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.
OFFICIAL REPORT (HANSARD)
Monday, December 7, 2015
Speaker: The Honourable Geoff Regan
SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
Mr. Speaker, I am so pleased to be here today, representing the constituents of Yorkton— Melville in the 42nd Parliament of Canada. I am humbled and grateful for the confidence that they have placed in me.
I want to thank all of those who gave sacrificially of their time, talents, and treasures to support me through an open nomination in my election campaign.