#56 - Fetal Insurance Law
Based on a specific case, the Alberta government passed a law enabling lawsuits to be filed against insurance companies for injuries suffered by a fetus in a car accident. But hard cases make bad law, and this law sets a dangerous precedent that makes a pregnant woman liiable for harm caused to her fetus.
Five recent murder cases in have involved a pregnant woman
being murdered by a male partner or boyfriend, and some have
urged that the perpetrator be charged with two homicides – of
both the woman and her fetus. This article explains why
creating such a law would be an unconsti-tutional infringement
on women’s rights, and would likely result in harms against
The evidence demonstrates that if a parental consent law for
abortion was passed by any Canadian province or territory, it
would contravene and reverse current medical policies and
ethics around the consent of minors to healthcare, violate
their constitutional rights to bodily security and privacy,
and increase risks to their health and safety.