiatives ciblées et des réformes juridiques, notamment de nouvelles peines pour ceux qui ciblent les femmes enceintes. »

En février, la députée Wagantall a présenté la Loi de Cassie et Molly. Ce projet de loi a été déposé en réponse au meurtre de Cassie Kaake en 2014, qui allait donner naissance à sa fille Molly dans quelques semaines. Ce projet de loi créera une nouvelle infraction qui s’appliquerait quand des crimes commis contre des femmes enceintes entraînent la blessure ou le décès de l’enfant à naître. De plus, il codifie dans la loi la grossesse comme étant un facteur aggravant aux fins de l’imposition de la peine.

« Selon Statistique Canada, 63 000 femmes enceintes ont été victimes de violence conjugale entre 2004 et 2009. La Loi de Cassie et Molly enverra un message clair aux criminels qui ont recours à la violence pour perturber ou stopper une grossesse », a dit la députée Wagantall.

La Loi de Cassie et Molly est soutenue par l’Association des femmes autochtones du Canada et le Centre canadien de ressources pour les victimes de crimes.

Le sondage de Nanos Research a été commandé par Cathay Wagantall.

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Cassie and Molly’s Law gets first hour of debate

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For Immediate Release

Today debate began on Cassie and Molly’s Law in the House of Commons

Ottawa – May 2, 2016 – Members of the House of Commons began debate today on Cassie and Molly’s Law, a bill tabled by M.P. Cathay Wagantall (Yorkton-Melville) to protect pregnant women and their future families.

This bill adds new sentences for criminals who knowingly harm a pregnant women and her fetus. Cassie and Molly’s Law also enforces pregnancy as an aggravating factor for the purposes of sentencing.

In her opening speech, Wagantall said “It is my sincere hope that we can put partisanship aside. I am asking all my Colleagues to listen to their consciences, and to listen to everyday Canadians who instinctively know that it is simply wrong to violate a woman’s pregnancy and cause the death of her yet-to-be-born child.”

Wagantall added, “As legislators we must hold to our responsibility to protect the innocent with sound reasoning combined with compassionate and caring instincts.”

Wagantall continued, “I want to reinforce that these new offences are not stand-alone offences. The new offences in Cassie and Molly’s Law address only situations where a violent criminal harms or kills a woman’s preborn child. In these cases judges must consider the pregnancy of women as an aggravating factor during sentencing.”

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Private Members’ Bill – May 2, 2016 – Cassie and Molly’s Law (Bill C-225)

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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Protection of Pregnant Women and Their Preborn Children Act (Cassie and Molly’s Law)(

Mrs. Cathay Wagantall (Yorkton—Melville, CPC)

moved that Bill C-225, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (injuring or causing the death of a preborn child while committing an offence), be read the second time and referred to a committee.
She said: Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to stand today in support of my private member’s bill, Bill C-225, the protection of pregnant women and their preborn children act, which I will refer to as Cassie and Molly’s law.

I was motivated to bring forward this bill after learning about the very tragic story of Cassie and Molly Kaake from Windsor, Ontario. Cassie was seven months pregnant with Molly when she was brutally attacked and killed in her home in December 2014. Molly’s father, Jeff Durham, has been working tirelessly to bring some good out of this horrific tragedy.

I would like to quote a statement that Jeff Durham made on the day I introduced this bill in the House. He said:

Without a shadow of a doubt in my mind, neither Cassie nor any pregnant victim of homicide or violence would want their choice, their babies, to go ignored. Just because they’re not here to say this law is needed, for anyone with a conscience and the power to do something about it, I say for them that this bill is needed.

I would like to explain now exactly what Bill C-225 would do and, just as importantly, what it would not.

READ MORE: Speech – Cassie and Molly’s Law – May 2, 2016

Private Members Bill “Cassie and Molly’s Law”

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO —Today Conservative Member of Parliament for Yorkton-Melville, Cathay Wagantall, introduced her Private Members Bill “Cassie and Molly’s Law” in the House of Commons. This legislation will create a new offence for violent criminals who knowingly injure or cause the death of a preborn child while committing a criminal offence against a pregnant woman. Wagantall is calling on Parliamentarians to support reforms that will better protect Canadian women and their families.

“The Criminal Code requires crucial reforms to ensure violent criminals are held accountable for their actions,” said Wagantall. “Cassie and Molly’s law will create a legal mechanism that enhances the safety of Canadian women and recognizes the safety of their family.”

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