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Liberals, NDP blast bill to penalize attackers for harm to unborn child

A private members' bill called Cassie and Molly's Law adding penalties for assaults on pregnant women that injure or kill their unborn children was condemned by the Liberal government and NDP opposition for threatening women's access to abortion during an hour of debate in Parliament Monday.

Bill 225, "An Act to amend the Criminal Code (injuring or causing the death of a preborn child while committing an offence)," is named after Cassie Kraake and her unborn child Molly, both killed in an unprovoked 2014 assault in Windsor, Ontario. According to its sponsor, Saskatchewan Conservative MP Cathay Wagantall, "Cassie and Molly's law will create a legal mechanism that enhances the safety of Canadian women and recognizes the safety of their family."

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