Infanticide conviction nets Alberta woman suspended sentence
The Wetaskiwin, Alta., woman convicted of infanticide for killing her newborn son, was given a three-year suspended sentence Friday by an Edmonton Court of Queen's Bench judge.
She silently wept as Justice Joanne Veit outlined the reasons for the suspended sentence. Effert will have to abide by conditions for the next three years but she won't spend time behind bars for strangling her newborn son.
The fact that Canada has no abortion laws reflects that "while many Canadians undoubtedly view abortion as a less than ideal solution to unprotected sex and unwanted pregnancy, they generally understand, accept and sympathize with the onerous demands pregnancy and childrbirth exact from mothers, especially mothers without support," she writes....
It is absolutely grievous that the murder of a child is acceptable in my country. How is it possible that anyone can "grieve" the woman's decision to have sex knowing the potential of becoming pregnant, that is inconceivable Judge Veit. Prime Minister Harper, it is time to step up and be a leader on this issue and establish a law to protect the sanctity of life and convict the guilty.