Conservative Government urged to recognize unborn victims of violence

    TORONTO, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - 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.

For further information:

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

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