A group representing evangelical Christians is backing a Conservative MP’s call for a debate on the definition of a human, potentially kicking off a renewed debate on abortion in Canada.

Last month, Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth released a statement calling for a debate on when a fetus becomes a child, but avoided using the word “abortion” in the statement.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada agreed, saying the Criminal Code doesn’t recognize a child in the womb as human even though doctors recognize a fetus’s viability as early as 20 weeks gestation.

In an interview Wednesday with Evan Solomon, host of CBC-TV’s Power & Politics, Woodworth, who represents Kitchener Centre, said the law defining a human being dates back to centuries-old English common law and Parliament has a responsibility to lead a debate on whether it’s time to rewrite it.

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