Unborn Victims Act

Single murder charge in death of pregnant Windsor woman

Matthew Brush, 26, of LaSalle, Ont., has been charged with the murder of Cassandra Kaake, 31, who was found dead in a burnt-out home in Windsor in December. Kaake was seven months pregnant and named her unborn daughter Molly before she was bludgeoned to death. Molly also died. Brush is being charged with a single murder because Canadian criminal law does not recognize the preborn child as a victim of crime. Jeff Durham, Kaake’s former partner and Molly’s father, posted an open ... (Continue reading)

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House passes one pro-life bill, scuttles another

House passes one pro-life bill, scuttles another

Reps Rene Ellmers (4.N.C.) left and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) right had initially backed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act but withdrew their support and called for a weaker bill. The US House of Representatives passed the “No Taxpayer Funding for ... (Continue reading)

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Keeping comatose pregnant women alive debated

A brain-dead pregnant Irish woman was taken off life support on Dec. 26 in wake of a Dublin High Court ruling that found that the unborn child would not have a chance of surviving.  The woman, who was in her late 20s and already had two young children, was declared brain-dead on Dec. 3, four days after suffering a serious head injury because of a fall. Her parents had requested that she be taken off life support, but doctors refused, ... (Continue reading)

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Windsor murder calls attention to lack of unborn victim’s law

The murder of a 31-year-old pregnant woman in Windsor, Ontario is leading some people to question why Canada’s laws don’t defend unborn victims of crime. Cassandra Kaake’s body was found by firefighters on Dec. 11 in a house on Benjamin Avenue in the southwestern Ontario city during a call to extinguish a fire. Kaake was seven months pregnant. The cause of her death was blood loss due to severe trauma. In a press conference on Dec. 12, Staff Sgt. Mark Denonville ... (Continue reading)

Ontario driver charged for fatally injuring preborn baby

Ontario driver charged for fatally injuring preborn baby

The laying of a criminal charge in the high-profile death of a London, Ont. newborn baby injured in the womb will expose the “inconsistencies” of current Canadian law that protects newborns, pro-life advocates say, while ignoring the same children if they have not yet made “the eight-inch journey down the birth canal.” London police announced Sept. 26 the laying of a belated charge of criminal negligence for the death of newborn Rhiannon Bozek. Rhiannon died only seven days after her delivery ... (Continue reading)

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Nova Scotia assault case spotlights need for unborn victims legislation

In Dartmouth, across the harbour from Halifax, N.S., Charlene Marie Knapp, 28, was admitted to hospital in the early morning of August 1 after being stabbed 15 times with a sword. She was almost four months pregnant. Her sister, Stephanie Humber from Essex, Ont., later told the media that “three of the 15 stab wounds went clear through Charlene’s body. She underwent ... (Continue reading)

Unborn victims bill scuttled

In May, a sub-committee of the standing committee on procedural and House affairs ruled that Bill C-291, a private member’s bill by Conservative MP Leon Benoit (Vegreville-Wainwright) that would have made it a separate criminal offence to harm an unborn child during the commission of a crime against a pregnant mother, was non-votable. On June 6, the full committee upheld the ... (Continue reading)

U.K. ruling provokes abortion law scrutiny

Man who killed his baby in utero can be tried for murder An appeal hearing in Great Britain will define whether a person who fatally injures a child “en ventre sa mere’ (in the womb of the mother) can be charged with murder or manslaughter. The hearing follows a 1993 case where a trial judge acquitted a man accused of murdering his own child. The man stabbed his girlfriend who was 24026 weeks pregnant. The stabbing caused premature birth and the child ... (Continue reading)