Mr. Speaker, I have the honour today to present a petition from residents of the riding of Haldimand—Norfolk.
The petitioners point out that Canada's 400-year-old definition of a human being says that a child does not become a human being until the moment of complete birth, contrary to 21st century medical evidence. They mention that Parliament has a solemn duty to reject any law that says some human beings are not human.
The petitioners call on the House of Commons to confirm that every human being is recognized by Canadian law as human by amending section 223 of the Criminal Code in such a way as to reflect 21st century medical evidence. About half of those 25 signatures are women.
I have a second petition to the same effect from the Oxford area with 75 signatures, 35 of them women.
I have a third petition from the same area, from Toronto, Mississauga and Burlington with 304 signatures, of which 154 are women.