Abortion in Canada

untitled-design-25WHAT’S THE CURRENT LAW ON ABORTION IN CANADA? [1]

  • In Canada, a woman can have an abortion at any stage during her pregnancy, up until the moment before a child is to be born, for any reason or no reason at all.
  • Canada is the only democratic country in the world to have absolutely no restrictions on abortion, next to China and North Korea.
  • Not only is it completely legal through all nine months, but abortion is paid for by our tax dollars and covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).

AN OVERVIEW OF THE LAW REGARDING ABORTION IN CANDA [2]

Prior to 1969, abortion was illegal in Canada.

In 1969, Canadian Parliament passed a law that allowed abortion in certain circumstances to protect the “health” of the mother. However the term “health” was not defined nor limited.  In an attempt to define “health,” Justice Minister Pierre Trudeau introduced a bill to amend Section 251 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which provided for abortions where the health of the woman was deemed at risk by a therapeutic abortion committee consisting of three doctors. Under the amendment, abortions could only be performed in accredited hospitals by licensed physicians. All other abortions were still subject to the Criminal Code sanctions.

In 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the abortion law in the case of R v Morgentaler because they said it prevented women from having equal access to abortion across the country.  The law has remained unchanged till this day.


CANADIAN ABORTION STATISTICS [3]

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 WHAT DO CANADIANS THINK ABOUT OUR CURRENT LAW? [4]

  • 65% of Canadians think late-term abortions should be illegal
  • 60% of Canadians favour some degree of legal protection for human life before birth
  • 68% of Canadians are opposed to funding abortion on demand
  • 67% of Canadians favour informed consent legislation on abortion