A pro-life group is hosting a film and forum with Langley's MP on sex-selective abortion.
SFU Lifeline will host an event at Simon Fraser University on Wednesday March 13th, 2013 to raise awareness about the practice of female gendercide.
In June 2012, the CBC revealed that ultrasound clinics in Canada were being used to ascertain the sex of the child before birth. Some expectant parents, having a preference for sons, used this information to abort their child if it was found that the baby was a girl.
In response to this practice, Langley MP Mark Warawa filed Motion 408 in the House of Commons, calling on Parliament to condemn discrimination against girls through sex-selective pregnancy termination. The first hour of debate for Motion 408 is scheduled for March 28.
A 2011 Environics poll found that 92% of Canadians oppose sex-selective abortion. A January 2012 Angus Reid poll found that about two-thirds of respondents, including an almost equal number of women, were in favour of laws prohibiting abortion based on gender.
Vanessa Zarbl, SFU student and president of SFU Lifeline, explains, "Studies have shown that globally there are 200 million missing women. The reality is that these women are not missing - they are dead. They were killed because of their gender. I applaud Mr. Warawa for bringing forward Motion 408 to protect the girl-child against the violence of gender-based discrimination, and I look forward to raising awareness about this important issue at SFU."
The event will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at SFU's Burnaby campus in the Shrum Science Chemistry Building, room C9001, at 6:30 p.m.
There will be a screening of the movie It's a Girl followed by a Q&A with Warawa about his motion.