According to provincial estimates, we are the oldest and most rapidly aging population in the country. In 2010, seniors made up 16 per cent of the population but in the next 20 years, seniors will make up 30 per cent of Nova Scotians.
Seniors take the largest chunk from the health-care budget — about half of all hospital budgets. At the premier’s conference in Victoria, B.C., last week, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said a senior citizen costs the health-care system about $22,000 per year, while someone in their 20s costs about $2,000 per year.
Here in Nova Scotia, we have the added burden of the highest rates of chronic disease in Canada and highest expenditures on drugs per capita.
Our population growth is stagnant and we suffer outmigration of our working-aged youth. We don’t do enough to attract immigrants to take the place of retiring boomers and when we get them here, we have a hard time keeping them.
- Gail Lethbridge in the Chronicle Herald
The above excerpts from an article entitled The future is here; Aging crisis hits home, by Gail Lethbridge omits the statistics on abortion. 1700+ new citizens are eliminated annually in Nova Scotia; surely this number affects the demographics of this small province.
Not to mention the fact that every one of those terminations is paid for by our taxes; therefore we are paying to create our own demographic crisis.
Abortion is a politically incorrect subject to bring up, because then we have to question the presumed "right to choose" of women. Abortion has never been legislated as a "right" in Canada; it is feminist speech that has made everyone think it is.
Now, that "right" is affecting us all, especially those of us reaching that age where we cost the health care system more. And of course, it would be much more convenient to simply start reducing those at the other end of life, who are imposing such a burden on the rest of society.
Our politicians have to start connecting the dots: and they have to summon up the courage to state the facts; abortion is decimating the population at a rate that is unsustainable. Should women have the right to choose something that the rest of us have to pay for, both in tax-payer funded abortions, and in the resultant effect upon the rest of the health care system?