Abortion

What is abortion?
Abortion is the killing of a human being. It stops a pregnancy and ends the life of an innocent unborn child.

What is the law in Canada?
There is no law governing abortion in Canada. Abortions can be performed legally right up until birth. Before 1969, the Criminal Code of Canada prohibited abortion unless the mother’s life was at risk. An amendment was added to the abortion section (251) in 1969 to allow abortions if the mother’s life or health was threatened. Abortions had to be approved by a therapeutic abortion committee. The word ‘health’ was broadly interpreted to include economic, social, psychological, or physical health, leading to abortion on demand. In 1988, the law was completely struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada, leaving no law at all.

What are the most common reasons for performing abortions in Canada?
According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, over 90% of abortions are done for socio-economic reasons. Less then 1% are done for reasons of rape or incest.

Do fathers have any rights under Canadian law?
No. A father is powerless to protect the life of his unborn children if the mother wants to have an abortion.

How many abortions are performed in Canada each year?
300 children are aborted every day in Canada. Since 1970, approximately 3.2 million unborn babies have been aborted in this country.

According to Statistics Canada there were 11,152 abortions in 1970. Today there are almost 100,000 every year.

Official reporting of abortion statistics is currently incomplete simply because it is no longer mandatory for hospitals and abortion clinics to submit data. Missing information includes age of the mother, age of gestation of the fetus, previous abortions or births, type of abortion, demographic information and most importantly medical case data including abortion complications.

In December 2010, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), an independent not-for-profit organization, released abortion statistics for the years 2007 and 2008 .  CIHI indicated that much of the data for both hospital and clinic abortions is missing.  Click on the link to see a more detailed report of the 2007 and 2008 Abortion Statistics.

Click here to see abortion statistics from 1970 – 2006.

Do late-term abortions occur in Canada?
Yes. Click here to see proof.

Who pays for abortions?
Taxpayers do. For the fiscal year 1992 – 1993, the 103,244 abortions performed in Canada cost Canadians $55,964,593.

What are the complications to abortion?
Physical complications that may arise after an abortion include: bladder injury, bowel injury, hemorrhage, infection, laceration of the cervix, more miscarriages later in life, perforation of the uterus, sterility, death.
An Ontario study by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario that compared abortive women to those who had not undergone abortion found that women who had undergone abortion experienced:

  • 4 times higher rate of hospitalization for infections
  • 5 times higher rate of a surgical event
  • nearly 5 times higher rate of hospitalization for psychiatric problems.

In 2000, the UK’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists established that the immediate physical complication rate of induced abortion is at least 11%.(1) This figure does not include complications that arise after days, weeks or months. Applying that rate to the the 100,000 abortions in Canada means that over 11,000 women suffer complications each year due to abortion. An American study from 2000 found an even higher complication rate of 17%.
Long-term complications can include: Infertility (uterine perforation, cervical scarring), placenta previa, premature births in subsequent pregnanices, breast cancer, eptopic pregnancy.Breast Cancer
Estrogen is a known carcinogen. When a pregnancy is suddenly interrupted by abortion, especially in the first trimester, the cancer-vulnerable breast tissue becomes overexposed to estrogen, and increases the risk of breast cancer. Abortion as a risk factor in breast cancer has been supported by more than (20) peer-reviewed, published scientific studies. The scientific studies average a 30% increased risk of breast cancer due to abortion. Click on the link to learn more about the abortion-breast cancer link.

Psychological effects of abortion on women include: guilt, depression, suicidal impulses, sense of loss, mourning, regret and remorse, loss of confidence in decision making capability, preoccupation with “would be” due date or birth month, lower self-esteem, despair, nightmares, loss of interest in sex, inability to forgive self.

Suicide risk
An authoritative study done in Finland found that the suicide rate associated with abortion is 6 times higher than the suicide rate associate with childbirth.(4)

Maternal death after abortion
The same Finnish government study of statistics established that women who undergo induced abortion experience a death rate nearly four times greater than women who give birth.(5) This excludes death from suicide.

What are the methods of abortions?

  • Suction Aspiration (surgical aspiration, vacuum abortion, suction dilation and curettage (D&C))
  • Menstrual Aspiration (menstrual extraction, manual aspiration)
  • Dilation and Evacuation
  • Dilation and Extraction (D&X) (intact D&E, partial birth abortion)
  • Surgical Dilation and Curettage (D&C)
  • Hysterotomy and Hysterectomy Suction Aspiration (surgical aspiration, vacuum abortion, suction dilation and curettage (D&C))
  • Partial Birth Abortion (D&X)

Click here for a more detail description of abortion methods. Warning graphic images.

A study sponsored by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario found that women who had undergone abortion experienced:

  • 4 times higher rate of hospitalization for infections
  • 5 times higher rate of a surgical event
  • nearly 5 times higher rate of hospitalization for psychiatric problems.

The Ontario study compared abortive women to those who had not undergone abortion.

In 2000, the UK’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists established that the immediate physical complication rate of induced abortion is at least 11%.(1) This figure does not include complications that arise after days, weeks or months. Applying that rate to the the 100,000 abortions in Canada means that over 11,000 women suffer complications each year due to abortion. An American study from 2000 found an even higher complication rate of 17%.(2)

Abortion is a form of Eugenics

90 % of children diagnosed with downs syndrome are aborted. Watch this video and see how they can be some of the most joyful, pleasant and contributing people in the world. They have so much to teach us about love and acceptance.

Recommended Links:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/w_ParentingResource/down-syndrome-births-drop-us-women-abort/story?id=8960803#.UZA65Mpy0Ql

http://thebelltowers.com/2013/08/09/the-real-tragedy-of-down-syndrome-abortion/

http://www.ctvnews.ca/down-syndrome-families-worry-about-new-prenatal-tests-1.617292

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10521836

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=natoli+edwards

http://www.downsyndromeprenataltesting.com/not-a-termination-rate-an-elimination-rate/

http://www.down-syndrome.org/editorials/2087/editorials-2087.pdf

http://www.downsyndromeprenataltesting.com/lower-termination-rate-higher-terminations/

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thinplaces/2013/03/better-prenatal-testing-means-more-abortion-by-mark-leach/

References

  1. Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy and Ian Gentles, “Women’s Health After Abortion”. (Toronto: Deveber Institute, 2003), 10
  2. ibid, 12. Cassidy and Gentles cite the work of Major B, Cozzarelli C, Cooper ML, Zubek J, Richards C, “Psychological response of women after 1st trimester abortion”, Archives of General Psychiatry, Aug 2000
  3. ibid, 17
  4. Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy and Ian Gentles, “Women’s Health After Abortion”. (Toronto: Deveber Institute, 2003), 92
  1. ibid, 91