Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Campaign Life Coalition Calls on Prime Minister Harper to Address Concerns of Sesen Family and Unborn Victims of Violence Bill

Issued today by Campaign Life Coalition.

Conservative Government Urged to Recognize Unborn Victims of Violence

MEDIA ADVISORY, Oct. 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- Media reports indicate that the family of Toronto homicide victim, Aysun Sesen, are asking for a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to appeal for Sesen's daughter, who was killed in utero in her seventh month, to be declared a human being. They are calling for changes to the laws that prevent her boyfriend Turan Cocelli from being charged with two murders.

"We support the family's reasonable request for their grandchild to be recognized as the second victim in this murder," said Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition. "Coincidentally, today in Alberta, closing arguments are being heard in the trial of Jared Baker who is accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend, Olivia Talbot and her unborn child in 2005. This case prompted Conservative MP Leon Benoit to bring forward a private members bill on the unborn victims of violence. If this bill had passed the murder of both of these babies would be recognized," he continued.

"It appeared from media reports in the Sesen case that the father directed his aim at the mother's abdomen and in the Talbot case, Baker testified that he shot Olivia five times including deliberately at her stomach 'to get the baby'," said Mary Ellen Douglas, National Organizer of CLC. "How much more evidence is necessary for the courts, the Prime Minister and the general public to recognize two victims in both of these crimes?"

Campaign Life Coalition calls on the Prime Minister to hear the request from the Sesen family and to re- evaluate the hasty removal of the unborn victims of violence bill.

Media contacts:
Mary Ellen Douglas, CLC National Organizer, Kingston, ON 613-389-4472
Marie Christine Houle, CLC Toronto Office 416-204- 9749



Background on Canada’s Unborn Victims of Violence Bill can be found below:

Murder of Pregnant Woman in Toronto Ignites Debate on Recognition of Life of Unborn

Murder renews fetus debate

Killings reopen debate on rights of fetuses

The Inside Story on the Kibosh of the Canadian Unborn Victims of Violence Bill

Canada Unborn Victims of Violence Bill to be Resurrected in Coming Months Says MP

[image above of Olivia Talbot and Lane, her unborn child]

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