Canadian Medical Association: Babies Not Human Until Birth

When does life begin?  Such a simple question has raised debates as differences in opinions have come from the right and the left, from those in favor of abortion and those who are against it.  The article below is yet another attempt to define when does human existence begin.  For Catholics, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) provides the definite guidance on this subject:

“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.” (CCC 2270)


Concerned about the renewal of an abortion debate in Canada, the delegates to the Canadian Medical Association’s annual general council meeting yesterday made a head-scratching determination: babies are not human beings until after birth.

The doctors supported keeping the standard in place in Canada that doesn’t regard unborn children as people until birth.

The Vancouver Sun has more on the curious decision:

“This attempt to modify the definition of a human being could legally recognize the fetus, which would give the fetus rights,” said Montreal physician Dr. Genevieve Desbiens. “This constitutes a recriminalization, not only of abortion, but any form of contraception.

Ontario physician Dr. John Ludwig warned the group against “unintended consequences.” He said the criminal code is “ancient and needs to be revised.  We need a new policy that somewhat more balances the rights for women to have a therapeutic abortion when they wish, up to 20 weeks, and then protects the life of that child from 20 weeks on, once it’s able to live on its own upon delivery from the womb.”

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