Canadian Facts

Law

  • In R. v. Morgentaler, 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada made its landmark decision to throw out the 1969 abortion law on the basis that it was 'unconstitutional'.(1) This created a legal vacuum in which, to this day, no abortion law exists in Canada. 
  • Abortion is permitted throughout all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason, up to the moment of birth. Section 223 of the Criminal Code of Canada defines a human being as ‘a child that has completely proceeded from the body of its mother.’(2) This section strips pre-born human beings of their human right to life. 
  • Abortions are funded with taxpayer dollars through the provincial health care systems. This, despite the fact that polls show a majority of Canadians, 67% in a 2011 poll, significantly disagree with their dollars being used to kill babies. (3)
  • New Brunswick taxpayers fund hospital abortions, but not those done at for-profit, privately owned clinics.
  • The Canada Health Act does not require abortion costs to be insured. It states only that "medically necessary" procedures must be insured.(4) Almost all abortions are not medically necessary. Provincial legislatures can pass a law recognizing this fact at any time.

 

Statistics

  • At least 100,000 surgical abortions are committed annually in Canada, conservatively speaking.(5)
  • Since it’s legalization in 1969, 4 million Canadians have died from elective abortions.
  • Today, abortion is used as a "back-up" birth control method in more than 96% of instances.(6)
  • About half of the women with an unplanned pregnancy choose abortion. The other half keeps the child. Fewer than 1% offer the baby for adoption.
  • Only a few hundred children are placed in adoption each year.(7) Couples who wish to adopt can wait up to 10 years before bringing their child home. 

 

 

Abortion as Birth Control

Abortion advocates claim the reason why we have legal abortion is to protect "the life and health of the mother". Hard facts tell a different story:

  • Less than 1% of abortions are for the so-called "hard cases" of rape and incest. Only 3% of all abortions are committed for the alleged "hard case" of health risk to the mother. (8)
  • 1 in 4 pregnancies in Canada end in abortion.(9)
  • 50% of teen pregnancies end in abortion.(10)
  • 33% of all reported abortions are repeat abortions.(11)
  • Today therefore, abortion is used primarily as a back-up birth control method.

This inconvenient truth was even conceded by the 1992 US Supreme Court decision, Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, which upheld abortion as a "right". In a rare moment of honesty, the court candidly admitted:

"In some critical respects abortion is of the same character as the decision to use contraception. ... For two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail."

What these pro-abortion judges admitted, is that more than 100,000 abortions are committed in Canada, plus 1 million in the USA, not to protect "the life and health of the mother" but rather, to protect our contraceptive lifestyle. To ensure that sex without responsibility continues to be available.

 

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Footnotes:
  1. R. v. Morgentaler (www.scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/288/index.do)

  2. From the Criminal Code of Canada. (www.laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/page-51.html#h-76)

  3. 2011 Poll (http://lifecanada.org/images/LifeCanada%20Abortion%20Report%202011%20Final.pdf)

  4. Canada Health Act (www.laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-6/)

  5. The latest statistics from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) publishes a lower annual figure of 81,897 abortions, as of 2014. This is down from recent years where the figure was about 100,000.  However, this is a bogus statistic that is unreliable and inaccurate for several reasons. Firstly, although hospitals are required by law to report the number of abortions they commit, it is voluntary for abortion "clinics". Even CIHI states that it does not have all the figures from these independent abortion mills. Secondly, abortion statistics submitted to CIHI by the provinces of BC, ON and QC are incomplete. For example, one pro-life researcher made a freedom of information request to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care which uncovered that while the CIHI reported only 28,765 abortions for Ontario in 2010, there was actually a total of 43,997 abortions committed in the province that year. The Ontario figures broke down as 18,330 abortions committed in doctors’ offices, 16,055 in private facilities and 9,612 in hospitals. It is reasonable to assume that similar under-reporting is taking place in most, if not all provinces. It is notable that in 2012, the Ontario Liberal government secretely amended legislation to prevent any and all abortion statistics from being made public, even the total number. Clearly, there has been a strategy undertaken by the abortion industry, and its government allies, to portray lower abortion figures than what it is really happening across Canada.

  6. Guttmacher Institute Study (www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/journals/3711005.pdf)

  7. From Statistics Canada 2005 data Today’s Parent, "Parents in Waiting: International Adoption", Diane Peters, September 2009
  8. From Statistics Canada 2005 data
  9. From Statistics Canada, "Teenage Pregnancy", (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/kits-trousses/preg-gross/preg-gross-eng.htm)
  10. Therapeutic Abortion Survey, Canadian Institute for Health Information, (Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 2003)
  11. According to the pro-abortion research group, Alan Gutmacher Institute, (http;//www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html) . Since they are biased, this figure is probably high.