An Act to Prevent Coercion of Pregnant Women to Abort (Roxanne's Law)

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (coercion)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.


Rod Bruinooge  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Defeated, as of Dec. 15, 2010
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to make it an offence for someone to coerce or attempt to coerce a female person to have an abortion.


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  • Dec. 15, 2010 Failed That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

An Act to Prevent Coercion of Pregnant Women to Abort (Roxanne's Law)
Routine Proceedings

April 14th, 2010 / 3:15 p.m.
See context


Rod Bruinooge Winnipeg South, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-510, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (coercion).

Mr. Speaker, it is a great honour to introduce this private member's bill. This bill would be known as Roxanne's law and it is based on the untimely death of Roxanne Fernando.

Roxanne Fernando was coerced into having an abortion but she did not go through with it. In the end, her boyfriend decided to kill her for not going through with it.

This bill would protect vulnerable pregnant women. I hope everyone in the House can support it.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)