Friday, November 11, 2011

Abortion in Canada

If polling is any indication, the issue of abortion in Canada is certainly not over and done with. In a September National Omnibus poll by Environics, the findings put the abortion issue squarely on the map. Seventy-two per cent of a representative sample of 2000 Canadians surveyed support legal protection for unborn babies.

What Canadians actually think about abortion is not represented in our current laws and policies. Clearly, there is no moral consensus on the issue, yet there is a wide-spread ban on discussing it, a kind of moral dictatorship that prohibits even a mention of the word at any level of policy making.

Even the enormous body of published literature showing abortion’s negative impact on women’s health can’t initiate a public discussion. The most recent, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry (September 2011) found that following abortion women experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems and a 155% increased risk of suicide. Bear in mind that this study was based on a total of 877,181 participants of whom 163,831 had experienced an abortion and it took into account pre-existing mental health problems.

Clearly the people of Canada favour legislation to restrict abortion, but the dictatorship held by abortion absolutists terrifies most of us into silence, especially our elected representatives. In the pervading absence of discussion, the absence of law remains, and it is women and their unborn children who suffer. - Natalie Hudson Sonnen, Executive Director of Life Canada in the National Post
"Abortion absolutists" - definitely.

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