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


At a Glance:

Read C-233 (English/Français)

Read background on C-233 (English/Français)



Paper Petition (Français)

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


Cathay's News Releases:

NEW!: Wagantall reacts to vote on the Sex-Selective Abortion Act (June 3, 2021)

Op-Ed: This is not your average abortion debate (April 16, 2021)

Wagantall begins debate on the Sex-Selective Abortion Act (April 15th, 2021)

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

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

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

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

Sex Selective Abortion Act remains intact despite parliamentary shutdown (August 20th, 2020)

MP Wagantall introduces the Sex Selective Abortion Act (February 28th, 2020)


Cathay's Video Statements:

First Reading of C-233 in the House of Commons (February 26th, 2020)

Sex Selective Abortion Act: It's time to stand for equality (February 27th, 2020)

Cathay's appearance on The Faytene Show (April 19th, 2020)

Cathay's appearance on Canadian Justice with K.R. Davidson (October 27th, 2020)

Presenting (one of many) petitions in the House of Commons (January 30th, 2021)


C-233 in the news:

NEW!: An open letter to those opposed to bill C-233: The Sex-Selective Abortion Act (Dr. Kiely Williams, MD, CCFP)

84% of Canadians oppose sex selective abortion:

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

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

Bill C-233 against sex-selective abortion before House April 14 (Catholic Register, April 8th, 2021)

MP proposes bill to make sex-selective abortion illegal (CHVN 95.1FM, March 26th, 2021)

'Coercion, violence, abuse:' the harms of son preference (CityNews Toronto, March 28th, 2021)

Private Member’s Bill Seeks to Ban Sex-Selective Abortion (The Epoch Times, February 28th, 2021)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Position Paper: We need a sex-selective abortion law (We Need a Law, 2020)