It’s time for Saskatchewan legislators to treat our money with respect
Did you know that Saskatchewan taxpayers currently shell out over $2 million annually for the elective abortion procedure alone? That price tag excludes the cost of abortion complications such as perforations, sepsis, uterine hemorrhage, infertility, breast cancer, post- traumatic stress disorder and suicide. All these indirect costs could easily escalate the total cost of abortion in our health care system to tens of millions of dollars annually!
For $2 million per year, Saskatchewan could hire 9 family doctors or 30 nurses in communities facing a shortage crisis. Or purchase 2 MRI machines each year to reduce excessive wait times that are potentially putting people’s lives at risk. Or provide crucial therapy to 29 additional autistic children each year. All these uses of taxpayer dollars would represent genuine health care… rather than killing babies.
It’s ludicrous to ask us to open up our wallets for these killings when the province is drowning in debt, and genuine areas of health care are neglected, such as treating autistic kids, fixing doctor and nurse shortages, improving elder care and buying MRI machines.
The Canada Health Act is federal law which requires provinces to fund “medically necessary” services, but it does not define abortion as being medically necessary.
When Saskatchewan legislators deem an elective procedure as “not medically necessary” it does not get insured by the province’s Medical Care Plan. As a result, it will not receive public funding.
For example, in 2010 the Saskatchewan government de-insured universal chiropractic services, suddenly allowing them to fall into the category of “not medically necessary”. In a 2011 example from Ontario, the provincial government delisted audiology services in order to reduce costs.
Therefore, it is clear that provincial MLAs can easily delist abortion from our provincial health insurance plan. With a stroke of the pen, the government can stop funneling taxpayer money to finance abortions. All they lack is the political will and moral fortitude to do the right thing.
In almost all abortion cases, the life of the mother is not in danger. The simple truth is that more than 96% of the time, abortions today are performed for convenience, as a back-up birth control method. That’s clearly not a medical necessity and should not be funded as such.
On Monday April 28, 2014 taxpayers will gather at the provincial legislature to demand that their elected representatives delist abortion from the services covered by taxpayers.
This is a growing movement. The Defund Abortion campaign is happening nationally, with participation by 8 other provinces including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland. Join this taxpayer liberation movement today!
Help us promote the important cause of defunding abortion
1. Download our poster and send it around your social circle.
2. Sign our defund abortion petition.
3. View our defund abortion pamphlet and consider putting together a team of pro-lifers to conduct a door-to-door pamphleting blitz in your riding, near the office of your MLA. Contact us for details.
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