Families of Women Killed While Pregnant React to the Decision of the Subcommittee on Private Members' Business concerning the Unborn Victims of Crimes Bill

    TORONTO, Dec. 6 /CNW/ -

    We commend the members of the Subcommittee on Private Members Business
for the step forward they took today in allowing the Unborn Victims of Crimes
Bill (Bill C-484) to be debated in the House. We can only hope that Canadian
parliamentarians understand that Olivia and Aysun's cases are not isolated
incidents and that Canada must incorporate protection for unborn victims of
violence in the criminal code. We joined together in the hopes that the Prime
Minister and the Members of parliament will hear our cry for justice.

    "My daughter Olivia and my grandson Lane Jr. were taken from our family
in November 2005. The day before Olivia and Lane Jr. were brutally murdered, I
had spent time picking her up from her Baby classes, taking her home and
together putting blue curtains into what should have been the baby's nursery;
a room to become a nursery to be filled with love and happiness. Nothing can
prepare you to cope with such a loss. Currently, the Canadian Government does
not recognize that I am grieving the loss of not one, but two loved ones as
are the rest of my family. Olivia had made her choice. She wanted to give
birth to her child and raise him. At the time of Olivia and baby Lane's
passing, some media reported that Olivia's fiancée Lane Griffith used to talk
to Olivia's belly and tell their unborn son how much "Daddy loves him." I too
loved my grandson and will never get a chance to watch him grow. I firmly
believe that the Canadian Criminal code should be amended so that perpetrators
of such horrible crimes can be trialed for the deaths of the two people they
killed. I hope no other family will have to endure what we have been going
through for the past two years."

    "My sister-in-law Aysun Sesen was killed recently. Doctors tried to save
her daughter Gurl by performing a caesarian section but nothing could be done
to revive her baby. Our family has been extremely affected by these dramatic
events. No one can tell us that we only lost one loved one. We were so happy
to get ready to welcome a new member in our family and loved Gurl with all of
our hearts despite not having yet seen her. Someone has taken future Christmas
and birthdays from us and we demand justice. There is absolutely no reason why
a civilized and democratic country like Canada would not protect unborn
victims of violence. My family intends to keep fighting until Canada
acknowledges that in crimes such as the ones committed against Aysun and Gurl,
there are two victims, two murders. Aysan had decided to bring her daughter
into the world. She had made the decision that she wanted to be a mother. The
Canadian government should protect and respect her choice. I hope the Canadian
public will join us and express outrage in front of such blunt injustice."

    For more information, we ask that you contact the person listed below who
will gladly pass any interview requests on to us. However, we would also like
to ask the media to respect our privacy in these very difficult times.

    Thank you,
    Mary Talbot, mother of Olivia, grandmother of Lane Jr.
    Aydin Cocelli, brother-in-law of Aysun, uncle of Gurl, Sesen family

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Marie-Christine Houle, Executive
Director, Women for Women's Health, (519) 569-0369

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