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Liberal Government Rejects Protecting Preborn Children

Candice Bergen News

October 20, 2016

Ottawa, ON – Last night, the Liberal government voted down Bill C-225, Cassie and Molly’s Law, a Private Member’s Bill introduced by Saskatchewan MP Cathay Wagantall that sought to protect pregnant women and their future families from violent crime.

"It is absolutely shocking that not a single Liberal could stand and protect the most vulnerable members of our society – pregnant women and their preborn children,” said Candice Bergen.  "I was proud to stand and vote for this very important bill.”

 Named in reference to the 2014 murder of Cassandra Kaake in Windsor, Ontario, when Cassie was weeks away from giving birth to her daughter, Molly. Cassie and Molly’s Law would have filled a gap in the Criminal Code, where there are currently no specific provisions to protect pregnant women from criminal offences.

As Liberal MPs rose in the House of Commons to vote down Bill C-225, Jeff Durham, Cassie’s former partner and Molly’s father, and Nancy Kaake, Cassie’s mother, sat and watched as their hopes for common-sense legislation to prevent another family from suffering a similar tragedy was denied by the government.

"No family should ever have to go through this type of tragedy.  Violence against women is a pressing issue, and it is disappointing that the Liberal Government wouldn’t put partisanship aside to take one step towards preventing tragedies, denouncing violence and supporting victims,” concluded Bergen.