Canada is the only democratic country in the world with no abortion law. While many western European countries have a 12-week gestational limit, abortion is legal at any gestational age here in Canada. Canada is way out of line with our international counterparts when it comes to protecting pre-born human rights. For example:
The majority of Canadians support some restrictions on abortion even if they identify with the “pro-choice” label. A 2020 DART poll found that just under half of Canadians believe that abortion should be illegal in the second trimester and that number jumps to 70% when it comes to the third trimester. This poll also showed that the majority of Canadians support a waiting period and are concerned with women getting support with 93% supporting a law requiring information about the risks of abortion and 78% supporting a law requiring doctors to inform patients about alternatives – both of which could be done through counselling.
In a 2010 study of Western European and North American abortion stats, it was clearly shown that counselling combined with a waiting period correlated with lower abortion rates. Canada, which has neither a waiting period or a counselling requirement, and no gestational limit, has an abortion rate of 241 babies aborted for every 1000 live births. Germany and Belgium, which have counseling, waiting periods, and a gestational limit, have a rate of 163 and 152 per 1000 respectively. This is considerably lower than Canada!
For more information on why we would fight for an International Standards Abortion Law targeting late-term abortions, as opposed to a full ban on abortion, please read our paper on why direction matters explaining why starting with protecting some is better than protecting none.
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