Sex-selective Abortion Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sex-selective abortion)

This bill was previously introduced in the 43rd Parliament, 1st Session.


Cathay Wagantall  Conservative

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


Second reading (House), as of Feb. 22, 2021

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This enactment amends the Criminal Code to make it an offence for a medical practitioner to perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought solely on the grounds of the child’s genetic sex. It also requires the Minister of Health, after consultation with representatives of the provincial governments responsible for health, to establish guidelines respecting information provided by a medical practitioner in relation to a request for an abortion.


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Sex-selective Abortion ActRoutine Proceedings

February 26th, 2020 / 3:45 p.m.
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Cathay Wagantall Conservative Yorkton—Melville, SK

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-233, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sex-selective abortion).

Mr. Speaker, in Canada we value human rights and equality. At home and around the world, we are known for our voice in championing equality between men and women, between girls and boys. We as legislators in the House of Commons have the responsibility to act on behalf of Canadians on an issue that is widely condemned and flies in the face of equality between the sexes.

I am pleased to introduce my private member's bill, the sex-selective abortion act, and I thank the member for Battlefords—Lloydminster for seconding the bill.

It is true that the majority of Canadians agree with having access to abortions. It is also true that 84% of Canadians stand against sex-selection abortions.

I look forward to debate in the House.

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